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Updated Mar 29, 2014
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Operations Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Union Pacific in September 2013.

Interview Details – Online application, followed by two interviews. First interview was at a hotel with a mix of current employees and new applicants. Two written tests and a personality assessment along with the first actual interview. Fairly standard interview questions,emphasis on safety and leadership, highlight these experiences if you have them. Whole process was about a half a day or so. Second interview was at the regional he, more intimate with a panel of six people or so, made up of the regional Vice President, HR director, and some other high up folks.

Interview Question – Nothing way outside the box, be prepared to answer situational questions about leadership and safety   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not much room to negotiate, they have a cap, even if you are experienced, however, the money comes later.they send you an offer letter if they want you and you either accept or decline.

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Track Maintenance Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Omaha, NE

I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Union Pacific.

Interview Details – Phone interview then in person with single HR rep. A month or two later flew into Omaha for a final interview with a few people. They were good about explaining the position and that it is not a fit for everyone. You have to sacrifice a lot of time. They said as you move up the ladder it gets harder, not easier.

Interview Question – Name a scenario where safety was an issue and what you did about it?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Took another offer.

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Locomotive Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Union Pacific in June 2010.

Interview Details – Very politically correct company, hiring process very competitive, includes written skills test and physical abilities test, if called for an interview they get real in depth about all your past experiences, goals,etc.. Explain in detail that you are expected to work 365 days a year 24/7 on call, no scheduled off days. But you really can't fathom this until you do it. These days if you try and take a day off they will harass you and intimidate you, investigate you, fire you. They could not care less about you or your family or your family life. As long as trains are moving they are happy. If you get this in your head you will be fine. Don't worry, You will make lots of money to pay alimony and child support to your family when they leave you!

Interview Question – Since you previously worked indoors, help us understand what makes you think you can work outdoors.   View Answer

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Director of Terminal Operations Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Union Pacific.

Interview Details – Very lengthy with a panel over one day.

Interview Question – What do you bring to this company?   Answer Question

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Easy Interview

Associate Applications Developer Interview

Associate Applications Developer
Omaha, NE

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Union Pacific in January 2014.

Interview Details – I applied in September of 2013 and I was offered a phone interview in December of 2013. The questions were mostly behavior and personality questions. I was offered an in person interview in January of 2014. They flew me to Omaha, NE for the in person interview the day before and paid for the hotel. It was an all day thing. The panel interviews were not difficult at all; mostly behavior questions. I was nervous at first, but there is no need to be. The BAPT test is pretty simple as long as you understand how to program.

About two weeks later I received an offer. The offer was more than I expected, and I accepted.

You have to be patient because it is a long process.

Interview Question – None of the questions were difficult   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation wasn't an option. The number they offered was very generous though.

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Accepted Offer

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Very Easy Interview

Train Crew Interview

Train Crew

I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Union Pacific.

Interview Details – Had to wait all day for the interview and really didn't know what to expect. When I got in the room it was easy as pie. I'm normally nervous at interviews but with this company the interview is simple 10mins and I was out.

Interview Question – What do you bring to the company?
Who is responsible for safety?
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Negotiation Details – No negotiations. it's all unionized

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Senior Manager, IT Interview

Senior Manager, IT

I applied online and interviewed at Union Pacific.

Interview Details – Pannel interview process with the hiring manager

Interview Question – Why you chose that company   Answer Question

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Crew Dispatcher Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Union Pacific.

Interview Details – Took a while, but was an overall good experience

Interview Question – are you ok with shift work and overnights   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Union based position, so no negotiation

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Easy Interview

Trainer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Denver, CO

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Union Pacific in April 2013.

Interview Details – A joke. Required interviewees to drive through a blizzard to attend an interview which was more like a sales pitch for the company. After the pitch, waited three hours as they interviewed those who showed up one by one based on when they originally submitted their application, not when they showed up for the interview.

Interview Question – None. They were all generic questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. I tried and they indicated that while my experience and education warranted greater pay they could not pay more due to the Union environment.

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Average Interview

Project Engineer Interview

Project Engineer
Omaha, NE

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Union Pacific in July 2012.

Interview Details – There was a preliminary phone interview conducted due to the fact I lived out of state. I had to follow up on this interview to get feedback to which I was told that they were going to hire me. Then a week later I was told that they wanted to conduct a in-person working interview. They flew me out and it went very well. At the conclusion of the interview, I was told that they would be in contact with me. It took them over a month to finally get me an offer and an additional 2 months to finally start work.

Interview Question – It was a technical question concerning radio frequency attenuation.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – The negotiation phase was long and drawn out, they drug their feet getting back to me and presented the offer as non-negotiable.

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