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Job Security, at the price of fun
Technology Services Intern (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXNovember 19, 2018
Company is very outdated. They have developed a time machine at BNSF where you walk in the door and are immediately transported to the year 1970 with a boring work environment, dull, corporate feel.

The IT building is the worst. It's an old giant building with grey cubicles everywhere. Half the IT staff are contractors who keep to themselves. This job will take 10 years off your life based on how boring it is alone.
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Great Job, terrible life
LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 13, 2018
Working for the railroad means sacrificing any and all free time you may have. On call, poor management and harsh working conditions make this a difficult employer to work for if you have a family.
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Terrible leadership
Trainmaster (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 8, 2018
Bad management - do not apply. Very too faced managers. Bad leadership structure. Terrible work life balance. Benefits get worse by the year. Salary not worth it. Run from this place.
Pros
Good salary
Cons
Terrible management
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My experience as a machinist was ok until it became hostile.
Machinist Apprentice (Former Employee) –  Topeka, KSNovember 8, 2018
Most of the people there were intelligible but the supervisors there haven’t a clue and will lie to protect themselves and will throw you under the bus and make it seem like they didn’t see anything when something happens.
Pros
Good pay free lunches
Cons
Poor management not truthful full of back stabbers
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Managers micromanage too much
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXNovember 6, 2018
Managers make up useless work for employees. They micromanage too much. Very bossy. Don't listen to the opinion of their staff, and they have a big ego.
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Great company
Manager (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 30, 2018
BNSF is a great company with average benefits and average to below average pay. Overall BNSF has a good company culture and they care about their employees.
Pros
Funded Pension plan and railroad retirement
Cons
No paternity leave, no flexible work arrangements
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A Great place to work
Locomotive Journeyman Machinest (Former Employee) –  Commerce, CAOctober 29, 2018
On an average day of working at BNSF railway as a Locomotive Journeyman Machinist, I would either perform regular scheduled maintenance or heavy repairs.
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Great place to work
Chief Dispatcher (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 27, 2018
BNSF is a great place to work and learn the railroad industry.

My typical day included making several decision and implementing plans to help keep velocity on the rail up while maintaining saftey for all employees and service to all our customers.

The culture is inclusive and helpful.
Pros
comfortable office environment
Cons
no food breaks
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on call 24/7
Locomotive Engineer/Conductor (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 26, 2018
Too many middle managers putting their own spin on the rules. Preaching honesty and integrity while having none themselves. Male dominated work environment where women are treated poorly. similar scenario to women on Navy battleships. 1000's of guys and a few dozen women. Management routinely denies personal leave days and vacation days against State law. Company maintains an availability policy that is unfair. requiring employees to be available for work 24/7 with no set schedule, for at least 75 of the time. If you truly want to be just a number, spend most of your life away from your children or spouse, then this is the place for you.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Lifestyle, Unions
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IT Auditor II (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 25, 2018
BNSF is a great company to work for.
Management is very inconsistent in the Audit group
I enjoyed my user groups and working with different business units
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Fast Paced
Mechanical Operations Specialist (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 24, 2018
Office was very fast paced alot going on all the time.

Always striving to improve product deliveries to customers through efficient train handling practices
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Limited Advancement
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The nation's leading freight transportation provider
Regional Economic Development Manager (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 22, 2018
It's amazing working for such an indispensable part of the nation's economy. Railroads are the backbone of the US economy, and BNSF is the best one their is. If you doubt me, ask Warren Buffett.
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Front Line Supervisor for Track Department
Track Maintenance Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Sherman, TXOctober 18, 2018
extremely long hours, high stress and constantly changing plans makes this a very difficult position to work. Low manpower issues are rampant and a constant battle to accomplish tasks with little to no help from other departments
Pros
pay, benefits, retirement
Cons
long work hours, low manpower, little assistance
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right place to work if you like being on camera
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Barstow, CAOctober 17, 2018
the bnsf management were lacking in ability and training. everything is done by seniority if you don't have any you don't get anything. you sometimes have to work outside cold or hot.
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Could be a great place to work
Manager (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 16, 2018
It's going to depend on your management. Bad bosses are endemic to the railroad due to operational demands of the environment. There were also a lot of people working in positions that were out of their wheelhouse. They had a poor understanding of the overall business and could really be fooled by fashionable trends as well as people of poor character. This lead to silos because of low trust and a lot of miserable employees just serving their time. Miserable employees actively resist change. That said, if you do work in a department with good people; can develop trust, there is no excuse not to flourish.
Pros
pay, benefits, hours, Rrb
Cons
It is luck of the draw with regard to what you get from leadership.
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Miss it
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) –  Aberdeen, SD 57401October 12, 2018
I wish I stayed or the company allowed more to transfer to new seniority system. Great Job would take it back in a heartbeat. On call all the time, but paid for it
Pros
Money, Retirement
Cons
No life
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It was a good place to work
Mechanical Laborer (Former Employee) –  Topeka, KSOctober 10, 2018
What can i say, it was a good job and for the last 13 years it is all I have know. It is a good place to work and everyone there are easy to get along with and if you put some effort into the job it can be fulfilling.
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Great job great pay
Machine operator (front loaders, grinders, etc) (Former Employee) –  Pacific NWOctober 10, 2018
I enjoyed my job with BNSF. Though it had great benefits and great pay there was not a lot of home time. This soon became detrimental to my family life.
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Fum palce
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 9, 2018
Fun place to work on. There are huge number of internal application going on development. Most of the technology are old. Not good for those who want to work on new technology.
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Slow Paced and Beurocratic
Service Delivery and Compliance Administrator (Current Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXOctober 9, 2018
BNSF is a good company if you want to hold a job without the concern of doing anything to advance your expertise in your career field as an IT professional. The "good ole boy " system is in full effect there.
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