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Courtesy and Professional CSX Style

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Name: Retired FRA Inspector
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 30+ years
Posted: 30 March 2015

Think:

Well said! Before I retired, I reported all of this to my FRA managers
at Crum Lynn, Pennsylvania and it fell on deaf ears. I reported to them
how CSX employees had told me of the harassment they had received for
taking the time to perform proper locomotive and freight car
inspections, and how they were expected to perform an amount of work
that could not be accomplished without breaking rules.

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Name: THINK
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Employed as: APE, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 30 March 2015

Know better

 What you have to remember is that humans become conditioned by the
environments they are constantly exposed to. When someone works day in
and day out in conditions that wear you down and then work under rules
and policies that do nothing but set you up for possible failure people
become bitter and self serving. When you work hard for your money and
the company takes back hundreds of dollars from you that your union
agreements entitle you too, it also creates hostility. People become
greedy because they are brainwashed into thinking they may not get what
they earn so they try to make as much as they can to make up for the
difference. Playing the boards, bumping first out, stealing recrews
from others are just ways to make more money or position yourself for
better runs.

I know several ex trainmasters who stepped down and even quit the
company because they could not and would not do the things the company
asked them to do. Humane morality is not allowed by supervisors. When a
mandatory failure rate is ordered they all know they have to be able to
ruin someone's work record everyday. When a job requires a constant
turnover rate it also puts the employees on a cut throat protection
mode. CSX is one of the most cut throat businesses I have ever
encountered. Its not just the men in the fields. The TM'S and RF'S
are just as cut throat towards each other. They will stab and
manipulated each other to make Jacksonville happy and do what ever it
takes to preserve their own position. The great lakes division is a
fine example of dog eat dog. The current "rule" was created from back
stabbing and manipulation. There are many puppets at play.  
Yes, there are those who are just plain self centered jerk off's who
show up that way, but over time you will see how many change after they
get there. Never knowing where and when the next supervisor will jump
out of the bush and bust you for some bogus bull just makes you feel
like a grade school kid getting sent to the principals office. No grown
adult wants to feel like they are being treated like a child or someone
on a chain gang being watched by their warden. 
Welcome to csx. Sit back and watch what supervision does. Watch how
many fra rules they break. What how they break rules to accommodate
their own failures, then write someone else up for doing the same thing
later. Watch how many times they turn their backs and let someone break
a rule so they can get out of hot water. Watch how they instruct
someone to lie on the on boards and submit out right lies. You have no
idea the amount of bogus info that is submitted by supervision on a
daily basis. Dwell times, car counts, departure times(just to name a
few). Watch how power that needs attention bypasses the engine house
just so they can get it out without losing the time that is needed to
prep it correctly. The power desk orders where just tossed to the side
like trash. Just like every thing else is.
SO, don't take it so hard when you deal with idiots on a daily basis.
It is the environment that creates most of these people. You are not
working for an ethical company. Just do your best to stay sane and
don't change if you are a descent person. The most important thing of
all is to lay low, stay out of site, get in and out of your yard as
fast as you can without being seen. Hide as much as possible. You will
have a much better chance of surviving your career without a failure.
Once you have one you will be placed on their hit list of possible
problem children and you will be watched by a designated hit squad.

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Name: Know Better
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 29 March 2015

Some of the things I see on here remind me of the way I feel. Over the
last 12 years I have reached some conclusions. Dont trust your
co-workers. I don't care if he's known as a awesome guy to work with
or the best man on CSX. The manager's at this company are only a small
part of the problem. The employees at CSX are just as bad. Putting
others down, starting rumors and having self entitlement just to name a
few problems on that end. I won't even get started about the modern-day
crap unions and those who represent.

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Name: FTW
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 26 March 2015

If you get ran off can you every come back?

what the average time.....

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Name: 
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Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 26 March 2015

In regards to the post on Riverside California. What is so different
between the Riverside California and any other terminal?Hell most of
the people in the terminals are having sex with one or another, or
thinking about sex, underhanded things are going on all the time in the
terminals. Not all people in the management field are dishonest, but
most of them are and most of them are cheaters.So I see no difference
between one terminal and another.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 25 March 2015

WOW---- what a Train master wanna be ! I have never seen one this
uneducated. HA HA


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 Name: 
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Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 24 March 2015

CSX TREATS SUPERVISORS LIKE THEY ARE DIRT AND THAT IS TO BE EXPECTED
MANAGEMENT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM KNOWS ONLY TREATS AND A NASTY WAY OF
DOING BUSINESS.  MORAL IN TRANSPORTATION IS THE WORST I HAVE EVER
SEEN.
 DONT BELIEVE THE CRAP THEY FEED YOU WHEN HIRING.  SCREMS, THREATS,
PERSONAL SLURS ARE ALL THESE BEATDOWN MANAGERS UNDERSTAND.
IF YOU KNOW WHAT GOOD FOR YOU DON'T WAIST YOUR TIME WITH THESE FOLKS.

