BNSF Railway
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If you have a family run. Great pay, great benefits but you can kiss a life good bye. When you work for BNSF they are your life you don't get to have one outside of work. You'll have a great relationship with your phone trying to figure out when you go to work next.
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No work life balance

No home time, miss important times with family. Pay is good and benefits are nice, not worth it. Management is against you at all times and won’t work with you for time off.
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ZERO Quality of Life

BNSF does not carr about you, the employee. As a conductor, yo uhave no scheduled days off. You are on call 24/7 365 days a year. There are no paid holidays, and if you take a day off, you are penalized for it. You may sit on a train for 12-16 hours, stay away from home at a CRUMMY hotel for 48 hours or more, then hop on a train for a 12-16 hour trip home, where you are guaranteed a whopping 10 hours off, before they call you 8 hours into your rest to be back on a train at your 19 hour mark. Or close to it. Seriously a TERRIBLE place to work if you have a family, or want any kind of social life.
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Excellent pay and benefits

Excellent pay and benefits for trainees, with life balance not so much. If you are planning to start a family, think twice before accepting the job. The schedules are not set in stone, your life is at work
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2 stars

What is the best part of working at the company?The pay and benefits.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?On call 24/7What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Work environment is dangerous at time and the culture is horrible because the company does not value their employees. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Walk in get your paperwork together, do a safety brief and go to work.
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It is what you make of it!

Great job for anyone willing to be a nomad. A fair amount of travel to nowhere destinations. Decent work good pay and most the crews are good dudes! Union plays toward the company. Seniority is overflown with under qualified bid hoppers so advancement is difficult. Unless you try the mobile gangs, will run into same situations and be stuck getting circle bumped all year if your lucky! I suggest getting a CDL A OR B to improve your chances of not being layer off just be ready for alot of responsibility no help and filthy animals in your trick.
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Horrible company just pure evil

You are not treated as a human being but a number. They said when I started “you will never find a company that spends $60,000 to train you and the rest of your career trying to fire you” and I have found that to be very true. On call 24/7 no life no sleep 12+ hour shifts 10 hours off then do it again.


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Medical, retirement, taxes, extremely expensive union dues, toxic environment
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1 star

What is the best part of working at the company?If you want to sell your life for a paycheck, then a job with a railroad is for you.If you want to give up everything nights weekends holidays your marriage, then a railroad is for you. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?They hire you today and furlough tomorrow.Merry Christmas your furloughed.Test, test and test you some more. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Sucks Your gone from home a lot 3 days or more.12 hours or more on a train. 10 hours or more in a hotel. 10 hours at home then do it all over again. What is a typical day like for you at the company?12 hours or more on duty. Sit and wait in siding for hours.Trips that can be less then 130 miles but still take over 12 hours.
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How horrible the employees were treated

Worst company to work for. If they paid me a mill a year I would turn it down. The upper management meant would constantly break hours if service rules. You were told no proceived pressure but that wasn’t the case. Bnsf has a click society. If your not in it. Don’t think about being promoted. The worst company with the worst upper management of any employer that I have worked for
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Great Place to Learn and Grow

It is a great place to learn, grow and sharpen your skills in the specific field that you are in. Technology Services was a great department where I was able to jump from team to team and join as many projects as I desired.
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Work you like dogs. Pay is great minimal family time will miss special events and family events Shady management. Good union and coworkersGood job if your single
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co workers are fantastic overall. personal time is not allowed.

Fellow workers are good to work with. We all shared the same level of paranoia about getting through the day hoping not to get fired. Unhealthy work schedule. On call 24/7/365 No family time. Weak unions. High dues and you will never win a contract. The unions are a complete joke. BNSF will beat you mentally and destroy your overall health. Sweetheart deal between the government and the Railroads makes collective bargaining impossible. In 10 years I never seen one negotiation in the employees favor. BNSF takes and takes. It will never give an inch. The company makes billions every year profit and refuses to pay even the simplest claims. Benefits are a joke. They raise the out pocket every contract. Virtually no dental coverage. And good luck getting time off to go anyway. BNSF and the unions dangle a big carrot, with the pension and overall benefits package. Beware of the noose the carrot hangs from.I will never work for, or recommend this company to anyone again. Best thing i ever did for my health, marriage and overall personalwell-being is resigning. Do not work for BNSF. No other way to say it.
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BNSF Better Not Start a Family

Management is trying to fire you, your union does not protect you. Don't take a day off or you'll end up in a investigation Don't make plans, don't make appointments, do plan on living a normal life until 30 years of seniority.




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Good place

Good place to work, generally you get what you put in but I feel that there is a good atmosphere and good work life. Being on call 24/7 isn’t bad if you are single such as I am.
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Good People, and fulfilling Work

There are a lot of great people. The work is fulfilling. There are high expectations, but upward mibility for those who meet or exveed them. It is challenging for those looking to just "punch the clock".
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Worse place on earth

I’ve never worked somewhere that treated employees with such hate. Working at bnsf makes you feel subhuman. No time off, not paid well and you’re on call 24/7. These are just some of the amazing perks they offer.
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No future here

Been here for 10 years now and unfortunately there is no room for advancement if you are a high performer. You will be held back and only employees that suck up will advance.




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No schedule, and below average pay.

Always on call, every minute of every day. On call during the morning, afternoon and evening. On call during the week. On call on the weekends. On call on the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. On call during your family's birthdays, marriages, celebrations, and all major life events. You will miss them. You will miss all of them.
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Shareholder value

You do not matter. Shareholder value is all that matters. You are viewed as an unwanted expense that they will spend every single day trying to get rid of once they hire you. Sounds insane right? It is. It's also completely true.
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Pay is Good but you have no life outside work for TY&E

This job is not for everyone, be prepared to work odd hours. For new hire conductors, the toughest part of the job will be starting off with the lowest seniority and the possibility of being furloughed. Ultimately, the more you work the more money you make but it comes at a price of not being around family and being tired all the time.
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Terrible company to work for 11 years I'll never get back. Toxic work environment the company puts the management against the workforce the famous saying is the hire you and spend the rest of you your career trying to fire you.
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Based on 1,611 reviews

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2.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
2.8 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.6 out of 5 stars for Management
2.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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