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Union Pacific Chicago Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Great training pay and benefits (in 64 reviews)

  • Great benefits and retirement pacakage (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not always the greatest (in 53 reviews)

  • If you work over the road there is no schedule you are literally on call 24/7 which can get a bit tricky with family life (in 46 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Shareholders are always first"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Life is good whenever carloadings are up
    Pay is decent when youre not furloughed

    Cons

    Live your life next to your phone.
    No scheduled days off unless youre working a regular job and have more than a decade of seniority.
    Lack of ability to plan anything more than 12-24hrs in advanced.

    Advice to Management

    I want more safety feeds and stop crying broke. Youre trying to milk this cow for all its worth and youre causing thousands of families to go bankrupt and homeless across the system.

    Relearn some humility and compassion you may have had when you first hired out.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Pay but unstable career within first decade"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay
    Crew personalities
    Free Water
    Cameras watch your every move so if you get killed the person responsible can likely be identified. . .

    Cons

    Employees with 5 years seniority are being layed off.
    Managers are forced to set up employees for failure to keep their job.
    May have to work many holidays and special events because a plethora of other employees call off using family medical leave.
    Union is weak.

    Advice to Management

    Stop.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Conductor road / Metra"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits can't be beat

    Cons

    A lot of the management don't have none or no railroading backgrounds and it seems as if their looking to fire some one every day

    Advice to Management

    Run it like a railroad and not like corporate office job


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  5. "Married To Job If SIngle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good pay, pension, and benefits.

    Cons

    Married to the job and no social life.


  6. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Manager in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Manager in Melrose Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay, benefits and making a difference in daily operations is what I enjoy the most.

    Cons

    Long hours and no family time.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to value their managers.


  7. "Great Place for the Great Workers"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Journeyman Carman in Highland, IN
    Current Employee - Journeyman Carman in Highland, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefit Packages, Tuition Reimbursement

    Cons

    Rising Insurance costs are definitely something to look into getting on your spouse's plan!

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  8. "electrician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lectrician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lectrician in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    steady work, some health insurance

    Cons

    pay below avaerage, too many rules

    Advice to Management

    get more competent


  9. "Manager of Yard"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and bonuses are great

    Cons

    Long hours. No work life balance


  10. "Myo"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Make good money, fast paced and challenging

    Cons

    You will work 60-70hrs weekly to earn your money. Company looks for reasons to lay off its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Better work /personal life....management shouldnt work 12+hrs daily for max. Performance.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Company poor, but job itself..5 stars"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Train Crew (Conductor)/Locomotive Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Train Crew (Conductor)/Locomotive Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good when the work is there. The retirement is some of the best around if you make it that far.

    Cons

    Most managers are useless. They bring them in from college with experience with the railroad industry. Employees are treated as a number. Company regularly disregards the union contracts. I've relised in the first year that going above and beyond to help will either go unnoticed or get you fired. MOP's are the rule police. If you blink funny your liable to be put on a discipline level. Manager promotions seem to be based on ftx failures not actually how well you do your job. You won't leave a coaching without some kind of ftx coaching no matter if you broke the rules of not.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your crews. Not all are trying to take advantage.



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