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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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  • Limited Work Life Balance; Union employees can be challenging to manage (in 57 reviews)

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

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  1. "Potential Growth"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, autonomy, and potential growth.

    Cons

    Nepotism fading away, but still abundant. Facilities are some of the poorest of any industry. Expect to work odd and long hours. Railroad industry culture needs extreme makeover.

    Advice to Management

    Promote your employees, grow them. You surprisingly have some of the most brilliant and loyal employees anywhere, but most are left out to dry.


  2. "Difficult work life balance, and an old school culture, with great benefits."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman I
    Current Employee - Mechanical Foreman I
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great minus the starting PTO. If you are willing to relocate you will be compensated handsomely. Training and onboarding is extensive for new hires.

    Cons

    Difficult work life balance, and to succeed in the company you must be willing to relocate. The working culture is old fashioned, just like the industry: and while time and resources are spend on changing culture for the better, it's not quite there yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on improving morale and culture, especially between both craft and exempt employees. Make efforts to improve work life balance in the field.

  3. "Locomotive Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Contractor in Prescott, AZ
    Current Employee - Contractor in Prescott, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Working on call you can't make plans or have much of a life outside of work. The people involved in your life, their schedules always conflict. And when you're out and think you'll be called you won't and when you think you won't you probably will.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. "Manage equipment balance and oversee safety of employees"

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    Current Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Manager in White Settlement, TX
    Current Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Manager in White Settlement, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, working conditions are nice. Lots of advancement opportunity. Diverse culture. Retirement is sound. Leadership training provided annually.

    Cons

    Unstable due to economic downturn. Lack of personal relationship. Long hours and weekend/holiday work. Operating positions works 24/7 nights and days

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your people and show
    That you value experience and dedication


  5. "way better than nothing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are single or hate your wife
    money and healthcare are the only reason to work there
    sometimes you love it

    Cons

    the hours really really suck
    sometimes you hate it

    Advice to Management

    keep making it look like your doing something , lol


  6. "Was pretty simple but they were very unorganized. They didnt know they had an incoming intern and did not challenge me."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway as an intern

    Pros

    Pay was good and the retirement package is what everybody stayed for.

    Cons

    Takes advantage of salary. For example, you can be getting paid 50000 salary but working 12+ hour shifts everyday because the railroad is so demanding.


  7. "Conductor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, fun job

    Cons

    Poor hours, bad weather, no time off

  8. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Terminal Trainmaster
    Former Employee - Terminal Trainmaster
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money, profit sharing, bonuses. The best benefit was the work schedule. They've started to thin managers, so that's no longer the case anymore.

    Cons

    Company morale has gone downhill since being aquired by uncle Warren and Birkshire Hathaway. No work life balance unless you're a senior manager. You usually cover other managers vacations (work extra days) on scheduled days off so you really don't get any vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. The company is headed towards a bare bones management style just like Hunter Harrison has done at CN, CP and now CSX. Keep your head low if you're a high paid manager.


  9. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is good and comprehensive. Great 401(k) match. Annual bonus (although based on overall company performance than individual performance) and one of few remaining companies still offering a pension. The Ft Worth facilities are beautiful.

    Cons

    A lot of nepotism.
    Lack of visibility and consistency from HR as to job openings that get posted versus "assigned".
    Limited numbers in leadership focused on developing people.
    BNSF has historically been a leader in the rail industry. The current environment is tough in all railroads but BNSF executive leadership is doing nothing to evolve to a business without coal or crude. Finance drives the strategic direction which primarily is the "status quo" business on a lower cost basis. Broad based company initiatives have a name but no timeline, depth, or follow through.

    Advice to Management

    Let's continue to leverage our core business while aggressively exploring and testing new business.
    Need to reevaluate internal processes for new business. You can't expect to tackle new business areas following the existing long, bureaucratic processes.
    Autonomous trucks are here. Let's not bury our heads in the sand and pretend they're not. Address how we live with that threat now before intermodal goes the way of coal.
    Simplify the process for customers to ship. In the app age, the process to become a customer and ship are too complex and cumbersome.
    Focus on defining our own future going forward and less about what the competition is doing.


  10. "It's a hard life"

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

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay and great insurance

    Cons

    Gone a lot, Company doesn't follow contracts, Cutting jobs

    Advice to Management

    Take advice from people that are doing the job


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