BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Not a bad place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits. Postive work life balance outlook.

    Cons

    Same old company politics comes to play

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Roadmaster/Management Trainee Track

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Roadmaster in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Roadmaster in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good for the right person. (Review covers IT only)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Continuous development experience within a vital and established part of the transportation industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great Place to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Transportation Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Transportation Intern in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Intern - Transportation Intern in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and endless opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours, work-life balance, not for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Sweat shop in Fort Worth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very profitable company . Very Stable.

    Cons

    Some employees are working 100 hours a week in the finance department.
    They are so afraid, that they will not admit they are working long hours.
    Is mgt aware of the sweat shop environment and ignoring it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check into Jennifer's department.
    Her department is working 60-80 hours a week and watching all the other employees leave at 5pm.
    No need to run a well known sweat ship when you are making historic profits.
    No work/ life balance. Only a head fake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Mixed emotions both good and bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a great provider for a family with an average 80k a year in my craft (locomotive engineer) great health insurance and retirement.

    Cons

    No home life. On call to work over the road 24/7/365 can not make any plans. The union has created an atmosphere where every one whines and complains all day and management does seem to hire you just to fire you. Hard to advance your career. If you want to go into management your union brothers will hate you for "being a company man" and entering into management generally requires you to be in the click.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat craft employees like people instead of lesser beings than yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. Software Developer Review

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

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, good business to be in, great retirement benefits, people are jealous when I say I work for BNSF.

    Cons

    Technology Services department is not as well run as the rest of the company. Priorities are constantly shifted, lots of wasted time just to get development environment in working order.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We give deadlines and then we get new priorities while being expected to meet the deadlines we gave. That is not fair to the employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Not as family friendly as they tout

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

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a career minded organization and one of the last few Graduation to Grave jobs you can get in today's society. You can be as successful as you aspire to be as long as you "play the game".

    Cons

    Work schedules and hours for operations employees are wildly erratic.

    Exempt/office employees face glass celings depending upon role and entry point into company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to more universally enforce rules and policies across the board to create cohesion in workgroups

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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