Union Pacific Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
252 Reviews
3.5
252 Reviews
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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.  

    My work experience was educating and a good one

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    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good People Under Bad Management

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    • 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
  3.  

    Great place to go into management quickly.

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Rewarding

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    • 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Married to the Company

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    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    IT employee at Union Pacific

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long, long, long hours but with good pay.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary is very good when you start, and raises are usually decent. Good perfomance leads to bonuses and stock awards.
    Benefits
    Advancement
    Awesome retirement plan
    Watch trains!

    Cons

    Long hours
    Employee morale
    No family life
    Strong distrust among field management and workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop tying to rule with an iron fist. Training is the key to employee morale - not discipline.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    mechanical department

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    Current Employee - Carman in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Carman in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    steady work, honest pay, good benifits

    Cons

    politics, mindless work, honest workers get blacklisted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest, approachable and fair.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Signal Maintainer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work at your own pace. The tasks assigned are reasonable and for the most part you will have proper training.

    Cons

    Upper management is not in touch with what is happening in the field and most decisions seemed to be based on spreadsheets. It is an old boys network. Not what you want to see when a simple misstep can create a disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the people who are testing and installing the equipment. Many test times I witnessed employees re-purpose equipment so they can make a piece of equipment appear to operate as intended.

    Doesn't Recommend

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