Union Pacific Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
251 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good pay ok benefits but they are taking them year by year (in 28 reviews)

  • The pay is great when they don't lay you off twice a year so that they can make their yearly dollar amount (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 25 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutthroat Management

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    • 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
  2. 2 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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    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is not your granddaddy's railroad.

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    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
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company church required

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    • 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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    They like to think you are their property.

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    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very disorganized. Be prepared to be lied to.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    RR retirement IF you make good money. That is it. Other RRs have retirement and a whole lot more they can offer one.

    Cons

    Terrible management in Chicago Commuter Operations. Safety of these trains is not a concern until they get caught by the FRA. Just get them out on time! They can care less about YOU! I was lied to about the $ and job description. Put me and my family in a very bad situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had wished someone cared besides my coworkers.

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    FAILURE FAILURE FAILURE that is all this company looks for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Hermiston, OR
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Hermiston, OR

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

    Pros

    Good pay ok benefits but they are taking them year by year

    Cons

    24/7 365 on call you have NO life this company preaches safety but only to cover their ass it's not for the employee. If you stay marked up after six days the feds say you must have three days off that is without pay and you don't get days off so the only way to get time off is to call in sick then they threaten you with your job if you call in six times in 90 days. I think this is the only job in the world that your ONLY accomplishment it to make it through your tour of duty without getting fired and not making it to your final terminal so you get paid more. because all this company looks for is failure there are NO at a boys good job or anything close to that. THIS company is 100% reactive NOT proactive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why is EVERYTHING with this company based on failure there is NO positive attitude towards it's employees you treat your employees like crap you need to realize without the TE&Y there would be no revenue for the share holders if the freight don't move where does the money come from you need the train crews to make money for the share holders so why do you treat them so badly. You really need to talk to the crews and get some feed back it could really make this a better company. A happy employee is a good employee so far all you have done is MAKE disgruntle employees any employee besides the one's in Omaha that say their a happy employee is a lier

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!

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

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

    Pros

    If there are any, I have failed to identify them.

    Cons

    After they hire you for a promised 40 hour work week they then tell you you're 24/7 and mean it. The leadership in this organization is non-existent at all lower and middle levels. The benefits are paid by union dues and "tier 2" retirement contributions that you lose should you ever quit. .... i.e. this is not a 401k. The base salary is decent but once they get done taking out union dues and retirement (both required) you lose about 8k a year. This company is run by morons who are stuck in the past and think that because they have been around for 150 years they don't need to change with the times. Someone ought to clue them into Kodak and others. While the career opportunities are abundant, they are only abundant if you want to move or aren't interested in what you enjoy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your leadership. The current programs aren't working!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wasting Shareholder money for their own goods...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Company rules and regulation pretty straight forward ( In The Rules Book )

    Cons

    Racism, Favoritism, Discrimination, Retaliation they are good at it ( Using power and shareholder money )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kind of courtesy for 150 year ( Lack of education people and lazy people always promoted first )

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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