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

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Current Employee - Director  in  Roseville, CA
Current Employee - Director in Roseville, CA

I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Heavy 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.

Cons

This 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 ManagementAdvice

Senior 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.

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    Train Engine and Yard

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    Current Employee - TE&Y  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - TE&Y in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Protected by strong labor unions, well compensated (see below), excellent healthcare and wellness, and loads of other discounts and benefits. The railroad is going through a renaissance, and should provide a long term profession that you can retire from.

    Cons

    Many TE&Y jobs are on call 24 hour a day, and 7 days a week. There are no regular off days or holidays. The employer can be rather draconian in regards to employees taking non compensated days off. The pay does not seem to have kept up with rising cost of living expenses. In light of what is required of us we should be making 100K plus. UP's management style is iron fisted, and out of touch. This occupation works outside in all weather conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you came from TE&Y don't forget where you came from. Rest and train line ups continue to be a major safety issue, and there are viable solutions.

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    A great job working with great quality people.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Manager in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent pay, good work place, good communication.

    Cons

    highly competitive jobs, hard to get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to keep focused on the mission. We seem to get too wrapped up on processes that we lose sight of the big picture. Standardization is great, but when checklists are created for everything, even for even the simplest tasks that are accomplished on a routine basis, it takes time away from the task at hand and focuses on the task of checking boxes.

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