Union Pacific Manager of Yard Operations Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Make the Railroad Great Again

    Oct 3, 2019 - Manager II of Yard Operations in San Antonio, TX
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Salary, benefits, and promotion opportunities. - Gain extensive and prestigious management experience. - Large operations support network and resources. - If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

    Cons

    - Long Hours, unionized employees demand respect and everything under the stars but fail to return the same respect. - Work/life balance is not the best but constant improvements are being made/attempted. - Your experience will vary depending on your team and location.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Long Hours and Poor Culture

    Apr 7, 2021 - Manager Yard Operations in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, great resume builder.

    Cons

    Terrible culture. Horrible work life balance expect 60hr workweeks indefinitley.

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    No work life balance

    Dec 26, 2020 - Manager of Yard Operations in Elko, NV
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and upward mobility

    Cons

    Long shifts, unreasonable expectations, no work life balance, and short staffing on all levels.

    2 people found this review helpful
  4. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    You are just a warm body in a seat

    Nov 11, 2020 - Train, Engine and Yard 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    paycheck has never bounced you can always quit...i think...honestly not sure about that though. They might actually fire you for trying to quit.

    Cons

    So many to name, - There is absolutely no managerial accountability for anything. (It's out of their hands, they know nothing about it, it's impossible to fix, it's been that way for 20 years, I'll get back to you, or more often than not...well, it's your fault) - a new attendance policy has been implemented in which an employee could work for 362 days (being available for call, on duty, or resting) and need to take a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off - and they will be jobless upon their return. On call 24/7/365 with no set days off - are denied earned compensated leave days due to "manpower shortage" as the company constantly manipulates staffing to ensure it always has the absolute minimum amount of people available to operate - constantly and consistently violates the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is the contract we work under, forcing employees to work out of proper rest, off of qualified areas, and doing jobs designated to other groups and threaten termination - employment termination is constantly threatened by the terms "Failure to Comply" and "Insubordination" being used at every opportunity to justify a company officer's abuse of power and disregard for employees' safety, rest, quality of life, morale, and overall well being. - Never being able to plan anything longer than 2 hours in advance...ever - not being able to participate or engage in normal life without constantly checking to see if you are going to get called for work, but even then, due to the complete lack of regard by management, even if you think you can mow your lawn for an hour without checking your phone, chances are they will call you to work and if you don't answer within 30 minutes of their first attempt...you are more than half way to being fired on average, the normal railroader is awake for 24+ hours at a time. It is normal to be awake for 10-16 hours and then unexpectedly get called for work, in which days can range from 6 to 20 hours on duty. You never know when you will be going to work, what kind of job you will be working, how long you will be at work, or if by the time you drive to work that they wont send you home because they made a mistake, just so you can pull in your driveway to have them call you back to work. There is no direct access to the payroll department the people that you need to speak with to take time off (should you dare) either don't answer the phone (so you get to spend an hour on hold) or they are typically unpleasant condescending...leading to the next point Nearly Every part of the management team at the local and regional level are conniving and condescending. The union representation is an absolute joke in which yo pay an absurd amount of monthly dues to a local in which your ONLY course of action in the case of an agreement violation is to file a claim - which is then immediately auto - denied by the payroll department, to which you submit a dispute to your union, in which you may see 10% of your claim value in 7 to 10 years...but that depends on if you are buddy buddy with a union official. if not...well sorry about your luck The overall atmosphere at the railroad is similar to high school. Most of your co workers will spread gossip and misinformation based on what they heard someone else say they heard from a guy who was talking to someone that heard about a situation that somebody else heard about. most people are more concerned with what everyone else is doing than minding their own business, and someone always has something to say about how they think you aren't doing what they think you should be doing. The only thing Union Pacific truly cares about is that you are available to answer the phone and show up to work your train. Not Health, not safety, not its employees, not veterans, not family. All of that is marketing and for the shareholders.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Do your research

    Nov 3, 2020 - Manager of Yard Operations 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    you'll gain good experience for other opportunities with other companies

    Cons

    the LASU top managers do not train you well enough, lie and only look out for themselves

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    6 people found this review helpful
  6. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Railroad conductor

    Sep 3, 2020 - Yard Conductor in Boone, IA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. Railroad retirement

    Cons

    Being treated like a number and not a person

    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    I can not, with a clear conscience, recommend UP as a place to work.

    Aug 7, 2020 - Manager of Yard Operations 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Retirement benefits, if you can last.

    Cons

    Guess I can’t give zero stars as a rating. Atrocious quality of life, long, thankless hours. Disarray, horrible customer service and possibly even worse employee treatment. While the pay is commensurate, in the end it is not worth it because the job drains your life and your soul.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    UP needs to improve their culture if they want to succeed

    Oct 11, 2019 - Manager of Yard Operations 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great Pay (and I suppose opportunity to move up seeing as a lot of people are leaving/getting laid off/"involuntarily separated)

    Cons

    I was excited when I first joined up. Great OMT Program that psuedo-prepares you for management. Class said that if you were to have challenges, it would most likely be with the "Agreement Professionals" aka the union guys, but I guess I got lucky. All of my guys were amazing, and taught me more than management ever did (besides how to record/brief metrics). It's blatantly obvious that upper management really doesn't care about it's employees; I mean, read the other reviews. The company preaches work-life balance, but if you want to stand out and be good at your job (or perceived to be) you have to pull long hours, especially at when you're not at a big terminal and it's just you out there. Since I left there have been 2 (maybe 3?) rounds of layoffs. All to maximize shareholder value. It's such a shame because they preach safety, but then reduce the amount of the workforce, Agree and Salary (like management) alike and expect safer, more efficient work ethic. I just don't see that happening... Overall, I learned a lot from UP in the short time I was there ( only 16 months), but I'm glad that I left. Think twice before applying, especially if you have a family.

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    12 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Railroad is life

    May 6, 2020 - Manager of Yard Operations 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is good. But its because of the the work environment.

    Cons

    Long hours, employees are just numbers.

    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Terrible Work / Life Balance with HORRIBLE Leadership

    Mar 29, 2019 - Manager of Yard Operations in Omaha, NE
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Yearly Salary is ok but not worth the hours you have to work to get it.

    Cons

    The worst management team I have ever seen. Directors and Sr. Managers who are not qualified to do the job. Nepotism is rampant. Buddy system promotions is all there is. It is not what you know but who you know at this place. Hourly pay from the yearly salary divided by all the hours you work. Days off being canceled and taken away. 12+ hour shifts 24 hour coverage while your work partner has his days off Expectation to live your life around UPRR Not enough people hired to work so they rely on those still around to do more and put in more time with no benefit.

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    9 people found this review helpful
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