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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, professional growth opportunities, held accountable and rewarded when perform;
    Very competitive Benefits package

    Cons

    Fields operations jobs can have long or unpredictable hours, however these roles are well compensated

    Advice to Management

    Continue successful "The How Matters" focus, reinforcing the standard that Honesty, Fairness, Integrity and Respect are just as important as Results


  2. "great company"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific (More than a year)

    Pros

    laid back and very good people

    Cons

    very demanding and lots of work to be done

    Advice to Management

    great manager

  3. "Assistant Manager of Train Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Great compensation but you work very hard for it. They do seem to be trying to create a better work environment. But it's a very long and tough road... It take a lot of time and effort to change 150 years of tradition.
    If upward mobility, money and financial compensation are all you need at work then this is a great place.

    Cons

    You will work crazy hours, nights/holidays/weekends. An average day is 14 hours and have been known to go much longer. You often work very hard with very little gratitude. I would not advise if you have a family, it can be very strenuous on relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees more often, let them know when they've done a good job. Also let them know when/where they can work on something and give them a direction for improvement.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "So-so"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Department in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Engineering Department in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    The money and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Retaliation is part of the corporate culture as is lying by management. With my hiring class the lying began during orientation it has never stopped.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating your subordinates as equals because that's what they are.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Pitched advancement potential, but did entry level work and told ‘seniority rules’ in all promotions."

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is respected. People are nice. Have down time. Can access personal email from work computer. Senior people know what they are doing. Great cafeteria.

    Cons

    Boring. Meetings to prepare for meetings to prepare for meetings. No advancement potential unless been there for years. Preach benefits of moving between departments but required to start all over again if you do. Status quo thinking. HR & IT understaffed so don’t expect help from them for anything.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t always do things just because that is always how it’s been done. Utilize your people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Decent career"

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money when you have decent seniority. Benefits. Retirement

    Cons

    Work life balance. Could be furloughed at anytime

    Advice to Management

    Hire just what you need


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Starter Job"

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    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UP is a great starter job for a young electrician, or a stable career for someone who wants to settle down into mediocrity. Once you figure out your job, it can be very easy/boring (however you want to see it) and not very challenging (beware your skills as an electrician can diminish greatly!). The pay is decent considering the amount of actual work you do vs. downtime (there is a lot of downtime!). Can be a nice addition to a resume for future work. Again, great for a young employee to help get started, but not so great for long term.

    Cons

    UP has unfortunately cut down on a lot of jobs, so chances of advancement are very little, and if you do advance, it might not be worth it. The benefits are decent, but comparable to other union jobs in the industry so nothing to brag about there, but I will mention we get NO SICK DAYS! For a company who puts great emphasis on safety, they really give you no choice but to come to work feeling ill and putting you and others at risk. Not unless you are willing to lose money. Expect to work 2nd or 3rd shift and on weekends, and expect to NEVER see a Mon-Fri job on 1st shift (or any shift for that matter). The company seems to love to bring morale down, and it definitely shows. I swear almost every employee is a disgruntled employee! The culture certainly has been changing recently, and not for the better.

    Advice to Management

    You have to understand that morale plays a great role in production and safety in a workplace, and sometimes that needs to be addressed, too. Hire and promote from within the company. You have a lot of talented people eager to grow, but you decide to hire someone straight out of college with no real management or locomotive experience. Also instead of cutting jobs that are in place to improve productivity to save money, figure out how to save money by cutting waste by actually improving productivity.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Law Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific part-time

    Pros

    - Great People
    -Competitive Pay
    -Flexible Hours

    Cons

    - There has been a shift to employee less people which has affected morale.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Train Crew"

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Lawton, OK
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Lawton, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay & Benefits are good but are costly.

    Cons

    Expect to get shipped somewhere you dont wanna go for the first 3 years Prepare for half of you check to disappear to taxes, retirement, and health insurance. No time off either.

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying so hard to fire people. You spend like 20k per person training them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Good company with great employees.

    Cons

    Senior leadership needs to listen to what the employees need, not their own needs.


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