Signalman, System Mobile Construction Crew (Former Employee) – System wide – November 14, 2018
I was on an 8 days on with 6 days off, 10 hour days, for 8 years. It is a pace that is challenging both from a professional as well as personal stand point. The work environment is constantly changing as is the weather. Being a part of a team with a common goal is BNSF.
Technology Services Intern (Former Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – November 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Company is very outdated.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.
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.
Good pay free lunches
Poor management not truthful full of back stabbers
Locomotive Engineer/Conductor (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – October 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.
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
Manager (Former Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – October 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.
pay, benefits, hours, Rrb
It is luck of the draw with regard to what you get from leadership.
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.
Service Delivery and Compliance Administrator (Current Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – October 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.