Union Pacific Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
251 Reviews
3.5
251 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 28 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.  

    Crew Management Support

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meaningless practices, right hand doesn't know what left hand is doing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Pay is very good especially after the first year, however, you can be forced back to training wages if company deems necessary for you to take another position, benefits are good. Money, that's it.

    Cons

    Schedule is grueling to both employee and their family. That is understandable but with efficiency and some planning it could be made better. Just one example, don't call a train crew at 3am for a train only to sit on it until 2 that afternoon. Some positions lose ability to choose their own careers. Conductors are forced into engine service or be fired. Which means losing seniority and the hope of ever having a normal schedule. It's not a promotion if you have no choice other than to be fired. Company doesn't take families into consideration other than to pay us well.

    Remote management. Contributes to the inefficiencies, wasted time and decision based on some pretty faulty logic. Union vs. management it's up front and present. Union has many drawbacks, but some benefits in the form of safety and compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in serious study of current practices and identify efficiency. In addition to saving money it will help make jobs easier on employees and their families. Stop forcing into positions unless it's absolutely necessary, Ask for input locally when making decisions. If you want loyal, safe, happy employees try and take them into consideration and perhaps allow them to make those decisions that affect their own careers and families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sluggish and wasteful company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Systems Training Instructor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Mechanical Systems Training Instructor in Denver, CO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    An easy job - not much was expected to be considered successful
    Lots of time to read and reflect - only actually worked about 25% of the time

    Cons

    Upper management is not in touch and not sincere about improvement
    More concerned about how people feel than achieving results - and people feel like maintaining the status quo
    Extremely poor vacation and no sick leave
    Union membership just cost money but added no benefit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your lean initiatives seriously. Measure your success and focus on ROI. Get rid of programs that are merely window dressing. Get serious about developing rigorous training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My work experience was educating and a good one

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Reliable, stable company that encourages employees

    Cons

    Traditional methods of management. Does not work for all empoyees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, stable company with a unique structure and culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Year-Round Finance in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Year-Round Finance in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    -if you stay until retirement, the Railroad Retirement benefits are very good; if you don't, they're more costly from your paycheck
    -advancement ops appear to be decent, but there aren't very many 6-figure jobs available within the company
    -stable, has been around since the 1800's and is doing the best out of all major RR's currently
    -excellent headquarters, the building is brand new and the food is great
    -nice people, if not slightly odd

    Cons

    -company is very focused on IT right now, not much for finance trained people here, better off with computer science or accounting degree
    -Omaha is okay, but there are better cities for young professionals. great place to raise a family though
    -easy to get "stuck" in a lower level position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cutthroat Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conductor/Engineer
    Former Employee - Conductor/Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits and retirement. I worked with some good people. They had strong unions, but they are getting weaker daily.

    Cons

    Mangement! This is a money persuaded business. They could care less about your family and what is happening at home. You will be told often how your life at home is priority as well as your safety, but you better show up no matter what and if you get hurt, will fire you for something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't matter, they will never listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Union Pacific is a great place to work, with great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Everyone is important! Interns even do quality work, not just making copies and coffee.

    Cons

    The atrium is astounding, but once you're upstairs its nothing special. The carpet and walls could use an upgrade.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern Review of Union Pacific

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

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

    Pros

    Nice, intelligent, and dedicated workers. Good compensation and very nice building and facilities.

    Cons

    Boss is too busy to provide very much support or to give very interesting tasks. Railroad retirement takes a chunk out of my paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a clear list of goals and tasks you want your interns to complete before hiring them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Near bottom of totem seniority pole, if you have the chance to land a better job, do it.

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

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, that is all. Depending on the day of the week either stuck with a moron for a supervisor, or a decent supervisor who actually can think, and knows the job position.

    Cons

    Remote management of operating point is horrible. Supervisors are a joke, some cannot read, some just have a lack of intellectual useage and no common sense. Typical UP propganda, management does not know what it is doing. Mechanical operations only knows how to "wing it." Not solve anything, measure, or accurately accumulate any real secondary data to make needed changes. Guessing and then trying another non planned move just does not cut it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in a manager who actually has a business degree. Cuts here and there for overhead cost but not measuring the changes? Between union and management hard to gage who is supporting who.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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