Compare Union Pacific vs BNSF Railway BETA

See how working at Union Pacific vs. BNSF Railway compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at Union Pacific vs. BNSF Railway. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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Union Pacific

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BNSF Railway

Employee Ratings

  • BNSF Railway scored higher in 9 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, CEO Approval, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
2.1
(based on 1890 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.1
(based on 1150 reviews)
BNSF Railway employees rated their Overall Rating 1.0 higher than Union Pacific employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
2.1
Career Opportunities
2.9
BNSF Railway employees rated their Career Opportunities 0.8 higher than Union Pacific employees rated theirs.
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
3.4
Compensation & Benefits
3.8
BNSF Railway employees rated their Compensation & Benefits 0.4 higher than Union Pacific employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
1.7
Work-life balance
2.0
BNSF Railway employees rated their Work-life balance 0.3 higher than Union Pacific employees rated theirs.
Senior Management
Senior Management
1.6
Senior Management
2.4
BNSF Railway employees rated their Senior Management 0.8 higher than Union Pacific employees rated theirs.
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
1.8
Culture & Values
2.7
BNSF Railway employees rated their Culture & Values 0.9 higher than Union Pacific employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
Union Pacific Ceo Lance Fritz
10%
10%Lance Fritz
CEO Approval
BNSF Railway Ceo Kathryn Farmer
50%
50%Kathryn Farmer
BNSF Railway employees rated their CEO Approval 40% higher than Union Pacific employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
17%
% Recommend to a friend
42%
BNSF Railway employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 25% higher than Union Pacific employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
19%
Positive Business Outlook
33%
BNSF Railway employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 14% higher than Union Pacific employees rated theirs.

Salaries

Of the top 3 common jobs between the two companies, BNSF Railway salaries averaged $32,327 higher than Union Pacific.
Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Railroad Conductor419 Salaries
$76,806/yr
Locomotive Engineer118 Salaries
$94,492/yr
Diesel Locomotive Electrician103 Salaries
$33/hr
Salaries for similar jobs
Railroad Conductor260 Salaries
$80,410/yr
Locomotive Engineer141 Salaries
$102,572/yr
Mechanical Foreman54 Salaries
$85,330/yr

What Employees Say

  • Union Pacific had 44 more reviews than BNSF Railway that mentioned "Good pay" as a Pro.
  • Union Pacific had 47 more reviews than BNSF Railway that mentioned "Work life balance" as a Con.
  • Union Pacific had 20 more reviews than BNSF Railway that mentioned "Call 24 7" as a Con.
Pros
Pros
"Good pay"(in 206 reviews)
"Pay and benefits"(in 188 reviews)
Pros
"Good pay"(in 162 reviews)
"Great pay"(in 129 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Work life balance"(in 135 reviews)
"Call 24 7"(in 92 reviews)
Cons
"Work life balance"(in 88 reviews)
"Call 24 7"(in 72 reviews)
Featured Review

Current Employee - Diesel Electrician

I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

Pros

Decent compensation and excellent benefits. Great retirement program.

Cons

Inefficient and frustrating, at times. Precision railroading has left us without enough manpower.

Advice to Management

Roll back some personnel cuts.

Current Employee - Project Manager

I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

Pros

Good pay, good people, nice benefits

Cons

Bad hour shifts, bad vacation time

Job Postings

Union Pacific has 8 more recently posted open jobs than BNSF Railway.