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Conductor (Former Employee) –  HouJuly 19, 2018
Compensation is great, but the work life balance is very difficult. Long hours where you start to question if the pay is equivalent to the hours you put in.
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Management do your real job correct trainees!!!
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Proviso IllinoisJuly 18, 2018
Flying drones to watch people nap! Even thought it in the SSI?! They pay good train good but fire for minor things during your training?! I’m being trained guide me in the right direction don’t fire me!
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Management is forced by corporate to head chop lance fritz is this what you want?
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Fun coworkers. Management ruined it.
Engineer/Conductor (Current Employee) –  North Platte, NEJuly 13, 2018
The job used to be good until everything was all about the almighty dollar for the stockholders. Management has to make a name for themselves and let's their ego get bloated.
Pros
Good pay. Easy work.
Cons
Long hours on the road. Poor management. Just anothwr number. Always looking over your shoulder.
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Decent place to work
Electrician (Former Employee) –  TexasJuly 12, 2018
Good place to work. Secure job and opportunity to grow. Ability to make a very good salary if willing to work overtime. chance for promotion if you are willing to study the different locomotive systems.
Pros
Job security
Cons
Could be on night shift
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You are paid more for politics than work.
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Dalhart, TXJuly 12, 2018
During my time with Union Pacific I saw managers lie to negatively impact employees that they had a personal vendettas against, employees throw others under the bus for personal gain, and employees start fist fights on company property then report the employee that beat them while facing no repercussions. To work there you have to be adept at politics while your work ethic can lack majorly. All of this supported by the manager at the Dalhart depo.
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Excellent organization, strong history, proud heritage
SU Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Pocatello, IDJuly 11, 2018
Absolutely loved my time with Union Pacific Railroad. Learned so much in the short time I was employed with them. Loved the people, loved the fact that there was always opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge. My experience with management was top notch. Great benefits and a very good work/life balance - something that this organization has made a priority.
Pros
Pay, benefits, learning opportunities
Cons
As with any organization, subject to the whims of the economy
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Rough
Conductor (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOJuly 9, 2018
Rough hours starting out, but the pay is phenominal. If your a single adult who doesnt plan to have a home life for at least five years, then this would make a great career.
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Union Pacific is what you make of it.
Freight Conductor (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, MOJuly 9, 2018
As a Conductor Union Pacific is what you make of it. If you want to work hard you'll make money. Also, if you can deal with lack of direction the career is fine and can be very rewarding. When/if you get a good crew and a good manager that operate as one instead of being at odds the days go by quick and home life is a breeze. If the opposite happens it can make for some nasty situations.
Pros
great pay
Cons
management has lack of direction
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Management is a revolving door, crew distrust, no exit interview for managers, chaotic work environment
Manager Yard Ops (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTJuly 8, 2018
Constant revolving door of managers, managers are overworked and under paid. 60-70 hour work weeks, no work life balance, say goodbye to all your hobbies and your family because the railroad will own your time. Omaha has no control over the field managers, the turnover is the worst I have ever seen. Cutting hundreds of jobs walking people out of the headquarters this is normal UP work life from year to year a long career with UP is a person accomplishment!

The field is filled with chaos insufficient management coverage, everyday the crews were lined up with work and it would consistently change throughout the day. Frustrating them and causing a chaotic work environment. The crews and first line managers were constantly micromanaged which was the driver of the frustration to the crews as any senior manager would walk in and change the Manager/ yardmasters plan. No autonomy for the crews to do their job constantly being tested on rules so much that it hurt production.

Managers backstabbing, no team building, every man is on their own.
Managers and crews are under constant threat of being fired, overworked, managers and Omaha do not listen to feedback to improve jobs. Crews have stopped even trying to communicate with management as their concerns fall on deaf ears.
Control and command management style is very much alive and well and they are the ones getting promotions. Good ole boys club they form alliances to further their careers and help each other advance.

Serious divide between the crews and management when it comes to trust. Crews work hard for the more part get
  more... no personal recognition. Each department is compartmentalized, doesn't work well as a team especially when management is finger pointing whose failure they believe it is on any given day.  less
Pros
Working with the crews
Cons
Compartmental craft against craft, management against eachother, Omaha is so disconnected its like the wild west
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They hate us..
Locomotive Engineer/Conductor (Current Employee) –  Kansas City, MOJuly 8, 2018
They cut jobs on a weekly basis, horrible management, on call 24/7, do not follow union agreements, no time off, disciplinary action when you take off, twisted fmla regulations, they brag about hiring vets yet we can’t take off for medical appointments, zero advancement, they only hire fresh out of college students with zero experience as management instead of experienced trainman, reactive instead of proactive, etc.

