BNSF Railway Employee Reviews

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Good company strong company
LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER (Current Employee) –  Springfield MOJanuary 14, 2017
Receive a call to go to work anytime day or night, pack your bag and get ready to report to work. Report to depot and wait on train to arrive. Gather paperwork and review the paperwork. Contact all pertinent parties after you load up on the Locomotive and depart for whatever destination you were called for. take train from Springfield to Thayer, St. Louis, Memphis, Kansas City, or Tulsa depart train and proceed to Hotel until you are called to return back to Springfield on a train.
Pros
Good benefits, good people
Cons
Away from home for extended periods of time
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Best Job I ever had besides the Military
Truck Driver Class A (Former Employee) –  USAJanuary 24, 2017
Great job overall. Only job you could go out and chase money and make 85k a year. Great for a young single guy. If you have kids or a wife it'll be tough on you.
You live on the road and depending on your seniority is how you get awarded jobs
Management is hit and miss. Take the good with the bad
Pros
Good pay, benefits, retirement, great sites
Cons
Traveling, dirty hotels sometimes
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Most productive of all loco shops
Sheet Metal Worker (Current Employee) –  Alliance, NESeptember 25, 2016
It's a decent work environment, has most resources necessary for most jobs. Cleaner than most loco shops, management is questionable at times, but do good what what they're provided with. Overall, most tasks/jobs here are simple and fun. It's a nice job to have, pay is seemingly fair what what's required of you.
Pros
Good benefits, safety is heavily enforced, unions back employees
Cons
Union dues, some managers make poor choices, discipline used on some employees was unnecessary for what their violation was
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Typical 3PL work environment
Transportation Coordinator - U.S. Borax account (Former Employee) –  Springdale, ARNovember 3, 2016
Shipping zinc borate OTR and Intermodal from Boron, CA and Wilmington, CA to agricultural distribution centers. Very mundane.
People on the account were great to work with.
Manager was self absorbed and mostly attentive to women on the account.
Software was state of the art Windows software but pretty slow.
Pros
Good salary with bonus incentive.
Cons
Poor management.
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railroad life
Forman (Former Employee) –  Great Falls, MTJanuary 20, 2017
great job if you love life on the road. not a good career for family oriented people. management is difficult to deal with at times. BMWE union is amazing.
Pros
union protection, good pay, decent benefits
Cons
no breaks, management is looking to fire, no home life, always on the road
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Reasonably stable company
Manager, Equipment Utilization (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXSeptember 24, 2016
BNSF is a stable company with decent pay and benefits. It's hard moving up the ladder unless you know the right people and a very conservation, political work climate. People are nice and I've made good friends and connections at the company.
Pros
Salary, benefits, well-known company in local area
Cons
Political environment, favorities, work life balance for those who work in operations
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Very little time with family, high stress, crazy hours
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WANovember 15, 2016
Good company great job better benefits. deceptive management overall working environment is disgruntled however it is what you make it. there are several really good qualified people sprinkled throughout the company.
Pros
good living, great benefits
Cons
Very Little time with family
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Productive
Engineer/Conductor (Former Employee) –  Sheridan, WYJanuary 17, 2017
Great company to work for good pay great the benefits. Long hours but good people to work with. You get a week off and two weekend days every month.
Pros
You can work as much as you want
Cons
No schedule
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Great Union benefits
2nd Shift Safety Assistant (Former Employee) –  Topeka, KSNovember 10, 2016
The company has great union benefits. The work isn't to bad. Management does not exactly know how to work or what it takes to work on the locomotives, they think a college degree qualifies them to be a supervisor.
Pros
benefits
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Challenging open atmosphere, not able to advance?
Government Analyst (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXSeptember 14, 2016
Great reputation, great people, just centered on "degree" and not life/work experience. I am a government based analyst that reviews all lawsuit claims. I do like my job and after almost 5 years was hoping for advancement in the Law/Medical areas.
Pros
Benefits/hours
Cons
Advancement drawbacks
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Lucrative Career
Conductor (Former Employee) –  La Crosse, WIOctober 28, 2016
This career is for those who can wake up and do whats needed with very little notification with little to no schedule. Each person is sole responsible for every aspect of their employment.
Pros
Compensation
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Great pay, something new everyday
Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee) –  La Crosse, WINovember 23, 2016
Great opportunity to see the country, great benefits, great pay. 24/hr per day, 7 days a week work schedule on call. Tough lifestyle, but you'll hardly ever have the same day, or same co-worker, never a dull moment.
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RR owns you
Manager (Current Employee) –  Memphis, TNJanuary 3, 2017
Salary has a new meaning with the RR. There are unreal expectations and little work - life balance. A company car and cell phone means you are on call 24-7-365.
Cons
On-call expectation
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Great place
GIS Publisher (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 18, 2016
Great place with great benefits. Laid back atmosphere, but the work is extremely important. Most employees are contractors. Work-Life balance is great.
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work
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, KSJanuary 4, 2017
working for the railroad was not a family frendly enviroment. The better part was the people i worked with. the benefits were good
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Good benefits
Trackman (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXNovember 1, 2016
This company provides an excellent benefits package. There is usually a lot of travel. Great training especially for safety.
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productive and good pay
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) –  Guernsey, WYAugust 18, 2016
i really enjoyed this job. liked all the physical work and excersise i got from this job.this job was a great paying job with great benifits.most of the people i worked with were good people.the onlt reason im not still working there is i was rear ended by a motorhome and had to have back surgery so i could not lift 100 lbs anymore.
Cons
being on call
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Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Springfield, MOOctober 6, 2016
BNSF Railway is a challenging yet rewarding work place to work at. There is great compensation and benefits available to all employees who work at the company.
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Many opportunities available and a great career
Yardmaster (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAMay 28, 2016
I highly recommend the BNSF Railway company. I worked at the BNSF for nearly 18 years, started in Maintenance of Way, move to Conductor then to Yardmaster in just under three years. Worked as a Yardmaster for 15 years and love every minute of it. Due to the unfortunate event called divorce, being unable to cope with the loss of my marriage I lost my way. Long story short, I regret having to resign every day of my life. Things are good now and looking to move on but go for it. ITs a great place to work.
Pros
Great pay and benefits
Cons
Must be willing to travel and your spouse should be open minded to you being gone sometimes
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Great co-workers, multiple job tasks with good benefits
Freight Transportation Specialist (Former Employee) –  Springfield, MOJuly 29, 2016
Great place to work. Starting out is very unstable job security but I does have good pay/benefits. the Railroad is a 24/7 365 operation which requires you to work all hours of the day but the hardest part is that it is a "on call" type of job.
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