Pros: Exceptional pay, benefits, retirement
Cons: Variety of work hours and away from home all the time
This is a really good job that pays well with excellent benefits but sometimes the company goes through rough periods in which jobs, as well as money is cut. In order to really survive, seniority with the company plays a big role. Employees with high and top seniority have the most job stability while those with low seniority suffer when jobs are cut due to oil and gas prices and production. This job is very dangerous and one is to work safe at all times. Not only is your life on the line, but how you work also can have an effect on the next person, as well as the next like a "domino effect." Also this job requires work in all types of weather inclement so in the summer its extremely hot and winter very cold. Hydration is key and preached each and every day on the job. As stated before, this job pays very well and the benefits and retirement are exceptional, but people applying should also realize that you are away from home more than often. One should converse with their spouse or family before considering the railroad as a career. Overall, I enjoy it.