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BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated September 18, 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. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Overall experience was more pros than cons.


  2. "Mechanical Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway as an intern

    Pros

    Great potential for career growth within the company.

    Cons

    Not the typical work of a mechanical engineer.

  3. "Radio Frequency Engineer - PTC"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lenexa, KS
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lenexa, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The original location was ideal.

    Cons

    Had to transfer to another location


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced"

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    Former Employee - Unloader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Unloader in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    coworkers are always helping eatchother, which helps get the job done much faster.

    Cons

    During the summertime it gets very hot, which makes the job much tougher


  5. "Foreman"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Foreman
    Former Employee - Mechanical Foreman
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, continuously changing work environment,

    Cons

    Very hard to move within the company. Limited advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Trust the advice of your supervisors


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company if you want to have a Retire with a great plan"

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    Former Intern - Technology Services in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Intern - Technology Services in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, helpful people who work collectively is a sector which will always be needed. Plus owned by Berkshire Hathaway hence makes it a company worth working for. Worked in the TS group, the tech stack needs a massive upgrade overall.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive and the retirement amount which you have to pay towards pension is massive which pushes away young people from joining the company overall it seems

    Advice to Management

    Attract more Youth and increase Comp structure to make it more attractive for more competent personals


  7. "Operations Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Very fast-paced and challenging environment. Great place to hone your leadership and management skills in logistics, operations, and supply chain management.

    Cons

    Work schedule can be challenging to family life.

  8. "Solid company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits provided

    Cons

    No quality of life to speak of...


  9. "Corwith IEO"

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    Former Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Operator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inter-modal Equipment Operator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. Generally enough overtime to help your pocketbook.

    Work life balance maxes you at 12 hour days.

    Medical is free based off of our CBA.

    Most co workers are pretty good. Few managers that run the ramp really well and genuinely care about your well being.

    The commitment to safety is real and exists.

    Various positions on the ramp and depending on your seniority you can pick and choose what you do for the day.

    Cross craft relationships are the best. You can learn new stuff everyday. Most managers in other departments are willing to tell you about their job and why it's awesome.... and not so awesome.

    Cons

    Overtime - it's a pro and a con. No more 16's which is a negative.

    There are managers who mess the ramp up and create late trains which equates to unnecessary forced overtime.

    Poor morale and integrity.

    Hourly staff create their own problems by abusing the 1-800 number and make frivolous complaints.

    Upper management want us to feel like they care but don't show it. Senior corporate leaders have their message about productivity vs safety but by the time it hits the front line managers it's watered down.

    A certain manager likes to implement new "revolutionary" ideas but does not take criticism very well from the staff that is being forced to do it their way.

    I applied for 15+ jobs I was qualified for and never even got an interview. Not sure what it was about.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page. Each manager can run the ramp their own way but there needs to be a set standard. It will improve work morale and boost performance. Sr mgr needs to take charge and set the tone and not allow for certain things to occur.

    There needs to be a leadership overhaul.

    The lack of trust that exists on the 2nd floor is disturbing. You guys set the tone for the ramp, do not burn your bridges with the production crew.

    If a front line manager or supervisor is failing you, and your staff, then reevaluate that individuals employment. It's nothing personal, it's business.


  10. "Depends on Location"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Barstow, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Foreman in Barstow, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay, semi relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Overpriced insurance, bad work/life ratio, contradicting input from levels of management


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