BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated July 4, 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. Division Trainmaster

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Division Trainmaster in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Division Trainmaster in Houston, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway

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

    Pros

    The company is great! You get ok benefits and you really get to know a lot of great people through the years.

    Cons

    When you are a manger you spend a lot of your day on conference calls! A lot of the Information is stuff that doesn't pertain to you but you still have to listen in so you waste a lot of time you could be doing something productive.

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve the work life balance!


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    Great Job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor

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

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

    Pros

    Where can you make 100k in one year with no degree!? The railroad. Went to college, got "the job", worked two years and was broke...BNSF first year 88k. On track to make over 100k this year.

    Cons

    If you hire out from 2014 on you will probably get cut. It just happens when you have a seniority based job. Yeah the hours are terrible, you can have a set schedule if you want one, or chase the money it is all up to you. This place is about numbers. How fast can you move from point A to point B all road employee's are meat for that grinder. But they pay the hell out of you to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Managment is hit or miss.They have the people who do an amazing job and never use employee's for their advancement. Then you have people who will throw you under a bus in a split second for a 2k promotion. We at the railroad know who is who and we avoid the bad one's and help the good.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Unions suck

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    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

    Great company.
    Many opportunities
    Great benefits package
    Very military friendly for recently separated veterans regardless of skillset

    Cons

    Unions
    Union dues
    Union workers
    Union environment where hard work is mocked and laziness is celebrated
    Union environment where hard work is punished and laziness is rewarded

    Advice to Management

    God help you all. I can't understand how management can function when 80% of it's workforce is literally against you. Working to sabotage any production. It truly blows my mind.


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  5. Engineer/conductor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Pay, easy work, paid education

    Cons

    lots of hours, some bad management, no home life.

    Advice to Management

    understand your employes


  6. Good career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Martha Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Martha Lake, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits, the retirement is incomparable
    The work isn't hard at all

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance and plan on being furloughed
    A lot of down time and sitting around
    It takes a while to get routine jobs
    Very little sense of accomplishment


  7. Great Company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Freedom to transfer to other locations without management approval. Your seniority allows you to freely transfer to any terminal.

    Cons

    There is an us against them attitude between labor employees and company officials.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure yet but it seems easy to transition into management. However, labor employees make more money than supervisors.


  8. Good Benefits Good Money With a Twist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Great retirement, pension, perks, benefit, you have a opportunity to move up as high as you want with hard work. If you want to move up the sky is the limit. You can make six figures easily out here, and BNSF will be a very nice resume booster, we do more than just look at trains.

    Cons

    Dangerous work, away from home days sometimes weeks at a time, bad if your a big family person. Work in dangerous conditions everyday Heat or Cold.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your MOW and TYE employees we run the show at the end of the day


  9. Very demanding work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freight Train Conductor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Freight Train Conductor in Los Angeles, CA

    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

    The pay is great. It's an enjoyable career with great retirement benefits. Once you're tired of being on the ground you can move up and become an engineer and run the locomotive.

    Cons

    You'll be on call for a long time, Getting called at all times of the day or night for work sucks. Also You're phone better always be on and ready for your call to go to work.

    Advice to Management

    The Attendance policy is oppressive.


  10. Great if I wasn

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Whitefish, MT
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Whitefish, MT

    I worked at BNSF Railway

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work if you have enough seniority and great pay due to the union making sure their members are being compensated. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Large layoffs and being forced away from home after being told by management there would be a large amount of work available in home terminal. Union seems to be giving up rights to the carrier. On call 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    Not a good idea to hire guys that don't know how to railroad for management. They rule hunt trying to catch the guys on the ground breaking rules. It doesn't make the railroad any "safer" when everybody's looking over their shoulder and not focusing on the task at hand. The emphasis on safety would seem like a lot more than just monetary asset protection if dispatchers didn't order crews into unsafe scenarios i.e. heading down the mountain when the tracks aren't properly cleared of snow.


  11. Freight Conductor

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

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. Better than other companies I'm the industry.

    Cons

    Hours and irregular schedule. Difficult coworkers and union politics.

    Advice to Management

    Be pro-active and discipline problem employees. You have the ability to do so but its seldom exercised.



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