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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  • Limited Work Life Balance; Union employees can be challenging to manage (in 58 reviews)

  • Time away from home is constant (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "PTC ANALYST"

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    Current Contractor - Ptc in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Contractor - Ptc in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    NONE, Leaving is the only pro you can have as its a waist of time to be employed here working to Implement PTC

    Cons

    Management has destroyed this company and very Sexist towards males in the Tech Services PTC Dept

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending so much money training new people and start trying to retain people that you already have. 16 people quit due to Toxic work environment in 2 years that should say something. Management also Lies to Directors and VP's about current status of PTC and working conditions.


  2. "PTC Specialist"

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    Current Contractor - Ptc in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Contractor - Ptc in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    no positive remarks to make

    Cons

    Too Many managers running teams that should not be in management positions. Multiple reasons to NOT work for this Company as it is a very cutthroat environment. Stay Clear better chance for a future with another company that doesn't run like the mafia

  3. "B(etter) N(ot)S(tart) a F(amily)"

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Conductor in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, most employees (conductors and engineers) are great people

    Cons

    What's a holiday, or weekend? On call 24/7, if you work the road where the pay is you're home just as much as you're away in a motel.

    Advice to Management

    Trainmen, the guys actually moving freight are more than just a number. Great to see you guys get paid holidays and salaried a matching 401k


  4. "Technology Services"

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

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Use of latest technology

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance. Pay not proportional to amount of work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on work life balance.


  5. "Really bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good pay nothing much else

    Cons

    Barely time home poor work life balence


  6. "BNSF RR"

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    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.


  7. "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

  8. "Treated like dirt!"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Waste in NCS is unbelievable."

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    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Protect yourself"

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    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.


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