BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated May 12, 2021

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BNSF Railway President and Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Farmer
Kathryn Farmer
33 Ratings
Pros
  • "good pay, great coworkers make it more enjoyable(in 162 reviews)

  • "Fantastic Benefits, Great Pay, Much Improved Culture(in 129 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Tough schedules in operations, tough work-life balance(in 88 reviews)

  • "No time off, on call 24/7/365 12(in 72 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good pay, Great Benefits, Secure Retirement

      May 8, 2021 - Electronics Technician II in Howardwick, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Challenging, exciting, historic, rewarding; both personally and professionally Safety is priority over Production. Sense of essentialness, duty, pride. Brother/Sister-Hood.

      Cons

      Not for everyone!! Loud, demanding, exposed to the elements, insects, critters, danger! Time spent away from family and home. Very unforgiving environment. Non-equitable benefits, career advancement, training opportunities for Exempt and Non-exempt employees.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good pay when you work

      Apr 30, 2021 - Railroad Conductor in Fort Worth, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The pay can be great, but when business is slow you’ll struggle if you don’t save money. Great health insurance and retirement plans

      Cons

      No work life balance and the company is always finding ways to take even more personal days away from us. They’re constantly sending out threatening letters about taking time off, warning you not to take any holidays off, and so on. They watch the boards and when they see you almost have enough starts to get a couple days off, they’ll force you to another board and make sure you don’t get called out in time. It’s frustrating to work so hard and not ever get to enjoy time with my family or even be there for my family when they need to go to the dr because I can get I trouble for taking time off.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Used to be a great place to work.

      May 12, 2021 - Railroad Conductor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Wages and Benefits (When you aren't furloughed)

      Cons

      Frequent Furloughs even after 6 years of service. May have to chase work frequently. (Out of state) Management varies from terminal to terminal. Usually very good or extremely bad. (No in-between)

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Pros and Cons

      May 12, 2021 - Terminal Trainmaster in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good base pay and railroad retirement benefits are some of the major reasons why employees choose this position. There are opportunities to develop if you are willing to move around system-wide and the experience as a Trainmaster will give your resume a good boost in leadership.

      Cons

      Schedule (24/7 operations means you will be working overnight at some point), environment not meant for someone who values work/life balance, and extra time is demanded (on off time) for mandatory trainings.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Just a number

      May 6, 2021 - Senior Manager in Fort Worth, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pay and benefits are pretty good.

      Cons

      There is no loyalty to the employees. BNSF has proven over the past few years that they don't care about their employees. They make no effort to attract and retain top talent. Great people are leaving ever day and the company doesn't seem to care.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Company!

      May 7, 2021 - Human Resources Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great culture and work environement

      Cons

      No permanent work from home.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Company for Long Term Career

      May 3, 2021 - Senior Manager, Marketing in Dallas, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture Focus on People Development Work Life Balance

      Cons

      Adoption of new ideas are slower than other industries. Conservative Methodologies.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      BNSF

      May 8, 2021 - Manager in Fort Worth, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay, great benefits if you are a union employee, decent benefits for management. Coworkers that are like family and care about one another.

      Cons

      Work life balance is lacking in many departments. They continue eliminating positions and making others absorb the work. Company is very old school and slow to adapt to remain competitive with other employers. Lack of flexibility with work from home options and dress code.

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Employee Unfriendly Company

      Apr 6, 2021 - Trainmaster 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Railroad retirement. That’s pretty much all that’s left.

      Cons

      Wages, insurance, and bonuses are under attack. They attract recent graduates with higher than average salary then work them to the bone with very little advancement opportunities. It’s just putting lipstick on a pig. Employees are quitting at high rates for a reason. Do you like weekends, holidays, and sleeping at night? If so, just know you’ll be working them. 10-15 percent of leaders are awesome to work for! The rest are incompetent and lack knowledge. Like being under pressure and stressed at work and under paid for it? BNSF will make that a realization. Lastly they preach values and culture but only as a talking point. This place has horrible politics. Run as fast as you can from the railroads.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Eh. Good and Bad.

      May 12, 2021 - Machine Operator in Barstow, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good retirement, good benefits, advancement possible if your willing and wanting.

      Cons

      Alot of travel, furloughs early on in career, bad management

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