Union Pacific Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. 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.

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

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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

    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.

  3. Great pay. No quality of life.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corridor Manager in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Corridor Manager in Omaha, NE

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

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

    Pros

    The pay and retirement benefits are great if you can avoid the extreme stress.

    Cons

    Very stressful job, zero work life balance. It is almost considered a rite of passage in the operations department. No coverage if you need a day off or if you are sick.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Train Crew

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. 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"

  7. Ticket Agent

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    • Culture & Values
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    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.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stop rideing everybod and stop fireing everyone for every littel thing

  9. Helpful (2)

    Is it worth it?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Manager of Yard operations

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    some good things, some bad things too

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    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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

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