chemin-de-fer wrote:I'm not here to defend anyone's actions, and I am not personally involved in any way. Thought that some background might help people feel better about what they're facing. Or not, but I'll give it a go.with the exception of the NS management statements,which I know nothing about one way or the other..That's about the size of it...
In the last couple of years CSX has continued to move craft training to REDI and there was general rumor that trainmen were next. CSX did not inform any of the entities that were training for them that this was going to happen, just suddenly cut them off with no notice or explanation.
The job of training you was not the only thing those companies were doing for CSX. They were also running thousands of dollars worth of advertising, taking applications, and doing all the HR work (background checks, recruiting sessions, qualifications reviews) as well.
When they were suddenly cut off they probably had a lot of money out there getting ready for the next classes (which were not going to happen). Again, much of this is supposition, so it could be something much like that or I could be way wrong.
AMDG may have had a good general public image, but in the industry...meh.
What's interesting to me is this idea of the applicant paying for his own training. No other railroad was doing this that I'm aware of. But CSX management has been in turmoil lately; there was a bloodbath after the Conrail acquisition and recently they brought some NS people in, and NS has a school in McDonough, GA just south of Atlanta, so it looks like they are making CSX into NS when possible.
So new management comes in, they make sweeping changes leaving their former partners hung out to dry, and this is absolutely nothing new. Railroads always screw with their vendors, always change horses in the middle of the stream at the deepest spot, always deal from the bottom.
It's something to think about from the perspective of "are you really sure you want to work for such people?".
Anyway, if you apply and get on now, you'll probably get paid to go through training instead of the other way around.