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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. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of Money, no time to enjoy it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Manager Or Terminal Operations in Kennewick, WA
    Current Employee - Manager Or Terminal Operations in Kennewick, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The money is good and opportunities are plentiful. One can advance very fast and if you don't like one department, it's easy to move on to another.

    Cons

    If you work in operations, you'll have no time to live life. Might as well let go of all hobbies because you won't engage in them anymore, unless your favorites thing to do is railroad. Facebook is the only way you'll every see friends and family.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the work days for managers. Too much talent is walking out of the door for less money all for shorter work days.


  2. "Recommends"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and good pay. A lot of rules causing work to be overwhelming in beginning. A lot of room for growth

    Cons

    A lot of rules, corporate culture and political environment. Very little time off. Extra work is placed on you and if something goes wrong,it is your fault

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate of the fact that employees have lives outside of work. More consistent management would be helpful and better communication of what is expected


  3. Helpful (7)

    "EXECUTIVES - PLEASE READ"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Terminal Operations
    Current Employee - Manager Terminal Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Pay. Retirement benefits. Trying to figure out how to make this 20 words, because those are the only pros.

    Cons

    Long hours. Unrealistic demand given assets available. Terrible, stressful culture. Treating people right is continuously preached at headquarters in Omaha, but fear tactics run rampant in the field. Everyone is stressed. Overworked. We are going to G55+0 ourselves into an increase in turnover, (which we're seeing), and suicide.

    Advice to Management

    Bring common sense back to railroading. Get focused on the customer instead of how big we can run trains on minimum TPA. Give us power and people. We are going to lean manage ourselves right into obscurity due to our constant failures to downstream customers.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "It was ok, not a great place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Journeyman Diesel Electrician in North Platte, NE
    Former Employee - Journeyman Diesel Electrician in North Platte, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were a few good co-workers. There are A LOT of people there just to collect a paycheck. There are people who try to screw the company every day. Sleeping on the job is extremely common. It's not a bad place to work, but if you like staying busy and actually want a job you can use in the future, look somewhere else.

    I was an electrician in the diesel shop. You are going to work all the holidays, weekends and either midnight shift or second shift for years. If you get sick you'd be better off to go to work, otherwise you need a doctor's note saying you were sick. There are no sick days. I hope you enjoy ice fishing, you won't get a week off in the summer. As a new person your vacation will either be one days when you can find a spot on the vacation sheet. Or you can take a week in February. Forget a week in the summer.

    The pay is great, insurance is OK, union dues are fair.

    It may be different other places than North Platte. I hope it is. Working here has made me glad I quit and went to another job. I like working with people who work. Not people who complain that they are getting screwed but make over $30 an hour.

    Cons

    Lazy people drive me nuts. It's only 8 hours, 7 hours if you don't count the breaks. It wouldn't be tough to work for 7 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Not that it's going to make a difference, management needs to get their heads out of the clouds. That place could be a great place to work. But there's a mindset of that's how we've been doing it so that's how it is. If they would adapt and listen to ideas, it might get better.


  6. "Premium Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is very generous, full pension (qualification after 5 years), annual bonus, cost of living aid, and moving benefits for most career moves.

    Cons

    Hours are awful, especially when doing vacation coverage for fellow managers or when something goes wrong as you are expected to stay into the next manager's shift to help fight the fires. On top of awful 13 plus hour days one will not have any sick days - not entirely true if working the average terminal as it is possible to call off since its usually a two plus manager team per shift, but there are the rare yards that put the managers in a place where they cannot call off, ever.

    Advice to Management

    Treat fellow managers bellow you the same as you would treat the crews and your superiors, no need to be mean to make sure everyone works together to accomplish company goals every quarter. Senior management needs to wake up and realize the culture needs to change as well as the single lense focus on safety and not business as well.


  7. "Management doesn't care about employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LEMT in Hinkle, OR
    Current Employee - LEMT in Hinkle, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, good retirement, great co workers, ever changing work opportunities, diversity in jobs, work is rewarding. Opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Management treats employees horribly, off shifts, not the best locations, unions have no strength, work all major holidays for about the first 17 years, work weekends possibly for your entire career, management makes a hostile work environment harassing employees in the name of safety.


  8. "Financial analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work in.

    Cons

    Not a lot of vacation


  9. "Stiff Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays well also has great benefits.

    Cons

    Hour are really crapy especially when first hired. If your a family person please be ready to miss out on family events. The pay is good but not good enough to loose valuable time with your family. The management likes to have you do things and if anything goes wrong the finger is on you. I hope this helps.

    Advice to Management

    Take blame for your OWN actions remember we are a team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Business Manager Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager Sales in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Business Manager Sales in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits - pension, railroad retirement, etc.

    Cons

    Poor compensation/salary in comparison to sales positions in other fields. Lacking sales culture. Not performance driven. Little autonomy given to employees, even at director level positions. Arrogant, "might equals right" mentality to the point where business decisions and treatment of customers are borderline unethical.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Conductor road / Metra"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Conductor in Northlake, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits can't be beat

    Cons

    A lot of the management don't have none or no railroading backgrounds and it seems as if their looking to fire some one every day

    Advice to Management

    Run it like a railroad and not like corporate office job



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