Union Pacific Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Pros
  • good pay for the skill required (in 31 reviews)

  • Decent pay and benefits and life-long pension if you can survive for 5 years plus (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance can be tough sometimes (in 15 reviews)

  • 24/7 365 on call you have NO life this company preaches safety but only to cover their ass it's not for the employee (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Yardmaster

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Good pay, good benifits, the day goes by quickly, checks never bounce, face paced enviroment, 2 days are never the same.

    Cons

    In my position the stress level is so high that I'm suffering from chronic anxiety and panic attacks. This job has literally shot my nerves. I'm on 2 different antidepressants, and a massive dose of antianxiety meds. Not good because they work like tranquilizers and my head gets cloudy. Management threatens to discipline you daily, you are berated on conference calls, and in front of your subordinates which creates lack of respect, the lack of communication is horrible. We are supposed to "follow the process" or use "standard practices" but the processes change without notification and even if you do follow standard practices to the T you are still to blame if anything goes wrong for things you have NO control over. When I started the company promoted within. It got so crappy for the managers they started quiting and going back to their original craft. The Railroad took notice of this and started recruiting college grads eager to make a substantial amount of money. Now they have these 20 somethings with a wife and maybe a kid by the balls. They have no craft to fall back on.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Dispatcher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher
    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Only an 8 hour position, no more. They pay is pretty good and the bonuses can be well worth it. There is also a lot of room for growth within the company.

    Cons

    The work life balance is poor if you are on the extra board. You can switch from days to nights very quickly. Trying to plan a day off can be very difficult since you are 'on hold' until the day nears. Don't bother trying to buy a plane ticket. You are most definitely owned by the company. The review program has gotten out of hand. You are no longer rated by how you do your job but by how may extra projects you do who who you can make friends with.

    Advice to Management

    Have employees, not indentured servants. Leave the little things alone and focus on what is important. The work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    N/A

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    Former Employee - Conductor
    Former Employee - Conductor

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Good money and health benefits

    Cons

    Too much Time away from family

    Advice to Management

    More set schedule


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  5. switchman

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Good pay great benefits good retirement.

    Cons

    Poor management, weak unions, horrible communication

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to fix what isn't broken.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Manager of Yard Operations

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits were great and the people were like family. It was a very welcoming environment that was conducive for learning.

    Cons

    Poor, poor, poor work life balance. No consistent schedule and extremely long hours. Also, inconsistent direction and vision.


  7. Helpful (1)

    attendance policy sucks

    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    fair money if you do not want a life

    Cons

    once hired they immediately start tying to fire you

    Advice to Management

    attendance policy sucks


  8. Great company to work for with a multitude of opportunities for growth.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to provide a blessed life for your family. Great pay, benefits, and retirement package. How many companies pay your spouse a retirement check as well??

    Cons

    Work/life schedule is a bit challenging. It takes a strong and committed spouse to deal with the fluctuations of working on call 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    Not all people are created equal. Lets evaluate an individual based on his/her strengths/weaknesses.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Train Crew

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conductor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Conductor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, working in a variety of places and doing something different everyday. Room for advancement and transfers to other fields and crafts.

    Cons

    Job is seniority based rather than performance the more time you put in the better it pays off. This is true for most companies however UP seems to over hire people consistently and this leads to a lot of furloughs. There is risk of working 6-8 months for your initial training and being furloughed for who knows how long. I've seen furloughs range from a few weeks up to three years. So my advice to potential employees is to have a backup plan incase you're furloughed. Other cons include irregular schedule, time off and having to work in poor weather

    Advice to Management

    Work better ensure adequate manpower no need to hire new employees just to furlough them, I find it unethical to hire someone off the street when there is no current need for their emloyment


  10. Helpful (1)

    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"


  11. Ticket Agent

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

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

    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.



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