As a XXXX a typical day is 8 hours, sometimes you may work more depending on the location and availability of workers, and you are on hourly wages.
As a XXXXXX, you work all of the time and are on call all of the time and are on a salary.
It is a huge company so you see that in a lot of the structure of the business and business dealings.
Management is like most things there are some really great managers and there are some pretty awful managers too, unlike most places, though, the railroad has it's own culture, some people really really like it and others find they it's not for them.
I think it depends on what side of the company you are on to describe what the hardest part of the job is, and I think it depends on what your goals are. For some it can be the people, for some it can be the physical side of the job, or being chained to a desk, and for some it can be the 24/7/365 culture of the railroad. For me, I don't like it when it's slow, I would rather be busy mentally and physically at work.
I like working outdoors, and the physical side of the job, so for me that is the most enjoyable side of work.