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It was a job to take care of family.
Manager yard switch maintainer (Current Employee) –  Pearl, MSSeptember 16, 2017
Good company to work for with great play and excellent retirement. I am on call so I had to be flexible and at the same time have good time management.
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Great place to work
Saforeman (Former Employee) –  Sallisaw, OKSeptember 6, 2017
Exellent place to work great bennifits, everyday supervisors are great to work for upper management not so much,I would definitely go back if given the opportunity
Pros
Great benefits, union job
Cons
Cut throat environment
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overall work summary
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Shreveport, LAAugust 24, 2017
Great job to have. Not a good balance between work and personal life. Work everyday with no days off and always away from family. The job was good and work was not hard
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Management is horrible
Locomotive Conductor (Current Employee) –  Wylie, TXAugust 15, 2017
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.
Pros
Healthcare
Cons
No schedule, poor management, pay issues, weak union, no family time
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Good benefits
conductor (Former Employee) –  Pittsburg, KSJune 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.
Pros
pay
Cons
schedule
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conductor training
Conductor Trainee (Former Employee) –  Shreveport, LAJune 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.
Pros
Class I railroad
Cons
location
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good work place
carmen journeymen (Former Employee) –  Laredo, TXApril 10, 2017
good place to work just sad that not right professionals running the south tx didvsion .That would really make it a better work inviermeant plus to much conflict of interest.
Pros
good pay and benefits
Cons
need better management
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Great Place to Work
Internal Auditor (Current Employee) –  Kansas City, MOFebruary 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.
Pros
Benefits such as 401k, Esop, pension, paid time off, bonus
Cons
Nothing at this time. I am lucky to have landed a job at KCS.
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Nice people... fast paced work...old school managment
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Kansas City, MOJanuary 19, 2017
Most of the people at KCS are great, but management not so much. Still have vestiges of cronyism and attitudes of stereotypical railroaders.
They haven't had layoffs in awhile, so there's a positive.
Pros
Great people
Cons
Management
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This Was A Wonderful Position
Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Spring, TXJanuary 17, 2017
I honestly wish I still worked there, but alas, I didn't want to. (Due to the inevitability of having to move to Kansas City or somewhere along the rail)
Pros
Everything
Cons
Nothing
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A lot of travel
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Kendleton, TXJanuary 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.
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Great place to work.
conductor (Former Employee) –  Shreveport, LASeptember 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.
Pros
Money, Healthcare, coworkers
Cons
Little family time, management
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Railroad, nothing great but the pay
Train Conductor (Current Employee) –  Laredo, TXJuly 10, 2016
No work/life balance
You lose any trace of a sleep pattern
You wait for phone to ring
Gone from home 2-3 days at time
Management is out to get you constantly
Firing workers is a trophy for them
Pros
Great pay and insurance
Cons
No life at all
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Boring job
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 25, 2016
A good paying job, but be prepared to be out of work if furloughed a very high turnover ratio in any railroad job.Married I wouldn't recommend it single yes definetly.
Pros
wages
Cons
You miss a lot of family time!!!!
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Great, Stable Company
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, MOOctober 23, 2015
KCS is a very profitable, stable company that offers good career advancement. Invested in technology and improving processes for the company.
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An overall quality experience
Vice President (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, MOSeptember 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.
Pros
Excellent benefits and work environment
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Use them as a stepping stone
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Kansas CitySeptember 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.
Pros
Great coworkers
Cons
no life, shorts your paycheck.
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Conductor (Former Employee) –  kendletonSeptember 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.
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Demanding 24/7 environment
Locomotive Engineer, Conductor, and Brakeman (Former Employee) –  Shreveport, LaAugust 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
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Account Specialist (Current Employee) –  Kansas CityJuly 7, 2015
Kansas City Southern Railway is the US oldest Class 1 Railroad operating primarily in the southern and gulf region of the United States.
Pros
Salary and Benefits
Cons
Upper Management are unfreindly
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