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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
273 Reviews
3.4
273 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay ok benefits but they are taking them year by year (in 31 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits, but they come at a price (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 26 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Hard but rewarding work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    A lot of freedom in field operations

    Cons

    On call 24/7/365
    Difficult work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage time off call for field employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great pay and benefits but union seniority rights protect the bad employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are great for unskilled workers
    Medical and Retirement plans are above US averages
    Railroad transportation has a secure future

    Cons

    Positions are awarded by seniority not work ability or work ethic
    All employees are on call 24/7 365
    Working outdoor in the elements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some type of profit sharing for agreement employees would increase productivity and safety

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Union Pacific Rail Road

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Communications in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Great company dedicated to the safety of their employees, great pay which ranges depending on what craft you decide to apply for, but very competitive all the same. Good benefits,one of the best companies I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    Most likely any craft you work for will require you to travel, big money but hard if you have a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just remember to stay open minded to versatile employees, and try to bring out their needed skill sets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The best position that i have every had

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Northlake, IL

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Project Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    great company with excellent benefits

    Cons

    can be boring at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesom

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Great pay not hard work

    Cons

    Work a lot and no holidays off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on thrmselves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Money, money, money, money, money

    Cons

    Hours, hours, hours, hours, hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Project Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Junior Project Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    - good pay
    - great retirement
    - room for advancement

    Cons

    - relocation
    - travel a lot
    - different level of people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great salary and benefits, stressful work encrobment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to move around within department groups, good salary, great retirement

    Cons

    Super stressful, work many long days/nights and weekends, lots of travel, hard to manage work/life, corporate environment

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good old boy culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, great benefits and retirement. Mobility within groups is more flexible than more big companies. Some talented staff.

    Cons

    Tiny cog in a large machine syndrome. Individual work not likely to impact the company on a large scale. "Good old boy" culture is rampant and stifling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your employees are bored, you are doing something wrong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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