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Horrible place to work
Associate Project Engineer (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEOctober 22, 2018
I don't knowv where the 5 star ratings are coming from, probably upper management trying to make this company look better than it truly is. This company hates their employees and micro manages with 5 directors per 2 workers. The insurance sucks for nonagreement workers, they took away pensions for new hires, they don't train you and set you up to fail. It's a no win situation at this place. Save yourself the heartache and stress and go find a company that will appreciate your hard work.
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None
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Management
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It's definitely a lifestyle
Train Conductor (Former Employee) –  Spokane, WAOctober 21, 2018
Overall my experience with Union Pacific wasn't great. In fairness they go into working there with full transparency, but it wasn't a good place to work. Poor leadership only concerned with their bonuses, expected to answer your phone at 2 am to spend upwards of the next 12 hours on a train to sit in a hotel for 24 hours or more to take a train home, sleep and visit family for 10 hours. Then repeat. No homelife unless you put 15 years in with the company. To put in perspective I had a 12 hour leash in the military to be ready for a deployment, and went on 4 deployments in a 3 year period and I spent more time at home then I did at the railroad.
Pros
Pay
Cons
No homelife
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Great place to work
Year-round Intern (Current Employee) –  Omaha, NEOctober 21, 2018
The atmosphere and culture make it a great place to work.
The platform and training programs make you even grow up easier.
It is encouraged to move between different department to learn more about business.
Pros
Benefits, Salary, Culture and development plan
Cons
too much corporal change
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Terrible work/life balance for operating employees.
Brakeman/Conductor/Engineer (Current Employee) –  Herington, KSOctober 21, 2018
Good pay and decent benefits, but management takes more away from its front line union employees every contract. You can provide a decent lifestyle for your family, but you'll never see them.

Management isn't typically hired from the craft, and they work in a cut-throat culture in which advancement is based upon the amount of discipline they level on front-line employees, which makes for an absolutely toxic work environment. Upper management just looks at the numbers, and has no idea what actually goes into running a railroad, but the company thrives anyways, simply because of lack of competition and the ability to gouge customers.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Everything but pay
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great work to work for
PAYROLL SUPERVISOR (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILOctober 20, 2018
My responsibilities were similiar as in Nalco/Ecolab. I worked in Omaha after they purchased Chicago and Northwestern Co, located in Chicago.

