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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great training pay and benefits (in 68 reviews)

  • Great benefits and retirement pacakage (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Challenging work-life balance: relative to similar positions at other companies/fields of work, the workload can at times be cumbersome (in 56 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 47 reviews)

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  1. "Manager of Yard Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Hermiston, OR
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Hermiston, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, employee discounts, brand recognition

    Cons

    work life, stress levels, time off, vacation

    Advice to Management

    Pros:

    Recognizable brand (Fortune 500)
    Competitive Pay (25th percentile)
    Professional development???

    Cons:

    Safety/Testing: The coaching and decertification expectations are -in my opinion- counter productive to efficiency and crew/management relations. The offset of these two facets of operations are detrimental to the effective movement of freight. While the rules and enforcement do seem to produce desirable results in the area of safety, it has noticeably affected the crew's ability to produce on a level that they are accustomed to. Constant changing of safety expectations has left many of the employees unsure of how to behave when in the yard.

    Crew/Managment Relationship: There are many issues which result from a lack of trust and respect due to the real lack of experience and leadership abilities of managers. The "revolving door" approach to operations management degrades the reliability and consistency of decision making and standard work processes from a crew-member's perspective and is thus counter-productive to effective leadership and a manager's ability to coach his or her crew members to work safer and be more productive. There is a glaring opportunity to improve the team mentality, starting with the behavior of upper leadership or lack thereof. Hasty reactions to half sided perceptions are a wedge in the relationship between middle and lower management, and employees alike. There is little if any team mentality, I have experienced more disrespect at this job on all levels than I have at any other company I have worked at, which seems to stem from the chasm in interests between the different personnel levels within the company.

    Operating Efficiency: The ability to remain dynamic and resilient through change has left the company operating in times of great need with a system that was intended to be temporary. Cutting jobs and storing equipment is only useful if it can be effectively reinstated without delaying demand. We are too often required to operate without fail-safes in place or on skeleton crews with sub-par equipment, or equipment in disrepair resulting in a failure to meet customer's needs and costly on-line failures which have an impact not only on the bottom line, but more importantly on the morale of our crews which are our most valuable resource. The cost of online failures and lost morale far outweighs the gain.

    Conference Calls: Counter productive. Lengthy. Rarely offer solutions. It is expected that we present information in a manner which gives a perception contradictory to reality in the spirit of maintaining the status quo, and then we are expected to present plans to solve issues which do not address the real issues. The term "forced innovation" was not lost on me when it was presented as a reason/solution to why we continually cut our resources to the bone.

    Basic Communication/Team Values: Sending out information to management is a practice in blowing smoke into a mirrored room. Rarely can anyone have an honest conversation with management for fear of malicious repercussions (ie being sent/invited/assigned to a position where life can be made so difficult as to encourage one to quit). Sending out emails or answering questions must be "spun" in such a way as to hide or shade how one perceives assignments given from leadership. Political inuendos are entwined into absolutely everything including the most basic relationships with peers, breeding a culture which discourages teamwork and instead promotes managers to expose each other's vulnerabilities for the purpose of their own political gain. My perception is that Union Pacific does not value its people. While they speak of family and community values at the highest levels of the company, and how people are the number one resource, the reality in the field and the expectation by management is that the non-agreement employees will do as they're told or they will be replaced. All the while, resources are removed in order to save money, increasing work load and hours, while decreasing planning quality and morale.

    Work Life: Laughable.

    Assessment: This company has a social and professional disease, were it not for the hours spent here it might be tolerable or even remediable. But given that more time is spent at work than at home, this job becomes our life, who we are. Cancerous.


  2. "Life in the railroad....."

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Northlake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, free gym memberships, money, Union

    Cons

    No work/life balance, on call 24 hours, poor management employee relationships, long hours, no pay per performance..the worst conductor/engineer can make the same amount or more money as the best conductor/engineer. Rule book is the size of the bible so you can be written up on almost anything.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the "do this right or we're going to fire you" approach and try more of a "hey, you did this wrong and i'll recommend the safest way for you to do it". No one wants their jobs on the line everyday but it seems as though thats the atmosphere you guys enjoy.

  3. "Work your butt off"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are the only good thing.

    Cons

    Everything is a damn joke.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage people pleasr.


  4. "Electrician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Diesel Electrician in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Diesel Electrician in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Security and stable work. All required equipment and tools are supplied by the company. Safety is a priority and enforced.

    Cons

    Conflicting safety directions and operational practices. Production pressure is at times perceived more important than company safety directions. Benefits shrink every year. Very little to no advancement as expected with this line of work.

    Advice to Management

    Align work expectation of employees and safety requirements. Processes need to be specific to the location. Often there is a misalignment of required processes and facility capabilities.


  5. "Furloughed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved all the work especially being on the train moving freight around. Also loved working over the road being able to see different sites

    Cons

    Low seniority means terrible work and being furloughed and them expecting you to drop everything to come back to work for a week or two to only be laid off again

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people if you are just going to lay them off after trying. Need to really appreciate the younger guys who are wanting to work and who are working hard


  6. "Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Omaha, NE
    Former Intern - Intern in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is good and there are a lot organizations within the company that employees can join. Workload is average.

    Cons

    The company is way solidified on its structure and in order to move within the ladder would have had to spend too many years. Everybody seems comfortable in their positions since it is one of the best paying companies in Omaha.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Learning Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great retirement and health benifits.
    Great discounts on gym memberships, cars, products you get a retirement plan for you spouse

    Cons

    Too many layoffs. Pay is to low for the living cost of california. They won't honor legitimate claims. Alot of antiquated business practices.

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay. More training and listen to feedback for the people who get trains moving daily.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Recent college grads"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are fair and nice workout facility.

    Cons

    No flextime, poor management, no advancement

    Advice to Management

    Look at all employees not just Senior level and up.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Conductor"

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    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer/Conductor in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer/Conductor in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great fellowship, pay is above average for educational requirement, good benefits

    Cons

    No home life, constantly worried about getting fired by managers that are required to have failures during field tests.

    Advice to Management

    Change in culture to promote a more conducive environment of continuous improvement. The knowledge of the workers needs to be a point of opportunity to implement improvements instead of disregarding their inputs. Get out of the Crystal Palace and see what life is like on the railraod and how management abuses their power to make goals at a additional cost to labor.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Thru-Freight Conductor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Thru-Freight Conductor in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Thru-Freight Conductor in South Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Schedule is on-call 365/24/7 and you typically work 12 hours+ every day

    Advice to Management

    Working people so hard and not allowing them their earned Personal Leave days, claiming you don't have the manpower - after you cut people from the boards to make sure everyone works every single day. It's not safe and that's why you don't have enough people to work, once again. That and the railroad spends $40,000 trying to hire you and the rest of your career trying to fire you.


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