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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated December 14, 2018
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  • "A quality work-life balance requires" (in 81 reviews)

  • "On call 24/7, can't plan nothing out" (in 63 reviews)

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  1. "Best Company"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in El Paso, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, teamwork and time off is excellent

    Cons

    Expensive healthcare everything else is good. No complaints

    Advice to Management

    Keep rocking, teaching and recruitment. Best team ever.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not Like it Use to Be"

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

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    At this time, I can't think of any.

    Cons

    No longer a stable company to work for.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Too Shareholder Focused"

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of great people

    Cons

    Awful job security, bottom-tier culture

    Advice to Management

    Management is losing the people that make the company great


  4. "General Director continuous Improvement"

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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

    Cutting edge of Lean transformation.

    Cons

    Regular job cut backs. Even with good performance rating you can be asked to step back to a director position or terminated.

    Advice to Management

    Quit letting the rumors rule the house. When you decide to make cuts, just a ounce it and the process you will use to decide who gets let go.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Times are changing at UP"

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

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Focus on safety makes the job not as strenuous as you could imagine.

    Cons

    Layoffs in mechanical leave people wondering if they will have a job in a month.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager of Train Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MTO in Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - MTO in Eau Claire, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Retirement benefits are amazing. As a manager, you will have a lot of influence over your business.

    Cons

    No work life balance. 365 on call at all hours, and they call constantly.

    Advice to Management

    People need time away from work without being called in.


  7. "Conductor"

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

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

    Pros

    Love the pay and benefits are impeccable.

    Cons

    Long hours in the summer.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like you own the RR

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manager of Yard Operations"

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    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits opportunity for travel

    Cons

    Quality of life is bad, company culture promotes disrespect and does not embrace change, high turnover rate. Work schedule usually comprised of 6 days on 3 off 13 hour schedule

    Advice to Management

    Follow up on quality of life initiative, a company culture change towards respect


  9. Helpful (10)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Electrician"

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

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

    Pros

    I work with some great people.

    Cons

    Management has a major disconnect from the agreement employees. It's all about profit, but this place wastes more money than anywhere else I've ever been.

    Advice to Management

    The people on the floor, actually doing the work, and the crews out on the rail, are the ones who are paying your salary. Without us, you guys would have nothing. We aren't a liability, or an unnecessary expense. We keep this place running.