Union Pacific

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Union Pacific Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
259 Reviews
3.4
259 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay ok benefits but they are taking them year by year (in 29 reviews)

  • The pay is great when they don't lay you off twice a year so that they can make their yearly dollar amount (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a lot of work life balance, its really is a 24 hour company (in 15 reviews)

  • You will be on call 24/7 with ZERO days off and absolutely no schedule (in 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mechanical Carman Inspector

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Department in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Department in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits...good team work and plenty of management positions

    Cons

    Must be vigilant at all times..very dangerous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must know all the rules and regulations...must know every part and components to all type of freight cars. Knowlege in preparation strategy of repairs and billing notifications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool job, terrible leadership.

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    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Melrose Park, IL

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Paychecks never bounce, decent pay, some overtime, health insurance, steady job, nice personal protective equipment, unique job, free wifi,

    Cons

    The goal of the mechanical department is not to repair and maintain locomotives, the goal is to make it look like they did. Pay close attention to the reviews of union pacific because the departments are drastically different. Managers and office people are in a whole different universe than the folks throwing switches and turning wrenches. The mechanical department employs craftspeople who work on the Locomotives: Electricians, Machinists (mechanics), Sheet metal workers (welders and pipefitters), and Laborers (MSO's or Fireman & Oilers). Unlike non-railroad union trades you pay for your healthcare and pension out of your check so subtract $5 an hour from whatever the current rates is and that's more realistic for calculating take home pay. The job training is laughable, most recently hired electricians have a construction background which doesn't translate well to locomotives. You will be put with a mentor who will teach you the wrong and quick way to do every task. The company has training instructors that hold official classes BUT they can only teach 3 to 5 people at a time for some unknown reason and all they do is show you a powerpoint. I received Locomotive familiarization class a few months after I had started working on locomotives which shows how much the company cares. You are going to be expected to do work you have no training for and then you will have to sign government documents saying you did it properly. Most of the tasks you do in the mechanical department are Federal Railroad Administration (government) required maintenance tasks. The company doesn't care about these things and the foreman and your fellow workers will encourage you to just sign off a lot of tasks without actually doing them. I have been yelled at by foreman for doing work properly because it was a waste of time. Following company and FRA rules is a waste of time to the mechanical department. Safety is stressed from day one but you will see by the pathetic facilities that it's just for show. The PPE is nice but locomotive blue flag lockout equipment is not adequate. Smoking and cell phones are not allowed even though people smoke everywhere and are always on their cell phones, in fact foreman and workers communicate exclusively with personal cellphones on the job even though it's against company policy to even have a phone on you at work. Working for UP is like a football game, the referees can call a penalty on every play if they really wanted to. The rule book is thick like a bible and open to managerial interpretation so no matter what you do you're probably doing something wrong. The company has completely incompetent leadership at every level. They claim to use the Toyota management model where every workers input and suggestions will be heard, but that is just not true. If you (the low level employee) sees a problem or an opportunity for improvement and you tell a manager or foreman the only response you will get is "put it in the solution center" (in a heavily condescending tone). Solution center is a computer program where you enter your suggestions and someone from management will get back to you. Do you know how many mechanics and electricians care enough to follow through this process? Not many, so things remain unpleasant. Tools and equipment remain broken for months because the system depends on the lowest level employee taking all the responsibility for improvement, it's not working UP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of hiring engineers (the kind that design bridges) fresh out of college to be mechanical department managers you should hire some people with business management degrees (or god forbid a regular crafts person with an associate degree) that actually knows how to do simple things like: Speak to subordinates like humans, introduce themselves, speak in front of a group, dress professionally, and talk with out using profanity. If employes literally scatter and run away from managers, like they do here in the mechanical department, then it should be obvious that your management technique is not working. We are all on the same team, this could be a fantastic job if we had better leadership. The goal of the mechanical department should be to fix and maintain locomotives instead of pretending to so the numbers look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    mechanical department

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    Current Employee - Carman in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Carman in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    steady work, honest pay, good benifits

    Cons

    politics, mindless work, honest workers get blacklisted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest, approachable and fair.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Archaic leadership in the field

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    Former Employee - Director of Terminal Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director of Terminal Operations in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and compensation. Challenging work environment.

    Cons

    Old school leadership and politics. No real commitment to change in the field. Corporate in Omaha is very disconnected with field operations. The headquarters talks a good talk, but does not deliver to field management. 12 hour days are archaic and counter productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the value of field management to your success. The steel meets the rail for revenue with field operations management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    building america the great UP

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    railroading = little work big pay

    Cons

    managers that dont know anything about railroading

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start from the ground

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A lot of hours are spent at work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stable job in a company with a long history and future.

    Cons

    Inconsistent schedule makes it hard to find time for personal interests, friends, or family.

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

    People Great Management Bad.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people,benefits,pay is good for not having a college degree and discounts are great

    Cons

    too many managers around,and most do a poor job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take pride in your work to get the job done but also look out for the people that work for you and don't forget them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It's ok. Not enough opportunities for the Chicago region

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Pay, benefits and employee comradarie

    Cons

    Bad leadership and not enough respect for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equal respect to all employees

    No opinion of CEO

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