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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
68 Reviews
3.0
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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.  

    Ticket Agent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Pay is good. Benefits is good. Ticket office managers make it a comfortable work environment and plenty of overtime to make extra money.

    Cons

    Supervisors on the top floors tend to find a way of screwing out of your job. Make sure if you are handling money that you count every penny and please don't sneeze wrong. They will pull you out of service.

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

    Good pay to worry about future employment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    If you are while working as a train man, it's hot outside. Great pay for the amount of work you actually dI.

    Cons

    Managers love to watch you work to make sure you are following rules. It's hard to be one hundred percent rules compliant and breaking some rules can be rewarded with a "vacation"

  3.  

    Not good always want to fire every one no time lie to you no is their to help only to hrut

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in West Colton, CA
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in West Colton, CA

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

    Pros

    When their not out to fire you the things you see are great the money is not that great

    Cons

    I think I covered the cons already

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop rideing everybod and stop fireing everyone for every littel thing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Is it worth it?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    -Great benefits (you will retire a millionaire)
    -Tremendous opportunity for growth
    -Competitive pay
    -Challenging, though rarely intrinsically rewarding
    -I love my role in the company

    Cons

    -70+ hours weeks. No really... 70+ hour weeks
    -Zero work life balance in some locations
    -You may very well be criticized for suggesting you even deserve a work life balance. Omaha takes the laughable position that maintaining your life outside of work is easy if you manage it... as though the regular 65-75 hour weeks are not the problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Food for thought... I know you are well aware of the massive turnover rate and I am sure you know why. It seems that you feel that those who leave are not "good enough" to handle the pressure and ridiculous schedule. In reality, my peers who have expressed an interest in leaving are the ones who are "good enough" that they don't have to.

    My question to you would be why? I don't understand the business model, though I am sure that there is a very calculated one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager of Yard operations

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    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    The job has great Pay. You are constantly getting raises and bonuses. I have been working there for three years and 23,000 more than what I started at.

    Cons

    The schedule can be very bad depending on where you assigned. It all depends on how many managers you having working at your location. Each place requires 24 hour coverage. so if you work at a place that only has 3 managers you can do the math on what the schedule will look like. Gets even worse when one person takes a vacation. You work at all kinds of crazy hours and each day is a 12 hour shift. They pay you well, but you will definitely earn every penny of it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have at least 4 mangers at all locations so everyone can have a decent schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    some good things, some bad things too

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    I shouldn't really complain cause it's a very easy job. You can make decent money considering the amount or work required but the place is very poorly run. I guess the bar was set really low a long time ago.

    Cons

    It's a strange place. You'd probably never find another job like it. Starting at the top it's just one giant game of hot potato. Just pass it on to the next guy and hope you don't end up getting stuck with it. Nobody wants to be in charge or call the shots. They just want it to flow along with as little effort as possible. Then when it doesn't work out they play hot potato with the blame. Management caters to the ones who cry the loudest even when they're wrong because they don't want them to be mad. We are in the transition from local shop to major shop so they use that to their advantage. One day we are a "big" shop so we have to follow their policies but the next we are to small to follow those same policies. There's a lot of "fat" that should be trimmed but it's seniority based so they'd have to get rid of all the good employees before they got to the bad ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know it's impossible to make everyone happy all the time but at least put some effort into trying to make the place function. People want action, not excuses. Just because the older guys got screwed years ago doesn't mean the newer guys should get screwed now. Just cause that's the way you did things years ago and it worked doesn't mean there isn't a better way to do it. Management needs to stop promoting the turmoil between the crafts because we are supposed to be a brotherhood and work together, not against each other

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great salary and benefits, stressful work encrobment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to move around within department groups, good salary, great retirement

    Cons

    Super stressful, work many long days/nights and weekends, lots of travel, hard to manage work/life, corporate environment

  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Cool job, terrible leadership.

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    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 a 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good old boy culture.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, great benefits and retirement. Mobility within groups is more flexible than more big companies. Some talented staff.

    Cons

    Tiny cog in a large machine syndrome. Individual work not likely to impact the company on a large scale. "Good old boy" culture is rampant and stifling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your employees are bored, you are doing something wrong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Operations in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits,career advancement , ability to go anyway. Benefits

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about the little people. They re all to busy trying to move up to omah

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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