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Great Company with huge growth potential for most employees
Demurrage / Senior Analyst (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TXJanuary 20, 2015
Pros: good, stable, private company
Cons: agressive corporate culture
I enjoyed working for the BNSF railway though the environment is a competitive and unforgiving one at times. The company is designed to promote those willing to succeed at any cost and to minimize or marginalize those who are interested in stability and wanting to remain stable in a job role or function. The motto is if you are not moving up, you should be prepared to move out.
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Moved locomotives from shop to outbound areas, some cleaning and maintenance
Mechanical laborer (Current Employee), Barstow, CAJanuary 15, 2015
Pros: retirement benefits, health care
Cons: some health hazards and dangerous environment
Great place to work. Potential upward mobility and job security.
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Great pay
Conductor (Former Employee), Dilworth, MNJanuary 14, 2015
Pros: pay
Cons: family time
Great guys, fullfilling work, location and family time not accomadating.
Mgt was not understanding of family problems.
Hours were 10 off and 12 plus on 6-7 days continuos
Conductors class was intense but rewarding
Road trips were my favorite
The yard had many positions but it varied daily
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Poor management, poor Union representation
State of Texas Journeyman Electrical License# (Former Employee), Temple, TXJanuary 14, 2015
If I could give less than 1 star I would do it. Management only worries about rule violations and could care less about your personal problems or how qualified and capable of the work you can perform.
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Productive and fast paced work place
Conductor/switchman (Current Employee), Seattle, WADecember 30, 2014
Pros: working mostly unsupervised, different co-workers everyday, variety
Cons: on-call 24/7, no days off, stricked availability and low hours guildlines
Typical day at work is usually busy at the beginning and at the end with some down times in between. Lots of paper work is required to move freight from point A to point B. Learned a lot about what it takes to move just one train let a lone a fleet. Management typically was available at most times, but working for the Railroad, employees were left to be mostly unsupervised. Co-workers were pleasant to work with and the ability to work with a variety of co-workers at different times on different occasions was one of the best parts of the job. The hardest part of the job to me was having to work on-call 24/7 with no days off.
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High stressed, freight train daycare.
conductor/train dispatcher (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TXDecember 17, 2014
Pros: excellent pay and advancement opportunites
Cons: stressful enviroment, tolerate personality conflicts proffesionally
Amazing career and great company to work for...The freedom and trust in your self to make your own judgement and decisions,
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fired for petty bs
conductor (Former Employee), Whitefish montanaNovember 22, 2014
Pros: great benefits pay and mostly great people
Cons: once you get hired they do everything they can to fire you
training was great all the people i worked with were great. schedule is what it is but wasnt bad. i was living in hotels was fired from the company 2 weeks from being out of probation for shooting the hotel manager at the hotel i was staying at with a foam nerf dart.. whitefish management was great.
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fun
Certified Engineer (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TXNovember 14, 2014
Pros: travel
Cons: travel
fun place to work. lots of travel. slows down after xmas but picks up in march.
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Excellent company with great pay and benefits.
Machinist/Diesel Mechanic (Former Employee), Glendive, MTNovember 13, 2014
Pros: pay, benefits, work schedule, overtime availible
Cons: too many managers, some being inexperienced.
Every aspect of working for BNSF Railway was a great experience. The management was, at times, inexperienced and demanded unrealistic expectations. I would've happily continued working for this company if I could've transferred to AZ. The opportunity to transfer was made available however, I didn't have enough seniority to hold the position.
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Great work experience
Machinist, Diesel (Former Employee), alliance, NebraskaNovember 11, 2014
Great job with amazing benefits. The coworkers were great to work with and very helpful. management was fair and provided a safe and enjoyable work environment.
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a drag on ur family
conductor trainee (Former Employee), mplsNovember 5, 2014
its a lifestyle meant for single people with no family to lose.
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alright place to work
Spotter/forklift operator (Current Employee), cicero,illNovember 5, 2014
Pros: free lunches sometimes/can make a lot of money
Cons: not enough communication about whats going on all the time
Good job overall. Management is ok . The culture is ok but the are making steps to change the way thing are done though.
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Highly Compensated Union Job
Dispatcher (Current Employee), Houston, TXNovember 4, 2014
Pros: 8 hour shifts, indoor, past paced, demanding
Cons: working holidays and weekends, a lot of management movement, self-oriented staff, not a team environmet
This job is very demanding of your time. You will work nights, weekends, and holidays without overtime/additional compensation. They expect you to work all of your shifts so if you are sick often or have weekend commitments, this is not for you. You can only take off a day if it is pre-approved and one of your 5 days of floating vacation. One nice thing is you only work 8 hours and you leave all your responsibilities at work. It is also shift work and most of the time your preferences are not taken into consideration. There is a lot of opportunity to advance in the company if you are available for relocation. Most railroad jobs are outside, but this job is strictly indoor at a desk; there is no heavy lifting or weather to worry about. The training class is 3 months in Fort Worth, TX. The compensation is fair for how much you work.
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Productive and fun
Conductor Trainee (Former Employee), Chicago ILNovember 3, 2014
Pros: good health care
Cons: being away from home a lot.
A typical day at work shoving and moving engines and cars. learn a lot about safety. management is good. co-workers are very good to work with. There is know hard part about the job just good work. The most enjoyable part is the co-workers.
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Eh...
Conductor (Current Employee), gillette, wyomingNovember 3, 2014
If you have nothing going on and are not family orientated this is a great job. You are away from home often but they pay you well.
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Productive, challenging
Manager of Corridor Operations (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TXNovember 1, 2014
Pros: good pay, benefits
Cons: work/home life balance, long hours, lack of promotions
I have worked for this company for 17 years and overall it is a very challenging work environment. It is a high stress job with long hours but can be rewarding if you are able to think outside the box to move freight on time. This company has a lot of great benefits, above than average pay scales and that is pay off at the end of the day. I would recommend this company for any future prospects but understand there are challenges that can interfere with your quality of life. BNSF expects and it is the status quo to put in long hours, holidays, weekends, nights 24-7.
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Productive and fun workplace
Intermodal Equipment Operator (Current Employee), Cicero, ILOctober 20, 2014
Intermodal refers to the transport of freight in which more than one mode of conveyance is used. Typically, the freight is moved in Containers and Trailers (dry or refrigerated), Specialized Flatbeds or Tank Containers. And it can deliver transit times that are comparable to over-the-road-only options. Not only can intermodal reduce supply chain costs, but it also allows for growth without investment in additional equipment and it saves fuel (and reduces emissions). In fact, a typical intermodal train takes the equivalent of 280 trucks off the highways.

