Decent Pay, terrible lifestyle
Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 16, 2017
Union Pacific is a good career job if you can handle being on call 24 hr's a day 7 days a week. and being away from home most of the time. Right now is a bad time for the Railroad industry, and its been the first time I seen this many layoff's in this excess. Morale has been pretty low as of lately. Benefits has declined, and cost of medical has gone up. But all in all I can't complain, they have provided for my family for the last 14+ years. But changes do need to be made. There have been alot of good guys that have walked away for better opportunities, and the company has done nothing to help retain good train crews, they just over higher to compensate, then lay off when not needed. Seems as though They forgot about the little guy, and are more focused on turning a profit. I will say that my pay over the last 5 yrs have decreased over 15k, and thats never a good thing. Especially for the lifestyle that we live.
Its a decent Job, can earn a living
Deminishing health care, weak union, 15 yrs and still on call..