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If you can stomach the management it’s ok
Locomotive engineer (Current Employee) –  CaliforniaDecember 12, 2018
It’s the Railroad. They expect you to work all the time and keep those shareholders rich. Management is looking to fire you any chance they can. They keep the workforce lean and hungry. If you can stand the work life balance, or lack of the job has good benefits and decent pay. It just depends if you can make it through the first few years. It’s tough, I don’t know if it’s worth it or not. It’s a living but a lot of sacrifices along the way. Your family will miss you and you will be sick of sitting on a train with a stinky toilet. The paycheck is ok but it’s not for everyone. I suggest before hiring out find a way to talk to someone in the location you applied for. If your desperate then it’s a paycheck, but if your looking to change careers because railroading is a dream job, reconsider very hard.
Pros
Benefits, pay-maybe, it depends
Cons
Work hours, management, railroad culture
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pays well, never know if you will be laid off
Freight Car inspector/repairman (Current Employee) –  Butler, WIJanuary 27, 2019
The work is not hard, and with it being a union shop even though you may work hard and stay busy its all seniority based. This company is known for doing layoffs without any notice. Not a reliable career choice unless you work at a major location and even then its not a guarantee that you'll be around until you retire.
Pros
Good pay and benefits
Cons
known for doing layoffs
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Money Not Worth The Risks/Sacrifices
Train Crew (Former Employee) –  Northern CaliforniaJanuary 18, 2019
First off this company pays an above average salary compared to other jobs without an education. It is also slow paced if you follow all the rules which everyone should to be safe. The problem is quite a few employees are in a hurry to complete the work in the hopes they can go home early or sit around doing nothing for a full days pay. This creates an environment where employees are doing very unsafe things and pressuring others who aren’t to conduct themself in the same manner. They don’t do this to new employees but as a new employee you see unsafe practices almost daily. Not all of these unsafe behaviors will end up with an employee hurt but a lot that I witnessed would if something had gone wrong. The thing is the railroad is an unforgiving industry when an injury occurs. The injuries that occur there due to unsafe behavior usually result in a severed limb or dead. Due to the severity of what kind of injuries you subject yourself to and high numbers of unsafe employees I don’t think the company pays a fair salary. The other difficult aspect of this company is that you must put them as number 1 in your life and everything else is a distant second to them. If you are single or can’t stand your family then I’d say this job is perfect for you. They place you somewhere else than where you were hired out for after training. In my case 5 hours from home. You are an oncall employee so must report within 90 minutes and have just 10 hours of required rest time before they can call you back to work again so as you can see in my case there is no way to go home. You have no scheduled  more... days off unless you work 6 days in a row which they can reset this count if you have not been called for 24 hours to work. Basically you will have to relocate your family if you want to see them because you can’t ever really go home. If you continue to have your home far from where you report to work you have a few options to resolve this issue. First you can pay for a motel room every night, rent an additional place to stay nearby, buy a camper and try to park it somewhere other than company property because they do not allow this or do what a lot of employees do which is sleep in their car so as to not spend all that hard earned money up on lodging. The company provides free gym membership which in my opinion is for this very reason so you can go shower up after sleeping in your car. This does get better once your seniority goes up but could be several years. I didn’t experience it but employees do get furloughed when work gets slow with no idea of how long before they will go back to work. This occurs to the lower seniority employees so the risk of this gets better once you have a few years in. Management also has issues. Some of the managers make it very clear as a new employee that you are nothing to them. I had a manager tell my group of new hires we have no problem firing all of you for making a mistake. Not the best way to welcome a new employee to the company. They repeatedly beat this into you as new employee that you are walking on eggshells. There is a definite employee vs management culture here also. I did meet some really nice managers but was told by many employees I worked with not to trust any manager because they will throw you under the bus every time. The turnover is very high at this company as well. Less than half of the group of new hires I was hired in with are still employees at this company which was less than a year ago by many months. My group was pretty big so that’s a lot of employees lost by firing and resigning in such a short time. All the negatives I mentioned above is why I decided this company was not a good fit for me. You may have a different opinion or feel the money is worth all these risks and sacrifices. Good Luck!  less
Pros
Salary, Union Benefits
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Safety, Work/Life Balance, Management
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more than acceptable compensation, safety culture, and a rigorous push for a decent work life balance and an unrivaled retirement package
SR ANALYST TRAIN DISPATCHER (Current Employee) –  Omaha, NEJanuary 25, 2019
High Level Stress work environment with more than acceptable compensation, safety culture, and a rigorous push for a decent work life balance and an unrivaled retirement package. The people that work there are very serious about the success of the railroad.
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What you learned
Senior Accounting Specialist (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOJanuary 12, 2019
Union Pacific is a great place to start & retire if you can. Great benefits and workplace culture excellent. Management was outstanding. The most enjoyable part of the job is training you will get it a most.
Pros
Training - workplace culture - friendly
Cons
relocate out state
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Would Not Recommend
MSO (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTJanuary 14, 2019
Furloughs and lay-offs a plenty. The new "precision railroading" no longer means job security and safe operating. It's about streamlining operations which results in the need for less shops and less workers. That means thousands of employees out of work overnight as shops that have been operating for 50+ years close throughout the midwest region and those workers with enough seniority to stay are working long hours with less employees to do the work as safely as has been previously done.
Pros
Incredible benefits, vested retirement after 5 years
Cons
Precision Railroading, Furloughs
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Fantastic place if you dont need work life balance
Manager of Yard Operations (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXFebruary 1, 2019
They provide excellent training. The benefits are not that good if you came from operations. There is plenty of opportunity to learn and grow. You can retire from this company
Pros
Training
Cons
No work life balance
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Co workers are great so are the benefits, but your job is never guaranteed.
