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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
210 Reviews
3.2
210 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.  

    The best job ever in the world

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer/Conductor in Minot, ND
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer/Conductor in Minot, ND

    I have been working at BNSF Railway part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay 401k great benefits great hour the best job in the world.

    Cons

    There are no cons about this job best job in the world

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Continuous development experience within a vital and established part of the transportation industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Services in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Technology Services in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is amazing within our department. Family is a priority for our managers and they show it by allowing people to have a flexible schedule. Very stable and reliable career path with little to no chance of being terminated unless you completely have no drive to achieve results. Well-structured plan for benefits and retirement.

    Cons

    Transition into newer technologies takes a bit longer as the company relies heavily on its older, more experienced workforce to maintain the reliability. The changes are difficult to overcome as differences in mindset are visible between the corporate and union mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even within the exempt employees, there is a separation of how the company operates. Give the corporate employees exposure to the operations of the company so that future development is in line with both perspectives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trainmaster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    salary and benefits, current local management

    Cons

    Dealing with union crews, lots of relocation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve training program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Big & Slow with great benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Manager in Topeka, KS

    I worked at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    Great benefits, a lot of opportunity to move around the company.

    Cons

    death by powerpoint, spent 70% of my time creating powerpoint decks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move faster, small missteps can lead to great innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Transportation Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Transportation Intern in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Intern - Transportation Intern in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and endless opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours, work-life balance, not for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    pension, 401k , health plan, recognition, stability with very few and rare layoffs, tuition reimbursement . Great work place and very open managment.

    Cons

    Pay is market average, you will find more companies that pays more, but won't be as stable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Employment is insecure, but pays reasonably well.

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    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Seattle, WA

    I worked at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    Riding trains. Lots of opportunity for over-time money. Adequate training program. Relatively good safety program.

    Cons

    No home life. Long periods with inadequate rest. Micro-management by bean-counters. Terrible scheduling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Conductor and now engineer almost 2 years with company

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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
  10.  

    The manager there is very rude, not just to the crew but to the customers as well

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    Current Employee - Sacker in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Sacker in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours, unless you make the manager mad.

    Cons

    The manager , she's very rude and if she's having a bad day, everyone else does too

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new manager. Please

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    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

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