Union Pacific

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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
259 Reviews
3.4
259 Reviews
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Union Pacific President & CEO John J. Koraleski
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company treats it's employees well and pays well. They have a family oriented work environment with reasonable expectations. Good training and supportive management. One of the few organizations that still have a solid retirement program - pension, not 401K, although they offer that too.

    Cons

    Plenty of politics as with any large company. Bureaucratic at times and highly focused on profits and reporting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience as an intern has been good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay for the internship is great! They also have activities and events for interns. They are flexible with hours over the school year and try to set you up for success.

    Cons

    Not overly exciting work experience. Looks like moving up takes years to achieve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More performance based bonuses for interns. Need more incentives for exceptional work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong company with great outlook.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Company has spent alot of capital on infrastructure which makes it more viable during hard economic times.

    Benefits are top tier. Retirement is something to envy.

    Cons

    Field managers are run hard with long days and variable days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality of life is important.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool job, terrible leadership.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Easiest job you will hate the most

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Union jobs that are almost impossible to be fired from. You can come to work everyday and not have anything expected of you and it doesn't really matter if you did anything or not.

    Cons

    The management has no clue what is going on. The foreman just wing it and the employees do what they want. There are no standards so it changes everyday as the management sees fit. A lot of the senior guys have a disgruntled attitude which gives the place a negative vibe. Most people have been here over five years and wouldn't know where to start if they actually had to troubleshoot something. Jobs are seniority bases so the only thing that gets you ahead is time. Hard Work, knowledge, skill, and craftsmanship are non-existent. There are no sick days and after eight years you get one personal day. Every night, weekend, and holiday are just regular old working days. They preach that "the best ones to improve the work are the one who do it" but never listen to ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to run your operation. Create better working schedules for your employees and listen to their ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work, people are friendly and happy to help

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Summer Intern in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT Summer Intern in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Overall positive work environment
    -Offices are pleasant and have lots of natural light
    -Other Interns were friendly and fun to hang out with

    Cons

    -Received only positive feedback throughout, but a negative review at the end
    -Company culture is quite conservative, and employees are expected to do only what their managers want
    -Even though salary appears pretty high, railroad taxes take out almost 35% and are not refundable, so a $3800 per month salary becomes $2600 after taxes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns some feedback as they work. If they are not on track to receive a return offer, please don't tell them their work half way through internship would be a satisfactory final product. Be clearer about the work interns are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I've seen pre school plays better organized then this place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanic in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanic in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    good pay for the skill required
    good insurance but kind of pricey
    unionize but old school seniority based
    easy work

    Cons

    The managers have no people skills and are full of excuses. They are plenty of good ideas but they would rather do things backwards. The shop is very disorganized. There are more employees who would rather spend the day trying to screw each other over than working together or doing any work at all. It is a 24/7 work environment so you will have to work every weekend and be off on Tuesday and Wednesday. Everything is seniority based so time and new hires are the only ways to get a better job. There are never any parts and are just now getting tools. Vacation and paid time off are minimal compared to other companies. I'm not sure how the company makes any money. Railroad jobs are not as glamorous as they seem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers who have business degrees and railroad experience. Not kids fresh out of college who don't know how to deal with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company pays well but has terrible managerial skills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    This is a good paying job with decent benefits, but you have to give up your entire life to this company. You have the freedom of being able to work outside and make your own decisions of how to do the job correctly, and in a safe manner.

    Cons

    The quality of life is very poor working as a conductor or engineer for this company. If you don't like being at home this would be a great job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to retrain the managers and help them with their people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Crew Management Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Management Services in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Crew Management Services in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, work environment, and great opportunity for career advancement right away. All the managers are friendly and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    In the beginning be prepared to give up a lot of your personal life. This is not your typical Mon thru Friday job. You give up a lot of personal time but they make up for it in your compensation. It'll be a while before you're able to get a set schedule and even then that schedule could mean still working some afternoon shifts and some overnight shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more. Instead of changing the rules to what seems easiest and most convenient for you, get us involved. Ask what we would like to see changed. And for God's sake... Get a new vending service. Those guys are ridiculous and their machines are junk.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience.!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's been a great experience at Union pacific as an intern. The managemnt is very encouraging. They give you a lot of scope for learning new stuff.The work culture is also really good. There is always a lot of team interaction and team bonding exercises. You get to bond really well with your team.

    Cons

    The work gets monotonous.It could have been more challenging.At some point you get stagnated at what one is doing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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