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Excellent place to work
Train Dispatcher (Current Employee) –  Omaha, NEApril 27, 2017
Excellent place to work. Safety is Job One. Industry-leading personnel and management. 24/7 operations. Workplace culture is professional and courteous. The hardest and most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that everyone is giving 100% and making a difference in peoples' lives.
Pros
Teamwork, consistently busy
Cons
24/7 operations
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Manager of Train Operations (MTO)
Manager of Train Operations (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, MOApril 24, 2017
Run the transportation plan that included supervising over 30 employees each shift. These employees went on duty at over five different site locations and were responsible for the daily execution of the yard's manifest (trains) program. Production and safety are the top drivers in this field as it relates to management.

I learned that you had to be flexible with your leadership as it pertained to employees that ranged in seniority from two to forty years.

The hardest part of this job was having a two second piece of information and having to design a plan around it. A good transportation manager has to be flexible and be ready to improvise accordingly.

The most rewarding part of the job was working with my crews in the field. An organization's top asset is their employees.
Pros
Longevity in the industry, compensation & retirement
Cons
12-14 hour days and little work to life balance
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Seniority runs this ship
signal crew members (Former Employee) –  Spring, TXApril 18, 2017
Union Pacific has done a great job building a culture of safe production. Employee training is well-documented and opportunities for education are available if you are able to leave your territory to travel to the training location for a week or two putting you behind in work. Being an employee outside of headquarters, leaving your location is detrimental to the hands-on nature of the field. As a supervisor you will be distracted during training and managing employees is just as difficult with tasks required of them daily. Work-Life Balance is deplorable.

The company is hiring and hoping to keep young adults for long-term careers but Omaha is not a place they want to be for a lifetime career. Also, opportunity for advancement outside of HQ is slim to none.
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Great learning environment with career advancement
Manager Terminal Operations (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 11, 2017
Great company to work for with excellent opportunities for advancement. Challenging environment with multiple operations. Management culture is very tough if you have a family and value work/life balance.
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good place to work treveling isnt fun
Assistant Foreman (Current Employee) –  South Pekin, ILApril 4, 2017
good place to work. traveling away from home isnt fun.. work is rewarding pay and benefits are good....................................................
Pros
pay benefits
Cons
traveling
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Bad work life balance, no opportunity to advance
Project Engineer (Current Employee) –  Omaha, NEApril 3, 2017
We monitor the business critical systems that support the business and act to resolve problems when issues arise. I don't feel that my college education in being used so it feels like I waste a lot of time and money. I would like to move my career in a more creative path. Some of my most rewarding internship experience was time I spent on software development teams. Management acts a mollification artists and lacks the capability to solve any work issues employees encounter.
Pros
Fitness Center
Cons
Unrealistic expectations
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Excellent company for individual work culture/divers opportunities.
Section Track Foreman (Former Employee) –  Fresno, CAMarch 26, 2017
Company complies with training individuals for all safety standards. Advancements for opportunity and other job opportunities readily available. Compensation is good with good benefit packages.
Pros
Advancements, compensation
Cons
Hours away from home
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Enjoyable day
CREW SERVICE MANAGEMENT (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEMarch 22, 2017
enjoyable part of the job was speaking with other railroad workers in other parts of the country. Everyday was different, helping employees with sensitive life issues was the most enjoyable part of the job.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Health care was getting expensive
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Company First, Family second
Engineering Associate (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXMarch 21, 2017
Union Pacific has done a great job building a culture of safe production. Employee training is well-documented and opportunities for education are available if you are able to leave your territory to travel to the training location for a week or two putting you behind in work. Being an employee outside of headquarters, leaving your location is detrimental to the hands-on nature of the field. As a supervisor you will be distracted during training and managing employees is just as difficult with tasks required of them daily. Work-Life Balance is deplorable.

