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Updated January 16, 2018
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Union Pacific President & CEO Lance Fritz
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  • Work - Life balance is terrible (in 70 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 54 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Traincrew"

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    Former Employee - Train Crew in Cheyenne, WY
    Former Employee - Train Crew in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy money job. You get paid for the schedule inconvenience.

    Cons

    Schedule and constant conflicts with rules.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with excellent benefits and pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Extensive training for train crew personnel.
    Great team working environment.

    Cons

    Human resources could care less about retention.
    Local management does not give any backing or support to train crew or mechanical crews.
    Lack of communication between HR, yard managers, maintenance of way, national dispatch.

    Advice to Management

    Leniency of 1% point on a test score to be terminated after shelling out $40k in training and recruitment. Not savvy for retention or shareholders.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits, and committed mid-level management

    Cons

    Senior Leadership, especially CEO, is only interested in impressing shareholders and board. No concern whatsoever for employees. Recent demotions for nearly entire non-agreement staff has placed morale in the toilet. CEO's response to this is "get over it". Not sure what motivational plan he is following, but I've never seen it.

    Advice to Management

    Remove Lance Fritz and Cameron Scott. Go back to the employee value proposition that former CEO Jim Young proved successful.


  5. "Transportation"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor of Yard Operation in Alexandria, LA
    Current Employee - Supervisor of Yard Operation in Alexandria, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, great opportunity bonus

    Cons

    Long hours long hours long hours

    Advice to Management

    It’s a safer railroad when the supervisors are rested


  6. "Train Crew"

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    The Benefits are very nice,

    Cons

    You must work on call.


  7. "Organization with good benefits and limited opportunities to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and good training opportunities.

    Cons

    Old school thoughts and practices. Management is trying to make some positive culture change and if these initiatives are successful, then it would be a better place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of localized power centers. These power towers at times work against the interest of the organization.

  8. "Conductor / Switchman"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, great people to work with and for.

    Cons

    Hours, layoffs, furloughs - everything else seems okay.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "UP"

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    Former Employee - Generalist in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Generalist in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, vacation, work out facilities

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance, location


  10. "Great place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Security Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Information Security Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and passionate people always willing to help
    Encouraged to learn not only your job but all aspects of the business
    Good benefits

    Cons

    A lot of politics to get anything done - slow moving
    IT culture is dated
    Training budget is lacking

    Advice to Management

    Compensation appears to be mostly time gated rather than merit based. This methodology leads to discontent in high performing individuals who inevitably find higher paying opportunities elsewhere.


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