was able to work at my own pace without leadership
trk inspector (Former Employee), Fargo, ND – January 4, 2013
Pros: had a company vehicle to drive back and forth to work
Cons: being subject to call 24/7
inspect main line tracks and all yard and back tracks with in the fargo moorhead and dilworth area. dont thake things forgranted and work safely, had some good bosses over the years and had a few bad ones also, the older coworkes were good to work with , there were a few younger guys that worked hard also but a few of the newer people didnt seem to – more... want to work to hard .working on derailments and working threw big blizzards . know that somedays you did things that saved the railroad millions of dollars in derailments and doing your best with the manpower that is there – less
Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee), San Bernardino, CA – October 21, 2013
Pros: veriety of employees to work with.
Cons: long hours and on call schedule.
Bnsf is a very good company to work for. The pay is very good and great benefits. I can say proudly that everything I have today is because of Bnsf. They gave me knowledge experience and personal growth.
The BNSF Railway is a great job with exalent benefits
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – October 3, 2013
Pros: exallent pay and benefits
Cons: being on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year
Overall the BNSF Railway was an incredible job that had a lot of good qualities, however due to the fact that the railroad is a 24 hour a day, 365 day a year industry the quality of life was difficult. The co-workers I dealt with came from all types of backgrounds and I made a lot of good friends in my 10 years of service. A typical day on the railroad – more... was challenging and yet simple, it would all depend on the task we had to preform. One of the most difficult parts was having to be on call 24 hours a day seven days a week which made it very hard to plan spending quality time with my family. When it comes to the management aspect of things at times it became frustrating due to the fact that most had no railroad experience and their training was not as extensive as it should be. Working on the BNSF Railway a person develops a unique bond with co-workers account of the type of industry and quality of life it creates. – less
Work with interior and exterior customers with multiple tasks
Senior analyst (Current Employee), Topeka, KS and Ft Worth, TX – October 1, 2013
Pros: very good working enviorment.
Cons: can't think of anything i would change in the departments i worked
My day consisted of a number of activities and responsibilities. Monitor customer data regarding rail movements into facility. Verify data is captured within tariff provisions. Receive and make calls to customers regarding issues such as miscellaneous charges due and discuss reasons charges have not been received. Coordinate change program changes with – more... our IT Department to handle changes in tariff provisions as well as Marketing requests for changes to current processes. Monitor tariffs and make changes as required along with reviewing other Railroads tariffs. Training within the department as needed – less
Nice because you can move around with and within the company
BNSF (Current Employee), West of the Mississippi – September 21, 2013
As a XXXX a typical day is 8 hours, sometimes you may work more depending on the location and availability of workers, and you are on hourly wages.
As a XXXXXX, you work all of the time and are on call all of the time and are on a salary.
It is a huge company so you see that in a lot of the structure of the business and business dealings.
Management – more... is like most things there are some really great managers and there are some pretty awful managers too, unlike most places, though, the railroad has it's own culture, some people really really like it and others find they it's not for them.
I think it depends on what side of the company you are on to describe what the hardest part of the job is, and I think it depends on what your goals are. For some it can be the people, for some it can be the physical side of the job, or being chained to a desk, and for some it can be the 24/7/365 culture of the railroad. For me, I don't like it when it's slow, I would rather be busy mentally and physically at work.
I like working outdoors, and the physical side of the job, so for me that is the most enjoyable side of work. – less
Welder/Grinder (Current Employee), Pueblo, CO – September 12, 2013
Pros: travel pay
Shoot welds and weld/grind on frogs. Learned how to weld on track components. Management is good. Get along with all co-workers Trying to get time to work on tracks would be the hardest part of the job. I enjoy the work.
Railroad Conductor (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TX – September 12, 2013
Pros: ability to relocate, seniority permiting
Cons: recent contract negotiations, medical plans are terrible.
On call status 24/7 includes weekends and holidays. you learn teamwork how to plan ahead and problem solving. Managers are good to work with but they have goals and resposibilities that they have accomplish on a daily basis.Hardest part of the job is not having a regular schedule, most people that hire out will be on call for 5-6 years. Schedules get – more... better with time. The money, but theres a price to pay. Your time. – less
Terminal Manager (Current Employee), Spring, TX – September 10, 2013
Pros: high starting pay
Cons: long hours and little time off
Field and Office Personnel who work entirely different schedules are paid the same. Field Personnel may work over 60 hours a week, nights holidays and weekends, depending on the boss that you work for. Bosses may may give the flexibility in schedules as long as requirements are met, however that is purely up to their discretion. There is no standardization – more... of responsibilities so many manager may delegate jobs and tasks that they don't want while not taking off other tasks their subordinates do. – less
Operations Manager - Transportation Department (Former Employee), San Bernardino, CA – August 22, 2013
Pros: good pay
Cons: no work, personal life balance
Different management style. Politics are a big factor. BNSF was a great place for employment, pay as well i learned many skills and trades along the way. The hardest part of the job was the outside workplace.