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Updated February 9, 2018
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David L. Starling
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good Place To Start"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Customer Service Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Southern full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hire in with little experience, learn the railroad in and out, get to know all KCS's customers. Advancement Opportunities for all.

    Cons

    I have not had a con yet. Management Benefits are not as good a Union Employee's. Can be challenging if you do not want learn or push yourself to learn more.


  2. "Revenue"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    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 (More than 5 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 $$.

  3. "Working at KCS"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Southern full-time (More than 8 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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Southern full-time (More than a year)

    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.


  5. "It's ok"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical
    Former Employee - Mechanical
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Southern full-time (More than a year)

    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


  6. "transportation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Transportation in Kansas City, MO
    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


  7. "Run from KCS as fast as you can!"

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    Former Employee - Conductor/Engineer in Shreveport, LA
    Former Employee - Conductor/Engineer in Shreveport, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Southern full-time (More than 10 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 your thinking of railroading for a career do yourself a favor ask any employee of another railroad what they think of KCS before applying.

    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

  8. "Conductor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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


  9. "STAY AWAY"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is Good - But it is not enough

    Cons

    Management at all levels calls at all times of the day. When they say 24/7 they mean it. You will have no life. Management lies to their managers about their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Learn IT before you try to run it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lacks Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kansas City Southern full-time

    Pros

    Workers are dedicated and try their best to achieve success.

    Cons

    Company fires personnel indiscriminately without regard to performance. Lacks leadership for supporting & developing people. C-Suite is not transparent resulting in a disloyal workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear feedback to employees if not satisfied with performance. Do not allow perceptions to trump reality.


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