BNSF Railway
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Good work, poor management

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I worked as a conductor, brakeman and engineer for five years. Pay and benefits are good. On call 24/7. Must manage your time off since the phone can ring to go to work every 10 hours.

Pros

Pay and retirement

Cons

You will flip days and nights consecutively
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Good pay, terrible environment and management

Terrible schedule. Horrific management. Company could care less about employees. Weak union. No raise in 3 years. Lots of people leaving for a reason.

Pros

Good pay

Cons

Management. Schedule. Atmosphere
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Most of the hourly employees are good. Schedule sucks

Mechanical staff is seniority driven worthless people with seniority get best days off and dump work on lower seniority. Most leadership takes care of their click.
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Ok place to work with no life

work is good and study however you will not have any type of home life. lie to you about advancement within the company. Pending on your objective take your chance

Pros

pay

Cons

poor mang.
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Not worth the money

The pay will be tempting, but it will never be worth the sacrifices they demand of you. Attendance policies are archaic and only getting worse. No amount of money they throw will ensure job security when they’re constantly trying to downsize and furlough their people.

Pros

None

Cons

Terrible industry and the company leads the way in how not to treat people
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It's a good job

So easy it'll make you lazy, the hardest thing about working tye is showing up. The management where I work isn't bad, never really has been. If you show up and do your job you won't have any problem.

Pros

Good pay and benefits

Cons

They're eliminating the conductors
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Great Career for someone who doesn’t mind traveling

These positions are seniority based. You are subject to furloughs until you have better seniority. The pay and benefits are the best. This job is hard on a person who enjoys family time.

Pros

Great pay and benefits

Cons

No work/life balance
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Horrible place to work.

They care nothing about life in general. You are at their disposal. There is no work -life balance. You cannot take off any holidays no matter what. You are punished for taking time off for death in family. You're on call 24/7-365

Pros

Money

Cons

No time to spend the money
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Do yourself a favor, don’t even apply.

Absolutely horrid morale due to corporate greed and trying to replace everyone with technology. Don’t care about people at all, just money. They constantly try to fire you after hiring you. Don’t plan on having a family life if you work for this place. They expect you to perform like a machine in terms of attendance. They are in the business of moving freight but they fail to do so. The CEO’s have gotten the smart idea to double up trains but it effectively shuts down portions of the railroad because they are too big to fit into fueling tracks. As if that doesn’t slow things down enough, they are too concerned about the cost of fuel vs delivering freight on time. They screw the customer over constantly but then try to make it sound like their number one priority is serving our customers during the holidays when they are off work. Somehow customers only matter a few times a year ( we know the real reason is they can’t stand is taking earned time off). They constantly change union agreement to benefit them without union consent. Absolutely horrible people in their legal department. They are the ones that deserve to be replaced. Not the men and women that physically move their freight for them. If they continue at the rate they are going, they will drive their stock prices into the ground due to horrible management.

Pros

Wages

Cons

Job security, morale, work life balance, long furloughs, less benefits with each contract
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No longer a premiere employer

I work in the mechanical department. There was a time when the RR was *the* premiere employer, that is no longer the case. Supervisors on the floor are generally pretty decent, but the office and the company does not care about you, or your family. Wages are 2/3 the local rate for equivalent work, medical insurance is sub-par, 0 sick days, 0 vacation days your first year, and 10+ years before you have weekends off (on any shift). 15+ years before you can have day shift with weekends off. Expect to spend your first 5+ years working 2nd or 3rd shift, with Tuesday and Wednesday off; this also means you will work *every* holiday. Lower management is under so much pressure from above to "make numbers" that they will frequently disregard federal safety laws regarding their trains.But hey, the pension is pretty good. If you can stomach the 30+ years to get it.

Pros

Pension

Cons

No family life, poor wages, poor medical insurance
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Demanding and tiring

The work load can be tiring. They expect you to accomplish the impossible. The pay isn't worth the amount of work required at all. I wouldn't recommend and of my friends or family to work with the company.

Pros

Pay, Benefits

Cons

Large amounts of work expected. Ridiculous hours.
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Terrible work environment and useless union

Horrible place to work and I do not ever suggest to anyone to work here. Horrendous hours, terrible managers and worthless union. Until they regulate their working hours more and fix the mess that is their union contracts, you will work 10-16 hour days 24/7 with no time off.

Pros

Pay, but its not worth it

Cons

Everything
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You will have no life

BNSF is a greedy company whose goals are to eliminate jobs, reduce pay and benefits for employees, and force employees to never have any time at home.

Pros

Pay

Cons

No work/life balance
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B&B Bridge Mechanic

You'll be spending about 60% of your time away from home. There are some great supervisors to work for, and plenty of not so great ones. The pay and benefits are the only thing that make the travel worth it, until you find something better.

Pros

Great compensation for the work

Cons

No work life balance
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Not For Everyone

The job is not for everyone, seniority is everything so expect to be furloughed within the first five years. On-call 24/7/365 to work in all conditions with strict attendance policies. I've gotten a good year after hiring out then was furloughed for over 2yrs, the pay is amazing for the amount of work we do. Railroad retirement is superior to social security, health benefits are pretty great as well. Best job I've ever held but not without its cost being away from home on road jobs, and hard to plan anything with loved ones. Some management is good others are a pain same goes for crewmembers. The threat of losing our craft to technology is constant, the company says it cares about safety but that's a lie, just look at the mega trains they're having us run. Experiences may vary you'll never know until you get here so good luck to anyone considering working here.

Pros

Pay, Benefits, Variety of Work

Cons

Work/Life Balance, Bump and Furloughs, Corporate Greed.
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Productive

If you want the railroad retirement and willing to work this place is for you, a lot of hours easy going co workers a lot of room to growth within your position
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Working from home

Flexible work environment and great coworkers. Poor communication from leadership. Growth opportunities are only available in certain departments. No merit increase across the board last year.

Pros

Flexibility

Cons

Poor communication from leadership
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Run away from this place

Locomotive diesel mechanic. This place is a prison that you can’t escape. You will work nights weekend and holidays for the majority of your career. Pay is behind the times. This is a relatively easy job and that literally the only good thing I can say about it.

Pros

Easy

Cons

Everything else
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Stable company

Long history and great outlook for future of the company, but a lot of forced moves in technology services.No discussions on possible long term career path for me. Others get promoted without experience.

Pros

Great benefits

Cons

Low salary
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Challenging but great job

It’s a tough job with long hours and away from home for long periods of time but I enjoy running trains and the challenge of doing a good job and getting the freight where it needs to be

Pros

Benefits

Cons

Long hours
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Terrible work environment

Your not a person just a number in a drop and drag program. If you have a personal problem or family issues they will do very little if anything to help you. The unions also favor company over employee. You must work in all types of weather out doors in the element. Yes I mean like in 3 feet of snow or down pouring rain and high winds

Pros

None

Cons

No human factor considerations
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