Union Pacific Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
246 Reviews
3.6
246 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.  

    Good, stable company with a unique structure and culture.

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    Former Employee - Year-Round Finance  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Year-Round Finance in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific as an intern for more than a 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
  2.  

    Intern Review of Union Pacific

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    Current Employee - IT Intern  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific as an intern for less than a 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
  3.  

    Sluggish and wasteful company

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    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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific part-time for more than a 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
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    8 years exp

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    Current Employee - Lead Man Foreman  in  Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Lead Man Foreman in Little Rock, AR

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

    Pros

    Salary,safety, great benefits,retirement plan,advancement opportunities ,will give you warnings and not fired immediately,safety is important, apply if u are flexible to travel, a lot of time away from home if travel position. Must have secure wife and focus on family,

    Cons

    Everything secret to wives, company should involve more family oriented rather than employee only should encourage family travel once a year at employer expense.counseling for families to stay together may not be good for some men if they have wondering eye, or newly married if travel position wives need to stay n loop on money and bonuses that employees get

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add family time annually or include spouses ..everything is a big secret..don't like that. Need to form group for UP wives...Help them to keep families together by getting counseling and advice. Rather than having spouse sue company for allination of affection.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Director of Transportation

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Retirement benefits, medical and health benefits. Great company.

    Cons

    Travel can sometimes get hectic, and there is a possibility of relocation for higher salaries.

  9.  

    Great company, great pay and benefits for management

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Project Consultant

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

    Pros

    Salary is great but the hours can be challenging

    Cons

    If you work operations, the lifestyle can be challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good People Under Bad Management

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    Former Employee - Freight Conductor  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is great post training, training is extensive, the people you work with are amazing, and you will get to travel and see places others don't get to.

    Cons

    One slip up and your done, pay during training is difficult to justify leaving a good paying job, union employees tend to demonize managers and managers tend to feed into that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to end the "us against them" mentality and just treat each other with respect. Also, terminating conductors in training for making mistakes is not the way to build your company. Maybe try to further your investment by coaching rather than firing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to go into management quickly.

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    Current Employee - Management/Engineering  in  Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Management/Engineering in Roseville, CA

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of travelling.
    Safety is number one, and employees care about others.

    Cons

    Not technical enough for any engineers if you plan on having this as a resume booster.
    Too much job shadowing.
    Not enough projects given to interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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