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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated February 16, 2018
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Pros
  • Solid company with great pay and benefits (in 72 reviews)

  • Good pay with additional overtime available (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance can be difficult at times (in 65 reviews)

  • Operating department employees are on call 24/7 for the most part (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Business Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Management is good. Overall, the organization highly incentivizes long-term employment as there is much to learn and operate between the office environment and the field operations.

    Cons

    Judging from my term so far at the company, moving up to a management position is generally few and far between. Might take a while due to others with longer lengths of tenure.


  2. "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    BNSF Railway offers a wide variety of opportunities for their employees. It's been a great company to work for the past 21 years.

    Cons

    BNSF Railway challenges it's employees to be their best, so they expect a lot. This might be a con for some, but this is what helps make our company great.

    Advice to Management

    Work hard. Expect to be challenged. Expect long hours. Some of the guys in the field don't have a set schedule, so helping with work/life balance is important.

  3. "Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    The pay was good at times

    Cons

    Hell of hours if you’re not up in seniority


  4. "CDL truck driver"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Class A CDL Driver/HazMat Tanker in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Class A CDL Driver/HazMat Tanker in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looking forward to a long term job that I be with and proved a good happy and healthy lifestyle for me and my family. I been whonting to work for the railroad for a very long time.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    If management bulive l can be more helpful in that then it could be a good move for me


  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to develop.

    Cons

    There are often many ad hoc projects that come up


  6. "i would like a different pos."

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    Current Employee - Maintainer in West Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Maintainer in West Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    travel, just good people to work with.

    Cons

    changing position because a newly Married man.

    Advice to Management

    keep in mind that we have new familys near
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    Dallas, Texas


  7. "Conductor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training program and instructors.

    Cons

    Family time can suffer occasionally

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Let’s fine the cheapest help possible and see how they do..."

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    Former Employee - Corporate in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Corporate in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow and lots of responsibility to build your resume.

    Cons

    Military environment that works in an antiquated multi tier process to function. The red tape is so binding nothing ever moves forward. You can spend weeks, months, years getting nothing done on a project. Some departments are meaner than others-actual fact some teams,including their EVP, sit around making fun of individuals in large staff meetings. Abusive culture that overloads the competent, while making them feel insecure, and let’s others float by without being bothered.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and look in the mirror. This has gone from a top company to work for to a place no one internally at corporate would recommend. Promising money for retirement in exchange for 30 years of misery wont do it. The benefits aren’t even that great anymore and the pay is sub par. People don’t want to feel like they are going into combat every day and everyone fleeing from corporate that has the credentials to do so is showing it. The promise of big money one day isn’t enough anymore (especially if it may never come). Promoting only pets with no experience has stopped making sense when literally no one in certain departments can do the actual tasks at hand. Massive steps forward to internal collaboration are necessary. In the meantime...everyone I used to know there is telling friends and family to avoid the place.


  9. "Good Pay good benefits and retirement"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people on the gangs

    Cons

    Away for home a lot live out of a suitcase

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay depending in overtime

    Cons

    They Hire you to fire you.


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