Union Pacific Employee Reviews about "call 24 7"

Updated Jan 2, 2021

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Union Pacific President & CEO Lance Fritz
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Pros
  • "Good Pay and benefits as well as membership to gym(in 206 reviews)

  • "great pay and benefits for hard workers(in 188 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "work life balance is not that great(in 135 reviews)

  • "you are on call 24-7 365 days a year(in 92 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Life on the Railroad is great

      Feb 21, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, competitive salaries

      Cons

      Schedule can be hard to adjust to because certain positions are on call 24/7

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good career - good benefits

      Jan 2, 2021 - Senior Manager, Operations 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits, autonomy, the opportunity to change things and make leadership decisions

      Cons

      24/7 lifestyle. Because the work never stops it is hard to be away from phone calls.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Job, Great Pay & Benefits, You Will Get FURLOUGHED!

      Nov 24, 2020 - Train Conductor in El Paso, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Six Figure Salary, Great benefits and Pension, good company to work for

      Cons

      You will be furloughed first 4-5 years, managers will test you and write you up for anything, a lot of rules to follow, on call 24/7

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Steals Payments, Lays you off, expects 24/7 Availability

      Dec 18, 2020 - Railroad Conductor in North Little Rock, AR
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Not many. Benefits are getting worse but still OK. Pay is going downhill or backward compared to the cost of living.

      Cons

      See Pros. Pay going down compared to cost of living. Benefits are decreasing with every contract. Company expects you to be available 24/7 and fires you if you aren't. Safety is less of a concern each and every day.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Despite Generous Government Tax Brakes, still layoff workers to increase profits

      Dec 8, 2020 - Machinist in Fort Worth, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good income Better benefits than Non-Union work

      Cons

      No job Security Mass Layoffs have nothing todo with Covid. They were going on long before Covid started. 24/7 operation that goes by seniority, as far as scheduling

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      8 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      You are just a warm body in a seat

      Nov 11, 2020 - Train, Engine and Yard 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      paycheck has never bounced you can always quit...i think...honestly not sure about that though. They might actually fire you for trying to quit.

      Cons

      So many to name, - There is absolutely no managerial accountability for anything. (It's out of their hands, they know nothing about it, it's impossible to fix, it's been that way for 20 years, I'll get back to you, or more often than not...well, it's your fault) - a new attendance policy has been implemented in which an employee could work for 362 days (being available for call, on duty, or resting) and need to take a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off - and they will be jobless upon their return. On call 24/7/365 with no set days off - are denied earned compensated leave days due to "manpower shortage" as the company constantly manipulates staffing to ensure it always has the absolute minimum amount of people available to operate - constantly and consistently violates the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is the contract we work under, forcing employees to work out of proper rest, off of qualified areas, and doing jobs designated to other groups and threaten termination - employment termination is constantly threatened by the terms "Failure to Comply" and "Insubordination" being used at every opportunity to justify a company officer's abuse of power and disregard for employees' safety, rest, quality of life, morale, and overall well being. - Never being able to plan anything longer than 2 hours in advance...ever - not being able to participate or engage in normal life without constantly checking to see if you are going to get called for work, but even then, due to the complete lack of regard by management, even if you think you can mow your lawn for an hour without checking your phone, chances are they will call you to work and if you don't answer within 30 minutes of their first attempt...you are more than half way to being fired on average, the normal railroader is awake for 24+ hours at a time. It is normal to be awake for 10-16 hours and then unexpectedly get called for work, in which days can range from 6 to 20 hours on duty. You never know when you will be going to work, what kind of job you will be working, how long you will be at work, or if by the time you drive to work that they wont send you home because they made a mistake, just so you can pull in your driveway to have them call you back to work. There is no direct access to the payroll department the people that you need to speak with to take time off (should you dare) either don't answer the phone (so you get to spend an hour on hold) or they are typically unpleasant condescending...leading to the next point Nearly Every part of the management team at the local and regional level are conniving and condescending. The union representation is an absolute joke in which yo pay an absurd amount of monthly dues to a local in which your ONLY course of action in the case of an agreement violation is to file a claim - which is then immediately auto - denied by the payroll department, to which you submit a dispute to your union, in which you may see 10% of your claim value in 7 to 10 years...but that depends on if you are buddy buddy with a union official. if not...well sorry about your luck The overall atmosphere at the railroad is similar to high school. Most of your co workers will spread gossip and misinformation based on what they heard someone else say they heard from a guy who was talking to someone that heard about a situation that somebody else heard about. most people are more concerned with what everyone else is doing than minding their own business, and someone always has something to say about how they think you aren't doing what they think you should be doing. The only thing Union Pacific truly cares about is that you are available to answer the phone and show up to work your train. Not Health, not safety, not its employees, not veterans, not family. All of that is marketing and for the shareholders.

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Union Pathetic

      Oct 27, 2020 - Engineer in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits, Retirement, You get to ride a train

      Cons

      Everything else! No home life, work 24/7 365, Wife will leave you and so will all your friends. This company owns your soul. They have no sympathy for you. You are just a number costing them money

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Awful place to work, get treated like garbage daily

      Oct 26, 2020 - Signal Maintainer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      None, they suck you in with the pay and you get stuck for the retirement

      Cons

      Union Pacific does not care for their employees at all. Management is out to get everyone all the time. Prepare to be railroaded daily. On call 24/7 365. No advansment without moving to Ohmaha

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Point System

      Oct 5, 2020 - Locomotives Engineer in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great pay if you have seniority.

      Cons

      No family time. No life when you on call 24/7

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      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      They don't care about you.

      Sep 28, 2020 - Freight Conductor in Phoenix, AZ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay, good benefits, good retirement if you make it that far.

      Cons

      After you are hired, the company and managers are constantly trying to find ways to either fire you, or get rid of your job. Currently, it takes about 10+ years of seniority to even be close to working full time. Furloughs are common, and can sometimes last for years. They expect you to be ready and available to work 24/7 all year, including holidays, but their attendance policy has zero leeway, and taking off more than 3 days within a 90 day period will get you fired.

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