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Updated May 17, 2022

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Found 1,716 of over 1,850 reviews

2.4
24%
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30%
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BNSF Railway President and Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Farmer
Kathryn Farmer
281 Ratings

Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

Pros
  • "The pay is good for a blue collar job but it hasn't been worth it for quite a while.(in 316 reviews)
  • "Pay is ok; good benefits(in 240 reviews)
  • "Great retirement and health benefits(in 72 reviews)
  • "The people here are great and provide good mentoring.(in 56 reviews)
  • "Good money but not near keeping up with inflation or even remotely worth what you sacrifice and lose while working there(in 52 reviews)
Cons
  • "Did I mention poor management(in 105 reviews)
  • "No work life balance and the company is always finding ways to take even more personal days away from us.(in 92 reviews)
  • "with their families and their is very little thought or willingness to accommodate this kind of time off.(in 70 reviews)
  • "Long hours (heavy reliance on legacy of railroad employees working all the livelong day).(in 43 reviews)
  • "No schedule and trying to fire everyone(in 31 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years
    Featured Review

    Great Company

    Sep 20, 2021 - Customer Success Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture and opportunities to develop

    Cons

    Field jobs require night shift work

    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Good

    May 17, 2022 - Data Scientist in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good team is very good

    Cons

    Sometimes work can get boring

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great benefits

    May 17, 2022 - Finance in Topeka, KS
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and railroad retirement for union employees. The railroad is a very interesting and fun industry to be a part of!

    Cons

    Company is not as forward-thinking as most are post-Covid, which has caused them to lose a lot of valuable employees.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Laborer

    May 15, 2022 - Laborer in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay, and work, for single man.

    Cons

    Benefits sketchy. No major cons so far

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great pay, a lot of travel

    May 11, 2022 - Track Man/Truck Driver in Wichita, KS
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Travel seniority based Health benefits great pay room for promotion

    Cons

    Travel Seniority based close supervision Rude co workers

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Engineer

    May 6, 2022 - Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Stability, work life balance, Co workers

    Cons

    Only thing would be is salary

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Conductor

    May 4, 2022 - Project Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Was great compensation, and finishing the work was at the pace of the team.

    Cons

    Long-hours, 24/7 on call, investigations

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee

    It pays good but crazy schedule

    May 3, 2022 - Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, retirement, great pay, easy

    Cons

    Boring, lack of good management, no good common sense thinking by upper management

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Not bad, need help and more balance

    Apr 27, 2022 - Signal Maintainer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are good and plenty of overtime. Own truck, tools, and PPE all provided by company.

    Cons

    Over a year and company doesn't want to negotiate with our union for a new agreement. Literally is almost to congress decision. They refuse to hire help. Overtime is nice here and there but they expect you to not have a life.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Gone a lot

    Apr 26, 2022 - Locomotive Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Very Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Loose a lot of your life at home

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    1 person found this review helpful
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BNSF Railway Reviews FAQs

BNSF Railway has an overall rating of 2.4 out of 5, based on over 1,850 reviews left anonymously by employees. 24% of employees would recommend working at BNSF Railway to a friend and 28% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -21% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, BNSF Railway employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at BNSF Railway. This rating has decreased by -16% over the last 12 months.

24% of BNSF Railway employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated BNSF Railway 1.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.1 for culture and values and 2.4 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at BNSF Railway to be coworkers, career development, benefits and the cons to be culture, work life balance, management.

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