Manager, Equipment Utilization (Current Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – September 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.
Salary, benefits, well-known company in local area
Political environment, favorities, work life balance for those who work in operations
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) – Pasco, WA – February 21, 2016
I love working for the railroad but management is horrendous. Employees are constantly looking over their shoulder, knowing that supervisors are trying to catch them doing something wrong. If not for the pay and benefits, they would find it difficult to staff
Conductor (Former Employee) – Minot, ND – February 10, 2016
Signal engineers to begin train runs, stop trains, or change speed, using telecommunications equipment or hand signals. Receive information regarding train or rail problems from dispatchers or from electronic monitoring devices. Direct and instruct workers engaged in yard activities, such as switching tracks, coupling and uncoupling cars, and routing inbound and outbound traffic. Keep records of the contents and destination of each train car, and make sure that cars are added or removed at proper points on routes. Receive instructions from dispatchers regarding trains' routes, timetables, and cargoes. Arrange for the removal of defective cars from trains at stations or stops. Document and prepare reports of accidents, unscheduled stops, or delays.
Positive Train Control ETMS Consultant (Current Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – February 7, 2016
Grateful of my job everyday. Good atmosphere and awesome people that make it enjoyable to work in a office environment. It's the first time I have found people that I can at least relate to on every day life, and some are even Vets which is nice.
CONDUCTOR (Former Employee) – Galesburg, IL – January 26, 2016
Ground crews and work force are good to work with, but there is an excess of management for what is needed to keep work efficient and productive. You work a lot if you want to make more money and are gone quite a bit when working on the road
A poor place to work if you're looking to grow profesionally
Information Security Analyst (Former Employee) – Ft. Worth, TX – January 25, 2016
Not a good place to work if you're looking to expand upon your skill set. I worked there for 1.5 years and all they ever gave me was tedious data entry work. No chances to advance or grow professionally. Management is poor.
Railroad retirement tax takes a lot out of your paycheck. Limited room for growth and advancement.
Conservative, political yet fun environment to work
Manager Marketing (Former Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – January 19, 2016
A typical day at work would include researching markets, speaking with customers and sales and other railroad counterparts, evaluating rates, market and rate forecasting, and strategic planning for multiple commodities.
Great pay and benefits but goodbye to life as you know it.
conductor (Current Employee) – Memphis, TN – January 18, 2016
A typical day at work involves switching cars around and building trains in the yard as a switchman, but as a conductor your more than likely going to just sit in the locomotive and make sure the Engineer is complying with all the rules while writing down all the signals and speed. I learned to run a remote box, and with the remote box you do the same job in the yard as an engineer, so all the boxes did was take away an engineers job. Management, its different everywhere you go, you have some that are great and you have others who are out to just fire you, plain and simple. The hardest part about the job is leaving your family at home. But the most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that I make enough to put food on the table and then some until like now where I am furloughed and there are zero benefits.
My typical day at BNSF was to work with the payroll department talk with creditors and employees in regards to garnishment issues, timekeeping, etc. The entire finance group worked together to make the work easier for everyone and to make everyone's day go smoother.
Conductor (Former Employee) – Cicero, IL – January 18, 2016
The hardest part of the job is the weather you have to endure. Other than that, one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever worked. If your working with a good crew that day, work can actually be pretty easy. I've been on 12 hr shifts where it felt like I would never get off and I've shown up to work for about an hr and got paid for 8 hours. Great work culture, staff and the training is A 1. They also have periods of furlough which I'm currently experiencing at the moment but other than that, great company to work for.
No job security. Good place to work for periods of time.
Conductor (Current Employee) – Denver, CO – January 14, 2016
Can be a good company to work for. After a couple of years you may have oportuities to work a set schedule and be home or stay on call and make big money. NO JOB SECURITY!!! Have been there for about 4 years. Was laid off for 10 months to start and another is coming now.