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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated March 21, 2019
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Pros
  • "Solid company with great pay and benefits" (in 77 reviews)

  • "Good pay, good training, good benefits" (in 107 reviews)

Cons
  • "After hours support; can affect work / life balance" (in 70 reviews)

  • "Unpredictable work schedule (on call 24/7)" (in 52 reviews)

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  1. "mech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    its a good long term career

    Cons

    its a very dangerous job


  2. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay, great benefits and perks for employees

    Cons

    Schedule, management can be underhanded

    Advice to Management

    Not every employee is out to screw the company. Not every employee on the crew needs to be punished when one crew member screws up.

  3. "Over 5 years with BNSF"

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    Current Employee - Planning Manager
    Current Employee - Planning Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Open-minded company. Seems like the best person for the job usually gets it at BNSF compared to other companies I have worked for.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any at this time.


  4. "Lineman"

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    Former Employee - Trainmaster in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Trainmaster in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good retirement, managed well from the top

    Cons

    Long hours and away from family


  5. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent management and only one shareholder

    Cons

    Recalls back to original hiring location


  6. "BNSF"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Money is very good I hear

    Cons

    Zero cons in this box


  7. "Slow Motion"

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    Former Employee - Mobility Technical Support Analyst
    Former Employee - Mobility Technical Support Analyst

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable Good Pay for entry level

    Cons

    Boring Office Environment too mundane

    Advice to Management

    Act as If you Care

  8. "Management Disconnected From Reality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady paycheck and Railroad Retirement.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. High turnover. Poor work/life balance, employees outside of corporate work harder but are treated like second-class citizens. Pay is supposedly at market level but comes with much higher than market level expectations. Pension cuts and lack of job security in spite of record high rail volume.

    Advice to Management

    Practice transparency as opposed to spinning and twisting the story of the company’s performance to suit your agenda.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good money.... fun job..... good benefits

    Cons

    Work odd hours.... layoff employees often..... look to fire you often


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Once you get it can be a good career , provide for your family and always busy. It's what you make of it."

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, retirement, Union based possible room to advance

    Cons

    On call, 24/7 to start , no weekends, all sorts of weather conditions, subject to be out of town, subject to furlough, cuts out social life. Have you be able to to look at the long and short of things.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes trust and respect is earned and each personality has to be evaluated differently, not all employees are alike, sometimes everyone can be lumped into one group. A good manager is only as good as the people he or she manages.