Union Pacific Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
251 Reviews
3.5
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Union Pacific President & CEO John J. Koraleski
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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.  

    Great Experience.!!

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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 as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's been a great experience at Union pacific as an intern. The managemnt is very encouraging. They give you a lot of scope for learning new stuff.The work culture is also really good. There is always a lot of team interaction and team bonding exercises. You get to bond really well with your team.

    Cons

    The work gets monotonous.It could have been more challenging.At some point you get stagnated at what one is doing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, stable company with a unique structure and culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Year-Round Finance in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Year-Round Finance in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    -if you stay until retirement, the Railroad Retirement benefits are very good; if you don't, they're more costly from your paycheck
    -advancement ops appear to be decent, but there aren't very many 6-figure jobs available within the company
    -stable, has been around since the 1800's and is doing the best out of all major RR's currently
    -excellent headquarters, the building is brand new and the food is great
    -nice people, if not slightly odd

    Cons

    -company is very focused on IT right now, not much for finance trained people here, better off with computer science or accounting degree
    -Omaha is okay, but there are better cities for young professionals. great place to raise a family though
    -easy to get "stuck" in a lower level position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern Review of Union Pacific

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice, intelligent, and dedicated workers. Good compensation and very nice building and facilities.

    Cons

    Boss is too busy to provide very much support or to give very interesting tasks. Railroad retirement takes a chunk out of my paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clear list of goals and tasks you want your interns to complete before hiring them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    8 years exp

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Man Foreman in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Lead Man Foreman in Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary,safety, great benefits,retirement plan,advancement opportunities ,will give you warnings and not fired immediately,safety is important, apply if u are flexible to travel, a lot of time away from home if travel position. Must have secure wife and focus on family,

    Cons

    Everything secret to wives, company should involve more family oriented rather than employee only should encourage family travel once a year at employer expense.counseling for families to stay together may not be good for some men if they have wondering eye, or newly married if travel position wives need to stay n loop on money and bonuses that employees get

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add family time annually or include spouses ..everything is a big secret..don't like that. Need to form group for UP wives...Help them to keep families together by getting counseling and advice. Rather than having spouse sue company for allination of affection.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Demanding work to be done, but the company does their best to make it worth it.

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. If you're in leadership, there are tons of resources offered by the company to help you improve your skills. More in Omaha than in the field, but they are available nonetheless.

    Cons

    Schedules can be rough, and if you're in the field your job will only become more time-demanding as you move up in position. Lots of opportunities to move up if you're willing to accept the responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving the company culture forward. Remember to enable and engage the workforce not only at the lowest level, but also at the level directly above them - floor supervisors, etc.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Telecom Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Pocatello, ID

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

    Pros

    Great hours and management allows us to do our job

    Cons

    none, none, none, none, none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Stable and Fulfilling Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible hours. Great benefits. Pension after 5 years. 401(k) match. High level of autonomy. Easy going and respectful culture.

    Cons

    Things will always be hit and miss depending on your management. Corporate red tape is too thick to cut through (eg. Bringing in a new tool can take a year before the deal is made and you can actually use it - if it even gets through at all). Some teams have no sense of deadlines or urgency - lots of project atrophy. Work-life balance is a wash - some weeks you might be putting in nights and weekends, other weeks you might be coming in at 9:30 and slipping out at 4, all dependent on project demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have a major issue with recruiting; the best and brightest are fleeing to the coasts. We need to inspire a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation which is hard to do with all the stagnation and red tape. Take some cues from Silicon Valley and work not just on bringing in talent, but on keeping it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Must be very very flexible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    High School education required
    If you are very flexible this is a great place to work
    All training is paid, six month training program aprox.$1000.00 per week training pay
    Then you are marked up to work where your seniority allows ou to hold ( ie yard,or road jobs)
    Yard jobs pays a basic day rate with overtime paid after 8 hours
    Road jobs are paid a specified trip rate (new hires start at 80% with 100% at the end of 4 years)
    The more seniority the better jobs = more money
    Great health insurance
    Great retirement
    First year income aprox. $60,000
    All employees start off as conductor and move up to engineer ( if you so choose,not required)

    Cons

    Very little life screwball management ( be flexible and just laugh at them you are paid a lot )
    The more you do as they say the more money you will make ie (I did just what you told me to do)
    A way from home a lot ( out one day back the next road jobs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micro manage
    Let the employees do as they were trained
    Remove problem employees ( do not promote them to management ) you can fire them with proper documentation if management does their job the employees will appreciate / respect you be realalistic ie lack of planning on your part does not become an emerancy on ours
    Reward people for going the extra mile show appreciation ( theirs more to life then just a paycheck )
    Talk to your employees you would be amazed to find out what they know ( how to save money increase productivity save fuel safety issues )
    If you take care of your employees they will walk over hot coals for you ( yes you will have some problem people get rid of them NO B.S. )

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My experience at Union Pacific was great. I loved the people, the work, the opportunity, there is just so much to learn.

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific as an intern

    Pros

    Culture was great. People are so willing to help you out and get to know you. They do not want you to work over 40 hours. If you are having to work from home, you are not doing your job as efficiently as you should be.

    Cons

    Being in Omaha was not what I had in mind. I am from a major city so going to Omaha was like being in the suburbs. This is not the kind of place I could see myself calling home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Experience counts.

    Current Employee - Associate Project Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Associate Project Engineer in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Very stable company. Will have a good career there, provided you have a Bachelors's degree or higher. Nice building to work in at headquarters. Generous work benefits.

    Cons

    Silo work environment. Need management support to advance your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your experienced workers.

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