BNSF Railway Employee Reviews in United States

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Good pay, benefits, and retirement if you don't want time with family
conductor (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXNovember 9, 2015
Seniority based system that promotes laziness and entitlement.
Say goodbye to your family
Complete unorganization and mismanagement of funds, resources, and people
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benefits
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hours/lay-offs
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Enjoyable place of employment with happy and supportive people.
Administrative Assistant/Rate Analyst (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 26, 2015
During the six months I worked at BNSF, I didn't meet anyone that wasn't happy to be employed there. Everyone offered help, smiled and showed enthusiasm/team spirit.
Pros
Interesting work and industry
Cons
Company implements a policy that only considers people with degrees.
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great place to work
brakeman (Former Employee) –  grand forksOctober 21, 2015
work on average of six days aweek. was on call 24 hours a day good pay good pension great people to work with clean record for 42 years
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Maintenance Laborer (Former Employee) –  SpokaneOctober 20, 2015
Always wanted to work for the BNSF as I grew up in a BNSF family. I loved the job. The hardest part of the job was the employees. I was harassed, called names, cursed at etc. It seems this is typical from people in the Pacific Northwest and the management lets them get away with it. I know from experience that if you are from the south and you work in the Pacific Northwest that you're not welcome. Same goes if you're on furlough or can't hold a certain area because of seniority. Klamath Falls is another place that you aren't welcome if you're not from there. I've known people that have gotten their tires cut and have been harassed. It's unfortunate that management didn't see the truth behind the lies.
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Great pay
Cons
Mentality of current employees toward new hires
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exciting place to work
Conductor (Current Employee) –  San Bernardino, CAOctober 19, 2015
BNSF is a fun and exciting place to work. Everyday you go to work, you are apart of history. I get to travel at no expense, and ride in the cab of a train. Free lodging and food.
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they treated me very well I recieved safety awards all years of service
Locomotive Engineer/ conductor (Former Employee) –  Richmond, CAOctober 17, 2015
they provided me with good wages and benefits for my family, and I for all seventeen years of employment.
Great group of co workers fair practices loved to run trains
Pros
i enjoyed being a very good employee and a brothers keeper
Cons
alot of time away from home
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Great pay & benefits, everything else is poor.
Switchman (Current Employee) –  KCMoOctober 14, 2015
Big company with no concern for the employees they hire. Recently hired thousands of conductors they did not need. Company knew these people were displacing their lives completely for no job after graduation. So this company knowingly allowed families to quite there jobs, sell there houses, relocation expenses, displacing children, new schools, just to graduate conductor training and not have a job. AND, THEY DID THIS TO SEVERAL THOUSAND. The union reps are not concerned with the upcoming work force, only benefitting the older employees on their way out. They recently tried to push through a contract with the company that would have eliminated conductors altogether and made the country unsafe by leaving a lone engineer to ensure safety for a tiring 12 hour shift. The safety attitude is to make every possible thing that can go wrong a rule violation or simply advise you not to step into an unseen accident, so its not their fault because they told you not to. They use every unseen accident and death no matter how peculiar or odd as the next example of how they are not responsible for you, because you were warned. The workforce has an elitest mentality and are about 50% unfriendly to new employees offering little advice. Work schedule is abhorrent as you'll never have time for family or events again. Lay offs and furloughs are frequent and often last years. Equipment is maintained just good enough to operate, barely. Locomotives are literally ran until they explode. I've seen this myself several times in one year. Only plus is pay is rediculously high and benefits are great if  more... you can gut it out for 20+ years, don't have a family life, no bills, and can move back in with mom & dad during the next furlough. Your expected to relocate again and again if your out of work at your local station to somewhere your seniority will hold and bump someone else from their home town. So BNSF ends up with a workforce that moves all over the country displacing other workers just to have them move and displace more somewhere else. This is a vicious cycle of living in a hotel while your family never see's you for months or years. My advice, if your a kid out of highschool or college with no family its a great opportunity. Otherwise don't risk it. And the supervisors are every day trying to catch anyone by any means necessary in violation of a rule as simple as stepping or touching or climbing incorrectly, regardless of working condition, like the rail is submerged in flood water. The sad thing is, it used to be MUCH worse!  less
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Good company
Train Crew (Current Employee) –  Gillette WyOctober 13, 2015
I feel that aside from the union and corporate bickering, that BNSF is a lifetime career. I hope to be working for them until I retire,
Pros
Good Pay Good Benefits
Cons
Seniority Woes
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Out-doors majority of the time. Requirement for constant focus and attention to safety.\
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Denver, COOctober 12, 2015
This company does not care about its employees one bit. The only benefit to BNSF is great pay. However, it is a place that will consume your life and will not allow you the opportunity to advance.
Pros
Pay.
Cons
Everything else.
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interesting
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Barstow, CAOctober 7, 2015
Interesting industry like no other. The training is extensive but you don't learn the job till you actually do it. The pay is good, but there is very little job security in the beginning. Meaning the first 5 years.
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pays well
Cons
no job security
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It's not a job, it's a career
Mechanical Supervisor II (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, WAOctober 6, 2015
A fulfilling career like no other.
Excellent benefits and retirement program
Compliance with Safety rules an absolute requirement
Must be willing to remain alert and speak up if unsure or concerned about any action to be taken
Training given in house
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working atmosphere
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 6, 2015
fun working atmosphere with constant change. also allows employees the options to work in different locations. also pay is excellent compared to other jobs.
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good pay
Cons
work schedule
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Excellent work environment
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Amarillo, TXOctober 1, 2015
Great place to work, but takes time to build seniority and avoid frequent furloughs. The most enjoyable part of the job is the travel and gratification of getting the train safely from point A to point B and getting to see the country.
Pros
Pay, opportunity, exciting, personal development, and never the same two days in a row.
Cons
Potential for furlough
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Hard work long hours
Rail road maintainer (Current Employee) –  Cheyenne, WYSeptember 29, 2015
The work life balance is probably the biggest drawback with this company. You travel a lot and although they claim family is first they do there best to keep you away from them.
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Health care, Benefits.
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Great Opportunity with a stressful work enviroment.
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 20, 2015
Great opportunity on paper. Unethical Managerial design with no employee continuous improvement program. Subpar training does not parallel to the mistake free demand put on the employees.
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Long Hours
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee) –  Spokane WashingtonSeptember 17, 2015
Great company to work for if you have the seniority to stay working when freight gets low. Long hours great compensation good work to home life ratio
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BNSF Logistics is a great place to work
Independent Contractor (Current Employee) –  Kernersville, NCSeptember 16, 2015
This company is very welcoming and supportive of their independent contractors. They provide training and constant support so each contractor can succeed.
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The Hardest Part of the Job
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Centralia, ILSeptember 16, 2015
you learned from your mistakes because every situation on the road is different. You had to depend on all of your resources
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poor Human Resources
Conductor (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXSeptember 9, 2015
A very poor company to work for. They hire veterans by the truck load, tell them they have a job, send them through extensive training only to furlough them. BNSF is hiring to furlough just for a tax break they get for hiring veterans. Honest opinion is they do not care what happens to you if you get furloughed. No help from the Union as well.
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Nice place to work meet all kinds of people
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Enid, OKSeptember 8, 2015
It was a lot to take in at first you just can't throw a train together you have to know weather the car contains chemicals what kind of chemicals and were the cars can go in the train set. Then you got to know your territory and were your at all the time, get confusing at times
Pros
Has good pay
Cons
working for a union seniority based
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3.8
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