Union Pacific Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    $$ lots of money for no degree

    Cons

    always away from home. work odd hours

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company, but not the best place for software developers

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Gone from home and always on call.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good pay to worry about future employment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Pros

    If you are while working as a train man, it's hot outside. Great pay for the amount of work you actually dI.

    Cons

    Managers love to watch you work to make sure you are following rules. It's hard to be one hundred percent rules compliant and breaking some rules can be rewarded with a "vacation"

  6. Ticket Agent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific

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

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    engineer

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific

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

    Pros

    great place to work at

    Cons

    work Very long hours and over time

  8. Not good always want to fire every one no time lie to you no is their to help only to hrut

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in West Colton, CA
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in West Colton, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When their not out to fire you the things you see are great the money is not that great

    Cons

    I think I covered the cons already

    Advice to Management

    Stop rideing everybod and stop fireing everyone for every littel thing

  9. Conductor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits as far as money and medical benefits

    Cons

    takes all your time/ no family time you miss all holidays, birthdays, funerals etc

  10. Exceptional work ethic and dedication to employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Project Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Associate Project Engineer in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Union Pacific

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of perks that union pacific provides to its employees. The company is very passionate aboit its employees and is always engaging them to realize and make efforts in reaching their potential. The company has an arguably unmatched regard for employee safety which shows that they really do care about their employees.Diversity is very much a part of the Union Pacific culture and that makes it a very pleasant place to work. The conpany has great retirement and 401k plan that is very competitive with other companies in the industry.

    Cons

    I found that parking was quite lacking for employees. Some area employers offer free parking to its employees and I feel the company could have done the same.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work in driving the company to insurmountable success and work in some free employee parking while you're at it.

  11. Great company. Good benefits with competitive salary.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Union Pacific

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

    Pros

    Great company with good benefits. Awesome retirement pension program.

    Cons

    Political and challenging work environment

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance is important

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