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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated September 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "Solid company with great pay and benefits" (in 74 reviews)

  • "Good pay with additional overtime available" (in 102 reviews)

Cons
  • "After hours support; can affect work / life balance" (in 67 reviews)

  • "On call 24/7 and can be laid off if business is slow" (in 50 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Awesome company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Stable company
    -Great benefits
    -Strong focus on development

    Cons

    -Very fast paced environment. It might not be for everyone.


  2. "Great benefits, decent pay. Lots of learning"

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Machinist in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits , good pay

    Cons

    . . . . .

  3. "BNSF"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of work and pay along with a good benefits package

    Cons

    Home time was very minimal at best


  4. "Conductor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, and the pay is great

    Cons

    On call 24/7 and can be laid off if business is slow


  5. "Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Job security, work life balance

    Cons

    No accountability, employees are there for life regardless of skill.


  6. "Carman"

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    Former Employee - Carman in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Carman in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay great Benefits

    Cons

    Dumb management Also spiteful

    Advice to Management

    get better management


  7. "IT Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere
    40 hr max work week
    very stable
    flexible work schedule

    Cons

    The benefits are poor unless you stay for a long haul
    The salary is just a shade below, or potentially at industry standard for key pieces of IT
    The company is not a meritocracy, but rather time based which is insanely frustrating to young professionals
    IT is seen as an expense rather than a catalyst since it isn't a core competency of the company
    Almost the entire management structure consists of white males between the ages of 45 and 60

    Advice to Management

    Be very deliberate about who you are attractive to. Right now, BNSF is fighting for top young talent, but is surprised when that top talent leaves very quickly. These candidates are young, ambitious, and view BNSF as slow, archaic, and lumbering. I'm sure that viewpoint will temper eventually, but, until then, target those who value stability, flexibility, and structure more highly than rapid growth

  8. "Company Overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Also there are many opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Company is slow to adapt to the times


  9. "Love this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours are great, my work group is very friendly. We are left to work and not treated like children as some other companies do. Work balance is even within the group. Supervisors bring treats when they know we are working extra hard! I enjoy coming to work!

    Cons

    Building is blah (I’m not in the big new one). Smoking is allowed by exterior doors and have to walk through it to get in the building. Would have appreciated seeing the Union contract at the time of job offer. Vacation/sick time are lacking in the first few years. There should be more flexibility for unpaid days off during first year when there is no sick or vacation time available. Nothing crazy but ability to plan a few unpaid days if necessary for personal matters.

    Advice to Management

    Offer union contract with employment offer. Keep asking for feedback and being relaxed. Work can already be stressful, it’s great when you don’t have management making it worse. Keep up the great work!!


  10. "Project Manag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn something new, at the forefront of the industry with regards to technology, safety really is a priority

    Cons

    Work life balance, departments are siloed and act like they are independent kingdoms

    Advice to Management

    Engagement of enployees outside of the corporate campus could be better.


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