Great company and culture but shame the commute was so hard. If they could move this company nearer to Portsmouth then it would be perfect the people were a amazing and it made work a great place to be.
Small office and a small number of employees lead to a closer group, but it is an industry that is dull and repetitive. There is little variation in tasks, which can be a problem if you like a broad range of tasks.
Despite the long shifts, it's a very enjoyable office environment with great colleagues in the office and out in the yard. The major lows of this job in my opinion is the lack of progression within the company. When opportunities have come up in the past, management look more for what's best financially for them rather then who is best for the role. Also, the shifts are 12 hours, and we work out fare share of overtime which means a lot of our lives are spent here.
multi skilled operative (Current Employee) – manchester trafford park – 9 January 2017
I have worked for Freightliner for almost 9 years. The salary is very competative. I feel the company isnt the most friendly/social to work for. Although i feel greatful for their employment i want to look in other area's with other companies with a permanent shift pattern, ie day shift...
Finance Assitant (Former Employee) – Euston – 26 July 2016
I was here for a year and not only did I improve my knowledge of inter-company finance, I also managed to heighten my time-management skills, improve my confidence dealing with customers in person and over the phone, and managed to deal with pressure when it was time to knuckle down. It was a long journey but one i strongly recommend for anyone interested in pursuing a career in finance. The help from my co-workers was priceless as I settled into the office.
Terminal Manager (Former Employee) – Teesside – 28 April 2016
Job security, chance to advance if wanted, good safety culture, Wages are reasonable, good pension scheme, Good holidays. The sort of place where it is hard to get in because people dont tend to leave. I enjoyed 25 years there.
Security. Decent pay. Good working conditions.
May have to work extra time at shift end if trains are delayed.
I enjoyed working for Freightliner Southampton. the office has nice atmosphere and people is nice and friendly. This company is now owned by americans and they are not allowing some people to have bank holidays as these days they have to work in America.
I would not of stayed for 25 years if they were bad to work for. Wages are average but benefits are above average. Staff do not leave very often, so can be hard to find a vacancy. To succeed here you need to be flexible and a quick learner, with a good work ethic, but if that is you the opportunity's to progress with good support are there. All vacancy's are advertised internally first giving the chance to apply before outsiders. Most jobs have a time critical element to them due to working with train timetables. All kinds of work here, engineering, clerical, LGV driving, crane and lifter operators, sales, staff resources, train drivers,shunters etc. A large fast moving and growing company.
Secure job, good support, training opportunity's
Not many, working to lots of railway rules can cause frustration.
Cleaner (Former Employee) – Liverpool, ENG – 6 April 2015
get into work and start clearing bins out of the offices and once that was finished we would clean from the kitchens to the offices and then toilets it was a very awful job the boss was a horrible person to work for. the co-workers were lovely think that is the only good thing about the job
Traincrew Resource Controller (Former Employee) – Ferrybridge, ENG – 6 March 2014
I had high hopes that this job would get me on a path back to train driving, sadly it wasnt to be. Having to learn a job from scratch that was full of archaic methods, time heavy processes that were crying out for modernisation, plus being tutored by half a dozen, well meaning but not training aware people with no set teaching or lesson plan, and a total lack of management concern led to my many frustrations and higher than needed stress levels. The office atmosphere was one of distrust and tale telling with not knowing who you could trust and who not led me to make the hard decision to quit after just three months.
i have given an overall rating to this as one star, only because the process will not allow me to grade at zero.
Very busy maintenance workshop, productive and essential time keeping
Fuel shed fitter, maintenance engineer and P.I.C (Former Employee) – Hunslet, Leeds – 16 October 2013
Freightliner Maintenance is a busy workshop were I carried out in depth mechanical examinations for class 66 and class 70 locomotives. Time keeping is essential in this role and at most times challenging, which I enjoyed. Paperwork was a tough part of the job as it was essential my paperwork had to be 100% correct every time, as this ensured the smooth running of invoices, booking out parts ect ect. I got along excellent with my co-workers and management as communication is vital in such a busy workshop and potentially dangerous environment.
left alone to work independently, free coffee and tea