Union Pacific

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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
276 Reviews
3.4
276 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay ok benefits but they are taking them year by year (in 31 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits, but they come at a price (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a lot of work life balance, its really is a 24 hour company (in 15 reviews)

  • You will be on call 24/7 with ZERO days off and absolutely no schedule (in 26 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Running their people into the ground

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Money's good. Benefits are good. Retirement is amazing. Most of the people are friendly.

    Cons

    I'm not even sure where to start. I'm in HR, and it's frustrating to see all of the mismanagement and unfair treatment of employees. Our objectives will raise arbitrarily from one month to the next, but there is little to no support from management to achieve those goals. These arent small increments, either...our hiring goal for 2014 went from 3200 to nearly 6,000 in twelve months.

    I've got co-workers contacting me every single day, either in tears or threatening to quit. Sometimes it's both. There are levels of stress that were previously unimaginable. Vacations are denies. Then we are scolded if we try to take our vacation at the end of the year. Also, nobody will let us carry over vacation days...so if we do not use them, we lose them.

    Our managers try to help, but they ore overwhelmed to. God forbid there be some actual compensation for this extra work, either. WE get several "thank yous" from our bosses, and those are fine. But after so many twenty hour days they lose their impact. Days off never happen either. A teammate was on vacation and was cheewed out for not responsing to emails wheh she was gone.

    Our HR managers either unfit for their jobs, simply don't care and are running out the clock until they retire, or are so out of touch with whats happening in the field and even in home office that the employees are wearing down. Requests for help are not listened to. Extra effort means nothing. Working early, late, nights, weekends, holidays is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More help. Act genuine. Exectuives and high levels are hard to approach. One manager even gave a specific email that she shouldnt be included on emails going forward because she had more to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    horrible

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Offers good pay with great health benefits, 401k, and pension. work with someone different everyday, always something different

    Cons

    no life, never home, called at all hours of the night. the spend thousands of dollars to train you just to spend the rest of your career trying to fire you. management doesn't care about anything but their own bonuses and will stop at nothing to get them, even if it means making work life horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go to church

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Switchman in North Platte, NE
    Former Employee - Switchman in North Platte, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    The only pros are the work is not very physically demanding.

    Cons

    The working conditions and hours are horrible at best. The company leaves the toilets in the cab of the locomotives with heaping piles of poo in it for employees to breath all the time just for an example. The management are arrogant and totally out of touch with the employees and are constantly trying to find things to fire people for. Warren Buffet once said Union Pacific is the most mismanaged gold mine in America. No truer words have been spoken. The constant harassment from management alone is enough to make a person quit. The benefits keep going farther and farther down. They will give you a raise that equates to about $5 because they counter any negotiated raises by increasing your contributions to your health benefits so you really never get a raise. It's like pulling teeth to get paid any claims etc. Just all around a horrible place to work. I would definitely NOT suggest this career path for anyone, not even my worse enemy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company pays well but has terrible managerial skills.

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a good paying job with decent benefits, but you have to give up your entire life to this company. You have the freedom of being able to work outside and make your own decisions of how to do the job correctly, and in a safe manner.

    Cons

    The quality of life is very poor working as a conductor or engineer for this company. If you don't like being at home this would be a great job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to retrain the managers and help them with their people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cutthroat Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conductor/Engineer
    Former Employee - Conductor/Engineer

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits and retirement. I worked with some good people. They had strong unions, but they are getting weaker daily.

    Cons

    Mangement! This is a money persuaded business. They could care less about your family and what is happening at home. You will be told often how your life at home is priority as well as your safety, but you better show up no matter what and if you get hurt, will fire you for something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't matter, they will never listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Near bottom of totem seniority pole, if you have the chance to land a better job, do it.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits, that is all. Depending on the day of the week either stuck with a moron for a supervisor, or a decent supervisor who actually can think, and knows the job position.

    Cons

    Remote management of operating point is horrible. Supervisors are a joke, some cannot read, some just have a lack of intellectual useage and no common sense. Typical UP propganda, management does not know what it is doing. Mechanical operations only knows how to "wing it." Not solve anything, measure, or accurately accumulate any real secondary data to make needed changes. Guessing and then trying another non planned move just does not cut it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in a manager who actually has a business degree. Cuts here and there for overhead cost but not measuring the changes? Between union and management hard to gage who is supporting who.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is not your granddaddy's railroad.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in North Platte, NE
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in North Platte, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Prestige exists in name only.

    Cons

    My nightmare with this place started with my first day of conductor class in North Platte, Ne. The instructor had several don'ts on the board as if we were in 6th grade. One of these was push in your chair or you will get written up. Two write ups and you get fired. WOW!! He got pissed off when you called him "sir" instead of by his first name. SAY WHAT!! He jumped from one book to the other during lectures and by the time you found where he was at, he had moved on. Ask him to slow down and he would soon be back at it again. He kept getting off task and start joking with the younger students about whatever and then complain that he needed more class time to teach. He also said that a couple people in the class were old enough to be his father right after he got through talking about EEO regulations. Management also would come into our classes everyday to tell/remind us what a great place this was to work. Like trying to convince us. They also made a joke of how we would have all this money and toys at home but have no time ourselves to enjoy them. Older conductors tell me they hire a lot of people and then look for ways to fire you. Glad I am out of there. Politically correct atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get classroom instructors that know how to teach and not bring there own idiosyncrasies into the classroom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company church required

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrician in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Electrician in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is difficult to find many positive thing to say; decent pay, some decent employees, good safety, some decent work conditions, some decent shifts,

    Cons

    NO sick days, little vacation. ALL benefits come directly out of your salary. Zero tolerance for honest mistakes. If you are not interested in marrying to company, or joining the company church, probably not a good career choice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with more respect and not as expendable or disposable parts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    They like to think you are their property.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety Department in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Safety Department in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit and retirement package, if you make it that long. Good pay in most departments.

    Cons

    Ridiculous rules at headquarters. No walking and talking on phone. No even looking at your phone while walking. No walking with hands in your pockets. Must hold onto handrail while on an escalator or while ascending or descending stairs. Must obey all crosswalk signs while walking to and from work including no crossing in the middle of the street. Must keep all drawers in desk pushed in.

    Management by intimidation. Feeling of walking on eggshells everyday.

    If you are laughing at work, you are having too much fun for being at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't own your employees.

    Try to retain good employees, not look for ways to fire them.

    Adopt a different style of management. Scared of losing your job everyday is ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    not to good they do not keep their word. they say one thing and do another and still frie you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Condutor in West Colton, CA
    Current Employee - Condutor in West Colton, CA

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    there are no good thing about the u p the boss are mean the pay sucks and they are looking the get you fired all the time

    Cons

    the hours and the whether and going out of town

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need to keep there end of the deal that they make with the pepole

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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