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Union Pacific Chicago Reviews

Updated November 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Great training pay and benefits (in 75 reviews)

  • Great benefits and retirement pacakage (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • Work - Life balance is terrible (in 66 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 52 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Descent living, bad morale, microsupervised"

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    Current Employee - Carman in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Carman in Melrose Park, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, medical, dental, that's it

    Cons

    Managers come after you for everything...


  2. Helpful (1)

    "electrician"

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    Former Employee - Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had good pay and employees were god to work with

    Cons

    They didn't treat there employees like professionals

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and respect their opinions

  3. "Great job if you enjoy being outside."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Melrose Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is great and the unions are fairly strong. The employees are among the most diverse I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    Micro managed at times. Little faith in the lower level leaders. Good luck getting day shift with weekends off.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the people doing the work to have some say. It would engage them more in the work and communications with management.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Craft employee"

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    Current Employee - Craft in Berkeley, IL
    Current Employee - Craft in Berkeley, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits for union employees, Job security, relatively ok pay. It says 20 words minimum in the "pros" column but i honestly dont have that many positive things to say about UP.

    Cons

    Rules are out of this world. Super strict. Some supervisors abuse their power and shouldn't be in the position that they're in. Tendency to promote laborers to foreman instead of people that deserve the promotion. Nepotism is alive and well at U.P.. Company has a mandatory 30% fail rate on operations tests called ftx's. dont give them a reason. You must follow the rules to the T!!! Company is slowly removing all opportunity for craft employees to make some real money.. thank god this is a union job because it would be alot worse if it wasnt... not to mention a 1000 more reasons why this is a horrible company... so all in all there are so many more cons then pros with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees right instead of wanting more and more with less and less. Promote good employees instead of morons. Stop making quota and promoting people because of their gender or race...


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Quality Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay appears to be good until you work 70 hours in one week

    Cons

    quality of life is horrible


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours"

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The money is fantastic
    Benefits are good
    Pension is solid

    Cons

    Long hours, no upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Half of your MTO's should come from the ranks.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "This company's culture and working environment is toxic!"

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    Former Employee - Manager Terminal Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager Terminal Operations in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Railroad Retirement and Harriman pension are the only real incentives to working for UP. But good look making it long enough to retire in such a toxic atmosphere.

    Cons

    The list is endless. Extremely long hours. Absolutely NO respect for your time off. You will be required to routinely answer emails, get on conference calls, and work on projects on your days off. You will be treated like slave labor. You will work in the most negative environment imaginable. And promotions are handed out not based on merit/ability, but based on who you know. If you are ethical and treat people well, you won't be promoted. If you are unethical and treat people like garbage, then you'll keep being promoted. Those are the kinds of people they want. You might think I'm exaggerating but trust me it's the truth. The CEO and EVPO have no clue how to make the company successful.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to the Board. Find yourself a new CEO and EVPO. Lance Fritz is extremely aloof and is incapable of taking UP to the next level. And EVPO Cameron Scott is extremely shady and unethical. Bring in a new CEO and promote Shane Keller to EVPO.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Descrimates on Race During Hiring Process At Orientation"

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    Current Employee - Train Crew in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Train Crew in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, Great Benefits, Great Hours

    Cons

    If Your BLACK, they mostly will not hire you ... it will take you at least 3 to 4 Orientations to get hired, that's what EVER Black Worker for Union Pacific told me.

    Most Supervisors have Confederate stickers or plates on there vehicles

    Advice to Management

    I was the Only Black person in Orientation both times.

    Only person to Dress business casual... everybody else looked like they was on Meth or came with t-shirts & tennis shoes on and in the email it said BUSINESS CASUAL

    Only person to take Notes,

    Only person to ask questions about the company, benefits and ect...

    But it still took me 2 Orientations to get hired... and in both, I was the ONLY Person that was Black and the ONLY Person that dressed Business Casual


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Life in the railroad....."

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Northlake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, free gym memberships, money, Union

    Cons

    No work/life balance, on call 24 hours, poor management employee relationships, long hours, no pay per performance..the worst conductor/engineer can make the same amount or more money as the best conductor/engineer. Rule book is the size of the bible so you can be written up on almost anything.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the "do this right or we're going to fire you" approach and try more of a "hey, you did this wrong and i'll recommend the safest way for you to do it". No one wants their jobs on the line everyday but it seems as though thats the atmosphere you guys enjoy.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Difficult balancing quality of life with 13.5 hour days, excellent retirement."

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    Current Employee - Manager of Terminal Operations in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Manager of Terminal Operations in Melrose Park, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement, challenging work environment, excellent employees. Compensation for full service can easily be better than your overall working pay. Company vision is extremely optimistic.

    Cons

    Hours, and overall schedule. Poor upper field management. Director level employees need to take advantage of learning opportunities to better their management techniques.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage employees positively.


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