BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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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. BNSF and the BMWED

    Former Employee - Track Maintenance in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Track Maintenance in Vancouver, WA

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Overall, it is a good company to work for. Management puts in significant effort to initiate projects that will bring in more revenue and keep union members working. Safety is the most important aspect of the workplace; the company strives for zero injuries.

    Cons

    Depending on where you live, frequent travel may be required.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen your policy against harassment. Unfortunately, some of those harassed don't turn it in., believing that the 1-800 # "doesn't really do anything". Perhaps come up with a way to encourage employees to turn in verbally abusive workers.


  2. great learning experience

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

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

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

    Pros

    intern program is well rounded HR plans events for interns variety of young people and veterans upper-level management interested in meeting interns and willing to sit down and chat real projects that contribute to the company, push your skills and allow you to learn

    Cons

    location is a bit in the middle of no where RR retirement is great but as an intern it takes a decent percent from your paycheck


  3. Great Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay for jobs with minimal skills requirements and plenty of career advancement opportunities for those who are willing to work hard. RR Retirement is one of best retirement benefits around - there is a spouse benefit. Co workers are like family, opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    24 hrs a day 7 days a week, 365 days per year operation - therefore long hrs, nights, weekends and holidays will be required of many people whether on occasion or regularly - this is why the pay and benefits are so good!

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for ways to enhance Work life balance!


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  5. Conductor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Money is good after seniority matures

    Cons

    Schedule sucks always and top management is tightening things up

    Advice to Management

    Honor your word (contracts)


  6. Rewarding experience overall

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Gillette, WY
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Gillette, WY

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, rewarding job. Actually see results being made and contributing to something important for the local and national railroad system. Ability to advance always there. Many development opportunities. Excellent job for go getters. Really feel as though working this job will lead the to a rewarding career.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts and night shifts can be tough, especially in the beginning. micromanagement occurs. Working with a union workforce with no incentive to help a situation can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Overall doing a good job, but micromanagement and not giving enough authority can be frustrating. Also the lack of incentive for many employees to do a job is tough to deal with sometimes.


  7. Bnsf railway systems schedules

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Systems Schedules in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Engineering Systems Schedules in Lenexa, KS

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the hours. The paid vacation is great to have along with paid sick days. Military friendly which I love!!

    Cons

    The insurance isn't the greatest. The union side of Bnsf has much better benefits but in the long run the supervision side pays more


  8. IEO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Operator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Operator in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Usually get the opportunity to work at least 50 hours a week. Great pay and benefits for a job that requires pretty much no experience. Work outside all day is great if you're used to it and don't mind it. If you're okay with working all hours of the day/night, any day of the week including weekends, holidays, regardless of weather, then this is the job for you.

    Cons

    You're usually forced to work at least those 50 hours/week. Hours are unpredictable. Mandatory overtime is an everyday thing when you start. The 'union' (TCU) was put in place by the company, so it's pretty much non existent. They still take dues though, $50 every other check I think. Railroad Retirement takes a good chunk of change out of your check too. Being union, schedules and preference for overtime is given to the top guys on the seniority roster, so new guys should expect to stay for overtime everyday and get the crappiest schedules (they were start times of 3am,7am,11am,3pm,7pm, and 11pm, 8 hour shifts when I left).

    Advice to Management

    The first line supervisors are just puppets, but they usually don't want any trouble. Since they're so focused on putting up big numbers, they look the other way and/or hide a lot of accidents and safety issues. My advice to management is that they let the IEO's do their job without having to worry about being dinged for missing some tiny safety procedure. When someone messes up, blame it on that person, don't punish the whole workforce. And be more transparent with how "discipline" is doled out, by that I mean start being transparent.


  9. The BEST benefits out there!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Tacoma, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great office(outdoors on the rails), pay, benefits, retirement, training, no bosses breathing over your shoulder everyday, great coworkers, additional bonuses on top of regular pay.

    Cons

    away from home, furlough possibility, transferring from a closed division not likely.

    Advice to Management

    Put the furloughed guys to work, allow them to move closer to family if they want.


  10. Conductor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    No set schedule for first couple years, and then only if you want to work a yard-job. After two years you might be able to hold a grave-yard position with Mon-Tue or Wed-Thur as your weekends. If you want to make the "good" money you will be working the "Road" which means you will be away from home a lot, and working most weekends and holidays. You will trade your friends and family for the job... and it mostly sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees quality of life, and you will get quality of work in return.


  11. Why BNSF

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay, railroad retirement, bonuses, pension plan

    Cons

    Work/life balance is not great.



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