CSX Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
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CSX Chairman, President, and CEO; President and CEO, CSX Transportation Michael J. Ward
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  1. Met you at Black Enterprise Conference, would they be proud of you?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transportation Division in Rocky Mount, NC
    Former Employee - Transportation Division in Rocky Mount, NC

    I worked at CSX full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company offers a great medical benefits package. As for leadership, most races outside of the Caucasian race are afraid to be a part of the management program prior to gaining seniority in some other trade, because of the Company's mistrust and track record.

    Cons

    Females are totally ostracized, African American's are totally unwelcomed , male African Americans are tolerated and are very non-vocal in an effort to maintain their jobs. Many will not pursue training and those that have tell the stories of being passed over and over even though they've exceeded the training, education, and qualifications required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, follow the rules as you write them. Follow-up on management issues, make sure they are in-fact doing what they should. Should gender or race matter as long as the job is complete to your satisfaction. Listen, not everyone is looking for a free way out! Most of us just want a fair way out! The office culture will soon catch up, and customers will soon listen and pay attention to what's truly happening. When you toot your horn with Black Enterprise, Computerworld 100 Best Places To Work 2014, Fortune, etc. tell them just how many women and African American's or even other races other than Caucasian (Males) you retain. The numbers are phenomenal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Not appreciated

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Conductor in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at CSX full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good. Other than that read the Cons.

    Cons

    Always on call, Only 4 days off a month. If you want an extra day off plan on getting a couple extra because they will fire you for about a week. Training pay is not that good. The UTU union will not help you if you need something even though you pay a $100 month union due. Management literally hides in the bushes and waits for you to slip up and doesn't think twice about firing you. Want to take a lunch? Forget that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. csx

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor

    I have been working at CSX full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The money, benefits, retirement are good.

    Cons

    Upper mgmt. and yardmasters, and trainmasters do not want to put a target on their back so they pawn the blame or blame things on others or redirect the blame somewhere else. Trainmasters get into trouble for the things that upper management knows that those trainmasters have absolutely no control over. Conductors get into trouble by one trainmaster, while another trainmaster said it was ok to do that in the first place. The only reason we get paid the money we get and the benefits and the retirement is the company know that if we got paid any less we would quite after a few months. In other words it would be a revolving door.... no life at all, if your single this is the job for you. You are away from home more than you are at home,,,, very political company,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Steel your money (owner operator

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    Current Employee - Owner Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Owner Operator in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at CSX

    Pros

    Home every night Local job

    Cons

    Steel your money. Not paid detention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They looking for any excuse for not pay you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    A good job until they stopped paying me.

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    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Selkirk, NY
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Selkirk, NY

    I worked at CSX full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like the change of places to work. I could be going down to jersey one day, out to boston the next. Every trip, train, engineer, day, and trainee is different. I like being a conductor. Its a good job, always a change of pace. Its a great way to make money. Benefits are awesome and good retirement.

    Cons

    While in the training program for Conductor and engineer we were told by upper level management (System Road Foreman) that there are pay problems.Trainees don't get paid for weeks at a time. Its a known problem in CSX. You can complete everything on your end of submitting your pay and making sure its correct and still your pay would be messed up. I was helping people to fix there pay, because the managers don't know how. And still I didn't get paid because my salary because of how horrible there system is. After not being paid for 3 weeks and complaining to management multiple times about the problem I finally quit CSX and found another job. I was there for 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your engineer and conductor trainees. Then after you figure out how to pay them every week, the right amount, consistently gIve them a raise. Working a job where I was taking home 1000 a week, then get promoted and take home $400 a week (when they pay you) is just insane. I'm running your trains 6 days a week, spending 24 hours in a hotel and your paying me a take home salary at $12 an hour?!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Operations research intern

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    Current Intern - Operations Research in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Intern - Operations Research in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at CSX as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Big team, many co-workers to work with.

    Cons

    Manger is not good, pay is extremely low, about $25 per hour, too low in FL.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the pay, respect the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Horrific

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    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at CSX full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    RR Retirement, Good Pay, Union

    Cons

    They set you up for failure, They put people out in the yard to test you when you are working and concentrating on your job and expect you to pass there test, if not guess what you get into trouble. I think they should want there employees to stay out of trouble and do good work, instead they scare them into not wanting to go above and beyond. ....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people who do want to work, work...Keep your employees positive by being and treating them in a positve way. Stop the investigations when you deliberately send management out in the yards to test.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Run!!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer and Conductor in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer and Conductor in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at CSX full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learn great skills. Get to travel.

    Cons

    No time to enjoy life, Just as quick to fire you as fast as they hired you. Even though its a Union job, Unions has no power because they are bought out and at the mercy of the Facist Company. Many accidents have happened due too fatigue because of working long 12 to 15 hour days 6 days a week. Every year you get a 3% raise thats wiped out by the union increased fees and healthcare increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When having investigations bring your morals with you. Never forget whats right and wrong when investigating an incident. What sense does it make to gain the whole world and to loose your soul. Micheal Ward can buy your way out of hell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Abrupt termination

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    Current Contractor - User Experience Designer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Contractor - User Experience Designer in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at CSX as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Up until my abrupt termination, CSX was a good experience. But that was short lived.

    Cons

    Six month contract terminated with no warning or other consideration after 2 months. My work as a UX consultant was widely praised. I turned down a full time, six figure offer to remain loyal to the project. I was told the project lacked specific business rational. How can a company, in all good faith, hire a contractor for six months for a project with no business justification?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a word, ethics. When you hire a consultant for six months consider that a commitment. You don't kick them out the door with absolutely no warning or other consideration because, seemingly, on a whim, the project lacks sufficient business requirements.

  11. 6 people found this helpful

    Forget having a life

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Selkirk, NY
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Selkirk, NY

    I have been working at CSX full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is ok and work is pretty easy. Benefits are ok but you gotta pay for them all.

    Cons

    On call 24/7, and they will call 24/7!!! Mostly for jobs that your not even qualified to be on. You will have no life, one day off a week. A week day usually. Even if you get to the point you get good seniority as a conductor they will force you to be an engineer and lose it all starting from the bottom again. If you take a day off, they will threaten you with termination. Only way to take time off is FMLA or calling in sick. Company ignores union agreements, denies pay and claims due to you. You pay Union dues to a union that doesn't do anything for you. They will leave you in a hotel for 24 hours or more. You could be gone from home for days just to get called back as soon as you wake up and do it all over again. They force safety down your throat but on a daily basis managers tell you to violate the rules and FRA regulations. Any time anything goes wrong the company hangs you. Even when THEY tell you to do something against the rules they still find a way to blame it all on you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people mark off once and a while to live there lives and spend time with there families. Start paying us our claims and stop taking money out of our pockets. Follow the rules you made and don't force us to violate FRA regulations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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