Union Pacific Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. it was a great experience to learn about new machinery. It will help to understand that this job is dangerous

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    Former Employee - Groundsmen in Northlake, IL
    Former Employee - Groundsmen in Northlake, IL

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you can take what you learned to other rail yards and that will help you climb the ladder

    Cons

    if you have plans cancel them because you will have no life after working this job

  2. Helpful (1)

    the best job I EVER HAVE.The pay is top grade.promotions are very easy.transfer to other parts of the country.

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    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    endless of work the best health plan.great aii around benefits.your co workers treat you like family.I LOVE THIS JOB.

    Cons

    EVERYBODY GETS TRAINED.UNION PACIFIC COMPENSATES FOR OFF SITES TRAINING.Extremely tough working schedules.It is to be expected to work in heat and cold weather.

    Advice to Management

    management is very aggressive keep up the good work.

  3. You are married to the job. Say bye to your friends and family. If you have sleeping or problems, don't even bother.

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    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor (Road) in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor (Road) in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay you well for the minimum education you need. It's all blood money at least for road crews though. You get to sit down a lot?

    Cons

    The lack of sleep will wear you down if you let. You work all holidays and management is clueless. The whole structure is archaic, they seem to be lost in time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to get employees fired for your quotas, it has killed any and all morale for an acceptable workplace.

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  5. Great pay and benefits.

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    Current Employee - Skilled Signal Maintainer in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Skilled Signal Maintainer in Northlake, IL

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Consistent work, overtime, safety first, great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Shifts and hours, pressure when something needs to be done asap.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management at this time.

  6. Helpful (1)

    The best position that i have every had

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    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Northlake, IL

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here are the benefits and great employees to work with.

    Cons

    long long long hours and your away from home alot!!!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more

  7. Helpful (10)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Must be vigilant at all times..very dangerous.

    Advice to Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    steady work, honest pay, good benifits

    Cons

    politics, mindless work, honest workers get blacklisted

    Advice to Management

    be honest, approachable and fair.

  10. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    railroading = little work big pay

    Cons

    managers that dont know anything about railroading

    Advice to Management

    start from the ground

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