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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  • Limited Work Life Balance; Union employees can be challenging to manage (in 58 reviews)

  • Time away from home is constant (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Locomotive Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Teague, TX
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Teague, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. Insurance is great, benefits are great. Fun job, has good days and bad days. Overall is a good job

    Cons

    Schedule, schedule, and more schedule. Oncall, so never know when you go to work. Long nights, and sometimes long days

    Advice to Management

    Stop testing


  2. "Personal opinion about bnsf railway"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Carman in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Carman in Lincoln, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great, being in a union is helpful. Great work culture.

    Cons

    It's difficult to be promoted with in at the same location. The company prefers to move employees around for promotions

    Advice to Management

    Communication is optimal for success

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Secure and stable company to work for

    Cons

    Salary is low for the amount of work that is expected of you

    Advice to Management

    You need to get your remote locations in alignment with how you operate at headquaters


  4. "Diesel Electrician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Paid training. Good pay for people in low cost areas.

    Cons

    No sick time, strict attendance and very little vacation.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same company it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, benefits are good, retirement is main reason most are staying around.

    Cons

    It's not the same company it used to be that actually cared about its employees. Way too top heavy, and with attrition, the bulk of the work lands on those not in upper management. They kept telling us we had to reduce cost but they could find ways to spend money if it benefited them. I was told I had room to grown when I was hired (8 years ago) but it depends on who you know. Seems like the ones who did the least amount of work are the ones who actually got promoted. Average pay raise did not keep up with inflation and the increase in health care expense so you really ended up making less money than when you started.

    Advice to Management

    Try to remember the "working class". Not everyone is as fortunate as you.


  6. "Media Relations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Media Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Media Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent Workplace, Interesting Subject Matter, Good People

    Cons

    Management changed during my time there and caused confusion


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Overall experience was more pros than cons.

  8. "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Lincoln, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of leadership training to help you grow as a future leader.

    Cons

    24/7 operations therefore the possibilities of working night shift with terrible days off is possible.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Conductor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Conductor in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Conductor in Spokane, WA

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

    Pros

    Awesome retirement and great pay for no college. The people you work with are great and make work enjoyable.

    Cons

    On call 24/7. It makes anything outside of work tough

    Advice to Management

    None at this time


  10. "Technology Services Management Trainee"

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

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good pay with some small benefits.

    Cons

    Options inside the company are limited. Management is not very good. HR is slow to do anything and they do not know anything if you have a question for them. The company spend millions of dollars on contracts on things that should be done in-house. The only reason why they are not bankrupt is because they over charge customers for moving freight.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to wake up and actually do their job. Too many people that work here either do not know how to do their job or are just stupid.


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