Union Pacific Reviews

Updated June 21, 2014
Updated June 21, 2014
245 Reviews
3.6
245 Reviews
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Pros
  • Pay and benefits, but they come at a price (in 15 reviews)

  • Good pay ok benefits but they are taking them year by year (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a lot of work life balance, its really is a 24 hour company (in 14 reviews)

  • You will be on call 24/7 with ZERO days off and absolutely no schedule (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Your life belongs to the railroad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay and Health Benefits

    Cons

    Terrible management, Working conditions, Schedule, Union leadership, and Culture. Not long after I got hired, I realized how much of a joke this place was....needless to say, I took the first train out of there lol.

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

    Stay away from train service - Conductor or Engineer.

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

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

    Pros

    Big Pay, good but shrinking benefits.

    Cons

    No Life. You owe your sole to the company. If you have a spouse you may be looking at divorce. If you have kids forget family time or functions.
    You are on call 24/7 and just try to take a day off, they keep a list from A to E if you make the E list you are terminated at the third visit to this list. What gets you on this list - taking a weekend or holiday off.
    Managers are hired from the street and know less about the railroad than the workers. managers at some location outnumber employees
    The unions have given up and will not fight anymore but you still must belong. If the company shorts you just forget about it as the unions will not fight the claims. The Company denies all valid claims so as to over load the unions and hopes you just give up. There is wage theft on a major scale.
    You are constantly shadowed and tested, the slightest test failure will result in discipline. Discipline ranges from weeks to months off without pay(be sure to get job insurance) or permanent dismissal.
    You will be called at all hours and on all days, holidays included. You will be called with little sleep and expected to work 12 hours or more. There is no schedule, you cannot plan your life, think constant canceled Doctors appointments, missed children's birthdays, plays and other family functions.
    Diabetes is rampant because of constantly changing work times and no regular sleep patterns.
    Unless you are a workaholic, single, never need a day off and can sleep at the drop of a hat stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire from within the ranks, need to do away with testing quotas. Institute shift based scheduling for train service employees. Need to have guaranteed day's off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not family friendly

    Current Employee - Locomotive EngLocomotive  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Locomotive EngLocomotive in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Union benefits including
    Insurance benefits
    Retirement benefits

    Cons

    No family time
    If money is to be made, extra board must be worked
    Unable to schedule family functions or make any plans because of schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Was terminated for not being at an out of town location on time. I was told two different dates by management. Per idem would not be offered because of relocation. We purchased an RV. Arrived at location and was dismissed after 6 month probation.
    I had taken personal time to take care of my wife's husband who was terminally ill. Since we weren't yet arrived it was not seen as family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    This job will destroy any life you had.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conductor  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Conductor in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    The only reason why anyone works for the Railroad is the pay and benefits which really aren't that good when you take a serious look at what you give up to get them.

    Cons

    - You will be on call 24/7 with ZERO days off and absolutely no schedule. This means that you will never be able to make plans. If you have a wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend, kids, pets, etc.. Forget about seeing them or EVER making plans with them. This is not an exaggeration.
    - The only way you can get time off is by "Laying Off Sick" (basically calling in sick).. However, this is highly monitored by the managers and there is a ridiculous formula they use to determine if you're doing this to often. Also, since there are NO paid sick days off, be prepared to lose an average of $600 each time you call in if your a through freight employee.
    - While at home, you will have 10 hours that they cannot call you to work, after that you are free game for them to call you in.
    - The biggest problem is the separation between Managers and Train Crews. The managers are required to test the employees on all rules and operations while they are in the field running trains. The problem with this is that the rule book is literally 4 inches thick and it changes DAILY. So, things that were okay to do yesterday will get you fired today. So, even if you stay up on all the changes your manager might not and since a majority of them have never even been on a train, their interpretation of the rule could be wrong. Now, I don't want to say that managers are always to blame because the crews mess up plenty but just imagine going to work everyday knowing that instead of having a Manager that's going to lead, motivate and manage crews that you're going to have to worry about them surprising you with a test after you've been working all night and firing you.
    - If you want to be a crew member on a Through Freight Train expect to stay in some of the worst hotels you can imagine. In my experience, I have seen major problems with bed bugs, snakes, roaches, rats, no A/C, Heat or Electricity. The worst was a time we got stuck for two days in a hotel that did not have running water!
    - The list goes on for days, trust me, you do not want to work for this company!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand that the Railroad is about getting Freight over the road, to your customers and not about taking care of your employees but you'd have to be a fool not to notice how negative of a place it is. If you want on time deliveries to increase and injuries to decrease, you're going to have to do something about improving employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Archaic leadership in the field

