Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee) – Rathdrum, ID – September 5, 2018
Some will say it is not for family people but itbis really not for anyone who wants a life outside of work. You will be bumped around and probably will find yourself working in seattle. On call 24/7 does wear on you. But since you have no life they do pay you for well for the work you do.
Management Assistant (Former Employee) – Springdale, AR – September 4, 2018
I think a lot of the people who work at BNSF Logistics are outstanding. Thats about all I can say. The location in Springdale is nice. However, the human resources department and management need some serious re-evaluation.
Job was good but extremely over-micro-managed and constantly have to fight for pay that was agreed upon during contract negotiation.
Railroad Brakeman/Conductor/Engineer (Former Employee) – Madill, OK – August 31, 2018
Terrible Company to work for. This company at the management level is so fake and putting on a show for the Federal gov. concerning Safety it is unreal. This company undercuts the strength of union protection for its workers as a practice and a goal. Managers constantly set impossible to adhere to rules by the overwhelming abundance and trapping nature of these rules. they then assign Low level Managers to "test" employees and build paper on them for the purpose of firing them if they ever want to so the employee can be easily made to look negligent or bad.
Conductor/Switchman (Current Employee) – Tulsa, OK – August 29, 2018
No college degree and I made $108,000 last year. Are you kidding me! On average I've made about $85,000 to $95,000 in the years previous. The work is not hard, but you do work in all types of weather conditions. I hired out when I was 35 years old. Wished I would have found it earlier. But then I wouldn't know what real work is either, because the railroad is not "real" work. There is a chance of furlough when times are tough, but they will call you back. I was off 18 months from 2008 until 2010. But man am I glad I came back. I haven't been close to being off since 2010.
Rail Traffic Controller (Former Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – August 28, 2018
If you are satisfied with doing the exact same thing over and over daily for 30 years with little to no chance or promotion this is the place for you. Your life is ultimately controlled by the scheduling department and God forbid you are legitimately sick or a child gets sick because even though you are allotted sick time you will be taken to investigation for using it. High stress caused by unrealistic expectations and plans implemented by management make this job a heart attack waiting to happen. The medical benefits are amazing and the pay was great. If that's all you are looking for in a job, have fun here.
Corporate Travel Consultant (Former Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – August 24, 2018
Over all it's a great job however salary discrimination tends to occur. Employees whom have been working there for years get less pay than new-hires. The lead manager of the department tends to be unfair most of the time with little care of the employees. The director would rather not intervene.
This has nothing to do with the rest of the railway. I have heard being a full BNSF employee is fantastic.
Locomotive Engineer/Conductor (Former Employee) – Needles, CA – August 22, 2018
The job pays really well. A rewarding career with lots of benefits.They spend an extraordinary amount of time and effort to train you and then spend the rest of your career trying to find reasons to fire you.
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) – Vancouver, WA – August 20, 2018
Pay is adequate. Insurance is industry standard. Retirement is above average. Hours are undetermined. Schedule is not known in advance. Must report to work within 90 minutes of phone call. Not permitted to decline phone call.
An excellent company that allows you to run your own business. It is very hard work but if you stay committed it can be very lucrative. The management is second to none and they want to see you succeed.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Kansas City, KS – August 9, 2018
BNSF the big railroad that pays well, you can't argue with that but you earn every dollar. If you start out working in the field you are exposed to all kinds of nasty chemicals that show up in your health when you are old. What good is railroad retirement if you end up getting cancer and die when you are 61? Just think for a moment all the toxic chemicals that have dripped onto the tracks for years on end. If you work for the railroad then you are exposed to that and many others health dangers. Yet, perhaps the most unhealthy work environment of all is in the office, sitting in a cube all day. Then there is the stress of working for and with some of the most obnoxious people that any large corporate bureaucracy could ever put together. Most of the decent people you work with are just counting their days until retirement. Don't be conned by a nice salary and good benefits package. You are giving up a lot working for BNSF Railway. Based on the number of retirees who have died before their time or before ever collecting the retirement money you might say that you could pay with part of your life. Saving up and dreaming about that retirement day just a waste cause you will never live to see it.
I'm carman apprentice at bnsf been here about 3 months its good job but u gotta put in the time its a race from to beat the other apprentices to u jurneyman start date. But other then its good u will start out in the shop for a month or so then the yard. Most important don't brake the safety rules especially within u first 120 days. Best thing if u not sure about something ask.