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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
200 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, company perks, and a great investment/retirement package (in 17 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, good opportunities with a bachelors degree (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Pockets of job concentration that can cause unnecessary work/life balance issues (in 18 reviews)

  • Lots of travel and long hours ( I actually enjoyed this aspect, but not everyone does) (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay and benefits!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    Great pay and benifits.
    Most the people are good coworkers.

    Cons

    Poor management. No schedule. (But you are compensated for the life style.) Wish they would stop trying to Fire people as soon as they hire them. People gossip why too much in this industry for some reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good so far

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laborer in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Laborer in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    People and concistancy also traveling

    Cons

    On the road if you have family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed emotions both good and bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a great provider for a family with an average 80k a year in my craft (locomotive engineer) great health insurance and retirement.

    Cons

    No home life. On call to work over the road 24/7/365 can not make any plans. The union has created an atmosphere where every one whines and complains all day and management does seem to hire you just to fire you. Hard to advance your career. If you want to go into management your union brothers will hate you for "being a company man" and entering into management generally requires you to be in the click.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat craft employees like people instead of lesser beings than yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Not as family friendly as they tout

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a career minded organization and one of the last few Graduation to Grave jobs you can get in today's society. You can be as successful as you aspire to be as long as you "play the game".

    Cons

    Work schedules and hours for operations employees are wildly erratic.

    Exempt/office employees face glass celings depending upon role and entry point into company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to more universally enforce rules and policies across the board to create cohesion in workgroups

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intermodal Equipment Operator

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Operator in Cicero, IL
    Current Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Operator in Cicero, IL

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Entry level position. Can craft transfer after a year of service. Good railroad retirement. Medical benefits after 90 days. Dental and vision after a year.

    Cons

    No accountability! Co-workers do as they please. Ramps are not organized. when ramp gets busy they can force you to work another 8 hours for a total 16 hour days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people with respect and not just a number.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity to learn about rail transportation. Salary is decent, bonus is not so great, but the company pension & railroad retirement keep the flock in place.

    Cons

    There is no shortage of hours, but this is the norm in the transportation industry. Can rise to mid-level management fairly quickly, but politics prevent meaningful promotions. Simmering in middle management can be frustrating for talented individuals, and BNSF excels at this. The company does not maximize its talent. BNSF is big on selling its Leadership Model, and small on actually employing it on a day-to-day basis. Bonus program is based on company performance, so high performers are almost never rewarded for the value they've brought to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit promoting based on one's ability to politic. You have a huge talent pool that is going unused, while new and untested/unproven folks are being promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very strict process...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Welder in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They don't make the process easy. You can work comfortably with your employees cause it's designed to eliminate the weak and keep the strong.

    Cons

    Having a troubled past will hurt you.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor company/employee relationships

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, good opportunities with a bachelors degree.

    Cons

    work-life balance, always on call, treated poorly by management. You are nothing more than a number to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your people and improve relationships with the union.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A nice place to work, but....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary, good benefits, nice facilities

    Cons

    Company is in transition as a lot of experience is retiring and there is no orderly transition to new hires and training and support is minimal. Communication is more form rather than substance and managers do a very poor job of communicating effectively with subordinates.

    Additionally, there is limited movement or advancement. As always, politics does play a part and reviews become more of a beauty contest rather than a true evaluation. There are plenty of empty chairs, ones filled with people who make no effort but manage to stay employed. This puts the burden on others to make up for the slacking employees and adversely affects work/life balance. Oh, and be prepared to have your ideas stolen and receive no credit or benefit. HR department is worthless.

    Lastly, the company is transitioning many positions to their Topeka office which makes advancement, unless you re-locate, difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The BNSF leadership model is used by managers as a club against employees, but management is not held to the standard of the leadership model. They should look critically at their current managers and determine if they are what they really need for the future. The adage at grad school was; ' you don't always get the management you want, but the one you deserve.'

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Well-run company with solid pedigree & Buffett backing, but leadership, diversity, and culture issues abound

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job stability is a plus and a long-term career is possible. Generous vacation time and a strong pension program are strengths.

    Cons

    Bad leaders are often promoted and moved instead of being properly managed. There is a gross lack of diversity among leadership and common diversity concerns that haven't been addressed. There is also a strong sense of organizational arrogance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture will have to change or the storied history will be tainted in the very near future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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