BNSF Railway

  www.bnsf.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

BNSF Railway Reviews in Fort Worth, TX

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
145 Reviews

3.3
145 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
BNSF Railway Chairman and CEO Matt Rose
Matt Rose
94 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, company perks, and a great investment/retirement package (in 13 reviews)

  • Good pay for no experience or no education beyond high school (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Pockets of job concentration that can cause unnecessary work/life balance issues (in 14 reviews)

  • Lots of travel and long hours ( I actually enjoyed this aspect, but not everyone does) (in 13 reviews)

More Highlights

29 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Corporate Office

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

    Pros

    Pension, pension, pension. Job stability.

    Cons

    Pretty stagnant. BNSF hires people in as low as they can and does not promote as quickly as other companies. Very hierarchical.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company and smart people to work with and around.

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

    Pros

    I worked on BNSF's main campus, which is a great environment to work in. People are generally friendly, and I had what I needed to do my work.

    Cons

    One challenge is the clear divide of how employees treat consultants (generally looked down on). Some employees are downright rude to contractors. The company is heavily segmented and departments don't always get along well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Model the way more. Sometimes you push employees too hard, and good talent is leaving the company because work-life is difficult to balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It has been an interesting journey.

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Weekends off and work from 0600 to 1400 during the week. You get your mileage paid and 28$ a day for meals. Once you get your seniority up you can hold a headquartered job and its all gravy from there!

    Cons

    Working in maintenance of way includes quite a bit of travel. If you have a family this may not be the best department for you. If you are young, single and want to make some money you opportunities are abundant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way so the younger generation can take over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    VERY RACIST COMPANY. I WOULDNT RECOMMEND NO AFRICAN AMERICAN TO APPLY.

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

    Pros

    Just the pay. Nothing else

    Cons

    THEY TALK TO YOU LIKE YOU ARE IGNORANT, AND I HAVE BEEN CALLED BOY A COUPLE OF TIMES. MY WHOLE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN A RACIST NIGHTMARE. RACISM STILL EXIST IF YOU ARE BLACK AND APPLYING FOR THE RAILROAD IN TEXAS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MY ADVICE IS TO HIRE SOME UNDERCOVER WORKERS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION. AND YOU WILL UNCOVER ALL THE FAVORTISM AND RACISM IN YOUR ORGANIZATION. NOT ALL OR LIKE THAT, BUT MANAGEMENT IN THE SIGNAL DEPARTMENT OFF DEEN RD IN FT WORTH IS TRULY RACIST.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoyed the environment and had the co-workers who explained the work process well.

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

    Pros

    I liked the on campus café, workout facility and a daycare that was next door to the campus. The pay was fair and there were opportunities to move up in status or bilateral moves were available also.

    Cons

    There could be challenges with the times needed to be at work during busy months, but it was worth it for the experience and it was not forced on the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have questions on the processes of a job be sure to state it clearly and in a respectful manner. Management could be busy, but were willing to help when the time was allowed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not bad...

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

    Pros

    money is good if that's what you want

    Cons

    hours... with ever changing schedule!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your Experience May Vary

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

    Pros

    Deep high-talent pool to interact with and learn from, decent work-life balance, very good tuition reimbursement program, decent core values

    Cons

    Cliquish, hard to reset low-ball compensation if you on-board as intern, HR has take it or leave it approach regarding promotion pay...it is not negotiable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward performance commensurate to the results delivered, take People Leader Development programs a more seriously, better manage the PMP process to build on strengths instead of focusing on weaknesses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Stable Company moving at a Snail's Pace

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

    Pros

    Stable company, especially in HQ, it's said that there have never been layoffs. Great developmental opportunities to shadow others in the company who may have a position that you are interested in.

    Cons

    Experienced candidates are typically lowballed in terms of salary band and title in exchange for the pension and security of retirement. If you are more than 20 years away from retirement it might be best to wait until you are closer to retirement to begin a career there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good solid company

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, pride in their history and the part they play in sustaining the economy, professional development opportunities, good pay, decent bonus program, ability to transfer to new roles in other departments. Turnover is very low, people join the railroad and stay till it's time to retire, which shows you that people are generally happy. All companies have office politics but I have seen less of it here than at other companies -- people are too busy to spend their time on shenanigans. There is no dead weight there, at least not for very long. Very strong safety culture. I liked everyone I worked with there, how often does that happen in a workplace?

    Cons

    Culture can be resistant to change. People stay there for decades, mostly a good thing but means some leaders are set in their ways and you WILL NOT get them to budge. Annual pay increase is less than any other company I have ever worked at, around 2 percent, even when getting a really good review. So aside from bonuses, the only way to grow your income is through promotions but there is always lots of competition for those. Also, 401K match not as good as other companies Ive worked at.

    Everyone is busy to the extreme and its almost impossible to get leadership to add headcount to manage workload. The company relies too much on contractors, which may save money on benefits but 1 contractor does not equal 1 full time employee any day of the week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your employees tell you they need more people on their team to get everything done and do it well, believe them. They are not kidding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very old school, very drab.

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

    Pros

    It doesn't change much over time. RR will do OK regardless of leadership.

    Cons

    My stated roll was not available and no clear picture. BNSF loves everything about Waterfall except the results. Re-labeling a tech lead as Scrum Master and Gantt chart tasks as “sprints” doesn't constitute Scrum or Agile. My nudging them to form a small backlog of stories from the huge requirements docs and try running an iteration or two was met with hostility. “I wasn't living in the real world.” Forget things like team estimation or task assignment or time frames under a couple of months. BNSF wants to be the special case, called agile but where standard agile practices don't apply. They will probably declare agile failure, but not on my watch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BNSF is very traditional, just accept it, learn to be a little more efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for BNSF Railway? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.