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Union Pacific Overview

Omaha, NE
10000+ employees
1862
Company - Public (UNP)
Transportation & Logistics
$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

  • We have many open positions in North Platte, NE, including entry-level positions like train crew, mechanical service operators and apprenticeships. Click the link below to start your career.

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    Union Pacific has 150 years of know-how, and your work here can have a real impact on almost every industry in the nation.

  • Do you excel as translating complex problems into advanced solutions? We're hiring a Project Analyst in Omaha, Nebraska. Learn more about the job and apply by clicking the link below!

    Project Analyst (Consultant Career Path) in Omaha, NE

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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

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.

Diversity

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
 
BRIDGES - LGBT 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

Community

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.

Ethics

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.

Green

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.

Stability

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 VisitOmaha.com.

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.

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    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Hermiston, OR
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Hermiston, OR
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    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, employee discounts, brand recognition

    Cons

    work life, stress levels, time off, vacation

    Advice to Management

    Pros:

    Recognizable brand (Fortune 500)
    Competitive Pay (25th percentile)
    Professional development???

    Cons:

    Safety/Testing: The coaching and decertification expectations are -in my opinion- counter productive to efficiency and crew/management relations. The offset of these two facets of operations are detrimental to the effective movement of freight. While the rules and enforcement do seem to produce desirable results in the area of safety, it has noticeably affected the crew's ability to produce on a level that they are accustomed to. Constant changing of safety expectations has left many of the employees unsure of how to behave when in the yard.

    Crew/Managment Relationship: There are many issues which result from a lack of trust and respect due to the real lack of experience and leadership abilities of managers. The "revolving door" approach to operations management degrades the reliability and consistency of decision making and standard work processes from a crew-member's perspective and is thus counter-productive to effective leadership and a manager's ability to coach his or her crew members to work safer and be more productive. There is a glaring opportunity to improve the team mentality, starting with the behavior of upper leadership or lack thereof. Hasty reactions to half sided perceptions are a wedge in the relationship between middle and lower management, and employees alike. There is little if any team mentality, I have experienced more disrespect at this job on all levels than I have at any other company I have worked at, which seems to stem from the chasm in interests between the different personnel levels within the company.

    Operating Efficiency: The ability to remain dynamic and resilient through change has left the company operating in times of great need with a system that was intended to be temporary. Cutting jobs and storing equipment is only useful if it can be effectively reinstated without delaying demand. We are too often required to operate without fail-safes in place or on skeleton crews with sub-par equipment, or equipment in disrepair resulting in a failure to meet customer's needs and costly on-line failures which have an impact not only on the bottom line, but more importantly on the morale of our crews which are our most valuable resource. The cost of online failures and lost morale far outweighs the gain.

    Conference Calls: Counter productive. Lengthy. Rarely offer solutions. It is expected that we present information in a manner which gives a perception contradictory to reality in the spirit of maintaining the status quo, and then we are expected to present plans to solve issues which do not address the real issues. The term "forced innovation" was not lost on me when it was presented as a reason/solution to why we continually cut our resources to the bone.

    Basic Communication/Team Values: Sending out information to management is a practice in blowing smoke into a mirrored room. Rarely can anyone have an honest conversation with management for fear of malicious repercussions (ie being sent/invited/assigned to a position where life can be made so difficult as to encourage one to quit). Sending out emails or answering questions must be "spun" in such a way as to hide or shade how one perceives assignments given from leadership. Political inuendos are entwined into absolutely everything including the most basic relationships with peers, breeding a culture which discourages teamwork and instead promotes managers to expose each other's vulnerabilities for the purpose of their own political gain. My perception is that Union Pacific does not value its people. While they speak of family and community values at the highest levels of the company, and how people are the number one resource, the reality in the field and the expectation by management is that the non-agreement employees will do as they're told or they will be replaced. All the while, resources are removed in order to save money, increasing work load and hours, while decreasing planning quality and morale.

    Work Life: Laughable.

    Assessment: This company has a social and professional disease, were it not for the hours spent here it might be tolerable or even remediable. But given that more time is spent at work than at home, this job becomes our life, who we are. Cancerous.

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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: http://www.up.com/aboutup/career-corner/davefota.htm
Union Pacific photo of: Mechanical Service Operator Lasean Edwards began his career with Union Pacific 17 years ago as a tie-down clerk. Read more here: http://www.up.com/aboutup/career-corner/laseanedwards.htm
Union Pacific photo of: Valerie Sedlacek works as a senior project engineer in Information Technology at Union Pacific. Read more here: http://www.up.com/aboutup/career-corner/valeriesedlacek.htm
Union Pacific photo of: Manager of Yard Operations Nick Mayorga joined UP three years ago following in his family's footsteps. Read more here: http://www.up.com/aboutup/career-corner/nickmayorga.htm
Union Pacific photo of: Ruben Lopez, general superintendent of UP's Western Region, supervises the daily dispatching functions of parts of 12 western states. Read more: http://www.up.com/aboutup/career-corner/rubenlopez.htm
Union Pacific photo of: Kosay Abu-Ghaban works as a manager of mechanical maintenance in Salt Lake City. Read more here: http://www.up.com/aboutup/career-corner/kosay.htm
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Union Pacific Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Union Pacific (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    Approx. 1 week after the job closed I was invited to take a online management test. 5 days after that was scheduled for an interview. I was told of the proposed start date which was 2 months after the interview. I went for a psychological exam. A medical exam and physical fitness test. A background exam. That was followed by a week long training program in Omaha Nebraska. The process was very straight forward and the company did a good job of keeping me informed during every step.

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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
  • Most Valuable U.S. Brands, Brand Finance, 2017
  • The 100 Most Trustworthy Companies In America, Forbes, 2016
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