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The money is the only reason why I work there.

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Current Employee - Switchman in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Switchman in Seattle, WA

I have been working at BNSF Railway

Pros

Money, prestige, camaraderie most of the people you work with are cool

Cons

Long, unbalanced, unpredictable working hours

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop headhunting

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Whether the salary and benfits are worth the headache is the biggest question.....

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Greybull, WY
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Greybull, WY

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are among the best one is going to find with only a high school education. Tuition reimbursement is offered to all employees looking to advance their education in any field related to their career at BNSF. Finding a corporation with the flexibility in work location offered through BNSF would be a difficult task. In almost any craft within the company, one could live and work no more than 2-3 hours from any point in the western US.

    Cons

    The management, from the front line supervisors (Trainmasters, Roadmasters, Chief Dispatchers, etc.) all the way to CEO Matt Rose himself, is completely out of touch with employees. In years past, the upper management (Division General Managers, VP's, and the CEO) were former craft employees (Conductors, Engineers, Track Workers, Carmen, etc.). Experience was valued over mere education. In the last 2-3 years, however, the primary criterion for hiring front line supervisors has shifted to the possesion of a college degree. This has largely ended the prospect of promotion for 98% of craft employees. It has also created a negative work environment as twenty-something college grads with little or no railroad background are hired to supervise employees with 30-40 years on the job. Armed with only a rule book, a management degree, and a sense of superiority that is instilled in them during the brief "Management Trainee Program", they are placed in jobs that were previously only given to employees with 10+ years of service. Imagine taking orders from one who hardly understands them himself and then being told how to accomplish the task from someone who has never done it. This is the biggest drawback to a career with BNSF (or any freight railroad in the United States).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise upper management to either revert back to the previous standards for candidates vying for lower management positions. If this isn't possible, it would at least be nice to have an open door policy for ideas and suggestions to be shared from those who know the job the best; the senior craft employees. (But this is an irrelevant question in the first place: BNSF senior management wouldn't listen (or even give you the opportunity to talk for that matter).

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  2.  

    good pay, crappy life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer

    I have been working at BNSF Railway

    Pros

    compensation, health benefits, retirement. develop some really close friendships with co-workers

    Cons

    time away from home, getting laid off repeatedly until you establish some seniority, the us against them mentality of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    your employees are people too

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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