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BNSF Railway Chairman and CEO Matt Rose
Matt Rose
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  • Run out of runway to progress

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO


    Very knowledgeable people
    Good work atmosphere
    Impressive tuition reimbursement program (although this was being watered-down by the time I was leaving)
    Decent benefits


    Upward mobility is prescriptive and very political
    Adverse to new ideas and out-the-box thinking
    Slow and reactive

    Advice to Management

    There is plenty of room to practice the values...reward performance

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    Track Laborer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Onalaska, WI
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at BNSF Railway (Onalaska, WI) in April 2015.


    The morning started out with an overview of the position, to include specific job tasks, expectations, opportunities for advancement, etc. Lasted about 1-2 hours and was very informative. After the overview, all applicants were lined up to give a hair sample for a drug screen. This is where I ran into problems. WARNING: IF YOU ARE BALD, YOU BETTER HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF "BODY" HAIR TO PROVIDE. I am a swimmer and a gym rat... I do not like looking like a bear. I offered eyebrow hair, chest hair, arm hair but was turned away because it would not provide enough for their test requirement. I was turned away because I shave my head and "man-scape". I explained to the HR staff on site, that I am career active duty military and get drug tested regularly... made no difference. So if you go to a BNSF interview... better have some hair to give. They use a scissors to get a required 50mg sample. I am putting this out there for all others because there were no specifics about any of this prior to my arrival at the interview. The only guidance given was "be prepared to give a hair sample".

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    • Can you provide a hair sample for drug screening?   1 Answer

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America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
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Headquarters Fort Worth, TX
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1850
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Transportation & Logistics
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year

BNSF Railway operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the company provides freight transportation over a network of about 32,000 route miles of track across two-thirds of the western US and two provinces in Canada. About 23,000 miles of that track are company owned, while the remainder is owned and permitted by other railroads. BNSF Railway owns or leases a fleet of about 6,700 locomotives. It also has some 30 intermodal facilities that help to transport agricultural, consumer, and industrial... More

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