Constant crisis environment. Very stressful. Management is rigorous to the point of being excessive; for example, you MUST park backwards in the parking lot at the HQ. If you don't your job can be threatened. Really silly rules.
Support from management
Management directs, not supports. Goals are arbitrary and to meet these goals, management maintains an attitude of perpetual crisis.
Coworkers tend to support each other very well
Freedom to work independently
Employees are micromanaged to the extreme. There is no autonomy.
Employees are constantly told that finances are bad, that costs must be cut to stay open, even when the company is ahead of projected goals.
Very few women in field jobs - I can't remember any actually. Some women get treated very well, others get dumped on. HR doesn't seem able to correct this.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I saw no issues with this
in some departments I saw this happening.
Overall compensation for your work
Wages are tight until you try to leave, then you're offered more. Company has insane policies regarding what you can get reimbursed for meals and travel expenses, and you must share hotel rooms with other employees even if you don't know them.
Office / Work Environment
Working environment at headquarters is very good
Never heard it discussed or considered.
HQ people can maintain a balance. Field people have no balance whatsoever. It's the nature of the railroad industry.
Some employees are extremely loyal, many others do not have a good image of the company. In the industry, RR people view Hulcher as an expensive but necessary evil - they refer to Hulcher sales people as "Hulcher Vultures"
People tend to disappear with little warning.
I think the building is very accessible
Company does push safety as a cost cutting measure
The work is very challenging
Inclusive / Diverse
never discussed. Predominately white workforce, with a good mix of male/female at HQ
Suggestions for improvement
- Nothing will change without a complete change-out of management, and that can't happen because of the knowledge and experience needed to perform this company's work.
What I like about the company
The co-workers were very friendly and easy to work with.
What I dislike about the company
Silly, extreme management oversight. Many people required to file daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports so an incredible amount of time is lost for productivity. Culture is stressful, strict, autocratic with policies that are frustrating to the extreme. Company doesn't promote reward programs . . . you shouldn't be rewarded for doing good work - it's your job! That kind of attitude.