BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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BNSF Railway Chairman and CEO Matt Rose
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Pros
  • plenty of work ability to take lots of time of if you know the loopholes insane pay and benefits almost all the union employees are great to work with (in 17 reviews)

  • Good pay, decent benefits, good retirement (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • There is absolutely no work/life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Long Hours and not much Vacation (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Run out of runway to progress

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    BNSF stands for Better Not Start a Family

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance of Way in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Maintenance of Way in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The best benefits in the USA, trains are always cool, never boring. Pay wasn't too bad at all.

    Cons

    If you work in the field and not in corporate...you will face nepotism, racism, sexism and the pleasure of working with some of the most hard cussing, egotistical individuals you will ever meet.
    If you work in the field you will be gone constantly. Get used to living in bad motels and dealing with all types of weather.

    Advice to Management

    I would say tighten down on your policies of safety and weed out the bad eggs. However, most of the management I encountered did not give a darn about the guys that make it happen in the field.


  3. My personal experience

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

    I worked at BNSF Railway as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    BNSF offered a wide variety of positions and responsibilities that would allow you to develop professionally. I would recommend this employer to anyone in love with trains.

    Cons

    At BNSF I feel their wasn't enough support in the beginning to learn what the expectations were. Also there was a lack of trust.

    Advice to Management

    Management should look to build trust with new hires to allow them to fully express themselves. Also, new hires need know how their performance will be evaluated.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good company but political

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and incentives to develop a career

    Cons

    Positions are placed not really earned. You need someone looking out for you

    Advice to Management

    Stop making moving up about who you know and not what you know


  6. Not a bad place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits. Postive work life balance outlook.

    Cons

    Same old company politics comes to play

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings


  7. Roadmaster/Management Trainee Track

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Roadmaster in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Roadmaster in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to meet people and visit new places. At 24 years old was managing a multi million dollar a year operation. You will move up the ladder quickly.

    Cons

    Constantly moving from place to place on Rail/Tie gangs. You go where the positions are, and they will force you to new locations if you stay somewhere too long. If you like living in cities do not apply, a lot of the important areas are in remote areas.

    Advice to Management

    It's tough to keep top talent with degrees in engineering. You need to cater to the individuals, either with pay or location. You are no competitive.


  8. Good for the right person. (Review covers IT only)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, telecommuting, no clock punching.
    Can enjoy a long career if one chooses. (job security)

    Cons

    Old fashioned culture. Top down management. Little room for free expression or disagreement. Strongly managed but weakly led. Who says something matters, not what is said.

    Advancement opportunities are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to live the companies stated values. Encourage free expression of ideas no matter what the source. Overhaul the culture by retiring "old blood" and bring in more outside influences to intermix with the "old hands" Remember that intelligent people are allowed to disagree and should be encouraged to do so provided they have legitimate well reasoned arguments. Focus on diversity of thought not simply diversity of race or gender. Empower all employees and demand equal respect regardless of rank.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Continuous development experience within a vital and established part of the transportation industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Services in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Technology Services in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is amazing within our department. Family is a priority for our managers and they show it by allowing people to have a flexible schedule. Very stable and reliable career path with little to no chance of being terminated unless you completely have no drive to achieve results. Well-structured plan for benefits and retirement.

    Cons

    Transition into newer technologies takes a bit longer as the company relies heavily on its older, more experienced workforce to maintain the reliability. The changes are difficult to overcome as differences in mindset are visible between the corporate and union mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Even within the exempt employees, there is a separation of how the company operates. Give the corporate employees exposure to the operations of the company so that future development is in line with both perspectives.


  10. Travel Department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Travel Agent in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Travel Agent in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway

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

    Pros

    Salary but the Fort Worth location is traffic nightmare.

    Cons

    BEWARE TRAVEL AGENTS high turn over in this department. BNSF Travel Manager very difficult to work with. She is a bully and speaks disrespectfully to the BCD agents. She will smile to your face while you are pulling daggers out of your back. Leann the director is great but she travels a lot and is very rarely in the office to know what the everyday work environment is like for agents. There has been many complaints against the travel manager before and after my tenure with the company. The agent turn over speaks volumes.

    Advice to Management

    Contracts sitting on travel managers desk for weeks and month should not be acceptable. Fix your travel manager issue and you will have happier agents and be able to retain your travel agents for longer than it takes to train them. No one can work under that kind of manager.


  11. Great Place to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

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

    Pros

    pension, 401k , health plan, recognition, stability with very few and rare layoffs, tuition reimbursement . Great work place and very open managment.

    Cons

    Pay is market average, you will find more companies that pays more, but won't be as stable

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing



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