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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated May 9, 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
  • Most positions don't offer a work life balance, it's a 24-7 operation so it's to be expected (in 66 reviews)

  • On-call 24/7 with frequent calls, no work-life balance, poor upper management (in 47 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Cook/Chef"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chef Sodexo in Cleveland, TN
    Current Employee - Chef Sodexo in Cleveland, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Known Pro with experience not presently employed with them.

    Cons

    Minimal travel only to Chattanooga or Knoxville Tn.

    Advice to Management

    Love the qualifications

  3. "Good career choice"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Kalispell, MT
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Kalispell, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for, if you like a lot of travel.

    Cons

    There is a lot of travel involved.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. "Technology Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Services in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Technology Services in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative, Collaborative, Challenging, Growing, Berkshire Hathaway, Leadership, Strength,

    Cons

    Consensus focused, Old School, Slow, Unnecessarily Complex

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your people. Don't underestimate the complexity of the environment.


  5. "Market Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Greatest leaders with tons of communication to all company levels
    - a lot of training
    - balanced life-work
    - best salary-benefits in North America

    Cons

    - some employees have been here forever and might not want to learn more about innovation and new market tendencies, so if you have revolutionary ideas they could question that

    Advice to Management

    Keep BNSF as the best transportation company! I am so proud to be part of this team


  6. "Very Secure"

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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

    Pros

    Security, room for growth, great benefits, pay and bonus

    Cons

    too specialized. Once you go railroad, you never go back


  7. "Terminal Manager Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    -First hand experience with the backbone of our supply chain
    -Ability to interact with transportation, marketing and other departments
    -Opportunity to travel (if that interests you or it might be a con)
    -Chance to work with entry level managers and union leadership
    -Shift work allowed for blocks of days off at a time (depending on location)

    Cons

    -Poor communication between upper and middle management.
    -Often seemed very silo-like
    -Lack of quality middle managers
    -Forced to move around to promote (unless you don't mind in which this would be a pro)
    -Days off can often be taken away or limited depending on location

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified people and promote for skill/talent. Stay ahead of business projections and ensure there are enough people. The most important asset is people and work/life balance must be considered to ensure positive morale.

  8. "bnsf not bad for the pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay and difficulty of work

    Cons

    Us vs them mentality between management and labor and the hours

    Advice to Management

    Stop shartshooting the agreements and pay claims as per the agreements


  9. "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is stable and committed to some people's success.

    Cons

    Although the company brags about their diversity antics, diversity (especially for African Americans) is NOT their focus.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees as they know more than you think. Be innovative. Embrace the present and future. Be proactive in the industry.


  10. "Conductor Trainee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conductor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Conductor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Awesome interview process. Everyone was very nice.

    Cons

    Lengthy background/hiring process was stressful. Received a conditional offer and then didn't hear from the company for 2 months

    Advice to Management

    Check in with new hires so they aren't scared of what is upcoming and know what is how to prepare.


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