Union Pacific
3.4 of 5 234 reviews
www.up.com Omaha, NE 5000+ Employees

234 Employee Reviews (View Most Recent)

Sort all reviews by: Date Rating
in
  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • No Opinion of CEO

4 people found this helpful  

Work hard and sacrifice and you will be rewarded, but weight your decision carefully

Director (Current Employee)
Roseville, CA

ProsHeavy attrition has opened up many opportunities over the past few years. Employees at the company will have ample chance to step up the corporate ladder. Hard work is acknowledged and the vision of the company will change the current work atmosphere. There is a declared intent to help field operations and work/life balance. Field operations offer an unparalleled experience for young field managers that would be hard to find elsewhere. Good pay (you will have to really earn it), and decent overall benefits. The Class I railroads have a couple of perks not available elsewhere: railroad retirement (as opposed to Social Security) and railroad pension (becoming rarer and rarer in today's world)--both are highly lucrative if you stick it out in the long run.

ConsThis company, from a field manager/director's perspective, is NOT for the feint of heart. Despite telling you along the way that you should: "expect to give up birthdays", "you will miss Christmas", "you will work more than 60 hours a week", I often see complaints that this happens to be the case. While I believe I knew exactly what I signed up for, many people simply cannot make the sacrifice. There is a clear distinction between field operations and an equivalent headquarters job. Field operations managers will make more and they tend to do so faster, at the cost of quality of life. There will be nightmare weeks, even months, and the railroad senior leadership is aware of the issue, but it should come as no surprise to any new manager as I believe many are warned before, during, and after! That said, weigh the pro's and con's on this one. Many people think they can work 70+ hour weeks, but I can personally vouch that most people can't make the grade for extended durations. This job will take care of your family financially, but may leave you wanting for more. As with all major corporations, there are politics at play--some people will be pulled up the ranks simply being part of the "right crowd" or there's a "sugar daddy/mommy" looking out for someone, but I do believe that you can still succeed in great fashion without the politics (I am testament to this. I was promoted because of results). This company will chew you up if you are not careful, and it will be very hard to have much of a life that ISN'T railroad--it's for some people, not others.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Leadership of the company is aware of work/life balance--culture change takes time. Most people understand the business behind it, but safety makes may field jobs ABSOLUTELY MISERABLE. I believe in my heart that safety should be a core value to each and every railroad employee, but field managers spend an upwards of 50% or more of their activities around safety! We hover around a 1.00 RSI......that means that 50% of our time is spent on the 1% that do not work safe. The same result can be achieved without the same weighting! Focus on UP Way, engagement, culture and this will come naturally. You will run off a lot of great candidates interested in the BUSINESS side of our industry with the approach currently in place. There may be some disconnect at the service unit level in regards to this.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great corporate culture and company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time


    Pros: Professional environment, fitness center at headquarters, employee discounts to omaha… Cons: Only 10 days of paid vacation for new employees, large… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Excellent pay but no life.

    Manager of Yard Operations (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Great pay, decent benefits, lots of travel, plenty of opportunity Cons: No personal life whatsoever. Hours are insane Advice to Senior Management: Hire more managers and have all managers work 8 hour… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
There are newer reviews on Union Pacific.

Worked for Union Pacific? Contribute to the Community!

Union Pacific – Why Work for Us?

As a railroad, we can get just about anything from point A to point B. (As North America's largest railroad, we can get it to point Z, too.) But what's truly special about Union Pacific is the way we get the job done… Full Overview

Provided by employer [?]

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Union Pacific reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Union Pacific CEO John J. Koraleski. All reviews posted anonymously by Union Pacific employees.