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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
34 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.  

    Poor work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in El Paso, TX

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Good benefits ok pay but not what I expected

    Cons

    Horrible union/mgt/co-workers. Union heads are sucking the dues out of them and they take advantage of members constantly laying off and depleting resources. Mgt is constantly looking for a reason to write them up even for things that don't need to be that extreme. It creates a negative work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bridge the gap. Find a way to clean house of the undesirable type of employees that infest the company and are ruining a potentially great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A great company if they give you a chance!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Apprentice Train Dispatcher in Spring, TX
    Current Employee - Apprentice Train Dispatcher in Spring, TX

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay and Benefits. Some of the management is BIAS, and have "favorites".

    Cons

    THEY fail to tell you that you have to pass the training with a 90% to stay in the program. They should give this information in the interview process, I was only told that it would be various hours , and holidays, I was not told that I would have to pass several exams to keep my job with the company. This information should be shared so that I person can decide if they want to take a chance and "gamble" with the program or stay where they are at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont be so subjective when it comes to testing, every person should have the same test! its only fair. The testing is subjective, and instructors can make the EXAMS as easy, or as difficult as they see fit. You shouldn't play when it comes to people employment. Families are affect, marriages. I have been out of work for several months, I took the job because I thought it would be a great opportunity.When you leave a company to go to another company, you are giving up a job, benefits, and stability. I worked hard to pass the EXAM, but unfortunately I didn't make it through the entire program. My advice to management, is to offer those employees who don't make it though training a different job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Extremely political and militant culture. Cater to engineering, but nobody else matters.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Good benefits. One of the only companies left to offer a pension, but they usually lay people off if they manage to stay that long.

    Cons

    Management does not respect anyone. They hire through the good ol boys club, which means if you are Mormon, you have a shot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Manager at Union Pacific.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Manager Track Maintenance
    Current Employee - Manager Track Maintenance

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

    Pros

    Retirement is good and that's it.

    Cons

    The upper management does not care what so ever about how hard everyone works! I have worked 36 hours straight as well as 24 hours trying to keep things running. After all the hard work top VP's said us managers weren't working hard enough and started point out flaws in everyone's work. It is a tough pill to swallow when people like me have given all we can! It is easy to sit in an office and pick apart someone's day when you have know idea of all we go through on a day to day basis!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't say you care, show you care! I have worked here for 17 years and was a proud employee. Now I could never in good conscience recommend to anyone that Union Pacific is a good place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Running their people into the ground

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    • 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
  7. 3 people 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 a 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
  8. 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
  9. 3 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cutthroat Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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