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Not actually working

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Be punctual confident and claim the position

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None they train

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Poor management, inner circle, employees cursing

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Runnnnnn!!!! Please run!!!!!! Seriously, run as fast as you possibly can.

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They gave me a 60-day probation period in which I could not miss any day, nor be late. I forget what I was being paid during probation, but I was paid for being there. They taught me how to get on and of moving equipment and all the signals that were to be observed. There also rules to follow while working for the railroad. At some point there will be a test on all the rules in the Rulebook. Passing this test the first time around could be the difference in whether your seniority was good enough to stay home or be transferred elsewhere. The instructor during the training will make sure that you know how to work for the railroad; above all:safely

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Yes but it will take some planing on your part, After you get your on duty call you have a limited time to get to the terminal

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It is not hard, if you are willing to focus on your safety, and trust the training.

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You don't have to know anyone to get hired, but it helps if you want to advance.

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It was unlike any course or college class I had ever taken. Unless you come from a railroad background or have someone expose you prior to attending class, you are going to be clueless. The 1st couple of weeks you will be exposed to material that will seem like a foreign language. GCOR, ABTH, SSI, and so forth. Then you will take trips and work in the yard depending on your hiring terminal. Weeks later some lights will come on when you go back in the classroom. Tests, tests, and more tests. And after all this your final week will be rulebook testing. Fail this and you're out. On the bright side, your REAL learning starts when you mark up. Eyes and ears open, mouth closed (unless you have a question)

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