ROB A BANK AND WORK ON THE CHAIN GANG. CSX PAY IS BETTER BUT THE CHAIN
GANG WILL BE MORE REWARDING AND LESS STRESS.

THANKS, 4 YEARS WAISTED AND LOOKING.

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Name: East St .Louis Roselake
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Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 1-10 years
Posted: 24 March 2015

I just want to say that Rose lake yard is very impressive. The things
that impress me if how stupid Aleek and his little want to be
trainmasters are. If I was a customer of CSX I would take my business
else where. I know my job relies on customers but I can make way more
money on other railroads and I wouldn't have to be harassed like Rose
lake Managers do...
  I was taking a number 2 and Trainmaster Williams came into the
bathroom telling me he needed me and "I needed to cut it off!" I said
please can I have some privacy please. He then preceded to tell me he
has the authority to fire me for subornation." Because I wasn't
following the instruction of a superior." So I cut it off asap and
then went into his office and then he told me he needed to talk to me
about how he didn't care for my attitude in the bathroom. I explained
how I was sorry that he thought I had an attitude and I wasn't trying
to sound that way. He told me " really I should just shut the fuck and
see what I get for the disrespect of a former US Marine"....I cant
believe how crazy he went on me and really it freaked me out how he is
almost after me. This isn't ok and I shouldn't have to deal with this
at my workplace. I have enough to worry about with safety at work....I
shouldn't have to worry about my Trainmaster freaking me out and
making me feel unsafe ...mentally and physically
  Customers should be the ones thanking us for what we have to deal
with everyday!

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Name: 
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Employed as: Train Master/ supervisor, for 1-10 years
Posted: 24 March 2015

CSX TREATS SUPERVISORS LIKE THEY ARE DIRT AND THAT IS TO BE EXPECTED
MANAGEMENT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM KNOWS ONLY TREATS AND A NASTY WAY OF
DOING BUSINESS.  MORAL IN TRANSPORTATION IS THE WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN.
 DONT BELIEVE THE CRAP THEY FEED YOU WHEN HIRING.  SCREMS, THREATS,
PERSONAL SLURS ARE ALL THESE BEATDOWN MANAGERS UNDERSTAND.
IF YOU KNOW WHAT GOOD FOR YOU DON'T WAIST YOUR TIME WITH THESE FOLKS.

ROB A BANK AND WORK ON THE CHAIN GANG. CSX PAY IS BETTER BUT THE CHAIN
GANG WILL BE MORE REWARDING AND LESS STRESS.

THANKS, 4 YEARS WAISTED AND LOOKING.

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Name: Informer
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Employed as: M of W, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 20 March 2015

So we learned at the REDI center that ties could not be sitting around
for more than 120 days. I tried to get that taken care of and I get
yelled at and told not to worry about it. Track department must be the
bottom of the barrel as far as the railroad goes. The managers are
retarded and we get treated like shit! I was told that this was a great
job so I applied. Then I get my first check and see that I have been
raped. WOW allot gets taken out.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 16 March 2015

For The Retired SP Engineer...

That terminal in Riverside California, why was there so much
malfeasance going in that terminal? One senior manager was caught in a
love triangle with his secretary and a junior manager...another one got
got hiding injury claims...another used corporate funds to get a sex
change operation...another one got caught having oral sex with a rank
and file employee while on duty...and a large number of managers hangs
out at a Bi-Swingers Club just north of the terminal in order to get
initiated into management!

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Name: Laughing 
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Employed as: APE, for 20-30 years
Posted: 12 March 2015

Lower management positions are a waste of potential company profits.
These clowns are falling over each other and they don't know their
head from their ass.. !!!!!!  T/E management is one big joke. Many
managers have been caught stealing from the company like using the CLC
cards and the pro cards for personal use.. To many chiefs an not enough
Indians ..  These bad attitude mangers are what gives management a bad
name. I hold the company responsible because they know about those
losers and doing NOTHING about it.  As a share holder I'm very unhappy
with the  performance of upper management with the lower level
management.

