This is a good company to work for, however as with many companies promotion is more often based on a network of friends and not actual qualifications. Benefits are good, and pay is as well however the culture of the workplace can vary depending on the people, and particularly the management that you work among. Overall I would recommend this company to anyone offered a job, but be prepared for people with agendas and to play the politics game with coworkers and managers alike.
Pay, tuition reimbursement
Who you know and are friends with, not what you know when being promoted
Manager safety and operating practices (Current Employee) – Ohio – March 10, 2016
CSX is a great company to work for and provides excellent benefits. Most jobs are a non-typical schedule meaning you don't see a lot of weekends or holidays off. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to work with CSX. They have given me a tremendous amount of training in several areas. In a management position, you are often required to work with very little supervision. You must be able to account for your time as required.
Conductor (Current Employee) – Avon, IN – January 19, 2016
The job is good and the pay is great. One problem is that your home life is pretty much gone. I knew this going into it, so I knew what to expect. I'm just giving a heads up to people that are very family oriented. This job isn't for you. The biggest problem is job security. You never know when you may be furloughed or when you may get called back. They hire a ridiculous number of people and then end up laying them all off. I have a year and a half and can't hold a job now. I've been furloughed 3 times. Now is not the time to join the railroad. Aside from that it's an awesome job. If I were able to hold a position and feel comfortable in it, I would definitely recommend it as a place to work. Again, it's just not something to look into due to the current economic conditions.
CSX is a class 1 freight railroad company that challenges their employees to give 100% everyday. The company is extremely adamant about safety. Their rule book is 400 pages front and back and you are required to acknowledge and follow every one of them every day. You must be able to multitask in harsh environments and problem solve with little to no help. You have no schedule as you work on call and will sometimes spend extensive hours in a hotel. coping with stressful situations is a must. Personally I enjoy the challenges every time I go to work as the job is anything but boring or mundane.
Competitive wages, vacation, decent salary, top notch retirement
Furloughs, poor management relations, on call schedule, outdoors
Freight Conductor (Current Employee) – Clifton Forge, VA – March 17, 2016
Poor work schedule would only get a two hour phone call to report to work 24 hrs a day 7 days a week Some management were more against you than to help you Typical work day was up to 12 hrs a day Good pay and benefits Good coworkers that took care of each other
Good Pay, amount of vacation days, coworkers took care of each othe
lack of work schedule, Lack of instrucion from management
Field Support Lead Clerk (Former Employee) – South Carolina – March 23, 2016
Csx is currently combining jobs in all crafts streamlining operations. A lot of good people are finding themselves with a choice of moving or having no job. That's a tough pill to swallow when the company newsletter is constantly bragging about the profits they're making.
Freight Conductor (Current Employee) – Buffalo, NY – January 26, 2016
Great pay and benefits. Unions need to be stronger. Management is always on the prowl(literally hiding in bushes) to pull you out of service. Could be furloughed at anytime because it's a constant feast or famine struggle in transportation. Anyone that does work here, I would not recommend making any major purchases within the first 10 years of employment because RR unemployment does not pay well.
Roadmaster (Current Employee) – Corbin, KY – January 19, 2016
CSX is a great company for those who are willing to work hard. They do require a lot of time but it is worth it.
The time and energy that they require will be hard to get used to when an employee first starts but they will quickly adjust and enjoy the work. The day starts at 0700 and ends around 1530 on a good day. It has been longer a lot but the pay is great and the benefits excellent.
LOCOMOTIVE ELECTRICAN (Former Employee) – Corbin, KY – November 30, 2015
Was a great job, cutting edge of technology, safety was first, good co-workers, and good benefits. Worked as a journeyman electrician for 15 1/2 on 3rd shift injury free my whole career. Troubleshooting broken down locomotives with schematic prints and multi-meter and electrical tools was my primary job. After repairs were made engine was taken outside and qualified and sent to the ready field for service.
All 8 hours were paid
Only had 1 10 minute break and a 20 minute lunch for your whole shift
Conductor (Current Employee) – Garrett, IN – November 1, 2015
People are great, engineers and conductors, management is archaic with a us against them attitude. That the individual has nothing of value to add. Safety isn't the main focus, like the company is touting in the adds, moving freight is the only thing that matters. pay is ok and benefits are above average only due to union agreements. If you like long hours terrible working conditions and management that will not appreciate you this is a great place to work!!
Freight Conductor (Current Employee) – North Baltimore, OH – October 30, 2015
Really good company to work for. As a freight conductor you don't have much of a personal life. People say that with a lot of jobs that it is job first than personal life. Well with CSX it is the most honest words I have ever heard spoken. It really is CSX first and your personal life late late late! second. If you can't abide by that or you don't agree with it you will not last. If you hire on at 18yrs of age and put enough time in to retire (as of today that would be 42yrs) you will have spent 75% of your life in a hotel room in another city / state. Amazing pay, amazing benefits. After 5 years easily $100k+ a year if you work.
Unbeatable pay and benefits with only a high school diploma
Have to get 3-5 years seniority before you can stop worrying about being displaced or furloughed
Freight Conductor (Current Employee) – Louisville, KY – January 15, 2016
CSX is a wonderful company to work for and the pay and benefits are hard to match anywhere else. The only downside to working for CSX is that if you don't have any seniority, it is likely that you will not be working long before you are furloughed.
Long hours away from home but nice not having to be told what to do everyday.
Freight Conductor (Current Employee) – Garrett, IN – October 30, 2015
Good work with great benefits. Having to be away from home a lot is difficult. Not having a boss constantly over your shoulder is nice though. There is room for advancement but relocation is necessary.
Conductor (Current Employee) – Cleveland, OH – September 28, 2015
great job if your single and have no family. Your on call 24/7 and you better believe they will always call you. You get 8 hours of rest after getting off work and will be right back at work after that. the money is amazing as so is the benefits.
Good Money and benefits
No Social or home life, Constantly at work. Management is always out to get you in trouble to fill they're qoutas