Union Pacific Employee Reviews in United States

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Extremely frustrating and rewarding- BAD MANAGEMENT
Railroad Conductor (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXFebruary 16, 2016
Union Pacific is one of the largest railroads in the world. The workforce is very diverse and the pay and benefits are above average. As with any job there are difficulties and learning curves but the railroad is very behind the times when it comes to teaching or training new people to do any job description. The term "that's the way we've always done it" seems almost like a motto and is one of the reasons Warren Buffet said Union Pacific was one of the most mis managed companies he'd ever seen. No communication would be a better way to understand how things are done. You simply have to keep asking and hope you glean enough not to hurt yourselves or others. This seems rather counter productive seeing as U.P. and all class I railroads are very rule oriented and safety conscious. Having said that, being a railroad conductor is a very rewarding job once the micro managing stops and you move your train. Rest assured the reason U.P. is not as productive and profitable as it could be is directly related to the amount of managers that make too much money and do no work or contribute to the bottom line objective which is to keep America moving with the raw materials and freight it needs. If one thing could be changed it should be management. If cuts were made to just 20% across the board in management you would have increased profitability, happier investors, safer employees not worrying about getting fired and less stress leading to a happier workforce that is more productive.
Pros
Great benefits, room to advance, good wage
Cons
No personal life, constant worry about losing job, no time off
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Poorly Managed and Unethical Culture
Manager Locomotive Maintenance (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILDecember 31, 2015
Union Pacific compensates their employees very well not for their talents and innovation, but for their inconvenience of working long hours without many days of holidays off. The culture allows for the good old boy system to prosper, and the status quo is embraced. The common thought throughout the company is "Why change it, that's the way we've always done it?" Union Pacific makes money in spite of themselves since they operate in an Oligopoly. Do not recommend working for Union Pacific unless you can not find work elsewhere; last resort only
Pros
Well Paying, Easy Advancement
Cons
Little Ownership or Freedom to make changes, unethical culture embraced
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Not too bad for a young guy
Machine Operator/Engineering (Current Employee) –  All over the USFebruary 22, 2016
Good pay and benefits. Not good security. Laid off a lot. Ideal job for a single guy. I wouldn't count on consistent work to feed your proverbial kids though.
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Fullfilling work, poor culture.
Diesel Machinist (Former Employee) –  Butler, WISeptember 2, 2015
Workday begins with a job briefing on the work to be performed for the day, each employee goes to the locomotive their tasked to repair. Had the chance to learn how to operate and repair GE & EMD locomotives. I really liked the work I was doing, it provided a challenge that gave me a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. The hardest part of a typical day was working with co-workers & leadership that had less than 1 year with the company working on third shift with no real senior management to keep a professional atmosphere/culture.
Pros
Wage, benefits, the work being performed
Cons
Management, co-workers, third shift Friday-Tuesday schedule
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Employees are wonderful
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Roseville, CAJanuary 7, 2016
Employees bond together as a family and makes working a little bit more personal. Everyone helps each other whatever the situation maybe. Benefits are top notch.
Pros
Benefits!
Cons
Union dues are high and you don't get anything for your money except when your in trouble.
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Managment only cares about one thing, Production.
Lead Locomotive Machinist (Relief Foreman) (Current Employee) –  WisconsinDecember 27, 2015
Production is the only thing on the minds of management, Safety is not a high priority other then to the people completing the job. With the business so up and down there is absolutely no room for advancement within the company. Apply at a higher scaled position at a different railroad and you will probably get it. Its happened to two people i personally know that either left or got laid off from UP. the Benefits are awesome for someone with a family and nothing can touch the retirement payouts. The co-workers all band together and push for more safety and better tooling to complete the work safety and in accordance to company process but with cut-backs being so insane at the current moment the tooling or equipment is rarely seen unless an individual is hurt completing a task that should have been complete with a company standard tool. Management beats around the bush with everything that is brought up from safety within the location to company wide business, they never tell us straight up what is going on within the business or give a logical answer to why we cant get new tooling or equipment to complete the job safer and more efficiently. The hardest part of my job as relief shop foreman is the thought while walking into work day after day of what i did wrong the day prior. The most enjoyable part of my day is working with a good tight nit crew who cares about doing the job safely, correctly, and accurately
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Solid Company. Good Benefits
Material Supervisor- Warehouse Operations (Former Employee) –  Commerce, CASeptember 13, 2015
Great Company to work for as a lifelong career. Good jobs and great Benefits. Warehouse duties, driving forklifts, stocking and receiving locomotive parts. Learned many warehouse skills including driving different forklifts, jackstackers, learning Union Pacific computer system. Management o.k. Co-workers easy to work with. Hardest part of job lifting 95 lb. locomotive parts. Otherwise loved stocking the shelves and ordering parts through the system
Pros
Great benefits.
