Union Pacific Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
247 Reviews

3.5
247 Reviews
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Union Pacific President & CEO John J. Koraleski
John J. Koraleski
90 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay and benefits, but they come at a price (in 15 reviews)

  • Good pay ok benefits but they are taking them year by year (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a lot of work life balance, its really is a 24 hour company (in 14 reviews)

  • You will be on call 24/7 with ZERO days off and absolutely no schedule (in 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    IT on the Railroad

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    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very interesting high tec work. Benefits are awesome . This is a place you can make a career at.

    Cons

    Long hours with lots of travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you take care of the workers you have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    not to good they do not keep their word. they say one thing and do another and still frie you

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    Current Employee - Condutor  in  West Colton, CA
    Current Employee - Condutor in West Colton, CA

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

    Pros

    there are no good thing about the u p the boss are mean the pay sucks and they are looking the get you fired all the time

    Cons

    the hours and the whether and going out of town

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need to keep there end of the deal that they make with the pepole

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    This job will destroy any life you had.

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    Former Employee - Conductor  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Conductor in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    The only reason why anyone works for the Railroad is the pay and benefits which really aren't that good when you take a serious look at what you give up to get them.

    Cons

    - You will be on call 24/7 with ZERO days off and absolutely no schedule. This means that you will never be able to make plans. If you have a wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend, kids, pets, etc.. Forget about seeing them or EVER making plans with them. This is not an exaggeration.
    - The only way you can get time off is by "Laying Off Sick" (basically calling in sick).. However, this is highly monitored by the managers and there is a ridiculous formula they use to determine if you're doing this to often. Also, since there are NO paid sick days off, be prepared to lose an average of $600 each time you call in if your a through freight employee.
    - While at home, you will have 10 hours that they cannot call you to work, after that you are free game for them to call you in.
    - The biggest problem is the separation between Managers and Train Crews. The managers are required to test the employees on all rules and operations while they are in the field running trains. The problem with this is that the rule book is literally 4 inches thick and it changes DAILY. So, things that were okay to do yesterday will get you fired today. So, even if you stay up on all the changes your manager might not and since a majority of them have never even been on a train, their interpretation of the rule could be wrong. Now, I don't want to say that managers are always to blame because the crews mess up plenty but just imagine going to work everyday knowing that instead of having a Manager that's going to lead, motivate and manage crews that you're going to have to worry about them surprising you with a test after you've been working all night and firing you.
    - If you want to be a crew member on a Through Freight Train expect to stay in some of the worst hotels you can imagine. In my experience, I have seen major problems with bed bugs, snakes, roaches, rats, no A/C, Heat or Electricity. The worst was a time we got stuck for two days in a hotel that did not have running water!
    - The list goes on for days, trust me, you do not want to work for this company!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand that the Railroad is about getting Freight over the road, to your customers and not about taking care of your employees but you'd have to be a fool not to notice how negative of a place it is. If you want on time deliveries to increase and injuries to decrease, you're going to have to do something about improving employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    Get experience in many different areas of UP's business.

    Cons

    Nothing really that is a con so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long, long, long hours but with good pay.

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary is very good when you start, and raises are usually decent. Good perfomance leads to bonuses and stock awards.
    Benefits
    Advancement
    Awesome retirement plan
    Watch trains!

    Cons

    Long hours
    Employee morale
    No family life
    Strong distrust among field management and workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop tying to rule with an iron fist. Training is the key to employee morale - not discipline.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    mechanical department

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    Current Employee - Carman  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Carman in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    steady work, honest pay, good benifits

    Cons

    politics, mindless work, honest workers get blacklisted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest, approachable and fair.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Union Pacific

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very adverse environment. Great pay. Challenging always changing with technology

    Cons

    Company has gone away from tradition of railroading. Corporate head quarters tends to run the railroad in front of a screen relying on numbers that are often tweaked due to the competitiveness between regions and the individual service units within those regions. In other words too many data driven and bean counters who lacks the rue railroad experience making decisions that they forget those that have had the experience and the culture coming form the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the culture and the men and women on the ground that moves the freight in which this company stands on its service. lower and mid level management at times are driven beyond their means that it sometimes becomes dangerous and unsafe especially for road managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are very nice and the company really value their employees even interns. People have great opportunity to explore their career path.

    Cons

    The headquarter is in Omaha. But if you like big city...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Long hours, great compensation

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits,huge growth opportunities,bonuses, fast paced, excellent training,military/veteran friendly, travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of travel initially, not a lot of vacation or time off, most job locations are somewhat remote

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working that work/life balance thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture, great benefits, really great place for your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    Opportunity to move within the Company.

    Cons

    Really no cons to working at UP.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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