BNSF Railway

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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
183 Reviews
3.1
183 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 2 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
  2.  

    Very strict process...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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
  3. 1 person 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 an 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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 3 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I love the job. Hated the managment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The benefits, are almost untouchable. Full medical, dental, vision. 401k, stock purchases. Vacation is available from day 1. 1 week first year, 2 weeks second year. 3 weeks after 7 years.

    Cons

    The leadership is poor at best. They try to blame everything on the blue collar individuals rather than take responsibility for things themselves or as a company as a whole. There is no balance of work and life. If you are on the road as a road engineer or conductor you are gone 200+ days a year. But you are paid nicely for it. You can work a normal shift of 7-3 but you are paid less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be a manager at BNSF Railway you have to devote your life to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's a challenging job

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

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    pay is good and so are benifits

    Cons

    work life balance, difficult hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to hire more workers.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not bad...

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

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    money is good if that's what you want

    Cons

    hours... with ever changing schedule!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's ok

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

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits, thanks to my Union.

    Cons

    The negative attitudes created by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually overview you management at the terminal level. Get rid of operation testing and move towards more coach and council. Create incentives for a team work attitude instead of encouraging the separation of salaried and schedule employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    lots of opportunities at bnsf

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    lots of opportunities at the organization

    Cons

    stuff environment at the organization

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