Cons
Too many meetings
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Uncaring and dishonest.
conductor (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 10, 2015
I left a steady job to work for the U.P. and was layed off with in a year. I asked in my interview 3 different times if they had enough work for new hires and was told in no uncertain terms, yes.
When I was working I was often sent out to territory in witch I received zero training on and was forced to sleep in my car for weeks at a time.
The job is very hard a a family but compensation is good.
Pros
good pay
Cons
its a very long list.
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The Railroad
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Longview, TXOctober 16, 2015
Overall the railroad industry is a beast. You can be working everyday and then be out of a job the next. Expect to be furloughed within your first one to two years because of this. If you can make it past this hurdle, the benefits are great. Remember though that the rules are stiff, federally controlled and then even more tight within this Class 1 company. If you work the road, you are subject to call at anytime, the busier the tougher it is to figure out when you will work.
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railroad
road/gang machinist (Former Employee) –  Cheyenne, WYDecember 28, 2015
log into your equip. drive to job site . support gang to repair what needed.job brief with workers , talk about safety issues that need tended to.
Pros
good benefits, safety oriented
Cons
lots of travel, hard on family life
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good pay, poor management
Machinist (Current Employee) –  Denver, CODecember 10, 2015
management is very unprofessional
employees are very poorly managed
no respect in the work place
Lack of communication threw out the company
Pros
benifits and pay
Cons
misrible place to work
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Not bad
Assist and instruct train crews (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORNovember 23, 2015
It has good benefits, work can be hard or easy depending on the season and local worked. Career growth is slow, but most place seem to have a great group of people to work with and for
Pros
People
Cons
Day off - Split
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Just a number
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Cheyenne, WYNovember 27, 2015
Good Pay and benefits but just a number. Zero job security for your first 5 years. Really sucks to not know if you'll have a job the next week.
Pros
good pay, insurance is top notch, retirement
Cons
no family time, zero job security
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Great company.
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 14, 2015
Union Pacific is a great company that is going through a transition at this time. Great place to work at. The training is excessive, but necessary to create a safe place work environment. There are multiple of test to prepare a new hire to what is expected of him/her once they get in the field. There is also room for advancement if an employee so chooses with a multitude of positions to apply for.
Pros
Great culture, benefits, and money
Cons
job instabiltiy.
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Good job but seniority is everything
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Dalhart, TXDecember 14, 2015
Good paying job. Good benefits and retirement benefits the only thing is that everything is senority. Its about a five year plan and have to deal with getting furloughed.
Pros
benifits
Cons
furloughed
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Job that pays exceptional for an uncomfortable work/life balance
Conductor/Brakeman (Current Employee) –  Melrose Park, ILSeptember 1, 2015
This is an exceptional job for a candidate whom would not mind a rocky work/life balance in the exchange for above average compensation.The relationship between Management and ground workers could use improvement, as well as the housing supplied to road workers.
Pros
Good Pay, Benefits
Cons
On-call, below average Worker/Management relationships
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Railroad lifestyle
Engineer/Conductor/Switchman-Brakeman (Former Employee) –  Herington, KSOctober 24, 2015
The railroad is not structured work. Working for the railroad is difficult for some to adjust to considering that you are on call 24/7. The benefits are great, including medical, dental, and vision care, 401k and retirement pension after completing the required amount of service. A great company to work for.
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Great Compensation, but no balance for personal time
Manager of Yard Operations (Former Employee) –  South HollandOctober 6, 2015
12 sometimes 15 hr shifts, I only had one Supervisor who took the time to teach the things that would allow me to move forward in the company. You do not get brakes you eat when you can, I did enjoy working with my employees they never gave me a dull moment.
Pros
Compensation, potental to move up
Cons
they believe they own you, and all of your time
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Locomotive Electrician
Supervisor Aaron Tyler (Former Employee) –  Pine Bluff, ARJanuary 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....
Pros
healthcare, pay
Cons
advancement
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Great career
Assist and instruct train crews (Current Employee) –  Omaha, NEOctober 20, 2015
Great place to work and grow. Good benefits and the pay compensates the hard work and long hours. Good place to look down the line at a full career and retirement.
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3.8
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