Union Pacific

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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.4 236 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Union Pacific President & CEO John J. Koraleski

John J. Koraleski

(85 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay and benefits if you can stand the politics(in 15 reviews)

  • Good pay ok benefits but they are taking them year by year(in 27 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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    Conductor (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent pay, good retirement and medical benefits.

    ConsShift work in bad conditions, very uncaring company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember who does the actual work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Balance

    Crew Dispatcher (Current Employee) Omaha, NE

    ProsHiring 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,

    ConsStarting 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    10 years working for mismanaged undermangement

    Carmen (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsCadillac benefit package, some people to laugh at.

    ConsPeople witheither the wrong work attitude, or mental capacity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUP's crash course for dummies in management does not work. Even an associate business student knows more than the average mechanical department MMM1 or 2. Actually listen to work force and determine where applicable changes can necome effective-not because it suits a manager's quarterly bonus, and that manager does not care about that remote operating point.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IT employee at Union Pacific

    Applications Developer (Current Employee) Omaha, NE

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

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementAttrition 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long, long, long hours but with good pay.

    Operations Manager (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsSalary 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!

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    mechanical department

    Carman (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prossteady work, honest pay, good benifits

    Conspolitics, mindless work, honest workers get blacklisted

    Advice to Senior Managementbe honest, approachable and fair.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Signal Maintainer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsUpper 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 Senior Managementlisten 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Through freight conductor

    Railroad Conductor (Current Employee) Longview, TX

    ProsBenefits, money, retirement, diverse, easy money

    Consagreements, management, away from home a lot

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I am the boss of the train to nowhere.

    Railroad Conductor (Current Employee)

    ProsGood pay.
    Good benefits.
    Varying work times.
    Offers great scenery.

    ConsNo respect from management.
    Company completely disregards contracts with it's employees.
    UP is gaining ground to one day you will only be allowed to take a sick day if you are qualified for FMLA.
    Union protects lousy workers, that UP shouldn't of hired anyways.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote more from within. UP's entry level MYO jobs are being filled with fresh from school people who are completely lost (despite you giving them an eight hour "hands on" training day), and if it wasn't for the good trainmen who care about getting the job done your yards would come to a stop very quickly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It has afforded me a decent living to provide for my family

    Engineer/Conductor (Current Employee) Omaha, NE

    ProsIt offers better than average insurance,as well as above average pay, and if your willing travel to places you mite not otherwise see.

    ConsYou are on call, so it can be hard to on your sleep habits. It is also hard to plan for events. And you also dont get to sleep in your own bed alla the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont forget just because you now have a title you are human just like the rest of us. And not everything is solved with a rule, sometimes things in life just happen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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