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.