Pros: great pay and benefits
Cons: poor work environments, bad co-workers, out of touch management and horrible hours
A typical work day starts with a phone call giving you you assignment and a notification of 90 min to report to work. I have learned with this job to expect the unexpected and count on working a 12 hour day so if if your day is 8-10 hours, you have had a great day. A typical day can be a local job to an over the road job so you never really know until you get your phone call.
The management is not pretty. Some are non-railroaders who know very little of the job you will perform but others are former railroaders who will help in any way they can. All depends on the terminal and time of day in which you work.
The co-workers are great people but more often than not have something ill to say about the company and the management but after working for UP for 6 months, most of there claims are valid and warranted.
The hardest part of the job comes with switching cars. It is easy but time consuming and a lot of walking. Inclement weather doesn't help considering that we must perform our jobs in all weather conditions.
The most enjoyable part of my job is getting to see my great country when I travel out of town or "over the road" as we call it. I feel great knowing that I am hauling cargo that will be turned into buildings, cars, products and services that many people take for granted. It is truly an awesome feeling.