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Union Pacific Overview

Omaha, NE
10000+ employees
Company - Public (UNP)
Transportation Management
$10+ billion (USD) per year
One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. The railroad's diversified business mix includes ... Read more

Mission: The men and women of Union Pacific are dedicated to serve. Union Pacific works for the good of our customers, shareholders, communities and one another. Our commitment defines us and drives the economic strength of our company and our country.

Company Updates

  • Have you heard? We're offering hiring incentives in several locations throughout our system -- for positions of all skill and experience levels! Current hiring incentive positions and locations include:

    $25,000 hiring incentive for Diesel Electricians in
    - Butler, Wisconsin
    - Hinkle, Oregon
    - North Platte, Nebraska

    $20,000 incentive for Train Crew in
    - Cheyenne, Wyoming
    - Council Bluffs, Iowa
    - Denver, Colorado
    - North Platte, Nebraska
    - Saint Paul, Minnesota

    $15,000 incentive for Diesel Mechanics in
    - North Platte, Nebraska

    $10,000 incentive for Train Crew in
    - Boone, Iowa
    - Chicago, Illinois
    - Des Moines, Iowa
    - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Now offering hiring incentives

    Now offering hiring incentives in select locations for Apprentice Diesel Electrician, Apprentice Diesel Mechanic, Diesel Electrician, Diesel Mechanic and Train Crew.

  • We're hiring Track Laborers to repair and rebuild railroad track across our system. Current locations where we're hiring include:

    - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    - Albany, Oregon
    - Albert Lea, Minnesota
    - Eugene, Oregon
    - North Platte, Nebraska
    - Cotulla, Texas
    - Hearne, Texas
    - Green River, Wyoming
    - Twin Falls, Idaho
    - Helper, Utah
    - Topeka, Kansas
    - Willcox, Arizona
    - Carroll, Iowa
    - Santa Fe Springs, California
    - Butler, Wisconsin
    - Iowa Falls, Iowa
    - Kent, Washington
    - Odessa, Texas
    - Laramie, Wyoming
    - Des Moines, Iowa
    - Kearney, Nebraska

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    We're hiring Track Laborers

    Repair and rebuild railroad track. Physical duties will require frequent walking over extended areas with uneven footing; flexibility sufficient for track maintenance tasks such as flexing to pick up tie plates; balance sufficient to walk on ballast; standing for more than half of each work day with periodic breaks; lift/carry and push/pull equipment and other objects weighing 25 lbs.

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Union Pacific – Why Work For Us?

Building America

At Union Pacific, we're building America. It's what we've done for more than 150 years. And it's what we'll continue to do for generations. What does that mean for you? It means that when you join Union Pacific, you're joining a company that isn't sitting still, and never has.

It also means you're joining much more than a railroad. We're a telecommunications company. We're a logistics company. We're a technology leader. We're a part of every industry in the country, and we make it possible for companies from coast to coast to keep costs down, improve efficiencies and focus on what they do best.

Our people are encouraged, supported and expected to do great things. After all, for more than 150 years, that's exactly what we've done. If you want to implement a new system, take your career in a new direction or learn a new skill, you will have the opportunity here.

When we say you will be supported, we mean away from work as well. We have a generous benefits package and flexible options that let you focus on what's important to you.

As we prepare for 150 more years of success, we're turning to you to help make it happen. To help keep us on the cutting edge. To help keep all of our customers satisfied. To share in our success.

Why should you join Union Pacific? Because you will do more than build a career, build a railroad or build skills. You will help build America.

View our Building America Report which details our progress in key areas that together support social, economic and environmental sustainability pillars: operating safely, strengthening communities, engaging employees and working to preserve the environment, and also summarizes our financial performance.

Our Culture

What is the culture of Union Pacific? For one thing, we don't stand still. We're always advancing our service, our safety, our technology and the careers of our employees. You see, we take continuous improvement seriously, and everyone here has the tools to make it a real part of everything they do.

Here are some of the principles that guide us down the line:

  • Vision: We have a clear understanding of where we’re going and how to get there.
  • Commitment: We work hard to make good decisions and to do the right thing.
  • Communication: We communicate expectations so that our people have a clear understanding of what's ahead and their role in creating success. That means sharing information frequently and listening to what others have to say.
  • Teamwork: We understand that we are all part of the same team. We work together to reach common goals, improve safety and increase customer satisfaction. We appreciate each other.
  • Respect: We treat one another with respect and value diversity. We maintain the highest ethical standards, corporate citizenship and commitment to safety.

