Union Pacific Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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Union Pacific President & CEO Lance Fritz
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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. it was a great experience to learn about new machinery. It will help to understand that this job is dangerous

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    Former Employee - Groundsmen in Northlake, IL
    Former Employee - Groundsmen in Northlake, IL

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

    Pros

    you can take what you learned to other rail yards and that will help you climb the ladder

    Cons

    if you have plans cancel them because you will have no life after working this job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    I enjoy the job as road conductor, even though Union Pacific is not an employee friendly company.

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. You live pretty independently seldom having any interaction with management. We are all union employees and have decent job protection which is very important out here.

    Cons

    Management is horrible (six sigma mngt system) from the top down. Without job protection, no one would be here more than 10yrs. Away from home a lot, no set schedule. Staying awake may be the most important and most difficult part of being a road conductor. Life may suck until you get some seniority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect and more like fellow humans. It doesn't have to be management vs. Contract employees. If we had to interact with you any more than once a month, we'd probably jump in front of the train.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. the best job I EVER HAVE.The pay is top grade.promotions are very easy.transfer to other parts of the country.

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    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    endless of work the best health plan.great aii around benefits.your co workers treat you like family.I LOVE THIS JOB.

    Cons

    EVERYBODY GETS TRAINED.UNION PACIFIC COMPENSATES FOR OFF SITES TRAINING.Extremely tough working schedules.It is to be expected to work in heat and cold weather.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is very aggressive keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Pay and the benifits are great

    Cons

    None everything is really good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the work

  6. You are married to the job. Say bye to your friends and family. If you have sleeping or problems, don't even bother.

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    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor (Road) in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor (Road) in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    They pay you well for the minimum education you need. It's all blood money at least for road crews though. You get to sit down a lot?

    Cons

    The lack of sleep will wear you down if you let. You work all holidays and management is clueless. The whole structure is archaic, they seem to be lost in time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to get employees fired for your quotas, it has killed any and all morale for an acceptable workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Great company to work for with a multitude of opportunities for growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Great opportunity to provide a blessed life for your family. Great pay, benefits, and retirement package. How many companies pay your spouse a retirement check as well??

    Cons

    Work/life schedule is a bit challenging. It takes a strong and committed spouse to deal with the fluctuations of working on call 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all people are created equal. Lets evaluate an individual based on his/her strengths/weaknesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good money and benefits, say goodbye to your family and social life

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    Current Employee - Conductor in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Conductor in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, Railroad retirement

    Cons

    absolutely no schedule, you will miss every important holiday, birthday, anniversary, funeral, wedding for the rest of your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    die in a fire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Not the best job, but not the worst.

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

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

    Pros

    Very stable company and a PENSION. Probably one of the best companies to work for if you intend to settle down and have a family. Lots of room to grow, as many in the railroad industry are retiring.

    Cons

    Raises, bonuses, and promotions are too political. Depending on the department, you may do more work than someone else, but get a much lower raise and bonus. If you are thinking about applying in the IT department, don't do it. Union Pacific sees any IT employee as a second class citizen to their other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a standard rating and reward system across all departments, that way employees are equally rewarded for the amount of work they do. FOCUS an employee's accomplishments and not how well they play the political system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Good company with great benefits

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    Current Employee - Crew Dispatcher in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Crew Dispatcher in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Opportunity to advance with great benefits.

    Cons

    Workload can be high in a hectic environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Now hiring Limited Term Temporary teams.

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    Current Employee - TE & Y in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - TE & Y in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    The U.P. spin machine is REALLY impressive, and with the money they're pumping into it, it should be.

    Cons

    The worst aspects of Union Pacific are the SALE point reasons the Recruiters use to sell you on them: pay, benefits, "network". You get lied to about your pay while in training; they send you a list of pay rates when they are courting you but forget to tell you it's only 75% of that?! Yup. IF the UTU/Smart Reps MIGHT tell you about Claims or how to file them, they are refused for travel, mileage, meals, and lodging while in training. Work Location; your Hire location will more than likely have NOTHING to do with where you train OR eventually WORK!? Yup. Training program; this is the strangest part of the whole big picture of LEARNing what to do on the RailRoad-everyone sees it as a program "set up for failure". Conductors and Switchers being hired today are being replaced when currently in training FITs are sent back to their original positions, hence the title here of "Limited Term/ Temporary teams"; all the new hires today are doing is covering the vacant jobs of people in training, until they RETURN from training, then you're out of a job. Your training files will be falsified, FTX records ARE FALSIFIED, and they are hunting down the Seniority employees using New Hires to testify against them for a push out. Sounds attractive, right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why treat employees like numbered animals, when treating them like humans eventually makes YOU look GOOD? Why NOT tell employees HOW to file claims, keep them around, and keep your HR costs down from turnover? Why deceive people about pay, and just pay them what you told them they'd b receiving? Stop blaming Omaha for everything that's a screw up, and start taking responsibility for your Company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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