Union Pacific


Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific – Why Work For Us?

As a railroad, we can get just about anything from point A to point B. (As North America's largest railroad, we can get it to point Z, too.)

But what's truly special about Union Pacific is the way we get the job done. Safely. Ethically. With respect for each other, for our customers and for anyone who encounters our railroad.

We want to be as vital to our nation’s future as we've been to its history. That means creating a work environment that attracts the best people to do their best work and building dynamic relationships with the communities we serve.

Working toward these goals has drawn national recognition to our employee and community outreach programs. We believe that Union Pacific is one of the best companies to work for in this nation – so we're happy that so many other people are saying it, too.

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Union Pacific operates more than 32,000 route miles in the western two-thirds of the United States. As North America's largest railroad, Union Pacific supports the nation's economy by linking the country's fastest-growing population centers in 23 states, including every major West Coast and Gulf Coast port. Union Pacific serves the eastern United States through four major gateways in Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. We operate key north/south corridors, interchanging traffic with Canadian rail systems. And we're the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico. From Abraham Lincoln's vision of a transcontinental railroad, to the settling of the American West, through the Industrial Revolution to today, Union Pacific has delivered the raw materials and finished goods that have built our nation's economy.

The True Power Behind Our Railroad Isn't Our Locomotives.

The 52,000 people we call employees don't just work for Union Pacific. They are Union Pacific. That's why we care so much about hiring the right people and about helping them reach their potential.

We are proud to be a company that helped shape this nation, a growing company that after 145 years continues to support the American way of life. To play such a vital role in the future, we know that Union Pacific will need the best people, doing their best work. Here are some of the principles that guide our way:


We have a clear understanding of where we’re going and how to get there.


We work hard to make good decisions and to do the right thing.


We communicate expectations so that our people have a clear understanding of what's ahead and their role in creating success. That means sharing information frequently and listening to what others have to say.


We understand that we are all part of the same team. We work together to reach common goals, improve safety and increase customer satisfaction. We appreciate each other.


We treat one another with respect and value diversity. We maintain the highest ethical standards, corporate citizenship and commitment to safety.

The 43,500 men and women of Union Pacific literally connect America's communities, transporting the raw materials and finished goods that keep our economy and our country moving. But collectively, this diverse workforce does much more than that.

We are also actively engaged in helping to strengthen the very fabric of the communities we serve. In addition to millions of dollars in wages and taxes, Union Pacific also provides generous charitable grants to thousands of communities nationwide, enriching the lives of millions of Americans.

Since 1959, the philanthropic Union Pacific Foundation has distributed funds for cultural, community and educational programs, as well as for human services, in cities and towns where our employees live and work.

The foundation helps promote the organizational effectiveness of nonprofit organizations to strengthen their reach, impact and efficiency in the communities they serve.

Programs such as these reaffirm our belief that the better Union Pacific serves not only our customers, employees and shareholders, but also our fellow community members, the more we can build our nation’s economic strength.

And that is in everyone's best interest.

Learn how to apply for a Union Pacific community-based grant.

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    Current Employee - CAR in Kansas City, MO
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    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than 5 years)


    Salary. Benefits. Retirement. Physical demands of the job are minimum but being in shape helps when you need to make a repair.


    Starting at the bottom and working up the seniority roster. Seniority is everything. Shifts are 2nds and 3rds for first few years.

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Union Pacific Interviews

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    Diesel Locomotive Electrician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in North Platte, NE
    Anonymous Employee in North Platte, NE
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Union Pacific.

    Interview Details

    This job had 9 positions available in this area, and starting pay was $29 hour. But they had many positions across all their territories. The interview took place at a local community college, where the RR also teaches courses to get you up to speed on locomotives etc.. Turns out I was the only one who dressed up. I wore slacks, coat, tie and dress shoes. Also the only one who bothered to groom their face. Everybody else wore casual or work clothes. They had a doom and gloom speech from the local heads of the departments, and the SR hiring recruiter. For my department it was said I would be working for 8 years before I had any seniority and most likely would be working midnight to 8am (for 8 years). They showed a short, grainy, corny, video from company brown nosers likely made in the 80's. They answered all questions, then had roll call, as this an invitation only presentation. Then assigned interview times for the next 5 hours.

    Previous to this interview day I had to take a skills battery test which was a complete joke, it was proctored by prometric, where they patted you down, made you empty your pockets, and wanded you with a metal detector, to make sure you wouldn't cheat on the timed exams. In total it was 3 1/2 hours.

    Interview was by the Sr. Recruiter, the head of the local union and the union head of my department. All the other questions I seemed to click with the interviewers. Interview lasted about 10 minutes. About 4 hours later I got an automated response for a job offer. I then had to complete an online health questionnaire... Needless to say I spent the next 3 weeks haggling with them with their requests. Based on their health questionnaire and my responses they wanted all and any of my possible medical records, from every aspect. I begrudgingly accepted to do that except from one area of my medical records. The nurses that run this part of the medical application process said they would take a minimum of these records for the time being, but when I dug deeper, they said they would likely ask for all of it later on anyway. I just could not release this information to them, it was none of their business. So thats where I ended the job offer and new hire orientation process. During those 3 weeks, I did complete the job physical and audio gram, and urinalysis.
    They also wanted me to do a physical fitness test that kind of simulated my job in a gym setting. But the company they contracted with (LHI) only had 2-3 testing facilities, and it was a 900 mile plus drive one way for me to get there. I flat out refused.

    I'm pretty sure it is against the law for them to request my medical records, beings that I requested no formal assistance for any disabilities.

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    • Hardest question asked, was to name a time when I failed. I almost put my foot in my mouth, but recovered.   Answer Question
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    Read the description. They wanted my mental health records, based on a health questionnaire I had to take post job offer, where I answered yes that I had been treated at some point in my life for depression.

    Declined Offer
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Union Pacific Awards & Accolades

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Better Business Bureau Integrity Award, Better Business Bureau, 2013
Best Companies for Diversity, Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology, 2013
Best Veteran-Friendly Company, U.S. Veterans Magazine, 2013
Rail Carrier of the Year, Lowe’s Home Improvement, 2012
Young Professionals Choice Award, Greater Omaha Young Professionals, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.up.jobs
Headquarters Omaha, NE
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1862
Type Company - Public (UNP)
Industry Transportation & Logistics
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year

One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2007-2012, Union Pacific invested $18 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure, including a record $3.7 billion in 2012.

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