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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 5 years)RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEORecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Very knowledgeable people
Good work atmosphere
Impressive tuition reimbursement program (although this was being watered-down by the time I was leaving)
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
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day – interviewed 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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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...