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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated November 20, 2016
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  • Time away from home is constant (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "BNSF RR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Grand Forks, ND
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Grand Forks, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Retirement and benefits. Some great employees that I was able to work along side.

    Cons

    Working in the field requires a commitment to the company rather than family. The extensive travel without reprieve was the end all for me.

    Advice to Management

    Realize just how unsafe some of the field conditions actually are.


  2. "Don't do it"

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer/Conductor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer/Conductor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    BNSF doesn't care about anything

    Cons

    Everyone is unsatisfied from the conditions and areas they work I

    Advice to Management

    Don't do it please just do not come to BNSF it it so bad it doesn't have heritage units and won't allow people outside the USA to get certain dlc for train simulator


  3. "Treated like dirt!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The money and benefits. The work is not bad.

    Cons

    Management is very unfair and inconsistant. You always will be unappreciated and treated like a number as the company goes to great lengths to fire you because they overhired.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like human beings.


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  5. "Poor Company...No Clear Vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a paycheck twice a month and it is unlikely to bounce,

    Cons

    Hard not to make money, so your pay is awful especially if you live in a high cost area...there is no cost of living adjustment. Basically, everyone is working hard to pay Warren Buffet back, the bonuses use to be great and that's what you worked to accomplish. Now, there is no motivation. Before Berkshire, the company was a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of everyone above a pay grade 32 trying to become the next VP, people need to focus on their people. BNSF promotions are a joke...promoting the wrong people with the wrong focus. Minorities are "fast tracked" while people with experience are left behind...to meet a quota.


  6. "Waste in NCS is unbelievable."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay was incredible, and I felt like when we actually did work we were making a difference on the railroad. Fortunately in my position I got to travel the entire system.

    Cons

    Seems like most the time at the headquarters, nobody is actually working. Everyone is just on their phone or pretending to work... Like a real life Office Space. I ended up leaving for this reason and was tired of the waste and lack of work. Sitting in a cubicle doing nothing all week gets old. Entire departments could be let go and BNSF would see little in the loss of production. This lack of work also creates a heavy political culture, because no one has anything to do but gossip and spread rumors to keep themselves busy.

    Advice to Management

    If someone leaves a position and it is truthfully not needed, please don't rehire or worse expand the department. People crave work and want to be kept busy throughout the day. When managers are just walking out with no warning. The department probably has serious underlying issues that should be addressed. Such as paying 20 to 25 contractors to sit and do nothing all day while the company is laying off exempts.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Protect yourself"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager/Engineering Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Manager/Engineering Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Too many to list. Overall it really is a good place to work. But the one word of warning is a HUGE one!

    Cons

    Do not under ANY circumstances take your first job at BNSF in an Exempt at-will position that they call "Management." Even though you may not manage anybody or anything a lot of their jobs are called Exempt "management." In other words, at-will non-union positions. You could work there 11 years like I did with great evaluations and then a new manager decides he doesn't like you. You can be fired with no reason given other than "Your services are no longer needed." Career over! But if you work even a short time in one of the many Union positions just keep paying the small union dues when you continue to promote up the Exempt Employee route. You will always have a Union job there to fall back on even if you get fired for cause from your at-will position

    Advice to Management

    Be very suspicious of your managers who seem to enjoy the power of firing employees.


  8. "BNSF turn overs"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay time off one

    Cons

    Not a good work environment


  9. "Management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are ok for now, salary

    Cons

    Work life balance, poor leadership, poor communication, and unsafe work environments

    Advice to Management

    Follow your own leadership model instead of just preaching it. Communicate communicate communicate


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Managment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at BNSF Railway (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are good
    Good pay
    Potential to move around within the company

    Cons

    Bad Management!
    They have a do as I say not as I do management style.
    Expected to understand the industry

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your mandatory annual leadership training. Led and mentor and DONT manage


  11. Helpful (1)

    "stay away from this career!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The wages here are very good

    Cons

    EVERYTHING ELSE at BNSF sucks!!!!

    Advice to Management

    stop having an adversarial relationship with your employees!!!



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