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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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Union Pacific President & CEO Lance Fritz
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  • "A quality work-life balance requires" (in 78 reviews)

  • "On call 24/7, can't plan nothing out" (in 62 reviews)

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  1. "thru freight engineer/conductor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bill, WY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bill, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay. Managers were very positive

    Cons

    working on call year around


  2. Helpful (2)

    "HR Specialist"

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

    Pros

    The company has a good brand.

    Cons

    The values of the company have shifted from employee & customer focused to shareholder.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust your focus, don't let greed change the culture of the company.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Peers are intelligent and cream of the crop employees. Other pros include now being able to work from home one day/week.

    Cons

    Dishonest upper leadership. UP cares more about Wall Street than their own employees who have dedicated their whole careers to serve. They recently cut their training program for college grads and everyone now feels extremely replaceable due to layoffs. Employee engagement from middle management and below is at a low, yet upper managers keep saying it will get better (more layoffs coming next year).

    Advice to Management

    One job of management is to get operating ratio down. They will accomplish this no matter what disaster they leave in their path. Go back to the ideals that made people proud to work for this company a short 4 years ago.


  4. "An Amazing Company"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Union Pacific is building America, the heartbeat of our economy, transporting everything critical to the high quality of life we enjoy in America. I love going to work for a company where the work is so meaningful. I also love the opportunities to work in different departments and several roles. Tons of developmental opportunities. Even with current workforce reductions, the market is driving this and the company will rebound for another successful 150 years.

    Cons

    Like most large corporations, decision making can take some time but I'm seeing the company become more and more nimble and it's exciting.

    Advice to Management

    With all of the changes, we need to revisit our employee value proposition to help the organization recover and rediscover the reason they love working for Union Pacific.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Conductor"

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    Current Employee - Conductor in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Conductor in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay good retirement awesome medical benefits.

    Cons

    Gone a lot management is horrible to many of them stress due to the fact your gone a lot and management is always trying to fire you

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to fire the guys who are actually working for you. Be more involved with employees and their families.


  6. "Conductor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    BENEFITS, trip rates, experience, opportunities

    Cons

    Management(exceeding FRA expectations on testing)as a way to "thin the herd", yard work easy to get fired in, time it takes to get established

    Advice to Management

    Monitor and help, not waste your time with drones and switch flag tests, to critical guys up and look for the smallest ways to fire people. Also those new guys with orange hats, managers shouldnt be seeing that like sharks with blood in the water, and think those are targets. That's a training opportunity, not a MAPS or a "coaching". Let the guys work, do their jobs, without having to worry about you coming by to fire them.


  7. "HR Manager"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits/Proud history/staple of america

    Cons

    When it comes to profits they will terminate great employees to lower the operating ratio..

    Advice to Management

    Good management, it's the executive level that needs to change.

  8. "Carman"

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    Current Employee - Carman in North Platte, NE
    Current Employee - Carman in North Platte, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay
    Great benefits
    Friendly environment amongst employees

    Cons

    Mannagers always want to write you up.
    No honesty from mannager

    Advice to Management

    Be more friendly and get to know your employees instead not having to meet your write up quota for the month


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Very good experience, great people but lots of layoffs."

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    Current Employee - Systems Associate in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Systems Associate in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits as well as the people

    Cons

    Layoffs and very hard to get promotions if you don’t know someone.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Critical Call Dispatcher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    High caliper, driven and professional conservative work environment.

    Cons

    Largely focused on the bottom dollar and share holders, not employees or safety. Actions do speak louder than words.


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