Union Pacific

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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
308 Reviews
3.5
308 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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced job in a constantly changing environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    My team cares about me and we are all willing to help each other out. The bonuses in operations are greater than my previous position in IT. My boss is very flexible when I have to take care of sick kids.

    Cons

    Operations requires a lot of your time. Being on call requires me to miss out on time with my family. Career advancement is more of a waiting game and not always based on accomplishments. A lot of office politics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Network

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    Current Employee - Union Pacific in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Union Pacific in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Review network operations look at overall system of operations and promote safe effective movement of trains and engines via Union Pacific Lines.

    Cons

    Not very visible position, hard to promote out of as it does not give you direct involvement over a region so supervisor skills are not needed as you are more of an advisor roll to different regions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Personal growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The best company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Foreman in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Foreman in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    The pay is really good.

    Cons

    All hours of the night. 24/7

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Car Foreman

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Outdoor work, great benifits and pay

    Cons

    Outdoor work, union scale wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Train Conductor

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Gone from home and always on call.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but not the best place for software developers

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    - stable company
    - good benefits (pension!)
    - stays true to its values
    - good work/life balance ( you won't be asked to regularly put in 60-70 hour weeks, if ever)
    - easy to jump around positions within the company

    DISCLAIMER: I am reviewing the company as someone who has only worked in the IT department at UP headquarters. My experience has been quite different (for better or for worse) than operating employees who work in the yards or on the trains.

    Union Pacific is a great company, and if you stay with the company long enough, you'll have a very comfortable retirement. They have some great retirement benefits, and they're medical benefits aren't too shabby either.

    The culture at the headquarters is very laid back, and the company recognizes that its employees want to have a life outside of work. In my time here, I've never been asked to put in more than 50 hours in a week.

    The company does a great job of allowing its employees to move around internally, both laterally and vertically. You will not only be able to take advantage of position openings within the company, but you will be encouraged to do so.

    As a developer, you will be given a fair amount of responsibility early on, so you can start contributing right away. Additionally, while your software tools may be somewhat limited, you will receive a lot of freedom to accomplish your tasks.

    Union Pacific greatly values and invests heavily in its employees, and once people start working here, they tend to stay.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints about the company as a whole, only things specific to my position:

    - compensation (for IT employees)
    - software is difficult to maintain
    - slow to implement new technologies

    My biggest complaint as an IT employee is the compensation. While it's nothing to sneeze at, Union Pacific does a good job beating national averages for a lot of other positions, but they're significantly below average for IT employees. As such, while UP purports hiring "top talent" in IT, this is not the case, as the company does not pay to recruit and retain top talent.

    Union Pacific places a much greater emphasis on getting software written over writing software well, so a lot of its code is poorly written and undocumented.

    As with any large company, Union Pacific takes quite a bit of time to implement new technologies, which can be frustrating, but it's more or less an expectation of a company of UP's size.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Company for Interns

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Interns are well treated and trained.

    Cons

    Should involve interns in more technical projects

  9.  

    paid to sit

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    Current Employee - Drive Train in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Drive Train in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    $$ lots of money for no degree

    Cons

    always away from home. work odd hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    bad for your health

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    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Roseville, CA

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

    Pros

    decent pay, crew members are dedicated and hard working.

    Cons

    no time off for a road crew. on call 24/7, almost totally unpredictable work schedule. So if you get sick, don't expect to know when you can go to the doctor. attendance policy is a throwback to the dark ages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't consider it a plus by hounding your employees looking for failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Ticket Agent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Pay is good. Benefits is good. Ticket office managers make it a comfortable work environment and plenty of overtime to make extra money.

    Cons

    Supervisors on the top floors tend to find a way of screwing out of your job. Make sure if you are handling money that you count every penny and please don't sneeze wrong. They will pull you out of service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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