Union Pacific Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Union Pacific President & CEO Lance Fritz
Lance Fritz
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Pros
  • good pay for the skill required (in 31 reviews)

  • Decent pay and benefits and life-long pension if you can survive for 5 years plus (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance can be tough sometimes (in 15 reviews)

  • 24/7 365 on call you have NO life this company preaches safety but only to cover their ass it's not for the employee (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Track laborer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Great starting pay and overtime

    Cons

    Took 3 months from submitting application to start date


  2. Yardmaster

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Good pay, good benifits, the day goes by quickly, checks never bounce, face paced enviroment, 2 days are never the same.

    Cons

    In my position the stress level is so high that I'm suffering from chronic anxiety and panic attacks. This job has literally shot my nerves. I'm on 2 different antidepressants, and a massive dose of antianxiety meds. Not good because they work like tranquilizers and my head gets cloudy. Management threatens to discipline you daily, you are berated on conference calls, and in front of your subordinates which creates lack of respect, the lack of communication is horrible. We are supposed to "follow the process" or use "standard practices" but the processes change without notification and even if you do follow standard practices to the T you are still to blame if anything goes wrong for things you have NO control over. When I started the company promoted within. It got so crappy for the managers they started quiting and going back to their original craft. The Railroad took notice of this and started recruiting college grads eager to make a substantial amount of money. Now they have these 20 somethings with a wife and maybe a kid by the balls. They have no craft to fall back on.


  3. Goog morning vietnam

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Everything is awesome, everything cooler when you work as a team

    Cons

    Nothing will take my eyes off you


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  5. Freight Conductor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay, work outside, training is pretty good

    Cons

    Seasonal business cycles mean less work in winter


  6. Helpful (2)

    Twin Cities Service Unit=Terrible

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Mankato, MN
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Mankato, MN

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and Money if you want NO home life.

    Cons

    MANAGMENT!!! Very negative work environment, I met only one person who was happy at work. You can be fired for anything. Sleep in hotel majority of week. Only home long enough to sleep then back at it.Everyone walks on eggshells especially in the Central 5 district. Finance will do everything to screw you out of the money owed to you. Managers think of one thing and one thing only PERSONNEL GAIN!! I could continue on and on but will be here a year writing. Just a terrible place unless you hate your family and love walking on eggshells.

    Advice to Management

    Be real a human! These people that you fire for the dumbest things have families that rely on them. Most families rely on that one income. Have a BACKBONE!!! Fight for what is right. Clearly being forced to give a 75%+ failure rating on field testing is absolutely over board. Try Coaching your personnel and actually go learn the jobs that they are working. Don't just read the GCOR and start hammering people that work a job you know nothing about. And lastly STOP putting your BONUS at the forefront of your mind.


  7. Up headquarters

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee benefits are amazing (railroad retirement) job site is nice, and there's a diversity department. Also love the employee clubs.

    Cons

    I guess I was just bored working in the human resources department. Coroorate is not for me.

    Advice to Management

    More creativity, younger chaps needed, and more entry please.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Locomotive Engineer

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits mostly good co-workers

    Cons

    No home life .... Common spence does not apply to management

    Advice to Management

    Saying good job once in awhile rather than being "fault finders" will go along way


  9. Helpful (1)

    Dispatcher

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    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher
    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Only an 8 hour position, no more. They pay is pretty good and the bonuses can be well worth it. There is also a lot of room for growth within the company.

    Cons

    The work life balance is poor if you are on the extra board. You can switch from days to nights very quickly. Trying to plan a day off can be very difficult since you are 'on hold' until the day nears. Don't bother trying to buy a plane ticket. You are most definitely owned by the company. The review program has gotten out of hand. You are no longer rated by how you do your job but by how may extra projects you do who who you can make friends with.

    Advice to Management

    Have employees, not indentured servants. Leave the little things alone and focus on what is important. The work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    N/A

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Conductor
    Former Employee - Conductor

    I worked at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Good money and health benefits

    Cons

    Too much Time away from family

    Advice to Management

    More set schedule


  11. switchman

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Good pay great benefits good retirement.

    Cons

    Poor management, weak unions, horrible communication

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to fix what isn't broken.



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