Union Pacific
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I must say that working on locomotives was a great experience but always worrying about layoffs was stressful. Also knowing that you have to work night shift and weekends for several years cause everything is based on seniority made things seem so gloomy. What good is good pay and you have no family life.
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Terrible company to work for

Union Pacific is a terrible company to work for. No sick days off, forced overtime, company does not contribute to pension, just takes money out of your check & gives it back when you retire. They also take money out for a spouses pension, even if you are not married! And if you never get married, they keep that money!

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Terrible greedy company
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Place sucks.

Place sucks. Managers suck. Everything sucks. They expect everything from you, the pay is not a fair compensation. There's other jobs, take one of those.
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Set schedule and insurance

Set schedule but have worked 20 plus yrs to get off midnight shift. Decent insurance but out of pocket keeps going up and so does our copay. Was a good job 15 yrs ago now the shareholders and top management take all the profits. Corporate greed!! The Unions are bought off by Management and don’t try for bettering the workers conditions.

Pros

8 hour work day and set schedule

Cons

Bottom pay scale and vacation is according to seniority.
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Good place to work

Great people. The employees work well with helping one another. The con is the rotations schedules every 6 months. The pay is great. Benefits are awesome.
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Great coworkers but management is very poor.

Good pay and benefits, good coworkers mostly. Poor and dishonest managers. Also you get furloughed a lot in your first 10 years of working with the company until you get some sonority under your belt.
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Long hours. No work/life balance.

When you add up the number of hours they work you, you’re better off at DPS or city PD. Way over 40 hours a week. No overtime. Mandatory trips to Los Angeles (unless your one of the “good old boys” or your boss is clever enough to get you out of it). You’re an “at will” employee (no Union). Good benefits however, and they give you a take home car.

Pros

Good benefits. Take home car

Cons

Extreme hours. Mandatory travel
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No time for life

24 7 on call forced to work far away from home stagnant pay rising cost of benefits. No potential to advance .Abusive attendance policy previously was tolerable. Now work more no trade off
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It's alright.

The pay is decent but definitely not appropriate for work life balance. Railroading is a lifestyle not a job! Not a shred of proper leadership? The nostalgia of railroading is unbeatable. The benefits are decent. Management is a massive downfall! 3am Christmas morning calls to work....they have absolutely no care for family!

Pros

Nostalgia, pay, looks great on a resume

Cons

Management is trash, zero work life balance
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Railroad Retirement

Union employees (agreement) do not get the same benefits as non Union employees (Non Agreement). Railroad retirement is the best perk of the job. IF You are fortunate enough to earn 360 service months you can retire with full benefits at the age of 60. Depending upon whether or not your spouse pays into social security or not your spouse is also awarded a pension benefit at the same age worth around 50 % of what the employees pension is. The pension is awarded to the spouse and employee without having to do 30 years of service. After 60 service months you are vested with the Railroad retirement board and qualify for a pension at the age of 67 (62 reduced). Insurance is cheap $230 for the entire family for medical dental and vision. NO 401k match unless you are supervisor level up in which case its a 6% match. In 2021 they introduced the option to purchase company stock with 5% match. (Share holders are their top priority NOT EMPLOYEES) No Sick leaveBereavement is a joke but they do pay 3 daysVacation is awarded January 1 each year as follows:1 year 40hrs2 year 80hrs8 year 120hrs 1 8hr personal day17year 160hrs 2 8hr personal day25year 200hrs 2 8hr personal dayNO paid in lieu of or rolling it over. Use it or lose it. WORK LIFE BALANCE The work is stressful and puts wear and tear on your body. Agreement employees are usually on call 24/7 even if they are scheduled Monday Through Friday. The company is very understaffed and has made it VERBALLY CLEAR it is expected of employees to do more with less. If you look on the companies website you will see - 

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Railroad Retirement Cheap Insurance

Cons

Work life balance is horrible
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The beatings will continue until morale improves!

Title says it all. This company is usually ranked as the worst to work for in the entire country. No work life balance, and a punish first management culture. You sell your soul to this company when you get hired. On a good note, the pay is decent, and the benefits for unionized employees are excellent.

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benefits

Cons

work life balance
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3 stars

What is the best part of working at Union Pacific?Cool place to work with decent benefits What is the most stressful part about working at Union Pacific?Snow calls and emergency workWhat is the work environment and culture like at Union Pacific?Cool laid back depending on what manger you have. What is a typical day like for you at Union Pacific?8 hrs for the most part
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3 stars

What is the best part of working at Union Pacific?Great benefits.What is the most stressful part about working at Union Pacific?Very political. What is the work environment and culture like at Union Pacific?Great people and culture.What is a typical day like for you at Union Pacific?Code calling.
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5 stars

What is the best part of working at Union Pacific?The benefitsWhat is the most stressful part about working at Union Pacific?Working in the rail yard
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Production

Very long hours and no home time. This job is hard on families for quality time. Pay and benefits are good also.Erractic work hours and schedules.poor management.
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Management Training

Work hours here are brutal, mostly 12 hour days for 10 days straight and then 2 days off (no overtime). The people that work under you, haven't had a raise in over 5 years, so they are not the happiest. I really wanted to cone there and make a difference but overall I felt like I was just an insignificant and replaceable number. Lastly, the role is not defined, as you talk to 10 different people and ask what our responsibilities are, and you get 10 different answers. You are also expected to move so you will not have any work/life balance

Pros

Unionized staff are the best. You'll love spending time with them

Cons

No work life balance and you are expected to move
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Good source of income but awful management

The job itself is actually easy and fun, but management has the ability to turn a pretty good job into an awful one by their attitude towards their employees. All that is important to then is move box cars and trains. Employees and their needs are meaningless. Constantly try to change rules as they see fit, and try to not pay for things that are stipulated in the work agreement with the union. As a union employee everything is seniority based so a regular schedule is not a thing you can hope to get until you spend a lot of years on the job and even than someone with more seniority can just bump you off. Pay is good benefits could be better.

Pros

Good pay

Cons

Bad management, low morale, benefits could be better.
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Be prepared to travel, be laid off or relocate but once you're in you are set.

Great job once you obtain enough seniority to hold a position. You're paid for your time and inconvenience. You'll miss birthdays, anniversaries, family gatherings ect... but once you establish seniority things turn around for you.

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Benefits/Pay

Cons

Time away from family
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1 star

What is the best part of working at Union Pacific?The money and benefitsWhat is the most stressful part about working at Union Pacific?The work and bosses
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Unions are good and bad. Can be hard to move up.

Unions means you get good benefits and decent pay. But as a worker you are just a number that is quickly replaceable. Can be really hard to get promoted and I'm not totally sure it's worth it.

Pros

Decent pay, good insurance, decent retirement if you want to put in 30 years.

Cons

Moving up is hard.
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Good Pay that’s it

Good pay and benefits that’s it managers just wanna get you fired. Get written up for the dumbest things. I wouldn’t recommend this job to anyone anymore
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2.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
2.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.2 out of 5 stars for Management
2.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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