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Union Pacific Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great training pay and benefits (in 64 reviews)

  • Great benefits and retirement pacakage (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not always the greatest (in 53 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 46 reviews)

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  1. "Manager of Yard Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Manager of Yard Operations in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, good benefits, career advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Zero work life balance and poor development of leaders. Too much of a control and demand environment

    Advice to Management

    Develop, recognize and value cross functional experiences of employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Hopefully Things Have Gotten Better..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, people in general and CEO (though like many at his level, is out of touch about what's really going on with his employees). Thankful for the experience as it taught me to appreciate the little issues that all companies have realizing it could always be like they was here.

    Cons

    In some areas, there are business practices that look the other way on questionable behavior. Managers and an AVP who abuse power, are bad leaders and are conniving at times. I think that my negative experience had some unusual circumstances due to factors too long for this review but having worked for and with many companies this was the absolute worst I've experienced.

    Advice to Management

    There's no excuse for mistreating people or refusing to change, as it won't help you attract or retain top talent. One suggestion is to make this transparent by providing open employee feedback loops that roll up directly to an accountable executive who will take action, bypassing those HR managers who in general do nothing but play politics to keep the peace with their friends in management (or who they themselves are scared of setting off).


  3. Helpful (6)

    "This is review as an exempt (salaried) employee."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Roseville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pension, 401k, gym at HQ or contracted facilities elsewhere, advancement opportunities, ability to move between departments, bonuses, good relocation package, HQ building is beautiful

    Cons

    company sometimes seems too concerned with reducing costs without thinking of long term consequences. Can be very political at HQ. Many offices outside HQ are old and run down.

    Advice to Management

    Need to do better competing with other companies on benefits and salaries. Attracting higher quality employees and keeping current employees by spending a little more will save money in the long run by reducing turnover and improving productivity.


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  5. "employment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great work, great people, great pay, opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    management is very aggressive towards finding infractions to meet their monthly goals


  6. "Senior financial analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very solid people. Great focus on career development.

    Cons

    I actually left in 1998, but that was not a selection option.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great pay but terrible lifestyle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is great for the work you do

    Cons

    Your away from home a lot so it sucks if you have smaller children. Management is terrible. Their whole goal is to fire you which takes food out of your family mouth.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers. Also instead of trying to fire everyone maybe you should coach them first.


  8. "Great Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and benifits. You see lots of places with the travel that you normally wouldn't see

    Cons

    Gone Too Much, Poor Management

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better and have more structure and clarity for employees


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good Pay but unstable career within first decade"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay
    Crew personalities
    Free Water
    Cameras watch your every move so if you get killed the person responsible can likely be identified. . .

    Cons

    Employees with 5 years seniority are being layed off.
    Managers are forced to set up employees for failure to keep their job.
    May have to work many holidays and special events because a plethora of other employees call off using family medical leave.
    Union is weak.

    Advice to Management

    Stop.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Decent job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Signalman in North Platte, NE
    Former Employee - Assistant Signalman in North Platte, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are great for a person with no experience. A lot of learning and training. But satisfying work. Meet a lot of people

    Cons

    Union is worthless. They take 100.00 a month but do nothing to help you. You travel a lot. Possibility of displacement

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  11. "engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    It was a super fun job sometimes you were given the opportunity to drive the trains, and other times you got to work on the trains, super fun

    Cons

    I cant think of one complaint I had working for Union Pacific, it was supper fun, very fast pace, I mean the trains can do like 60 mph. but long hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, but it would be nice if y'all were more considerate of people that are trying to get invloved with the company rather then helping people that already work there.



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