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Name: Glad
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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 10 March 2015

Retired FRA:
Thank you for your service.  Don't know firsthand your personal
experiences but the other... I do.  You're preaching to the choir.
Have very little respect, if any, for the  US DOT\FRA.

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Name: Retired FRA Inspector
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years
Posted: 10 March 2015

Glad:

FRA attorneys and railroad attorneys hold claims collection meetings in
which a token amount is paid to settle a large group of violations. This
has been nothing but a charade for several decades. Inspectors put a lot
of work into the preparation of these violation reports just to see
their attorneys void them or settle for far less than a reasonable
amount. I also witnessed FRA slipping deeper and deeper into the
pockets of railroad management. They squeezed hands under the table
while blaming contract employees for all injuries and accidents. And
FRA started instructing its inspectors to hide in the bushes and try to
catch  employees breaking railroad rules when they had no business doing
that. In the past, we had been told NOT to get involved in railroad
rules. So now there is a situation in which railroad managers demand
that contract employees meet production expectations when meeting those
expectations can only be accomplished by breaking rules. And to rub salt
in the wound, FRA inspectors are trying to catch employees that break
the rules. I am proud of the work that I did while I was an FRA
inspector, but certainly not proud of the agency I worked for.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for N/A
Posted: 10 March 2015

Shouldn't railroad people, experienced and knowledgeable people,
operate, run railroads?   Yes, business is business..., but?

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Name: Glad
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Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 10 March 2015

Right On:

Sad reading. A hell of a way to run a railroad.

Experienced employees\workers are more efficient which more often than
not equates to being safer (& the jobs get done).

Csx employees with any time in at all are attuned to the
double standard, rhetoric BS, ie: the "good show".

Customers/shippers are too, but they also = big business.

Know all about the CFRs pertaining to RRs - USDOT\FRA Government
Regulations that RRs do violate & get away with - no citations.

Big shots plan things for yrs. ahead of time so maybe they know what
all's going on.   Unions & workers often have to play catch-up.
 
Csx has some of the best locations, terminals, & ports east of the
Mississippi.  

Something up?  Another merger, takeover, etc., in the works?
If not, stockholders & this outfit's Board of Directors should get
their heads out of the sand.  

The CULTURE that's bragged about sometimes is just pure BS. 
 
House cleaning is needed. Could & should be a much better and better
managed/run company. Shares should be worth at least double what they
are.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 09 March 2015

To declined....sounds like you were to smart to work out here
anyway.....

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Name: RIGHT ON
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Employed as: Corporate office, for 10-20 years
Posted: 09 March 2015

NEW HIRE DECLINED

Your post has to be one of the best and right on post that I have seen
on this site in years.
But what you did not address is the thorn in the employees back. The
training school. You absolutely can not keep a school running and
afloat without new students. You can not flood a market with employees
and have no where to place them. When you hire and train employees and
put them on the street when they are done, they usually do not return.
When a company counts on government grants to fund their school the
need for a turnover rate is an absolute MUST!
Then you have to factor in the support by businesses and awards with
monetary value. Receiving a JD Powers award and Service star award look
great on paper and in the press. This helps attract business and big
backers. 
Safety awards are another thorn for the employees. A company must show
they are putting their money where their mouths are. By suspending
employees and taking a hard stance on safety they fool the backers into
thinking they are a safe employer. We need not touch that subject any
further.
Then you have a business that is regulated by the Federal government.
Have you ever read the very large book put out by the FRA with
guidelines for the railroads. Yes, we all know there are corrupt
federal officials in the pockets of the railroad but they are still
obligated to put on a show. The railroad business has a very huge
obligation to run trains safely. Tossing employees on the street for
safety violations is one way to put on that good show.
The employees have to understand that a turn over rate is a must!
Keeping the students in the school, putting on a safety is a way of
life show for the feds and backers is much more important than the
moral or the real safety of the work force.
All employees must remember....EMPLOYEE TURN OVER IS A MUST FOR THIS
COMPANY AND IT WILL BE DONE. All you can do is work safely for your own
protection and hope that you are not on duty the day management is
ordered by Jacksonville to start cutting off more heads.