The UP Way

Continuous improvement is the foundation of The UP Way, and it:

  • Supports our mission, Dedicated to Serve, and our values – performance, high ethics and teamwork
  • Is tied to our Leadership Attributes of vision, commitment, communication, teamwork and respect
  • Directly relates to Operating's Six Critical Initiatives: Resource Readiness, Reduce Variability, Leveraging Technology, Capital Effectiveness, Standard Work and Employee Engagement


Safety is very important at UP – from the safety of our train crews to the safety of everyone who drives or walks across a train crossing. We're always looking for innovative approaches to enhance the safety and security of our people, our communities and our customers.


We make sure our workforce represents the country that we serve. That's one reason we have several Employee Resource Groups across the company. They allow the diverse experiences, capabilities and viewpoints of all employees at all levels to be a part of our success.

BEN - Black Employee Network

CONAH - Council On Native American Heritage

LEN - Latino Employee Network
LEAD - A Women's Initiative – Lead Educate Achieve and Develop
UPTIES - Young Professional Network
AERO - Asian Employee Resource Organization
UPVETS - Veterans Network

Healthy Workforce

Real benefits don't just help you pay your doctor's bill. They keep the doctor away.

At Union Pacific, our interest in your health goes far beyond keeping track of your sick days. We encourage you to make healthy decisions every day, at every stage of your life.

That's why we offer assessments and resources, incentives for making good choices and regular events to focus on health. We offer programs throughout the company to help you sleep better, quit smoking and manage stress. You will learn ways to reduce your personal risk for these problems. Also, our employees who work outside of Omaha have access to a wide company-paid network of fitness centers.

To learn more about these and our other world-class benefits, click here


We're also actively involved in the community through our support of the United Way, JDRF, Big Brothers, the Pancreas Cancer Prevention Walk and the Heart Walk. You can learn more about our involvement in the community at the UP Foundation.


As a FORTUNE 150 company, we take pride in achieving our success by being an ethical organization. As a company and as individuals, we strive to always do the right thing.

  • We obey laws, regulations and our own company policies.
  • We protect the safety of our fellow employees, the public and the environment.
  • We keep accurate records and truthfully report all financial information.
  • We treat people with respect. We act professionally at work.
  • We protect the confidential records of our fellow employees, our company and our customers.
  • We protect the railroad and our personal reputations by acting with integrity—by never accepting bribes or improper gifts.


We're always working on ways to increase fuel efficiency, reduce energy consumption and recycle used materials – keeping our communities clean. On a single gallon of diesel fuel, we can carry as much freight as 300 trucks on the highway and move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles. We passionately commit ourselves to the environment – while operating ethically and with proper oversight.


What do we mean by stability? For starters, we've weathered every economic up and down in the last 150 years. Railroads are essential to the overall economy. And, because we work with so many diverse customers, if one segment of the business world is down, or one region of the country is slumping, we have customers in another that's thriving. We're there to fuel the success and help power their growth.

Some of the industries we serve:

  • Agricultural Products
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Energy
  • Industrial Products
  • Intermodal

Union Pacific is the leading transportation services provider to and from the United States/Mexico border, moving roughly two-thirds of the rail freight. We operate all six major border crossing points.

Stability also means we're always looking forward. That's why, since 2000, we've invested more than $31 billion into our network and operations. This includes building the nation's infrastructure and enhancing our ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation.

That's what stability means. And that's what it means to be a part of Union Pacific.

Community Involvement

The men and women of Union Pacific literally connect America's communities, transporting the raw materials and finished goods that keep our economy and our country moving. But collectively, this diverse workforce does much more than that.

We are also actively engaged in helping to strengthen the very fabric of the communities we serve. In addition to millions of dollars in wages and taxes, Union Pacific also provides generous charitable grants to thousands of communities nationwide, enriching the lives of millions of Americans.

Since 1959, the philanthropic Union Pacific Foundation has distributed funds for cultural, community and educational programs, as well as for human services, in cities and towns where our employees live and work.

The foundation helps promote the organizational effectiveness of nonprofit organizations to strengthen their reach, impact and efficiency in the communities they serve.

Programs such as these reaffirm our belief that the better Union Pacific serves not only our customers, employees and shareholders, but also our fellow community members, the more we can build our nation’s economic strength.

And that is in everyone's best interest.

You will find our trains operating on more than 32,000 route miles of track across the western two-thirds of the United States. From our headquarters, we connect and support the country's largest population centers. You will find us in 23 states, and in every major port on the West and Gulf Coasts.

Working in Omaha

Located in the heart of the midwest, Omaha, Nebraska is a vibrant setting – home to over 800,000 friendly citizens. It's also home to our headquarters, Union Pacific Center, and boasts nearly $2 billion in recent construction projects. Omaha is a city that knows how to work and how to play. You will find more golf courses and restaurants per capita than any other city its size, as well as a thriving music scene. It's also home to the annual College World Series and played host to the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Swim Trials.