I am a veteran with an education who did not do blue collar work before employment here. Trust me when I say that UP is extremely unprofessional and have zero respect for their employees.
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Pay
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Decent but unforgiving place.
Mechancial Service Operator (Current Employee) –  Pine Bluff, ARJuly 6, 2018
Good pay and benefitals, easy work. But work/home ratio is very poor never get to see my family. Hard work is never rewarded in this company. If you have family this might not be the place for you. Also management goes through this place like no other.
Pros
Great pay, benefits
Cons
No Home life, Hard work is never rewarded.
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Great Retirement Benefits
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Big Spring, TXJuly 5, 2018
Very demanding job. Long hours with little sleep. Print paperwork, load engine with fresh ice/water, load over night bag including rule books, license if required. Work on railroad track either switching cars in the local yard, or transporting railroad cars to other locations.
Perform safety duties and situations through-out shift. not be actively on train working for more than 12 hours. If 12 hours passed, the train was parked and new crew was called in. Van or Taxi was called for new crew drop off and pick up crew to drop off in hometown location or other out of town location. Once taxi dropped you off, you finished online tie-up. Get ride to hotel.
Pros
Great Insurance and Retirement Benefits
Cons
Eat on the run, lack of sleep
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Productive and lots to earn
Railroad Laborer (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJuly 1, 2018
great place to work. team work environment with little or no supervision. The travel is great as well. Gives you more knowledge of the field in an diverse environment,


good career.
Pros
different travel areas
Cons
hot
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It was a great place to work and they do an excellent job training and hitting from within.
Assist and instruct train crews (Conductor) (Former Employee) –  Northlake, ILJune 27, 2018
I loved my time at UP and wished I could’ve stayed in some capacity of another. I was furloughed and never received a call back so I have been diligently trying to find other openings within the company that offer more job security than being a conductor.
Pros
Great training, good pay, great benefits
Cons
Little to no job security and are always on the road
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Too cut throat
Conductor/Switchman (Current Employee) –  North Little Rock, ARJune 27, 2018
Looking at termination for a minor mistake with no chance of resurrection. If i were not in my derail probation i would have already been back at work.
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Very Stress ful
Locomotive Engineer/Conductor (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORJune 24, 2018
I loved working as a Locomotive Engineer at Union Pacific but the company was extremely hard to work for. The managers are able to scrutinize almost everything that you do. The event recorder are read and examined all of the time and they also field test you all of the time. Very stressful and a very demanding job.
Pros
Union Membership
Cons
Constant scutiny
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Worst place I ever worked in my entire life
Car Foreman (Former Employee) –  Melrose Park, ILJune 24, 2018
The company is afraid to treat minorities the same as everyone else. It doesn't matter if you work hard or not. Management shows favoritism during promotion's. Puts people in jobs they don't deserve. Promotes people that are going to get someone or their self killed. These people don't have the experience for the position. They talk alot of propaganda about safety but don't follow it themselves. In 13 years on 3rd shift I never saw the saftey captian come in and talk about safety to the guys.
Pros
Pays well
Cons
Everything else
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no family life
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) –  Northlake, ILJune 22, 2018
managers actually hide in the bushes and fly drones to spy on you to see if they can write you up and suspend you because they are required to find a certain number a failures every month ……..
Pros
retirement
Cons
fired if you dont do exactly what they want you to do to the letter
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Stay Away
Train Conductor (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaJune 22, 2018
They work you to death and do not care about you personal life. You work up to 80 hours a week with no time off. Manager suck and are always out to get you. They do not care about there employees, worst company to work for!!!!!!! Stay far away.
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No Family life
Train Crew Conductor (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXJune 21, 2018
You will miss a lot of family activity and weekends. Management mindset to to hire to fire employees. Senior base job bids, last hire first laid off during slow times. Management tends to over hire.
Pros
Retirement plan and health care
Cons
Long hours, lay offs no family life
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