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Union Pacific Villa Grove, IL Reviews

  • Helpful (5)

    "Useless Pathetic"

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    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Villa Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Villa Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people you work with are awesome, and others make you wonder if they have visiting hours where they live.

    Paychecks always clear, though you never get paid what you should be by agreement.

    I was happily able to leave on my own terms, so there's that!

    Cons

    You are quiet literally just a number in a system, and a warm body to fill a slot. You will be treated as an easily replaceable commodity, so be aware! You WILL be on call 24/7/365, and woe unto you if you anger the people in charge of the attendance policy in Omaha, even with their arbitrary enforcement of their made-on-the-fly rules. Have a spouse and/or kids? Hope you don't really like them as much as you say, because you'll never see them and watch them grow up. You're going to miss out on a lot of important events in their lives, because "Uncle Pete" now controls yours. Hope you like nasty Chinese food in a seedy hotel on Christmas!

    All that is if you are actually able to work and not be furloughed every year since your hire date, and currently people with 8-9 years seniority are on the bubble.

    Like other reviews, this company will only hire you for a tax break, and will take every single chance it can get to fire you. It's the only job I've ever heard of where you have to get "fire insurance" in case you temporarily lose you job, or worse!

    The safety culture has really gone downhill since I hired on. At the very least, it was a facade of "Safety First" back then. But with the recent and on going changes safety is now blatantly in third place, behind the shareholders and profits respectively. The injury rate rise and also with five fatalities in the past year really shows how UP cares about their workers.

    This is definitely a place where only those extremely desperate for a job should go, only IF you have exhausted all other options.

    Advice to Management

    They don't listen to agreement employees so this section is about as useful as a butter knife in a sword fight.

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    Train Crew Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Villa Grove, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Union Pacific (Villa Grove, IL) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online. A few days later I was emailed to take a reading comprehension test. About 2 days later, I received a call to attend an interview session that would take place in 3 weeks.
    There were 60 candidates for 12 positions,
    We were told if we didn't get hired during this round, to apply again. Here is what I don't understand.
    I have 12 years experience as a conductor and locomotive engineer with CSX.
    Never in my career have I had any disciplinary or safety violations, but I was not offered a job. The interview went really well ( in my opinion ).
    Typical questions of: Have you worked outside?
    Have you been on call?
    Have you worked around large machinery?
    Who is responsible for your safety?
    Have you ever had a safety violation at work?
    They asked me why I wanted to work for UP and not CSX, and I told them it was the money. CSX and NS are the lowest paid Class one railroads in the U.S. A conductor on the UP with 5 years seniority, will make more than an engineer on CSX with 30 years seniority.
    So, I thought maybe everyone in the interview had prior railroad experience. I just applied for another train crew position in Salem, IL (same seniority hub as previous application, ie; same HR person hiring) and my application went straight to no longer being considered.

    The only reason I can think of for not being hired was because I'm over 50 years old. I know it's illegal to discriminate due to age, but how would you prove it? I would be curious how many new hires are over 50 years old. Oh well, their loss. They'll have 50% of the new hires quit after they find out what the job is like or the first time they get furloughed.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for UP?   2 Answers
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