As a transportation hub, Omaha is home to five Fortune 500 companies, and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work and live by Places Rated Almanac. In 2011, Kiplinger ranked Omaha the No. 1 city to raise kids in as well as the No. 1 best value city in the U.S. Omaha was also named one of the 10 best cities for college graduates by Kiplinger.

Learn more about what Omaha has to offer – including attractions, events and what it's like to live there – at

Union Pacific Center

Our corporate headquarters, Union Pacific Center, is the largest single-corporation office building in the state. The modern, 19-story glass-and-steel structure includes a dining facility, state-of-the-art fitness center, health clinic and a host of other amenities. Also, the Union Pacific Child Development Center is just a few blocks away.

Transitioning Veterans

You've got proven leadership skills, early career management skills, adaptability, comfort with working in challenging environments and a performance-oriented work ethic. You're the perfect fit for us and here is why we are the perfect fit for you.We've helped thousands of servicemen and servicewomen make the transition to civilian life and we can help you as well. Today, over 20 percent of our company's employees have military experience, with some still active in the National Guard or Reserves.Our recruiters are connected with most military transition and education offices, actively participate in career fairs, information sessions and employer panels and serve on local military committees and boards.Check us out at an upcoming military event.

 Military Transition Event

Recognizing there are thousands of veterans each month transitioning from active duty, Union Pacific organized and hosted its first military transition event in San Antonio, Texas. The event educated top military talent on how to make a successful and smooth transition to the corporate world, while also highlighting some specific career opportunities at Union Pacific.We recognized that veterans often encounter challenges associated with different terminology, work environments and hiring processes as they transition into civilian jobs.However, because of veterans’ familiarity with safety-focused operations, large equipment and nontraditional work environments, they make ideal candidates for many railroad jobs. 

Connecting our Veterans – UP VETS

UP VETS, our veteran employee resource group (ERG) was created to help attract, develop and retain veterans within our company. The group is open to all employees and gives military veterans a chance to connect with other employees throughout the system as they transition into the company and begin to navigate their careers.- As a member of UP Vets, you will have immediate access to a network of fellow service members who provide a constant source of camaraderie and mentorship.

Military Skills Translator

Translate your military skills, experience and training to find UP career opportunities by clicking here.

Hiring Process/Application Advice

We encourage military personnel to apply at Union Pacific within three months of your separation date – include your separation date or the day that you can start work on your application.Applying at Union Pacific is very different from applying for a job with a military contractor. Please avoid using military acronyms or jargon. Write clearly and tailor your resume to the position for which you are applying. Highlight the training and experience you have that directly relates to the open position.After you submit your application, you can check your status online. If you are invited to interview, your status will be updated to "Invite to Hiring Session."You might consider applying for more than one position. As the largest railroad in North America, we frequently have similar positions open all over the country. 

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Partnerships & Awards

Union Pacific proudly partners with military organizations throughout the country to connect with transitioning military personnel. We are frequently recognized for our commitment to hiring military veterans.
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  • Military-Friendly Employer (GI Jobs)
  • Best for Vets Employer (Military Times EDGE)
  • Hire our Heroes (US Chamber of Commerce)
  • ESGR Freedom Award

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    Great manager; the people here don't breathe down your neck making sure work gets done. Treated fairly


    Intern work is sometimes mundane.

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Union Pacific Photos

Union Pacific photo of: Apprentice Diesel Electrician Dave Fota began at UP six years ago as a mechanical service operator at Proviso Yard. Read more:
Union Pacific photo of: Diesel Electrician Henry Gutzwiller's worked at UP for 7 years. Prior to that, he worked in outdoor construction. Read more:
Union Pacific photo of: With no prior railroad experience, Ralph Fulgham joined UP as an entry-level train crew employee. Today, he's a conductor. Read more:
Union Pacific photo of: Terry Brown joined UP's Operations Management Training program in 2004. Today, he's the Utah Service Unit superintendent. Read more:
Union Pacific photo of: A 20-year railroad veteran, Tami Johnsen’s new role is overseeing dispatchers as general superintendent. Read more:
Union Pacific photo of: Machinist Jowan Sims says getting his hands dirty working on locomotives and seeing the finished product is a daily reward. Read more:
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Union Pacific Interviews



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    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Union Pacific (Roseville, CA) in August 2017.


    It is straight forward interview. It's tailored to you specifically mostly. They asked a lot of questions concerning safety. They very big on it. Most questions are about that. They ask questions about judgements and decisions. Ask how you will handle balancing railroad and life.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if you saw someone doing something unsafe?   2 Answers
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Union Pacific Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2017
  • Military Friendly Employers Top 10, Military Friendly Employers, 2017
  • Fortune's Most Admired Transportation Company, Fortune, 2017
  • The 100 Most Trustworthy Companies In America, Forbes, 2016
  • Monster's 2016 Best Company For Veterans, Monster and, 2016
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