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Union Pacific Freight Conductor Reviews

Updated Mar 10, 2020

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Union Pacific President & CEO Lance Fritz
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Train Conductor"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Gone from home and always on call.

    Union Pacific2015-02-03
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Be prepared to miss out"

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    Former Employee - Freight Conductor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for you.

    Cons

    You never know when you are going to work.

    Union Pacific2020-02-23
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Do not come here looking for a career"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, working alongside a diverse group of industry professionals.

    Cons

    Work life balance issues, constant downsizing, a "do more with less" mentality, working with the knowledge that you are viewed as an unnecessary expense that impedes shareholder profits.

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    Union Pacific2020-03-10
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Run....far away!!!"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Greedy company. More worried about making money than customers or even employees. Because you know...they keep the company going more than big wigs....

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    Union Pacific2020-02-10
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Useless Pathetic"

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    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Villa Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some of the people you work with are awesome, and others make you wonder if they have visiting hours where they live. Paychecks always clear, though you never get paid what you should be by agreement. I was happily able to leave on my own terms, so there's that!

    Cons

    You are quiet literally just a number in a system, and a warm body to fill a slot. You will be treated as an easily replaceable commodity, so be aware! You WILL be on call 24/7/365, and woe unto you if you anger the people in charge of the attendance policy in Omaha, even with their arbitrary enforcement of their made-on-the-fly rules. Have a spouse and/or kids? Hope you don't really like them as much as you say, because you'll never see them and watch them grow up. You're going to miss out on a lot of important events in their lives, because "Uncle Pete" now controls yours. Hope you like nasty Chinese food in a seedy hotel on Christmas! All that is if you are actually able to work and not be furloughed every year since your hire date, and currently people with 8-9 years seniority are on the bubble. Like other reviews, this company will only hire you for a tax break, and will take every single chance it can get to fire you. It's the only job I've ever heard of where you have to get "fire insurance" in case you temporarily lose you job, or worse! The safety culture has really gone downhill since I hired on. At the very least, it was a facade of "Safety First" back then. But with the recent and on going changes safety is now blatantly in third place, behind the shareholders and profits respectively. The injury rate rise and also with five fatalities in the past year really shows how UP cares about their workers. This is definitely a place where only those extremely desperate for a job should go, only IF you have exhausted all other options.

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    Union Pacific2020-01-21
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Trading soul and lifestyle for money"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is above average for a entry level position. Unforgettable brotherhood forged with coworkers.

    Cons

    Massive disconnect between agreement and non-agreement employees. Morale with all employees including low level management is extremely low, and everyone lives in a state of fear not knowing if they will have a job the next day. Company is actively trying to automate as many jobs as technologically possible. Senior management is ONLY focused on the shareholder not the employee. You are only a number. Meaning your ideas, passion, and performance mean nothing.

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    Union Pacific2020-01-20
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great job tons of layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Enjoyable job Great peers Great income when working Great Benefits

    Cons

    Lots of lay offs in the first 10 years Poor communication Poor direction from Senior Management Frustrated Customer Base Bad schedule Impossible work life balance

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    Union Pacific2020-01-14
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible company but great pay"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They pay and retirement are great

    Cons

    Company does not care about employees, management has no clue, you never know when you are going to work so you can’t really have a life besides work and being tied to your phone

    Union Pacific2019-12-06
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Jobs is good company isn’t"

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay the people you work with

    Cons

    Everything about the company they don’t care about their employees. They just hire to fire

    Union Pacific2019-12-09
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Will do anything to steal from their employees"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Absolutely no pros since PSR has been put into effect. This company is a bunch of thieving scum treating their employees like absolutely trash. They only care about the size of their bonus checks. Run away

    Cons

    I have worked for this company for 6 years and ever since they started precision schedule railroading things have gotten totally out of control! The company has now resorted to stealing from its employees who work on call 24/7. They will do anything in their power to find loops holes or grey areas in the agreements to steal gauruntee from the on call employees. This was never like this until recently. I have never worked for a company that knowingly steals from its employees. Anyone that is thinking about working here dont!! I used to think this was a great place to work until about 3 years ago, now i know why they have the saying "getting railroaded" because they screw overtheir own employees just to save money and boost profits so the top dogs get their multi million dollar bonuses. I hate this company with a passion. Youve been warned, dont work here!!

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    Union Pacific2019-12-02
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