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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
294 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.  

    Locomotive Engineer

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    24/7 operation. NO time off to be with family. The work environment is horrible. If you have vacation or personal leave days, you only can take them at company digression. If you take off to handle your business, You will get caught up in absenteeism policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When employees need time off, and they have the days let us take off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    work like a slave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Pay is great, Great instruction

    Cons

    They will work you to death. You will literally have no life if you are a conductor or engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    old boys club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay if you like OT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shop Laborer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Shop Laborer in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Training department is absolutely terrible. They have you watch videos then expect you to fully service a engine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave more on the job training hands on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I've seen pre school plays better organized then this place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanic in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanic in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    good pay for the skill required
    good insurance but kind of pricey
    unionize but old school seniority based
    easy work

    Cons

    The managers have no people skills and are full of excuses. They are plenty of good ideas but they would rather do things backwards. The shop is very disorganized. There are more employees who would rather spend the day trying to screw each other over than working together or doing any work at all. It is a 24/7 work environment so you will have to work every weekend and be off on Tuesday and Wednesday. Everything is seniority based so time and new hires are the only ways to get a better job. There are never any parts and are just now getting tools. Vacation and paid time off are minimal compared to other companies. I'm not sure how the company makes any money. Railroad jobs are not as glamorous as they seem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers who have business degrees and railroad experience. Not kids fresh out of college who don't know how to deal with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Meaningless practices, right hand doesn't know what left hand is doing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Pay is very good especially after the first year, however, you can be forced back to training wages if company deems necessary for you to take another position, benefits are good. Money, that's it.

    Cons

    Schedule is grueling to both employee and their family. That is understandable but with efficiency and some planning it could be made better. Just one example, don't call a train crew at 3am for a train only to sit on it until 2 that afternoon. Some positions lose ability to choose their own careers. Conductors are forced into engine service or be fired. Which means losing seniority and the hope of ever having a normal schedule. It's not a promotion if you have no choice other than to be fired. Company doesn't take families into consideration other than to pay us well.

    Remote management. Contributes to the inefficiencies, wasted time and decision based on some pretty faulty logic. Union vs. management it's up front and present. Union has many drawbacks, but some benefits in the form of safety and compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in serious study of current practices and identify efficiency. In addition to saving money it will help make jobs easier on employees and their families. Stop forcing into positions unless it's absolutely necessary, Ask for input locally when making decisions. If you want loyal, safe, happy employees try and take them into consideration and perhaps allow them to make those decisions that affect their own careers and families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sluggish and wasteful company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Systems Training Instructor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Mechanical Systems Training Instructor in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    An easy job - not much was expected to be considered successful
    Lots of time to read and reflect - only actually worked about 25% of the time

    Cons

    Upper management is not in touch and not sincere about improvement
    More concerned about how people feel than achieving results - and people feel like maintaining the status quo
    Extremely poor vacation and no sick leave
    Union membership just cost money but added no benefit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your lean initiatives seriously. Measure your success and focus on ROI. Get rid of programs that are merely window dressing. Get serious about developing rigorous training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from train service - Conductor or Engineer.

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    • 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 (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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Your life belongs to the railroad

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    • 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 (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
  10. 6 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 (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
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    This job will destroy any life you had.

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

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (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

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