Conductor (Former Employee) – La Grande, OR – February 8, 2016
Long hours, a ton of rules and regulations, many hours spent away from family, a lot of bureaucracy, but the pay is great, benefits are outstanding, the co-workers are helpful, and you go home feeling like you really did something beneficial for the country.
Remote Control Locomotive Operator (Current Employee) – conductor – February 2, 2016
Union Pacific is a good paying job with good benefits the down fall is you have little to no private life. Job security is based on seniority so if you have many years then you can work in a stable location if not you may be forced to work at several different places without knowing from one day to the next how long you will be there.
This company has a safety policy like nowhere else. And although this should seem like a good thing, trying to keep anyone from getting hurt and what not. It leaves you with no room to use common sense in day to day tasks. everything must be done strictly by the words in their rule book, which they use as a club to get people fired versus a guideline to work safely.
Intern - Information Technology (Current Employee) – Omaha, NE – January 25, 2016
I love being there, everyone is so helpful and knowledgeable. Learnt a lot from the role i was assigned to. My co workers are so good. Most enjoyable part is to meet new people at work and learn new things.
Conductor (Current Employee) – La Grande, OR – January 24, 2016
Crew chief was a very rewarding but very hard job. There was days that were slower that we could try and catch up on things, but for the most part it was a go go go job. Younger airmen were definitely the busiest people on the flight line. From the moment you step through the door to the moment you leave airmen will be doing any and all tasks that are available. Start of shift could be morning (launch jets), evening (quick-turns), or nights (catch jets). No matter what shift you were on there was always jobs to do. They could be a few big ones or a ton of little ones, but no matter what you were never done. If you thought you were done because your assigned jet was caught up you were swept off to work with another crew on their jet. This could be somewhat aggravating at times, but over all made us a tight group of workers. Also taught us not to be lazy and get the job done so you can give your friends a hand with their work if it was harder. Hardest part of the job was the long hrs on night shift and the long exercises we would do. Though it had its up sides, at least for me, and that was launching and catching the jets, that was fun.
Met a lot of great people, great benefits and good pay.
Conductor (Former Employee) – Illinois – January 22, 2016
I worked on the train crew and the money was amazing. But a year in i got laid off with no unemployment from them or the state. Just got a call one day that i was no longer working. Also no schedule so impossible to have a life just live by the phone. If all you car about is the money to start out at 70k then its the job for you. In my opinion after doing it for a year, i would rather have a life and find a new job.
Conductor/Yard Switch man (Former Employee) – Cheyenne, WY – January 18, 2016
A typical work day for me was enjoyable and always tested my skills. I learned how to have pride and dedication towards the task I was assigned. All of my managers were great to me because they appreciated my hard work and self motivation.
Conductor/Engineer (Current Employee) – South Saint Paul, MN – January 10, 2016
The money is the best part of this career path. Long hours, being on call 24/7 and then the management is always looking for a reason to fire or suspend you. Job security comes with time but currently something like 40% are laid off.
Supervisor Aaron Tyler (Former Employee) – Pine Bluff, AR – January 6, 2016
Repairing locomotives was exciting loved the challenge each one presented.. Typical day consisted of a safety meeting then assignment of work.. I learned the processes in which to trouble shoot and diagnos issues with all types of locomotives using schematics and standard work parctices.. Management was very invlolved and wanted to make sure you succeded. Co-workers were great everyone got along and really enjoyed each others company.. the hardest part was the hours working third shift wasn't my favorite but the people I worked with made it that much better. Child hood dream working on Trains....