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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. "Great So Far"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Train Crew in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Train Crew in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are the best can't beat it. The experience. The pay is great long run. Lots of travel. Good ppl.

    Cons

    Lots of rules lots of test. Pay starts slow but quickly gets better. Some members on seniority are petty. Hours are very erratic.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Director in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Consistent paycheck.
    If you hired on prior to the changes, they cannot take away your pension and benefits.

    Cons

    Company doesn't value employees or their efforts.
    Workload is outrageous for some, okay for others. Expect to be on call 24x7x365
    No work-life balance.
    Title and level demotions are starting across the company which will deflate the potential earnings and benefits of the employees; which in turn will continue to demoralize all except those few that fared well after the cuts.
    The CEO has made it apparent the company only values marketing and sales and they have the easy jobs as long as everyone else is doing their job well.
    It's no longer a team.
    Talent retention and acquisition is nonexistent since the title reductions, job cuts, and rumors that future hires will not receive the same benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Always tell the truth. Deceit through ambiguity is looked upon worse lying by your employees, as it insinuates leadership thinks we're stupid. Start valuing your employees. Adding insult to injury by demoting operations positions while promoting marketing & sales was the worst decision ever made at Union Pacific. Resentment is high and morale is at an all time low. Be less concerned solely with the shareholders. Consider ALL stakeholders when making decisions. The short term gains will not be maintainable and the best, most productive employees are already looking for jobs where they’ll be respected and valued. Talent retention is already a major problem. Customers will start suffering for the CEO’s mistakes.
    No prospective employee will want to hire into any department other than marketing and sales due to the current title and level changes. Market Reference Value is sure to decline.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "An OK first job. Company is circling the drain."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but as a young person you won't use them. They have a nice gym and cafeteria.

    Cons

    Salary is too low for development jobs and you are constantly looking to go elsewhere. If you are on a mission critical system, you are on call and the calls can be brutal. There are too many managers and people who are not bringing much value who are in constant useless meetings. They are sitting around waiting for their pension while they make the same or more as you. The pension is unsustainable and it is not worth taking a pay cut for 30 years to fund old people when it will be removed in the future. Information is not shared and the organization is slow, inept, and, hierarchical.

    No visionary leadership at the top—only an excessive fixation on operating ratio. Low employee morale in general—in the field and HQ. The Jim Young years were much better. There was an emphasis on training and people. That is going away and people are now treated like utterly replaceable numbers. Operating ratio can’t be the guiding goal of a company. The last round of voluntary and involuntary cuts will leave the company crippled. The worst decision I have ever seen at UP. Lots of smart young people voluntarily took the buyout.

    General feeling that the company is circling the drain. No funding for new capital projects or innovation. A few bloated IT projects that never get done bleed the company dry. No accountability at the top for AVPs who can’t make their deadlines. They should be FIRED and the money be used for new developers that are DESPERATELY needed in many places. How many times have these project’s deadlines been pushed back and these same AVPs still exist? Now they are cutting other projects to throw bodies at these failures. People who finish their projects on time and on budget get nothing.

    Disgustingly bad and bloated SOA implementation with clueless overpaid and worthless enterprise architects. A culture of only Java devs who shun newer and better technology. UP’s tech stack is being left in the dust. Even JCPenny uses React and Node.js. Even GreatClips can build a mobile app for external customers. UP can’t because of their terrible security and architecture decisions. Heavy use of offshore, although some are quite good with the right leadership and training—just expect a very high ratio of offshore devs to onsite. In my case I was the only onsite developer before I left.

    Advice to Management

    The ranking system is flawed and there is no incentive for hardwork. Developers do not feel rewarded, but instead feel like there are being exploited—being on call and doing work outside of that of a developer. I ended up doing BA and training documentation material as well even though we had full time BAs. Developers end up doing the job of a developer, OSS technical support, BA, technical lead, and are not in any way compensated or rewarded. Developers are put on two or more teams and are expected to do the work of entire dev teams because there are so few while useless people sit in meetings all day.


  4. "Blood money"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    The only good thing was benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Blood money. Always looking ways to fire employees.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Involuntary retired"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    We're very understanding and worked with me when I lost my wife to cancer

    Cons

    Laid off after 17 years even though over 1500 had signed up for early retirement


  6. "Great job if you enjoy being outside."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Melrose Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is great and the unions are fairly strong. The employees are among the most diverse I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    Micro managed at times. Little faith in the lower level leaders. Good luck getting day shift with weekends off.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the people doing the work to have some say. It would engage them more in the work and communications with management.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Engineering Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great opportunity to travel the country and see places not many have been

    Cons

    Management has zero work life balance. Minimal pay for the amount of hours expected to put in. Discipline "coaching" is expected and required that focusing primarily on negative and rarely positive behavior. Minimal positive feedback from upper management especially when asking and reaching out for help. More focused on production, budget, and numbers rather than safety of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement is not needed and fear should not be instilled in employees to get a job done. Everyone should focus on working together as a whole company rather than individual departments to achieve success. Positive reinforcement and working with employees rather than reprimanding them will go a far way.

  8. "UP Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time

    Pros

    Nice pay and room for advancement

    Cons

    Not much autonomy or authority given


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Craft employee"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Craft in Berkeley, IL
    Current Employee - Craft in Berkeley, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits for union employees, Job security, relatively ok pay. It says 20 words minimum in the "pros" column but i honestly dont have that many positive things to say about UP.

    Cons

    Rules are out of this world. Super strict. Some supervisors abuse their power and shouldn't be in the position that they're in. Tendency to promote laborers to foreman instead of people that deserve the promotion. Nepotism is alive and well at U.P.. Company has a mandatory 30% fail rate on operations tests called ftx's. dont give them a reason. You must follow the rules to the T!!! Company is slowly removing all opportunity for craft employees to make some real money.. thank god this is a union job because it would be alot worse if it wasnt... not to mention a 1000 more reasons why this is a horrible company... so all in all there are so many more cons then pros with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees right instead of wanting more and more with less and less. Promote good employees instead of morons. Stop making quota and promoting people because of their gender or race...


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Zero appreciation for your knowledge, work, or experience."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Locomotive Foreman in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Locomotive Foreman in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Railroad retirement pension, pay, and family health plan. Some union benefits including 40 hr work week, paid holidays, and overtime pay.

    Cons

    Constantly looking over your shoulder. Fellow employees looking to get ahead by gossiping and management that prides itself on disciplining employees. 90% of employees feel stuck there because of retirement, pay, and benefits, but would like to work anywhere but there.


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