The only positive aspect about this company and being a Conductor are the health benefits and the pay is decent. Only thing about the pay is it changes all the time do to working different jobs. Company does not pay you properly and when you report it to you union rep nothing happens. To much politics do to the Union and Company. You can get fired as a Conductor for something that isn't necessarily your fault. I now understand term "I got railroaded". Conductors for KCS are the lowest paid on a class 1 railroad. Management on all levels is absolutely horrible. They brake rules and nothing happens. Buddy system between management and certain employees. Kiss any sense of a normal life good bye. Sleep disorder do to changing shifts and 24/7 on call. One thing that makes the job worth while as well are my fellow transportation employees. We all come to work to complain about the way the company is ran.
No schedule, poor management, pay issues, weak union, no family time
conductor (Former Employee) – Pittsburg, KS – June 23, 2017
KCS had good benefits and the pay was good. The main drawback to the job was being in a conductor position it was near impossible to take time off or plan things around a family. Work depended on how quickly the trains were moving and you never had an exact time you might be called into work. Excellent job for a single person or someone with older children or no children.
Conductor Trainee (Former Employee) – Shreveport, LA – June 6, 2017
Began conductor training in Shreveport, but at that time need to return to Houston to assist in caring for aging parents (now deceased). Initially in the process of learning rules, HAZMAT, signal aspects, etc.
Internal Auditor (Current Employee) – Kansas City, MO – February 7, 2017
I am on the management side of KCS and cannot speak for the union employees. The culture at KCS continues to evolve in a positive direction as more departments become interconnected and information is shared. Executive management has a great strategy in place and is constantly evolving to address political, operational and internal issues. Working at KCS is like any other career choice...you get out what you put in. There are opportunities for advancement and transferring to different departments throughout your career while at KCS. Benefits are top notch.
Benefits such as 401k, Esop, pension, paid time off, bonus
Nothing at this time. I am lucky to have landed a job at KCS.
Conductor (Current Employee) – Kendleton, TX – January 9, 2017
You will travel a lot and be away from home. Don't look to create or look for a family atmosphere/great office moral. Just do your job, be safe and go home when your job is done, don't bring your job home with you. Good pay and great benefits.
conductor (Former Employee) – Shreveport, LA – September 17, 2016
The company is overall a good company to work for. Coworkers are the best. I think highly of KCS and it's values. I never had any issues with management except one. He was very racist against the white guys.
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