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CSX Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
216 Reviews
3.5
216 Reviews
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CSX Chairman, President, and CEO; President and CEO, CSX Transportation Michael J. Ward
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113 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay and benefits for train and engine service (in 14 reviews)

  • Good pay, great bonus (when we earn it - most years), decent benefits (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Also on call 24/7 and the phone rings off the hook (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours, low-ball pay and they DO NOT CARE about your family life and will tell you this to your face (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    new employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSX

    Pros

    great money and people steady work, big company good values they never want to see anyone get hurt quality training, ability to move thru out the company, can change locations thru the usa,

    Cons

    its a job, it does take you away from your family, find your niche and make the best of it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great internship program.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CSX

    Pros

    Collaboration to solve specific problems to recommend actionable solutions. Really understand and learn the components of the business. Pretty competitive job interview process.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    More Money, More Problems

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    Former Employee - Trainmaster in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Trainmaster in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CSX

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits for new employees. Training is extensive as you spend several months shadowing other Trainmasters or taking exams in the Atlanta office.

    Cons

    The job can be really good or really bad depending on who you are paired to train under. Unfortunately I got one of the worst. Work-life balance was nonexistent. In the first few minutes after being placed in a terminal, I usually worked 12 nights on, 2 nights off, for about 13-17 hours a day. I was fresh out of college so I thought this was the norm based on the great pay in comparison to many of my college peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The high turnover, rampant obesity, and high rate of divorce with in your transportation department should be a clear sign that the culture is wrong. Moving employees to new city every year and hoping they'll be happy by throwing more money at them is an awful way of conducting business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    If money is the only reason you wake up in the morning.. this might be for you

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at CSX full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits.. railroad retirement is second to none. This section has a minimum of twenty words.. and I don't have much else to say that's positive.. unless you really like trains, rain, and snow.

    Cons

    Zero quality of life. The schedule allows for no planning of social functions, or even doctors appointments. With a new attendance policy enacted (3/15), you are penalized for sick days.. even with valid documentation from your physician.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Freight Conductor

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor

    I have been working at CSX full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to get trips and make money if you are okay with working conditions. Room to grow professionally if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    While many other jobs within CSX will have structured hours and time off. Freight conductor is not one of them. DO NOT expect to know when you will have time off. When it comes, expect using time to get much needed rest. Time between trips is spent resting catching up from last trip and getting ready for next. After mandatory 10 hour rest, wait for next call. Call could come immediately or a day later. Makes it very hard to plan day/sleep patterns to arrive for next trip bright eyed and bushy tailed. Safety stressed but many find it confusing when standards are broken by management to get job done but then enforced when convenient. Very poor Union vs Management environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value families and create a manageable schedule for those who transport your freight. Inequitable enforcement of standards makes upholding the standards confusing for the lower level worker. I will be moving to other employment at first opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    busted

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at CSX

    Pros

    if transportation employee, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    gone all the time. no home life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work better with the union

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    wish I had a life

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative

    I have been working at CSX

    Pros

    decent pay, elementary type work

    Cons

    no life, no life, no life, no life, no friends, no family, and did I mention no life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put yourself in our shoes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I've been with CSX for 14 years and am a lifetimer. I love my job, my team, and my company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSX full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Long term stability, incentives, and benefits. Younger generation of employees have a lot of opportunity for growth in the next 5 - 7 years. Corporate culture is great with a strong E-team at the helm.

    Cons

    Depending on projects, work-life balance can be a challenge at times; nevertheless, you just have to take the good with the bad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company but very long hours worked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CSX

    Pros

    Great pay great coworkers, a great safety first company

    Cons

    Lousy supervisors and overworked frequently , always getting mandatory stay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up on the constant , everyday, mandatory shift. Not everyone wants to stay an extra 4 to 8 hours after their shift is over

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Met you at Black Enterprise Conference, would they be proud of you?

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    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

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