Burlington Northern Santa Fe
2.8 of 5 27 reviews
www.bnsf.com Fort Worth, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jan 30, 2014

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Chairman, President, and CEO; Chairman, President, and CEO, BNSF Railway Matt Rose

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Just ok. Not the job it once was. Many headaches and management is inexperienced

    Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee)
    Clovis, NM

    ProsGood benefits and above local average pay

    ConsPoorly managed and employees is always leery of management

    Advice to Senior ManagementHired some experienced managers. Not front-line

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    could be a lot better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosinteresting at first, then gets old fast

    Conspolitical atmosphere, 20 years behind everyone else

    Advice to Senior Managementtoo focused in your own progression

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    BNSF's spokespeople blow more smoke than their locomotives do.

    Conductor (Former Employee)
    La Junta, CO

    ProsGenerous compensation and benefit packages for unionized employees.

    ConsLong, mind-numbing shifts and an obligation to work odd hours, often far from home. In the event that an accident of any kind occurs, it will automatically be assumed by management that the employee is at fault. No evidence to the contrary will ever dissuade them of this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want a true view of how a railroad operates, get down on the ground and ask the operating employees. Mr. Warren Buffett needs to give this life-sized train set a good cleaning - by starting at the top and working his way down.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    pretty good for the most part.

    Signalman (Current Employee)
    Tri Cities, WA

    ProsThe job is outdoors and pretty interesting.

    ConsWe have no payed sick leave. There is always the threat of a investigation if you do something wrong, We did not have this threat even in the miltary. We have mangers who are in charge of people and jobs that they have no clue at all about but because they have a degree BNSF believes that they are more qual. to run the show. This is so far of base it's unreal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut people in charge that know what there talking about and who have experience in the job not some college boy who came of the street that does'nt have clue about the job. You don't have to have a degree to manage people and get production, you need the knowledge of the job and real time lines to get it done. And leave people on task to the end quick jerking them all over the place to put out fires mangers think need put out.

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    Good place to work

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsPay, job security, benefits, retirement

    ConsHorrible management, horrible hours, lack of personal life

    Advice to Senior Managementhire from within with people who understand the job

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    The money is the only reason why I work there.

    Switchman (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsMoney, prestige, camaraderie most of the people you work with are cool

    ConsLong, unbalanced, unpredictable working hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop headhunting

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    Career lifestyle, once you're in, you're in, the money and benies are good, helps you put up with the BS.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPaychecks are on time and they never bounce. Insurance is good although that is becoming a sore subject. Bonues were good and measured fairly, but that may be going away soon as well. Being able to move is an option if youy choose, or stay in one place is an option as well. If you choose to move the opportunities are better for career development.

    ConsIf you are a female with a college education, miniority background and maybe even have some military background, you are in. If you do not have these qualities (white male), best of luck to you.

    If you have college, you skip the ground level jobs and go right into management, taking care of 30 year veterans and telling them how to work safely and efficiently (How can they know??).

    If you do not move, management looks at that as you will never move and may overlook you for a position.

    If you do not have these qualities (Female, College, Military, Minority), you will have a tougher time getting "UP" in the company. They higher many, many, many college grads and tell them all they can be the next CEO, and after 18 months if they havent made a contribution to the company, it is on to the next group of college grads... Be aware...

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need a better mix of "ground people" in your management, and not from the same city. People need to be moved from their origin as to not "Look the other way" when something or someone does something wrong.

    Look at the bonus and salary issues of the grade 29, 31, 32's and know that these people are the ones doing the hardest work among the company. They deserve more than a 1.16% - 2.1% raise. Their bonuses are no where near what this company spends of stock options and bonuses for the GM and above levels. Make them "want" to put in the time required to move up.

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    you need to have a very understanding wife

    Conductor (Current Employee)

    Prosmoney money money money and money! if it wasnt for the money it would never be worth the bs and babysiting we are put through!!!

    Conscrazy hours.no idea when your going to work,could be tomorrow could be in five minutes

    Advice to Senior Managementcant understand how they see fit to hire kids to run a multi billion dollar co.. you have to figure out that you can talk safety till your blue in the face but the nuts and bolts of safety is providing a lineup that is some where close to allowing you to be rested. being exahusted is as bad as being drunk.

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    Good pay, good benefits, incompetent management.

    Conductor (Current Employee)

    ProsGood pay, time off when you want it most of the time, good benefits, usually have good and competent people who you'll work with.

    ConsYou will go to work at all hours unless you have a scheduled job. If you are on a scheduled job management will be watching you like a hawk because they're to lazy to drive out and test others on the rode.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou catch more fly's with honey. Treat your workers with respect and you will receive it. Most of the train masters should probably go back to college since they just pulled some of them off the street. If we do something exemplary maybe we should get more than a slip of paper and a pat on the back.
    Some kind of profit sharing for all employees would be nice. What reason do I have to care how successful this company is and to work hard day in and day out to help make it that way?

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