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Updated Mar 10, 2020

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Union Pacific President & CEO Lance Fritz
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Lies and deceit"

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    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay and vacation. The people you work with. The sun sets and sun rises.

    Cons

    Managers treat you as if you are scum. (some not all.) They will run off or fire any good manager they have. The only way to have a off day is to get family medical leave. You get no sick time off and if you lay off once a month due to a illness or family illness you will get charged with attendance even if you have doctors notes and the paperwork. Work 24/7 by phone. There is no pattern. They hire you just to fire you and im not joking. Sometimes you are forced to work in areas or jobs you have never even heard of and are expected to know it all.

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    Union Pacific2019-12-01
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Locomotive Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Money is good. That's it.

    Cons

    Your treated like dirt daily. No days off, 24/7 schedule. Excellerated time off for employees whom already get time off.

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    Union Pacific2019-10-06
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible. Just a number at best. They DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU!!"

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    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were decent but you sacrifice a lot for it.

    Cons

    No set schedule. No home life. You get paid to be on call 24/7/365. Will furlough you in a second (lay you off). If you advance to management they will move you all over the country.

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    Union Pacific2019-10-03
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Railroad changing. Getting worse everyday system wide"

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Coffeyville, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A few pros are the Pay, retirement, insurance.

    Cons

    No job security, very very poor management, work for greed, no reward. . Jobs getting cut, low morale, doing more with less workers to satisfy shareholders. On call 24/7. Exhausted crews. No sleep.

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    Union Pacific2019-10-01
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Underutilized, Undervalued, Unappreciated"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Where to begin? 1. Zero work/life balance. If you are a manager in department that operates 24/7/365, you are expected to be on call 24/7/365. This means you are subject to being called in to cover someone else’s shift if they call in, with barely any notice. You are also “encouraged” to have your email set up on your personal phone so you don’t miss anything when you’re not in the office. You’re also bothered when on vacation and are never really “away”. Many times, I’d work 60-70+ hours each week and still had to be on-call regardless. 2. Long hours. The ones in the “glass palace” work a modest 8-5 with a lunch break and have time to go to the on-site gym. The ones at the Harriman work a minimum of 10-hour days with no lunch (they can’t tell you that you CAN’T take a lunch, but it’s frowned upon to leave and get something to eat. Most just eat at their desks). 3. The HDC also does not have a gym on-site for employees to use. It’s a mile and a half from the UP HQ building, so it would be impossible to get a workout in over lunch. 4. Incompetent management and nepotism runs rampant. People are promoted based upon their popularity rather than their skill level, tenure, and knowledge of the railroad. 5. Management and directors will block people from interviewing for promotions because they’re worried about losing good employees. 6. Management and directors will also hold employees for MONTHS until a replacement is hired. Oftentimes, the new department rescinds their offer because they can’t get the employee in time, leading to the employee not getting a promotion they rightfully earned. 7. Unrealistic expectations set forth by management. 8. Attitude from subordinates that are never addressed by senior leadership, which leads to a negative work environment. Everyone is constantly walking on eggshells as to not say something that may get them subject to an EEO investigation. 9. Participation in work-related groups and events is discouraged by managers, even though they want us to be involved in activities per our TPT/performance review. Lose/lose situation here. 10. CONSTANT layoffs. There have been a round of layoffs every single year I was here, with more coming. The executives don’t understand the bigger picture. All they care about is padding their wallets. In turn, these constant layoffs create added stress on the employees that were left, because they have to pick up the work that their peers used to do on top of their own.

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    Union Pacific2019-06-23
  6. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great money and great benefits.

    Cons

    You are on call 24-7

    Union Pacific2019-02-25
  7. Helpful (2)

    "No Communication"

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay and Good Benefits

    Cons

    On call 24/7, No job security, lack of communication around the whole company, they make it near impossible to work a second job when on the AW board but expect you to survive off of $600 a month

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    Union Pacific2019-02-03
  8. "Transportation/Locomotive Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Pay is Really Good, Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    On-Call 24/7, 2hr call time. Inward Facing Cameras inside the Locomotives: Big Brothers Watching you.

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    Union Pacific2019-01-11
  9. Helpful (6)

    "The worst thing about railroading is the Railroad."

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    Current Employee - Train Conductor in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Union Pacific full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay & Benefits + full pension. Union agreement which basically guarantees employment stability.

    Cons

    Lifestyle is awful, dangerous and unhealthy. No sleep schedule, no work schedule, on call 24/7. You're basically in a sleep-deprived fog for the entirety of your career.

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    Union Pacific2018-10-28
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Don’t care about people"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Union Pacific full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, great health insurance, vacations and benefits in general.

    Cons

    Unfortunately not everything is about money, they may pay good but you will loose your life, management doesn’t care about employees, not life work balance, not a stable company, on call 24/7, super stressful, short staff.

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    Union Pacific2018-12-06
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