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Terminal Operations  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director of Terminal Operations in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Salary and compensation. Challenging work environment.

    Cons

    Old school leadership and politics. No real commitment to change in the field. Corporate in Omaha is very disconnected with field operations. The headquarters talks a good talk, but does not deliver to field management. 12 hour days are archaic and counter productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the value of field management to your success. The steel meets the rail for revenue with field operations management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    OMT Program and Women

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Yard Operations  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager Yard Operations in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent Salary, Benefits, Retirement (if vested....5+ years)

    Cons

    If working in the field as a Manager (Transportation, etc) this is not the place for females.....it is very much a male dominated field.......Female Managers will most likely be treated well by TE&Y employees, it is the Male Managers that are the problem.......
    The hours are normally 12-15 hrs a day, 24/7....including holidays/weekends, you are on 'duty' all the time........they call you even when on vacation........if you don't anwer the phone, you are considered insubordinate..... Lack of support from upper management..........lack of respect, integrity!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need Diversity training, learn how to Respect others, lose the Alpha Male mentality!!!

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

    Ok at best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Representative  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and job security, you pay into Railroad Retirement instead of Social Security. Not a lot of opportunities outside of Omaha, but enough in-house.

    Cons

    Good ol boy culture, and is very outdated. A lot of cliques, not a lot of opportunities outside of Omaha, NE. Not a lot of work life balance, its really is a 24 hour company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change with the times, it's 2014 not 1911.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    senior management must like your face; long over due for promotion

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

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

    Pros

    great place to start, but most people finish where they started with this company

    Cons

    operations manager is the worst place to start your career

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ruthless Company & Horrible Lifestyle

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

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The job itself is very interesting and unique, plus you'll work with some of the best co-workers anywhere.

    Cons

    Although there are numerous cons to being a conductor, the biggest is the fact that Union Pacific literally despises their Train, Engine & Yard employees. I could never understand this, since we were the folks moving trains from Point A to Point B, which means we were bringing in the revenue.
    It's a sad culture at UP...a total Management vs Workers, mostly perpetuated by management's dismissive attitude towards their employees.
    Also, you had better be prepared to be furloughed for long periods of time and when you first hire out, you'll get no unemployment of any kind your first year.
    Bottom line is that the railroad lifestyle is unlike any other and you'd better think about it seriously before hiring on with them. Being on call 24/7, 365 days a year becomes brutal and the job really takes over your life in a negative way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your employees with respect, not with disdain.

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

    transportation

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

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

    Pros

    Money is good if you can get them to pay a claim

    Cons

    No family life benefits suck and most of all your only accomplishment is to make through the day without getting fired over their rules that change every day if you ask two managers the same question on a rule you will get two differant answers To get hired you have to have atleast two years of resent employment then you get hired and spend the next 3 years on the unemployment line THATs just criminal this is by far one of the worst companies in the world to work for they DON'T care about any employees unless you are in upper managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try treating employees with respect and quit micro managing a happy employee is a good employee quit trying to fire every employee every day if you are going to have a safety manager it should be someone that is honest and can comply with all rules as the rest of the employees (Not lie about accidents) get out and talk to the employees ask what they think about the company they work for (Transportation) NOT the office personal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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