Pros: friendly people, fun to drive at times, lot's of free time to do what you want in the van
Cons: excessive free time leading to boredom, excessive driving leading to road hypnosis, understaffed, undermanaged
A typical day at work involves twelve hours of sitting, more sitting, followed by sitting. You drive out to the middle of nowhere, sit and wait for the vehicle you drive for the shift to pull up, switch out with the driver, fill out an inspection sheet, go park in the depot and sit and wait for train crews to come out, get in and then take them to their trains. Also you take radio calls from train crews to be picked up from their trains and take them where they need to go in the yard. The job involves a lot of waiting. You don't leave the van and you don't shut the van off. If you shut the van off, the battery will die because you're listening to the stereo and the radio. You're not allowed to jump start the vehicle or do any kind of maintenance including changing a tire. You sit with your phone out to entertain you and abuse your data limit. You do whatever you can to entertain yourself. It's easy to fall asleep to the boredom of waiting for the radio or a crew to get in.
Depending on where you apply at decides your pay. I work for UP train yards at South Morrill getting paid minimum wage. Thus, making it too long a drive for such a low rate of pay for the amount of time I spend sitting out there. The drivers in other train yards are making $9+ an hour.
Management is a mess. The location manager isn't at the location 98% of the time. The lead driver is usually out doing long hauls. Therefore, there is no management actually managing the drivers. If a problem arises, everyone is just on their phones. There is no longer any personal interaction with management creating false expectations as to what they'll do when they actually show up. Which is usually nothing.
When you get trained as a Multi-Purpose van (MPV), you don't actually get any formal training. They walk you through the paper work and then expect you to know where to go for the drop offs & pick ups. It's very discouraging and creates a lot of problems.