Machinist (Former Employee) –  North Platte, NEFebruary 3, 2019
The People you work with overall are great but the job security is non-existent. The pay is great but there are a ton of very questionable and weird rules. As for the benefits cant really do a whole lot better. Management for the most part is easy to deal with, but even with the benefits that they offer i wouldn't recommend it to anyone with a family, unless you can get right to the front of a very large hiring session. Even then be prepared to be laid off within a year
Pros
Railroad retirement, insurance, pay
Cons
no breaks except a 20min lunch. no job security
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Stressful enviroment with long work hours
Director - Crew Management Services (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NENovember 8, 2018
Union Pacific is extremely mismanaged with a focus on ineffective measurements. Union Pacific does not encourage nor promote innovation but top down management style.

The culture of Union Pacific is not conducive to employees with a family.
Pros
Salary
Cons
Benefits, Long hours, disorganized, union heavy
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Cannot establish seniority.
System Laborer/Water service journeyman (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEJanuary 30, 2019
Iv worked here almost 5 years almost enough to be fully vested been furlough twice now and now I cannot get back on it was my dream job and I want it back but that qont happen.i love the atmosphere and all and the people are like family.
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Benefits
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Management
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driven by the bottom line, no sense of loyalty or longevity
Senior Electronics Technician (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CANovember 16, 2018
Like the rest of corporate America, the company has placed stock prices and shareholder value above the needs of its staff, field workforce and management.
The working day is busy and full of different tasks and equipment to
repair and encounter, keeps the hands and mind occupied.
Great sense of camaraderie and teamwork amongst the field level staff and management, but that stops once mid level management/Engineering/IT and above are involved.
Ideas and innovations from the field are encouraged from the top, but rarely implemented or heeded in the Department I was involved with
One used to be able to hire into a Railroad job like this for life, now its a great career builder and stepping stone into something with more balance, loyalty and cooperation.
Union and Management negotiations every 4-5 years during contract renewals, usually end up leaving pay raises in limbo for up to 2-3 years at a time after contracts have expired.
The day to day work is interesting, challenging and has its rewards and satisfaction. Occasional after hours and weekend work was required.
Disappointing with the current direction the company has chosen, its creating a negative impact on its employees and craftsmen
Pros
Benefits, Pay, Experience with different equipment, Team environment
Cons
Top down management has poor relations and communications with field staff
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Good pay but beware
Assistant Signalman (Former Employee) –  West Chicago, ILJanuary 25, 2019
Pay and benefits were great, but you will never work for a company more determined to fire you. Don't trust the man next to you, and observe every rule. Even something petty will get you fired.
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Union Pacific has some good people working for them
Foreman/Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Pine Bluff, ARFebruary 6, 2019
Union Pacific has some good people and caring people that work togetherand they have good retirement and benefits for the employees family and have advancement within the company
Pros
Room for advancement
Cons
They lay off to much
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Great compensation
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEJanuary 30, 2019
Compensation is great but very demanding on your personal life. All the benefits are there. Management is tough to deal with at times. You are always on call. Not the ideal for a person raising a family.
Pros
money
Cons
management and no set schedule
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Life at UP
Train Crew Freight Conductor (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJanuary 7, 2019
Very selective when it comes to becoming a freight conductor with a quite a bit of testing and job security was not protected until after a year of work. Managers constantly test to see if you are rules compliant and there is plenty of training. Overall, I loved the work and the people I worked work, but a family lifestyle is out of the question because the railroad comes 1st beyond anything else unless you have seniority.
Pros
Benefits and pay
Cons
no time to spend with family, always on call the first couple of years, etc.
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A great place to work and pay is great
Engineer/manager (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEJanuary 27, 2019
Union Pacific is a great place to work it helps provide for your family and have great benefits. Give you the proper training to advance your career. must get use from being from the family and working on call 24/7 even on holidays
Pros
pay is great
Cons
away from family
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Management vs. Union
Full-time Crew Dispatcher/Report Clerk (Former Employee) –  Omaha, NEFebruary 4, 2019
I worked for the UP for 5 years as a Crew Dispatcher, which is a Union position. Rather than an cooperative attitude, top management took an adversarial approach with workers. Additionally, they are more concerned with diversity quotas rather than obtaining competent workforce to advance.
Pros
benefits, potential to make good money
Cons
everything else
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Good benefits/salary
ARASA Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Denver, CODecember 18, 2018
Fortune 150 company with historic significance. Good advancement potential, good employment for veterans and covers 23 states. They provide on-going training.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
May need to move frequently.
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Great job, management pressure abundance, lack of experience in management
Carman/Welder (Former Employee) –  Roseville, CAFebruary 9, 2019
I worked here for the pay and benefits. The schedule is seniority based. Starting out expect the worst schedule and job in the dept. Managers and Forman pressure for productivity. It’s supposed to be a safety first atmosphere but expect it to be later down the line. I stuck it out for my family’s sake, the pay was good. Expect to be furloughed at some point in your career!
Pros
Pay and benefits
Cons
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Decent place to work. No advancement!
Mechanical Service Operator (Current Employee) –  Kansas City, MONovember 5, 2018
No advancement at Union Pacific. Management is horrible! Only job i have ever worked where your job is threatened on a daily basis! Love the workers and people i have met. But overall a stepping stone to where i want to be.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
20 minute lunch, poor management, poor company to work for, greedy company. Not employee friendly
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