Good luck to all of those employed by the company. Do the best you can,
save your money and ALWAYS REMEMBER someone will be a target ever day.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for Less than 1 year
Posted: 09 March 2015

I thank God every day that I left this shithole csx sucks and so does
everyone that works there your all a bunch of douchebagS

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 09 March 2015

New Hire,

It wasn't always like this, and its not exactly the way you see
things.  Forget about the money, and the long days on these trains. 
Today they are out to fire everyone period!  Thats where all the bad
attitude came into play.  

Remember, everyday you come to work just isn't good enough no matter
how well you perform.  There goal is to fire everyone.  You wonder why
people come in off the street and eventually quit?  CSX DOES SUCK!

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Name: New Hire that Declined
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Employed as: Conductor, for N/A
Posted: 08 March 2015

This site has been running for many years so it has had a cumulative
effect I believe...

I am an individual who jumped through every hoop to land a position
with CSX. I did all the tests then was faced with the realization after
all the trouble I went to to prove to CSX I was worthy that CSX was
not.

Because I had other offers from other companies even though I had set
my first choice of a career to be CSX I had to reconsider my other
options after I learned more.

No one was more disappointed by this than myself as the amount of
bullshit you would have to heap onto a job driving trains to make it
some thing no one with options wants to do is mind boggling.

The reason you likely are faced with a problem of new hires that have
no clue what is going on could very well be a self fulfilling prophecy
that both employees and management are to blame for.

Every qualified candidate that really had the ability to make an
informed opinion already passed on your company. There is a pretty
strong possibility the majority of them easily found this site and
others like it when conducting their own background check while vetting
CSX.

What you now have are candidates who look good on paper but unlikely
were the type that make the effort to look into the environment they
are entering with an unbiased point of view and actually make an
informed opinion of what are the actual state of working conditions,
moral, job satisfaction and union effectiveness.

The most damning opinions did not come from this board ironically but
from the employees conducting the hiring interviews and their honesty
about what they look forward to most in their CSX career...

Retirement.

And these were the guys that managed to succeed in this environment and
advance in position to non T&E jobs... even they are only in it for the
money and can't wait for the ride to end.

Don't read this as a slight to them the did a good job.
However the factual and anecdotal argument against them presented to
candidates looking for confirmation of their level of job satisfaction
even though they are putting on their happy face through the process...
well they already were fighting uphill and it is likely a lot of
candidates wanting to be convinced that CSX is a company they want to
work at will be looking for their insights in unguarded moments.

They alone did not break the camels back.

watching an individual that posts youtube videos from their excitement
of being selected, finishing training then starting their job the
transformation in demeanor is striking.

this individual begins to look increasingly tired and disillusioned
with their career choice right up to the point the youtube videos
simply stop being uploaded. search the internet you will find this
exhausted demeanor on so many of the crews faces and you even arrive at
the FRA run website dedicated to justifying unsavory 24/7 crew calling
practices.

Even enjoyable jobs are not enjoyable when you are not given a chance
for uninterrupted sleep at 24 hour intervals. Whats worse is in
transportation it is downright dangerous.

All claims of safety ring hollow when faced with the actual new hire
conditions of being stuck on an extra board for years and having no
100% guaranteed way to get the rest you need when being on call 24/7.
It is unsafe and everyone knows it

It has not changed because it is motivated by greed on all sides of the
company from employees/unions to management to the top brass.

The irony is everyone would have more job satisfaction and the company
would have a lot less accidents if they doubled the labor pools and cut
the 24/7 on call in half and stopped paying people to be on the clock
for 24 hours a day while sitting at home waiting for a telephone call.

Cut that nonsense in half on both sides. Half the current on call pay
and half the current hours when on call would be a start. 

If you need people to crew trains on standby put them on call for 12
hours then let the bastards go to sleep and don't pay the greedy
buggers 24 hours a day.

You might argue this would cause a strike and the extra board would
starve... yes they might but this is a right of passage in other
industries that should have high levels of job satisfaction and the
root cause of why your industry does not. 

You all made it about the money to a point that it is a nightmare for
yourselves and everyone else. Seriously how did you guys fuck this up
so bad?

Then there are the actual reports of accidents and their causes that
simply confirm all this.

When trying to unravel most mysteries and problems so many can be
solved by following the money.

It seems the perfect storm of greed on all sides has created the
current conditions at CSX that make this company unattractive to
completely qualified candidates that would otherwise jump at the chance
to work here.

How many other qualified people has this company lost besides myself
because of these problems?

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