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"Dispatcher"

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Current Employee - Train Dispatcher in Omaha, NE
Current Employee - Train Dispatcher in Omaha, NE
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook

I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great salary, particularly considering the fact that no college degree is required.

You only work eight hours a day 5 days a week, which is unusual.

Cons

If you have a degree of any kind do not become a Dispatcher it’s a tremendous waste of time, many of the managers of Dispatchers have no degree and it shows. I’m not saying they’re bad at what they do but they are not innovative or supportive or developmental, they do just enough to eak-bye and that’s it. The senior level managers have very little respect for Dispatchers particularly those managers within HDC, we’ve had a new VP and the man has never even spoken to us which says it all.

If you would like a job with no growth potential then this may be for you, however:

You’re on call 331 days out of the year 24 hours a day (taking into account vacation, 2 days off a month and 3 personal days)

Your schedule may vary from working 1st shift (Yep Shift Work) to 2nd shift to 3rd shift have a day on call then back to 1st. So be prepared to sleep whenever, also random drug and alcohol screenings which means no more having a beer even when you’re not scheduled to work.

Advice to Management

This position should be reserved for field employees who have worked their way up, this would eliminate the turnover issue you’ll encounter during the next 3 years when all of the Dispatcher with degrees move on to other departments (How don’t you see it coming?).

 There has finally been some replacement of senior managers with HDC which is a step in the right direction keep going there are a lot more (Look in the scheduling Department).

Finally stop the nepotism, this company has been very successful but HDC is starting to get sluggish having been filled with people who’s mom or dad worked there, this does not mean they are good candidates for dispatchers or employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Union Pacific

  1. "Horrible Politics in IT Department"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Manager in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great business and technical problems to solve. Company has an impact on the overall economy. No shortage of project work. Decent retirement benefits unless Ryan budget eliminates the Railroad Retirement Board.

    Cons

    IT management is very ineffective in developing talent - you're on your own. Internal politics promotes a culture of dishonesty, deception and infighting far worse than other shops. Advancement opportunities are more related to who you have lunch with and what you can promise rather than what you can actually deliver.

    Advice to Management

    By failing to manage low performers out of the organization, top talent will continue to find better opportunities. Provide more transparency to salary administration.


  2. "Great job, bad politics, good people."

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    Former Employee - Conductor in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Conductor in Tucson, AZ
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great money and benefits. Fun job, not stuck in a cubicle. Good opportunities for young people or hard workers

    Cons

    Terrible lifestyle. Always on call. Have to be there awhile to get enough seniority to hold a regular schedule. Union is soft.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with practical experience, not college kids who have never railroaded.

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