In 2000 , I decided to go back to Chicago after being accepted for the position of the Payroll Supervisor at Nalco Co
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Competitive benefits and pay, but very few opportunities for advancement.
Trainmen (Current Employee) –  Kansas City, MOOctober 19, 2018
Safe movement and switching operations of freight cars and trains in yard and main line locations. Learned switching and hump yard operations, critical time management, attention to detail, knowledge of hazardous material content and placement. Very unpredictable and sometimes stressful atmosphere. Other times can be incredibly slow paced. Very low moral due to constant struggle between union and company. Hardest part is dealing with management, outside working conditions and unpredictable and unsteady hours/schedule. Enjoyable parts are the camaraderie with fellow employees, great fringe benefits and pay and a sense of accomplishment knowing how vital your job is to the economy.
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Great Place To Work
Technical Systems Administrator (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEOctober 18, 2018
Great Place To Work. Enjoyed my 10 years there. • Implements, configures, and assists in the design of moderately complex systems for internal and external customers.
• Gathers requirements, analyzes existing systems and assists in performing system maintenance. Determines system specifications, input/output processes and working parameters for hardware / software compatibility.
• Coordinates design of subsystems and integration of total system. Identifies, analyzes and resolves program support deficiencies. Develops and recommends corrective actions. Normally receives detailed instructions on all work.
• Understand and Adhere to all Corporate Policies to include but not limited to ACI Code of Ethics and Global Information Security.
• Participates in engineering and configuring routine and moderately complex technical solutions for applications/systems implementations and upgrades based on specific business requirements. Solutions may be new, existing, in-house, third party or a combination.
• Assists with performing day-to-day system administration and monitoring tasks for assigned systems. Works with internal and external customers and vendors to resolve technical system problems in a timely manner with a primary focus on non to moderately-complex problems. Anticipates and raises project, business, and technical issues to the appropriate resource, logs issues and participates in their resolution. Perform other duties as assigned.
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Great place to be a number
BUDGET CORDINATOR/ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR (Former Employee) –  Spring TxOctober 18, 2018
The people who work there are amazing! The management culture needs a ton work. Always seemed like management was only there to figure ways to fire than manage production. Overall a great place to work and support a family. Excellent benefits and union based.
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micro manage
Manager (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 17, 2018
too many conference calls . The job is not hard but you are micro managed or left on an island. good pay work life balance is terrible. Management always point their energy in the wrong direction..
Pros
good pay benifits
Cons
work life balance is terrible
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Culture of layoffs
undisclosed (Current Employee) –  Omaha, NEOctober 16, 2018
The management is obsessed with profit ratio - sacrificing good employees to meet quarterly bottom line goals. This was a great place to work at one time, but now it is just another lay-off happy corporation that is loosing good workers on a regular basis.
Pros
good work environment
Cons
management eager to lay off employees
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Would not recommend
Carman (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 16, 2018
This used to be a great job, but it is not bogged down with too many rules and regulations and mangers that only care about their bonuses and not their employees.
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Be ready to give your life away
Contributor to the Continual Improvement Team (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 15, 2018
The railroad is a place where all of your time will be spent either at work or waiting on a call to go to work. If you are looking to have a career with balance with life, then do not go to the railroad.
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Being a new-hire is rough, training is sparse, furlough is almost guaranteed
FRA Licensed Freight Train Conductor (Current Employee) –  Saint Paul, MNOctober 15, 2018
Schedules are non-existent for a new hire. You will go where assigned when assigned or find yourself subject to discipline. Classroom training is good depending on your trainer. On the job training is woefully inadequate and you will hear constant ridicule from senior people about how much they dislike working with new-hires because of it. As if it's the new-hire's fault. Work-life balance really is the worst part though. Calling it a balance is a complete lie. You will learn to hate the sound of your phone as you're subject to call 24/7 unless its within 10 hours of your previous work (as your only guaranteed time off is at least 10 hours of mandatory rest after a "shift").
So you ask about the glory of riding the rails. Road work can be lucrative, but it is anything but glamorous. Shoddily maintained equipment is gross inside and out and smells nine times out of ten. Hotels used are anything but 2-star.
Pros
Pay, healthcare and retirement can be pretty good.
Cons
NO work/life balance, no regular time off.
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Good place to work for
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Melrose Park, ILOctober 14, 2018
Started as apprentice , went to machinist , went to shop supervisor . Sent me to Salt Lake City College to become EMD &GE locomotive certified passed and certified
Pros
good benefits
Cons
short of people
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Stressful working enviroment
Short Line Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEOctober 14, 2018
The dispatch center is 24/7 operations. There are no flex hours or additional time off allotted for working 50+ hours, nights, and weekends. The culture is demanding, there is no concern for employee work/life balance. The culture is competitive and no room for advancement. The hardest part of the job is dealing with grieving families when an accident happens.


The short line area is very different as it resides under the marketing and sales umbrella. I learned the most in this job, financial analysis, contract negotiations and management, pricing, P&L responsibilities. The culture is more positive than operations. There was more concern for the health and welfare of the employees. The hardest part of the job was all the different moving parts internally when a deal was in process while paralleling government regulations required and approvals were secured.
Pros
Dynamic work
Cons
Hours, stress, management
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Being a part of a legacy
Manager (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAOctober 14, 2018
A great place to work that makes you feel like you are truly part of the team that “Builds America”. Since it is part of the transportation industry, the work schedule can be a challenge to manage, but the overall rewards of working for such a historically important company far outweigh the challenges faced by a 24/365 work environment.
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Avoid!!
Conductor/Switchman (Current Employee) –  Spokane, WAOctober 13, 2018
1st - Managements job is to find a reason to write you up and/or fire you. Very 2 faced, tell you to follow rules but then scream at you for following the rules and taking too long affecting THEIR bonus!

2nd - They hire too many then there is only enough work to keep you employed for 5 months of the year.

3rd - Of those 5 months they don't care if you have to work away from home in another city as it will come out of your paycheck for the room/board/food/etc....

4th - Even worse is they have written agreements with the unions but still refuse to pay for claims (additional work) you've done. This can easily amount to hundreds of dollars a months!! Straight corrupt!
Pros
Retirement...
Cons
Read the write up!
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Great place to work met good people to work with
Spray Technician (Former Employee) –  Base out of West VirginiaOctober 12, 2018
Spraying weeds for the railroad all down the east coast,For that season it is a great job the only thing you travel a lot in & out of hotels.might go home after about 3 month to see family and friends.chemicals can be dangerous if not mix right in your 1000 gallon tank.
Pros
Great pay for all your work
Cons
They feed you good
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Great Place to be if your career oriented
Yardman (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NE 68179October 11, 2018
Company demands safety first before anything else. You will work a lot, you will be going to work at different times of the day and working in all weather condition but it does get better with time.
Pros
Great CAREER
Cons
Can not think of any
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great place to work if you have seniority
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 9, 2018
work hours are crazy, great benefits, relocate anywhere in the hub.
management could be better, great pay, sick days, paid vacation after a year being there.
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