BNSF Railway

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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
187 Reviews
3.1
187 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, company perks, and a great investment/retirement package (in 17 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, good opportunities with a bachelors degree (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Pockets of job concentration that can cause unnecessary work/life balance issues (in 18 reviews)

  • Lots of travel and long hours ( I actually enjoyed this aspect, but not everyone does) (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great pay great benefits, little time at home

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Conductor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Conductor in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The money is the main reason everyone works here. Where else can you make up to 8 grand in two weeks with no degree.

    Cons

    Little time at home, miss a lot of family events and childrens games. On call 24/7 365 including holidays. I spent thanksgiving in the hotel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you say youe going to do something follow through.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Conductor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Conductor in Grand Forks, ND
    Current Employee - Conductor in Grand Forks, ND

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

    Pros

    Overall not a bad job. Great pay and benefits. if you have the seniority, you can choose jobs that give a better schedule but the pay is less.

    Cons

    Training program could be better, too much of an "us and them" attitude in management. No accountability for bad management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be promoted exclusively from within and only after at least a year if enployment. It takes someone who knows how to effectively do this job to manage it properly. I see time and time again this company waste so much money due to poor management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, I love working for this company. I have had many positions over 12 years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Division Trainmaster
    Current Employee - Division Trainmaster

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

    Pros

    Endless opportunities for those willing to put forth the effort.

    Cons

    Very competitive and political, come promotion time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would like to see a larger separation in ICP payout, for on Target and an Exceeds, in the year end review process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder in Fort Sumner, NM
    Current Employee - Welder in Fort Sumner, NM

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay with excellent benefits

    Cons

    Travel, lack of training for inexperienced personnel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Intermodal Equipment Operator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Operator in Cicero, IL
    Current Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Operator in Cicero, IL

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

    Pros

    Entry level position. Can craft transfer after a year of service. Good railroad retirement. Medical benefits after 90 days. Dental and vision after a year.

    Cons

    No accountability! Co-workers do as they please. Ramps are not organized. when ramp gets busy they can force you to work another 8 hours for a total 16 hour days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people with respect and not just a number.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very strict process...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Welder in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They don't make the process easy. You can work comfortably with your employees cause it's designed to eliminate the weak and keep the strong.

    Cons

    Having a troubled past will hurt you.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity to learn about rail transportation. Salary is decent, bonus is not so great, but the company pension & railroad retirement keep the flock in place.

    Cons

    There is no shortage of hours, but this is the norm in the transportation industry. Can rise to mid-level management fairly quickly, but politics prevent meaningful promotions. Simmering in middle management can be frustrating for talented individuals, and BNSF excels at this. The company does not maximize its talent. BNSF is big on selling its Leadership Model, and small on actually employing it on a day-to-day basis. Bonus program is based on company performance, so high performers are almost never rewarded for the value they've brought to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit promoting based on one's ability to politic. You have a huge talent pool that is going unused, while new and untested/unproven folks are being promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor company/employee relationships

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, good opportunities with a bachelors degree.

    Cons

    work-life balance, always on call, treated poorly by management. You are nothing more than a number to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your people and improve relationships with the union.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A nice place to work, but....

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary, good benefits, nice facilities

    Cons

    Company is in transition as a lot of experience is retiring and there is no orderly transition to new hires and training and support is minimal. Communication is more form rather than substance and managers do a very poor job of communicating effectively with subordinates.

    Additionally, there is limited movement or advancement. As always, politics does play a part and reviews become more of a beauty contest rather than a true evaluation. There are plenty of empty chairs, ones filled with people who make no effort but manage to stay employed. This puts the burden on others to make up for the slacking employees and adversely affects work/life balance. Oh, and be prepared to have your ideas stolen and receive no credit or benefit. HR department is worthless.

    Lastly, the company is transitioning many positions to their Topeka office which makes advancement, unless you re-locate, difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The BNSF leadership model is used by managers as a club against employees, but management is not held to the standard of the leadership model. They should look critically at their current managers and determine if they are what they really need for the future. The adage at grad school was; ' you don't always get the management you want, but the one you deserve.'

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not happy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TS Services in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - TS Services in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good benefits
    Some friendly people

    Cons

    Promised me a job, but was not doing what I was promised

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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