Union Pacific

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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
259 Reviews
3.4
259 Reviews
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Union Pacific President & CEO John J. Koraleski
John J. Koraleski
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay ok benefits but they are taking them year by year (in 29 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool job, terrible leadership.

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

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

    Pros

    Paychecks never bounce, decent pay, some overtime, health insurance, steady job, nice personal protective equipment, unique job, free wifi,

    Cons

    The goal of the mechanical department is not to repair and maintain locomotives, the goal is to make it look like they did. Pay close attention to the reviews of union pacific because the departments are drastically different. Managers and office people are in a whole different universe than the folks throwing switches and turning wrenches. The mechanical department employs craftspeople who work on the Locomotives: Electricians, Machinists (mechanics), Sheet metal workers (welders and pipefitters), and Laborers (MSO's or Fireman & Oilers). Unlike non-railroad union trades you pay for your healthcare and pension out of your check so subtract $5 an hour from whatever the current rates is and that's more realistic for calculating take home pay. The job training is laughable, most recently hired electricians have a construction background which doesn't translate well to locomotives. You will be put with a mentor who will teach you the wrong and quick way to do every task. The company has training instructors that hold official classes BUT they can only teach 3 to 5 people at a time for some unknown reason and all they do is show you a powerpoint. I received Locomotive familiarization class a few months after I had started working on locomotives which shows how much the company cares. You are going to be expected to do work you have no training for and then you will have to sign government documents saying you did it properly. Most of the tasks you do in the mechanical department are Federal Railroad Administration (government) required maintenance tasks. The company doesn't care about these things and the foreman and your fellow workers will encourage you to just sign off a lot of tasks without actually doing them. I have been yelled at by foreman for doing work properly because it was a waste of time. Following company and FRA rules is a waste of time to the mechanical department. Safety is stressed from day one but you will see by the pathetic facilities that it's just for show. The PPE is nice but locomotive blue flag lockout equipment is not adequate. Smoking and cell phones are not allowed even though people smoke everywhere and are always on their cell phones, in fact foreman and workers communicate exclusively with personal cellphones on the job even though it's against company policy to even have a phone on you at work. Working for UP is like a football game, the referees can call a penalty on every play if they really wanted to. The rule book is thick like a bible and open to managerial interpretation so no matter what you do you're probably doing something wrong. The company has completely incompetent leadership at every level. They claim to use the Toyota management model where every workers input and suggestions will be heard, but that is just not true. If you (the low level employee) sees a problem or an opportunity for improvement and you tell a manager or foreman the only response you will get is "put it in the solution center" (in a heavily condescending tone). Solution center is a computer program where you enter your suggestions and someone from management will get back to you. Do you know how many mechanics and electricians care enough to follow through this process? Not many, so things remain unpleasant. Tools and equipment remain broken for months because the system depends on the lowest level employee taking all the responsibility for improvement, it's not working UP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of hiring engineers (the kind that design bridges) fresh out of college to be mechanical department managers you should hire some people with business management degrees (or god forbid a regular crafts person with an associate degree) that actually knows how to do simple things like: Speak to subordinates like humans, introduce themselves, speak in front of a group, dress professionally, and talk with out using profanity. If employes literally scatter and run away from managers, like they do here in the mechanical department, then it should be obvious that your management technique is not working. We are all on the same team, this could be a fantastic job if we had better leadership. The goal of the mechanical department should be to fix and maintain locomotives instead of pretending to so the numbers look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Easiest job you will hate the most

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Union jobs that are almost impossible to be fired from. You can come to work everyday and not have anything expected of you and it doesn't really matter if you did anything or not.

    Cons

    The management has no clue what is going on. The foreman just wing it and the employees do what they want. There are no standards so it changes everyday as the management sees fit. A lot of the senior guys have a disgruntled attitude which gives the place a negative vibe. Most people have been here over five years and wouldn't know where to start if they actually had to troubleshoot something. Jobs are seniority bases so the only thing that gets you ahead is time. Hard Work, knowledge, skill, and craftsmanship are non-existent. There are no sick days and after eight years you get one personal day. Every night, weekend, and holiday are just regular old working days. They preach that "the best ones to improve the work are the one who do it" but never listen to ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to run your operation. Create better working schedules for your employees and listen to their ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work, people are friendly and happy to help

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Summer Intern in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT Summer Intern in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Overall positive work environment
    -Offices are pleasant and have lots of natural light
    -Other Interns were friendly and fun to hang out with

    Cons

    -Received only positive feedback throughout, but a negative review at the end
    -Company culture is quite conservative, and employees are expected to do only what their managers want
    -Even though salary appears pretty high, railroad taxes take out almost 35% and are not refundable, so a $3800 per month salary becomes $2600 after taxes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns some feedback as they work. If they are not on track to receive a return offer, please don't tell them their work half way through internship would be a satisfactory final product. Be clearer about the work interns are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    My work experience was educating and a good one

    • 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

    Pros

    Reliable, stable company that encourages employees

    Cons

    Traditional methods of management. Does not work for all empoyees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good People Under Bad Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Pay is great post training, training is extensive, the people you work with are amazing, and you will get to travel and see places others don't get to.

    Cons

    One slip up and your done, pay during training is difficult to justify leaving a good paying job, union employees tend to demonize managers and managers tend to feed into that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to end the "us against them" mentality and just treat each other with respect. Also, terminating conductors in training for making mistakes is not the way to build your company. Maybe try to further your investment by coaching rather than firing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to go into management quickly.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of travelling.
    Safety is number one, and employees care about others.

    Cons

    Not technical enough for any engineers if you plan on having this as a resume booster.
    Too much job shadowing.
    Not enough projects given to interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Rewarding

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    My work was recognized and my input was taken into consideration which makes me feel valued as an manager and employee.
    Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Inconsistent and at times contradicting values from upper management.
    Work life balance varies greatly by location ranging from manageable to virtually no personal life outside of work.
    Organizational culture is behind the times in spite of initiatives and efforts to move it into the 21st century.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more consideration into quality of life in order to retain good talent.

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

    Married to the Company

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good retirement and medical benefits.

    Cons

    Shift work in bad conditions, very uncaring company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who does the actual work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Dispatcher in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Crew Dispatcher in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Hiring on as a crew dispatcher you will work out of the HDC (Harriman Building). The position as a Crew Dispatcher offer competitive pay, great benefits, and endless opportunities to get promoted from within the company. Health insurance is really awesome, because once you get into a management position it sucks.
    Best regards,

    Cons

    Starting out union you get the bottom of the stick. Meaning start off working on the extra board which is on call between 2nd and 3rd shift. It is a hard balance between work and family. After a while you will lose lack of sleep so soon you get off it is imperative sleep right away. Training is not the best as well, but they are working on it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    IT employee at Union Pacific

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits and life-long pension if you can survive for 5 years plus. Training though sometimes they overdo it.

    Cons

    As a young mother the lack of any sort of flexibility like work from home when child falls sick or on snow days or when child need to be taken to the doctor frustrates me. Too much politics and micro-management at the highest level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attrition is one of your biggest problem now. To retain quality people you have to give them some freedom and work it out on their style. Don't suffocate them and work with them so that they can balance their personal life as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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