BNSF Railway

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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
200 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  

    Conductor and now engineer almost 2 years with company

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    Money, time off once you get the seniority, in general you don't have anyone breathing down your neck. If you really put your nose to the grindstone 120k+ is pretty do able if we are busy.

    Cons

    Living in the middle of no where and long hours away from home. Lotta salty old heads out here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Manager of customer support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great management, good pay, team environment. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Really don't have many cons with this job. I pretty much like it all. Sometimes it seems unchallenging and repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a good job. Keep it up. My boss is anyway.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    great working experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics in Springdale, AR
    Former Employee - Logistics in Springdale, AR

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

    Pros

    this was a good working environment. I learned how trucking logistics operated.

    Cons

    there were no cons to this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked there only for a few months for a temporary position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay and benefits!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    Great pay and benifits.
    Most the people are good coworkers.

    Cons

    Poor management. No schedule. (But you are compensated for the life style.) Wish they would stop trying to Fire people as soon as they hire them. People gossip why too much in this industry for some reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good so far

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laborer in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Laborer in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    People and concistancy also traveling

    Cons

    On the road if you have family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed emotions both good and bad

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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
  8.  

    Conductor at BNSF

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Dilworth, MN
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Dilworth, MN

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

    Pros

    Pay is great, camaraderie is good

    Cons

    No life, lots of gossip, no schedule, company constantly trying to fire you. Management will lie, yet expect honesty from you. They are quick to blame crews, everything is about who is at fault. The goal is not to fix the problem. Working hard is not recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to fire your crews, we are not the enemy. Crews are doing the best they can on as much little sleep as they get. The hypocrisy from you-the management is terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 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
  10.  

    Amin Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, and great people.

    Cons

    Trains run 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Can work 2nd or 3rd shifts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Software Developer Review

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    • 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

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