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A lot of games... Not for professionals

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Former Employee - Trainmaster in Fort Wayne, IN
Former Employee - Trainmaster in Fort Wayne, IN

I worked at CSX full-time

Pros

If you like working outdoors there is plenty of that. (Note: if you don't like working outdoors, just add this and only real "pro" to the exceedingly long list of cons.

Cons

There are far too many cons to this industry, company, and job to list in this space. So I will highlight a few that had a profound impact on my experience:
1) Functional silos - ensuring the movement of tons of freight across your territiory safely and on time while working cross functionally is a pipe dream
2) Corporate culture - cultivated by fear and frat house traditions
3) Operational leadership- leaders in the field do not pocess the skills and abilities to manage employees or make sound buisness decisions
4) Double talk - status quo is not only expected its how you survive
5) "People make the difference" - the biggest myth at CSX is that you matter to the organization, in reality you and your opinions are meaningless and any attempt to affect change through postive contribution is futile. You are a number... take your geographical assignment, ask no questions and pray no one gets injured during your "watch."

Advice to ManagementAdvice

My advice to management and HR is to read this post...

More importantly is my advice to prospective job candidates, if you are looking for a rewarding career in which you will grow in the transportation or supply chain industry while making a profound impact... BEWARE this is not the opportunity you seek.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    30 Year Career both hourly and management

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    Current Employee - Terminal Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Terminal Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    The railroad retirement pension is one of the last defined pensions that will allow you a comfortable secure retirement. If you can go into management, (not operations) you can have a great career. The pay and benefits are supported by the union rank and file employees. If you are sharp and willing to work hard, you will be noticed in this political organization.

    Cons

    Railroading operations is a dangerous business that requires dedication to knowledge of your job, equipment and geography. Your home life will suffer with being on call and not be able to plan in train service and you could be found civilly liable for a train accident. Railroads are para-military organizations and with lots of government, union and company rules. You will get yourself on the wrong side of the rules and there will be consequences. Working conditions in the field can be horrid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to your junior managers. Especially those who have non educated superiors who hold them back because they don't fell they are in the same fraternity. These are they people you lose to better opportunities even though they love you and the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hired to many people at one time!

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

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

    Pros

    Good retirement and health bennifits

    Cons

    Poor planning on certain issues

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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