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CSX Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  • Work life balance very challenging (in 21 reviews)

  • On call 24/7 can never plan anything, never know what your pay check will look like, company can take money back from you (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Craft Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Signal Maintainer in Vincennes, IN
    Current Employee - Signal Maintainer in Vincennes, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits. Safety is first at CSX, I have been empowered to make decisions about safety and how to preform my job. I have worked at CSX for 11 years and probably will retire from here. Overall its a good place to work.

    Cons

    No path for advancement for craft or hourly employees. The company seems to want t o hire outside the company for management. They hire them at a low wage and they have no railroad experience. Because of that, we have a lot of turnover in field managers. The company is going through a lot of restructuring right now, lots of lay offs and management cut backs despite record profits. They just announced 1000 management lay offs and I expect to see more lays offs soon.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, if not you get managers "without"


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company is going into the tank!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great craft people, good pay.

    Cons

    Pressure from upper management that have no clue what it takes to get the work done. They pressure lower managers to get numbers that are not realistic and some fudge the numbers to meet these expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Let the men do their job and stop with the daily quota's. Maintenance work takes time and if you want it done correctly stop trying to rush everything. If the craft is allowed to perform their job duties it will benefit the company in the long run.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Upward mobility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you know the right senior managers you can move up in the company.

    Cons

    Regardless of your performance, if you are not in with the correct senior managers, you stand no chance of moving up in the organization. Cronyism at its finest. Seems that recent event are fixing some of that now.

    Advice to Management

    Take the buyouts and retire. Let some folks with an ethical backbone manage people.


  4. "CSX RAILROAD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GOOD COMPANY OVERALL.. good pay, benefits, & RETIREMENT..

    Cons

    Working days, nights, weekends, & whenever is need.. On call at times...Small price to pay when it allows you to support your entire family on one salary.. Despite any bad reviews posted by others I feel very fortunate to have had a long career in craft and management.
    Its a career & what comes with owning it.. Some people dont want to OWN their CAREERS.. feel I DO!

    Advice to Management

    Just gotta find a balance and step-up regardless if things dont go your way.. Always lead by example.. Raise the bar even if you MGR does not!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent pay, but for the most part you are treated as disposable."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Independent Signal Maintainer in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Independent Signal Maintainer in Toledo, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, decent union backing, decent benifits, you pay into railroad retirement instead of social security, your wife gets a retirement also.

    Cons

    Poor management, bad work life balance, most employees have a poor outlook on life, relocation seems to be inevitable so dont plan on settling down.

    Advice to Management

    We are no longer in the early 1900s. Treat your employees as assets and realize that the majority of your emplyees are alcoholics due to the fact that they are burnt out from no home life.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Downward Spiral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CSX (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only reason to work here is the pay.

    Cons

    Where should I start? Horrible quality of life, absurd rules, micromanagement to a preschool degree, fear of losing your career on an hour-by-hour basis, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stop freaking out about everything. If you don't like your job title, quit. Also, remember your workforce likely has been doing this way longer than you.


  7. "Involuntarily separated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CSX full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture was great. Great benefits and great company.

    Cons

    10 years with great company only to be "let go" due to company downsizing so top execs could keep their pockets full.

    Advice to Management

    Shouldn't have involuntary separated the lower to mid level employees to keep top level positions.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Just a number"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Operator in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, railroad retirement if you can make it to retire - good luck with the new CEO coming soon.

    Cons

    Like every other corporation-sacrifice your soul for profits. Long hours, stress from doing 2 people's jobs, insurance sucks, no life balance, and on and on.

    Advice to Management

    Enhance your education for future employment elsewhere


  9. "Locomotive Electrician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Health insurance, Railroad Retirement, minimal supervision

    Cons

    Management, work schedule, over zealous dicipline

    Advice to Management

    Wide open if you want move every year


  10. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good managers good pension good benefits. Can't beat the benefits. The 401k has a match not to mention the company paid pension.

    Cons

    Other than instability, there are no cons. Very good company to work for. None. None. None. None. None. None none none.

    Advice to Management

    None


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