About me: Experienced professional with a unique combination of technical expertise, managerial experience, business leadership, with planning and organizational skills that balance work, team support and responsibilities in a timely and professional manner. My current position allows me to drive an 18 wheel yard hostler vehicle with trailing units from 20 feet up to 53 feet in length and weighing up to 65,000 pounds; maneuvering of a tractor-trailer combination around tight corners and in/out of parking spaces; use of an on-board computer peripheral to communicate with yard management computer system; railcar spotting and identification processes, and understanding of chassis ownership relationships.
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Decent place to invest your "TIME".
Student Conductor (Current Employee), Vancouver, WAOctober 17, 2014
Pros: great pay
Cons: no life
Great place to invest your time for a career with a future. It depends on the individual and there beliefs in life. If you like great pay , great retirement then this is the job for you IF.... you want no life or balance. Great place to work if your single but terrible if you have a family.
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It's all about production.
Maintenance of Way machine operator/ Trackman (Current Employee), Fort Worth, TXOctober 13, 2014
Pros: pay
Cons: living out of hotels
Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Decent pay sometimes long work days. Away from family too much.
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Lifelong job
Manager Operations (Current Employee), CaliforniaOctober 9, 2014
Pros: job security, railroad retirement, union benefits for those eligible
Cons: politics, compensation policy, conflicting goals/metrics
Good company with good job security. Corporate headquarters jobs are very good jobs. Managers in the field(where are the work is done) outside of corporate headquarters are overworked, overstressed and underpaid, especially middle management in the field. Executives are HIGHLY paid. Best part of the company are the people and personalities to work with on a daily basis. Compensation determined by Texas standards, which is not good in high cost of living areas like Chicago or California. Managers in the field gain one-of-a-kind logistics/operations experience that can valuable to many companies. Union workers are not held accountable for lack of performance, which is a challenge if you are responsible for the operation. All being said not many people leave and work for 30+ years, although I'm not sure this will hold true with new Berkshire culture/cost cutting and the new millennium generation seeking upward mobility and compensation over job security and retirement benefits. Corporate jobs are recommended and rewarded, field management jobs are not recommended and rewarded, which is a major culture flaw for such an operationally reliant company.

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About BNSF Railway

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies, with a rail network of 32,500 route miles – Read more