BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
177 Reviews
3.2
177 Reviews
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BNSF Railway Chairman and CEO Matt Rose
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, company perks, and a great investment/retirement package (in 16 reviews)

  • Good pay for no experience or no education beyond high school (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Pockets of job concentration that can cause unnecessary work/life balance issues (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trainmaster

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, good place to learn! Worked with a great team

    Cons

    Scheduling can become trivial with people leaving and promoting. When times are tough they 12 hour days can seem never ending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe care about middle management a little more! Other than that it's a great environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Hands On Engineering Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great pay ($4,000/month); relocation assistance ($1700/summer); opportunities all over the country
    Everyone is very friendly and open to teach you what they do.
    Hands on opportunities: I was able to use all the tools and machines on gangs, weld, grind, cut rail, and so much more! :)
    Opportunities to travel even as an intern...you get to stay in nice hotels, get meals, etc on BNSF's account.

    Cons

    Traveling is a must as you go into management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rampant Indecision

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

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The industry is very interesting and the company has a rich and storied history.

    Cons

    It hurts to say this, but BNSF is a company in decline. The culture at corporate headquarters is like a malignant cancer. Initiative and innovation are frowned upon unless it is related to one of the executives' pet projects. Many managers eschew all decisions in order to avoid any possibility of disapproval from their bosses. At times decisions are made by committee, which never works. For a company that so dramatically supports leadership, real leadership is lacking. Political in-fighting between departments is frequent and is often damaging to those on the receiving end. Salary and vacation is below market, the health benefits are now high deductible health plans, alternative work schedules and working from home are frowned upon, and fringe benefits are lacking. Technology is in some cases decades behind other organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be a world-class Fortune 500, begin behaving like one. Work to recast the culture to foster collaboration and innovation. Reevaluate salaries to be competitive in the industry and in the DFW metroplex. Look at what benefits you can bring to corporate employees - a "near site" health clinic and a small on-site gym just don't impress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well-run company with solid pedigree & Buffett backing, but leadership, diversity, and culture issues abound

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job stability is a plus and a long-term career is possible. Generous vacation time and a strong pension program are strengths.

    Cons

    Bad leaders are often promoted and moved instead of being properly managed. There is a gross lack of diversity among leadership and common diversity concerns that haven't been addressed. There is also a strong sense of organizational arrogance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture will have to change or the storied history will be tainted in the very near future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Hiring Process

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Employs a lot of military.

    Cons

    The hiring process is very long.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unimpressed

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok in the crafts. Pension is a plus if you can make it that far

    Cons

    For myself the list is long, to long to list. First off any social life or time to get one is out the window. Days off are horrible unless you have high seniority i.e 10 yrs +
    The attitude off all employees is depressing to say the least. No one wants to be here and it shows. It makes coming to work a chore. I guess that's why it is called a job and not a career.
    Overall if you want to be challenged in your work or have a sense of accomplishment when you go home do not join the crafts at the railroad.
    If you like to sit around, do just enough to get by, and do not care about a personal/ social life the railroad is your place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much you can do at a numbers driven railroad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic Intern Program

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

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

    Pros

    Involved interns, great opportunities and individual exploration opportunities. Excellent hands-free management style and the company itself is financially solid. The railroad is an entirely different place than a corporate environment, and the opportunities to learn new things about business and commerce are fantastic.

    Cons

    Hours can be irregular and you can say goodbye to a '40 hour week', expectation is about 50, even for interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I love the job. Hated the managment

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    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits, are almost untouchable. Full medical, dental, vision. 401k, stock purchases. Vacation is available from day 1. 1 week first year, 2 weeks second year. 3 weeks after 7 years.

    Cons

    The leadership is poor at best. They try to blame everything on the blue collar individuals rather than take responsibility for things themselves or as a company as a whole. There is no balance of work and life. If you are on the road as a road engineer or conductor you are gone 200+ days a year. But you are paid nicely for it. You can work a normal shift of 7-3 but you are paid less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be a manager at BNSF Railway you have to devote your life to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Arguably the most frustrating and excruciating three months of my life

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive comp and ben, easily attainable work-life balance

    Cons

    Extremely inefficient, male-dominated, outdated business model, poor leadership, extremely unprofessional HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smarter, more diverse individuals. be open to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits relative to everyone else.

    Cons

    super political, work-life balance leans more towards work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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