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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Great training pay and benefits (in 74 reviews)

  • Great benefits and retirement pacakage (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Management has zero work life balance (in 62 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 51 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager Strategic Sourcing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has been around for 150+ years and will probably be around another 150. Good hardworking employees, pension, railroad retirement, good location, has almost any type of job imaginable so you can stay with the same company and completely change careers if you want.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, upper management not in tune with employees or the day to day business


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits with consistent work

    Cons

    Overworked, under staffed, the work is unappreciated

    Advice to Management

    Stop undercutting your staff and piling the responsibilities of those cut onto those still employed. Quit looking to cut first. Increase the moral and ethics by allowing people to have normal lives like rest days off and holidays. Strong arm tactics do not work. It creates resentment

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Information Technology (former)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Associate Systems Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn transportation business from railroad perspective, a 150 yr-old company. established, market leader. structured, almost military like. both union and non-union. very dedicated and competent staff.

    Cons

    two recent staff reductions (2015, 2017) leave less people to do an increasing workload, especially in I.T. The company wants to do more with less.

    Advice to Management

    very poor execution of staff reduction program. UP will spend $450 Million in a year to buy back executive stock, and to pay for it, they fire the people that got the company to profitability, and issue more debt. In 2016 they did an employee survey, would like to see one done now!


  4. "Finance"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Solid company, good benefits and smart people

    Cons

    Old school structure, need to be more flexible


  5. "Manager Operating Practices"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Senior Leadership. Great employees.

    Cons

    None None None None None

    Advice to Management

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  6. "Application Developer"

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

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow and learn. Great health care, dental, 401K, and HSA benefits.

    Cons

    A chunk of your paycheck goes to pension, whether you like it or not.

    Union Pacific Response

    Oct 9, 2017 – Manager, Digital & Social Media

    Union Pacific employees do not contribute to the company pension. It is fully paid by the company. Railroad employees do contribute to Railroad Retirement, which is a governmental program with... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Demanding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits
    Good Salary, but 60 hour weeks are the norm

    Cons

    No Work Life Balance
    Little to no information flow
    Junior manager's ideas not taken seriously

  8. "Awesome place to work, excellent people,"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work the team does truly Builds America, and has an impact on the entire country. The men and women of Union Pacific are dedicated to serve.

    Cons

    The changing work and business environment requires the team to be cognizant of competitors actions with respect to work force and has subjected UP to corporate downsizing.


  9. "Employment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New technology for software development

    Cons

    Uncertain future for IT jobs

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Hostility and Nepotism"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    Pays the bills and work is easy.

    Cons

    Very low morale among employees, a lot of hostility and protection for the aggressors (management). If you call the Presidents hotline you might as well flush your career down the toilet.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hurting the people who help you earn your millions of dollars. We are people with families too.


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