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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated November 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "Solid company with great pay and benefits" (in 76 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "After hours support; can affect work / life balance" (in 68 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 (4)

    "Awesome company!"

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    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. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Stable, Interactive, a lot of variety

    Cons

    Fast pace, management, a lot of time

  3. "Special Agent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    The pay is pretty competitive

    Cons

    Have quite of few people who are not real cops


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Every day is typically some new and can stay interesting.

    Cons

    The company preaches a leadership model and has some of the worst leadership I have ever seen. They refuse to develop their people and if you are good at your job its impossible to promote because they don't want you to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to follow your own leadership model


  5. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Yearly profit sharing bonus, no physical work at all, always inside the cab protected from the environment with an ac or heater. Retire with pension plus 401K plus employee stock purchase program.

    Cons

    Will work on call for the first couple of years in your career. There is claims that you will be entitled to get paid extra money but they will try to deny them.

    Advice to Management

    Multi billionaire company will decline $30 claims even though the claim is valid.


  6. "Transportation Operations Manager"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People, culture, management support

    Cons

    Hours can be excessive at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to emphasize their employees and their personal, professional development


  7. "Electrician"

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    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of overtime. Especially at the end of the year!!

    Cons

    Bad rest days. Can't get a weekend shift unless you have seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your most valuable employees.

  8. "No Longer a Stable job for life."

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    Former Employee - NCS Manager1 PTC in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - NCS Manager1 PTC in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, prestige, and the free travel perks

    Cons

    Lack of Flexible schedule, hours, travel.

    Advice to Management

    Look into the reasons why young talent leaves before completing 5 years.


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is great. Management is very knowledgeable and is willing to teach you the foundation. They are believers of field experience and will make sure you are seeing as many projects as possible.

    Cons

    Cost of living adjustments need to be changed


  10. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, and company has many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Some managers are difficult to work with, and are very agressive.


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