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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated January 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Solid company with great pay and benefits" (in 76 reviews)

  • "Good pay with additional overtime available" (in 105 reviews)

Cons
  • "After hours support; can affect work / life balance" (in 69 reviews)

  • "On call 24/7 and can be laid off if business is slow" (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "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. "Conductor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Away from home alot have to get use to it


  4. "Ability to make money"

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay compared to cost of living. Ability to work different positions for flexible hours. No limit to how much overtime can be worked. Not a labor intense job.

    Cons

    The railroad runs 24/7 so if you do t work a scheduled position there is work on nights, weekends and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Become better teachers and don’t let power get to your head.


  5. "Consistent work, consistent pay"

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    Current Employee - Carman in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Carman in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, overtime, 3 locations in Seattle area, 3 shifts.

    Cons

    Slow pace and poor vacation


  6. "It's just OK"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent retirement. Decent benefits. 100% tuition reimbursement(non-union) employees. Pay is industry average.

    Cons

    Work load, requirements to work more than 50 hours per week for most operations staff (without additional pay). Very little regard for employees personal time. Its sort of a trap place. Its just ok enough to make you too comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more time away from work for operations employees. More consideration for the individual.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Educational, always something new"

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Barstow, CA
    Former Employee - Machinist in Barstow, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Team work , safety oriented environment.

    Cons

    75 % of work is in hazardous environment.

    Advice to Management

    New hires need be more aware of environmental hazards.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "railway"

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    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good money and great stories

    Cons

    lot of hours and rough nights


  9. "Conductor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, travel

    Cons

    lay offs, long hours, away a lot


  10. "conductor"

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor

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

    Pros

    good money but you have to move where the jobs are if you are new. Overall if you do your time you will be good.

    Cons

    never home very stressful during peak season.

    Advice to Management

    could be better