The company is hiring and hoping to keep young adults for long-term careers but Omaha is not a place they want to be for a lifetime career. Also, opportunity for advancement outside of HQ is slim to none.
Pros
Healthcare, Retirement
Cons
Non-stop business, unpredictable hours, 24/7/365
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good company to build a career with
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 21, 2017
Good company. Excellent benefits. Does affect your quality of life with long work days and unorthodox work hours,but the compensation has potential to be worth it in the end. really all depends on the individual.
Pros
pay, benefits and retirement
Cons
long work days, weird work hours, on call, and high risk of furlough in first 5 yrs
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You will be trained and then laid off
Conductor/Engineer (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 20, 2017
Do not take a train service (conductor) job at Union Pacific! They will put you through an extensive month long classroom room training followed by on the job training. Then when you finish that they will furlough you for years until they need you! I was hired in 2012 and only been employed full time for 14 months! And not consecutively.when you are working management will be hiding in the weeds watching you, and they will fire you for a rule violation.Also you will be on call 24/7 , including weekends and holidays.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Lay offs, management
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Great Benefits and Job Security
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Laredo, TXMarch 19, 2017
Long Hours, but sustainable pay. Great job for a person with a family and who is willing to advance. 24 hours a day 7 days a week, being away from your family is the hardest part. Once you have the seniority then you get that time back.
Pros
Great pay
Cons
Sometimes no lunch breaks.
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Management and labor
Employee (Current Employee) –  El Paso, TXMarch 10, 2017
Unfortunately for this company, it has a major disconnect between corporate vision and the men and women on the ground. Most of the corporate officers are understanding and compassionate, and some are just plain evil. This company struggles with many issues, they overwork their management staff, and fail to create steady and predictable schedules for their transportation department employees (re: train service). Overall, this is not a bad industry to work in but finding a good work-life balance in management or train service at this company is impossible. Try BNSF, this company pays its employees well, and honors their contracts, unlike the UPRR that requires that your local union griever become involved to get paid your arbitraries (i.e., working off assignment).
Pros
decent healthcare, and good pay.
Cons
non-existant scheduling for labor, and long hours for management
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Pretty much a company ruled by greed not safety
Locomotive Engineer/Conductor (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXMarch 7, 2017
Get called to work with a 2-3 hour notice, any time of day or night, no schedule at all.

that our Union has no power.

Joke... all about intimidation no people skills, Hired off the street with no railroad exp.

the lifestyle you basically give up YOUR life to provide for your family
cause you will never see them and get disciplined for taking off work

getting off work
Pros
Gloves
Cons
see above
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great place to work
Relay Adjustor (Former Employee) –  Berkley, ILMarch 6, 2017
great place to work, nice people, team players, great benefits and good pay, Great travel benefits work like a family, educational benefits for family and meet people from all over the world. Enhance your people skills, broadens your mind.
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Entry level with great potential
Mechanical Service Operator (Current Employee) –  West Colton, CAMarch 5, 2017
Being a Mechanical Service Operator is an entry level position with advancement to being a Diesel Electrician or Mechanic. You get to move Locomotives around the shop to be worked on. Fuel them, sand them, you are essentially a pit crew for the Locomotives. I love my job because the potential for advancement is there when you are looking for a foot in the door with the Railroad. Pay starts at 21.00 and tops out at 24.79, then you can go for an apprenticeship to be an electrician or mechanic after 3 years. It's a good job. The Mechanical department rarely lays off unlike the transportation side of the railroad.
Pros
Benefits, Pay, Job Security
Cons
Schedule, loss of family time
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They do not value employees at all.
Trainman (Current Employee) –  IowaFebruary 25, 2017
You never really know what you are working the next day. It is almost impossible to get a day off with out getting disciplined for it. And management tries to fire you everyday by sneaking around and setting up tests designed foe you to fail.

Bad for family, bad for marriage, bad for any human being. Thisnis the most unethical employer you could imagine. Money may be good for a single individual for a single individual with no family. Other then that, I would not leave a good job to come here.

Also, union dues are high but the unions are powerless. They can help a little, but they can't help much.
Pros
Decent money. Railroad retirement. Health insurance.
Cons
Will ruin marriages and families. They think they own you.
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tough way to make a living
Class 1 locomotive engineer (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXFebruary 25, 2017
No matter how good or skilled you are, the hammer falls on everyone. Enjoyed running trains and working with some very good people. Union shop, so politics and seniority rule the day.
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Heay work load
Manager of Yard Operations (Current Employee) –  La Salle, COFebruary 20, 2017
You will work Between 65-80 hours a week, but you will be compensated. You will have to relocate and work with Unions on a regular Basis.
Pros
Good pay and Pention
Cons
Lot of time devoted to work
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Not a positive culture
Locomotive Engineer/Conductor (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXFebruary 20, 2017
Every day, you are concerned that management is lurking in the bushes (aka weed weasels) waiting for you to make a mistake so the can fire you. No work/life balance, phone rings you go to work, never allowed to use personal leave days (compensated) to force use of sick time (uncompensated) to write you up for pattern layoff (which is any day you take off).
Pros
good pay and benefits
Cons
everything else
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