Union Pacific Employee Reviews

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Union Pacific was a great company to work fork
Senior Manager Auto Facilities "West Region" (Former Employee) –  Mira Loma, CAAugust 16, 2018
Union Pacific was a great company to work fork. Many benefits but you had to work long hours. There was room for advancement if you worked hard and sacrificed for it. Was a fun place to work. Had events for the employees so they would mingle and do a team building event.
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If you want to have a life dont work here.
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, MOAugust 15, 2018
I have worked for 40 years and I have never seen a more adversarial work relationship between labor and management. Most employees I met asked me why I was going to work for the company. They don't hide the fact that you will not have a life outside the job. The divorce rate of the employees is extremely high.
Pros
The pay is great.
Cons
Relationship between management and labor.
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I did my time now am free and finely enjoying life
Carfmn (Former Employee) –  Eagle Pass TexasAugust 14, 2018
Management has no dignity they treat their employees like dogs and always trying to find a way to fire you. Management will do or say anything to cover their butt. Pulled from service for 8 months for talking about white coller crimes not punished. Just an excuse to get rid of you.
Pros
Retirement but you pay a big price
Cons
Your Just number
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Union Pacific is a solid place to work
Program Manager Return to Work (Former Employee) –  Spring, TXAugust 12, 2018
Frequent travel made the job challenging. The position kept me engaged to perform my best and I was provided support from management to get the job done.
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Good pay, no personal life
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTAugust 11, 2018
A good place to work, if you can handle the stress. On call 24/7 365.
Have to work in all weather conditions. Get to see a lot of places no one else gets to see.
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Good pay for minimal education
Manager of Operating Practices (Current Employee) –  Denver, COAugust 11, 2018
UP is a great place to work for an individual who only has a HS diploma, as the pay and benefits are great starting out. There is some advancement opportunities, but a lot of it is political and who you know type of atmosphere.
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Pay and Benefits
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Work/Life Balance
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Good place to work had to be flexible with your schedule
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTAugust 8, 2018
Wait for a phone call, it can be anytime of the day very few jobs with a set schedule, then you have 1 1/2 hours to get to work and find out what your job for that day or night might be
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Conductor in Training (Former Employee) –  Wichita, KSAugust 8, 2018
The lack of communication from the Managers to trainees in Wichita is concerning and irritating. Managers at times did not know what the trainees were doing from one week to the next.
Pros
High pay
Cons
Lack of sleep
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Not The Company It Once Was
Manager (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEAugust 8, 2018
Union Pacific Railroad has a long and proud history. That history has been tainted by a short-sighted executive team that risks the legacy, customer satisfaction, performance and safety in order to meet some unrealistic performance numbers. The workplace culture has been terribly damaged since the current CEO took control. He has created a workplace environment that used to be one of loyalty to one of suspicion. The strategy has been reduced to a variety of performance measures so management makes poor decisions in order to make the numbers. It is very sad. Hopefully, the board will recognize the CEO's shortcomings before he does irreversible damage to the company.
Pros
The workforce and long, proud history
Cons
Short-Sighted Executive Management
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Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Hinkle, ORAugust 6, 2018
Please, and I can't stress this enough. Union Pacific is a horrible company to work for. The Culture this company has created is pure hate. They force there Management team to Find failures in all there employees. Constantly repremending there employees over the smallest rule violations. For example, an employee who walked in a straight line to get the task done but he walked in a mud puddle on the way there instead if walking around it. Every day you live in fear and worrie what am I going to be charged with today.
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Another world
Diesel Electrician (Current Employee) –  New York StateAugust 6, 2018
Working at a Union job in a non-union part of the US is it's own world that is unlike anything else in the working world. This has it's pros and cons. This applies strictly to the mechanical department.

Pros - Relaxed work environment. Anything required to make the job safe is provided on the spot. Great pay and benefits. Paid lunches.

Cons - Extremely poorly and vindictively managed at the top corporate levels. Union is at the same time supportive and own worst enemy in affecting any real change. Poor hours. Work holidays. No sick days. No PTO. Terrible vacation.

If you're single be prepared to miss the things that make life fun for at least the next 5 years and if you have a family be prepared to miss most of the important events of your families and kids lives for about the same time. There is 0 leniency and no PTO or sickdays to make this easier for the workers . Weekends? Forget they exist.

I'm not really sure who this job is most suited for the long term. If you're 45+, kids are grown and want a decently low stress, if dirty, career to retire in? Then I can see this being for you.

Despite what I typed above, at least as far as the mechanical department is concerned, it's not a bad place to work but it takes a special type of personality to work there til retirement. If you can stomach the heavy restrictions on your time and personal life, give it a try.
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Excellent company if you're single.
Brakeman/Conductor (Former Employee) –  Adams, WIAugust 4, 2018
The company reps aren't lying when they tell you the railroad comes first in life and everything else comes after that. If you're single, this is definitely an excellent company to work for. Great pay, amazing benefits, and the retirement package is perfect!
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Hard place to work
Locomotive Engineer, Conductor and RCO Operator (Current Employee) –  Roseville, CAAugust 3, 2018
This is not a job for the weak. Long hours, no schedule. On call 24/7. Away from home a lot. Strict rules and guide lines. No holiday pay. The culture is what you get paid for. Benefits have gone down hill over the years.
Pros
Decent Pay
Cons
Horrible Lifestyle
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Great income but away for home alot
Engineer (Former Employee) –  La Grande, ORJuly 28, 2018
Always have to be on guard watching and following rules. Management is always watching and testing. Not family oriented at all, you are away from home a lot.
Pros
Great Income and Benifits
Cons
Away from home a lot, Pressure of being tested constantly
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Poor management
Freifght car repair (Former Employee) –  Albina, ORJuly 27, 2018
Training is a joke, management is a joke, and coworkers are lazy. Always complaining. Managment rushes you intp a job and expecta you to follow a rule book thicker than a bible that they dont even offer training for.
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Pay
Cons
Everything elsw
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No work life balance and cut throat culture
Fireman / Engineer / Conductor / Switchman (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJuly 27, 2018
You're a number here. You can make a lot of money but you will work all the time for it. Consider yourself married to the job and your actual wife at home to be your mistress. That's how it will feel. If you just want to make a lot of money though, then it could be the place for you. Great benefits too, It's just that I needed to have a life outside of work so it wasn't the place for me.
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Not a physically demanding job
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) –  Fort Worth, TXJuly 26, 2018
Although the pay is decent, you will have no life outside the railroad for years and by the time you do have time away from the railroad everyone you care about has moved on and will no longer be there to enjoy. The only attraction to working here is the retirement if you live long enough to actually collect
Pros
Retirement
Cons
No home or social life
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Mechanical Operations Manager
Mechanical Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Omaha, NEJuly 25, 2018
Good company to work for as an operations manager. You will learn something new everyday and will be challenge to be productive and efficient and do so safely.
Pros
The job is satisfying and the company supports you to grow.
Cons
Long work hours, nights, and holidays if you're in the field.
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Safe work place, bad balance
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) –  Morrill, NEJuly 24, 2018
Would be an amazing job if not for the chance of furlough always present for Transportation employees. Safety culture is strong throughout the entire company.
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Very challenging to work there but very rewarding.
Conductor (Former Employee) –  N Little Rock, ARJuly 23, 2018
Very challenging to work there but very rewarding.
Unfortunately I did not pass the Federal test for the remote control in the rail yard. Sad that they don't give you any more chances to take it.
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