Vice President (Former Employee) – Kansas City, MO – September 29, 2015
Overall, KCS is a very good company with a high upside in a very profitable industry. The people generally enjoy working there very much and the work is challenging and rewarding. The company's overall success is highly impacted by the state of the economy but it is unique vs the other railroads due to its diversification in Mexico, which works very well within its portfolio. The industry is intriguing as you compete fiercely with another carrier in one meeting and partner with that same carrier in another piece of business, all relative to geography and product type.
Conductor (Current Employee) – Kansas City – September 19, 2015
This company doesn't value it's employees. You will constantly be railroaded, and treated like an absolute dog. Your areas of advancement are at the managers mercy. Use them as a stepping stone, and move onto an actual railroad that isn't an absolute joke.
Conductor (Former Employee) – kendleton – September 10, 2015
If you're applying for this just know that as soon as you get certified you will be furloughed! There are about 20-30 conductors ahead of you that will come back to work before you do so don't quit a decent career to start this one.
Locomotive Engineer, Conductor, and Brakeman (Former Employee) – Shreveport, La – August 4, 2015
KCS is a demanding 24/7 railroad environment specializing in the moving of rolling goods and stock from one location to the next. Customer service is priority, although the treatment of the employees and their families is not a consideration for this company
Conductor Trainee (Former Employee) – Shreveport LA – March 11, 2015
I was in the conductor trainee program. Training is about 6 months or more actually and thats including a derail period. Derail means no accidents with trains for 90 days, and that's if you make it that far without being terminated. If someone on your crew mess up and cause an accident the entire crew gets fired and is under investigation you may or may not come back after months or even years. As a trainee you have no union support so you can and will be Fired if you make one mistake that may or may not even be your fault. The saying on the yard is that they Hire You To Fire you. Trust me people I didn't believe that a company with a name like this didn't want long term employees but honestly they don't care that's why they are always hiring. I will say this money is great job security is not. If you have a good job and a family I wouldn't take the chance of working here. If your single no kids not making decent money etc you have nothing to lose. But like I said you have to get out of training first.
Manager, Crew Services (Former Employee) – Shreveport, LA – December 2, 2014
I go into my place of employment with a good attitude; any problems outside the office is left outside. I make sure of the tasks for the morning throughout the afternoon. As a manager, I learned how to be a friend, but also professional with handling business. I always had an "open door policy". This insures that if an employee has a concern I'm there to help and if I don't have answers, I would find them.
Assistant Manager/Manager of Payroll Accounting (Former Employee) – Kansas City, MO – November 18, 2013
I really enjoyed my time at Kansas City Southern Railway. I learned so much about systems, unions, parallel testing, implementation, etc. My supervisor let me manage and did not get involved unless I asked him to. I really appreciated that.
Very safe and aware co-workers. Learned team work and developed safe work habbits. The hardest part of the job was the long waits in sidings. The most enjoyable part was getting out their switching cars in the yard and the joy of mainline movement. Enjoyed the entire part of the job and cant wait to get back!