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David L. Starling
13 Ratings
  1. Operation Manager

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in De Queen, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Southern full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Great job great benefit great pay and stability

    Cons

    Long hours stressful from management

    Advice to Management

    Be more open

  2. Railroad conductor

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Lake Charles, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Southern full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Pays great when working but that varies.

    Cons

    On call, which means you may never work. Worst half was 4 starts in 2 weeks. No guarantee for conductors in Shreveport south.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t hire people when the board isn’t turning

  3. Revenue

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Southern full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Some benefits. Pay is good. Lots of Holidays and work from home of need be.

    Cons

    Very corporate environment and not in a good way. Its about whose your buddy and not the quality of your performance.

    Advice to Management

    Doing good with the $$.

  4. Helpful (1)

    Hard work no recognition

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    Former Employee - I T in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Southern full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good people overall. Good bonuses and benefits.

    Cons

    Mid-level management is clueless. Lots of overtime weekends and evenings expected with no recognition or comp time. Working from home was frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Work to gain an understanding of your area. Thank your staff and recognize hard work. Make a decision and stick with it.

  5. Working at KCS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Southern full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    KCS is a good company with good people.

    Cons

    This is good pay for a hard life. Don't apply if you don't want to work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to fill in the gaps created by retiring Baby Boomers.

  6. Unable to innovate, thinks they can operate trains like they did in the 1800s

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Southern full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Stable company with a long history, less chance of being bought out. Good benefits and bonus scale. Employee funded pension. Laid back environment.

    Cons

    Weak senior management with no clue how to drive accountability down and influence across. Every business unit is busy their own thing without holistic collaboration. Outdated technology being run by monkeys which operations could care less about. Who needs technology to run trains, they have been doing it since the 1800s without it. Things getting better but still has a lot to ask for.

    Advice to Management

    Do what is best for the organization not what is best for your pension plan. Hold vendors and service providers accountable, fix your process, upgrade your technology and promote innovation. Bring in seasoned leaders from technology focused organizations not look for old timers from other railroad or is the hiring mangers pal. Also promote the same south of the border, instead of repressing them.

  7. It's ok

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    Former Employee - Mechanical 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Southern full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and that's about it other than a feed every so often when you reach an almost impossible goal

    Cons

    Don't care for you as an employee all you are is a number in their eyes. Pay sucks starting out

  8. transportation

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    Current Employee - Transportation in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Kansas City Southern full-time

    Pros

    ok company to work for

    Cons

    could be more applicative toward workers

    Advice to Management

    none

  9. Run from KCS as fast as you can!

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      Former Employee - Conductor/Engineer in Shreveport, LA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Kansas City Southern full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      pay is decent for the industry

      Cons

      Management at all levels is horrible to work for. There has been a lot of very good managers fired and replaced with sub standard employees to say the least. The unions are weak don't do very much to help. every railroad i've worked for since leaving KCS has been better then them. There is alot of good employees with college degrees working in train service that can't move up into management for what ever reason. If...

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      Advice to Management

      get rid of all mid level managers and start over. There are good long term employees with college degrees that KCS actually helped pay for that can't get a job in management. why don't you do an actual undercover boss experiment and see for your self whats wrong with your comapny

    • Conductor

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Kansas City Southern full-time

      Pros

      Got good experience with people and management

      Cons

      All different kind of hours

      Advice to Management

      I was in management from 2003 to 2005

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