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Pay is good but no work life balance

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Pay is good but no sick time. Very little vacation, and the vacation you get they want you to schedule a year in advance. You will work weekends forever.
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Great place to work. The pay is also good. Just away from home a lot but makes a lot of money. Check check it out you will definitely love it!!!! Easy work not hard to catch up on. Just pay attention
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So many layoffs

Regular layoffs make long term job security a constant uncertainty. The company is an early indicator for overall macroeconomic health. When the economy is down, expect immediate RIFs that are executed in a cold manner. The only saving grace for the company is the fact that it’s entrenched in an effective oligopoly.
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Fun workplace

It's alright work is fun learned safety. Hard to fit in. Good hours. Overtime is ok. It was a rough start. I would work there again if I could. It's ok if you want to work hard.
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Great Pay, Benefits, Clean Coach cars daily, No Part time, Great company so work for, No traveling required, Great retirement package and Health benefits.
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Life is like a box of chocolates, so is UP

They tell you what to prepare for in training. Might be a long time til you have a set schedule, mainly on call for the first few years so I hope you have/find an understanding partner. Moneys good. Management isn’t much help and they hardly answer the phones. They hire a bunch of people then cut jobs. 2 weeks vacation after the first year. Work isn’t hard.
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it is a fast paced work environment. you earn good money working for UP. you deal with the same problems every day. will take a long time to get a good work schedule.
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Great pay/benefits but at the cost of not being at home

Management can be tough to deal with sometimes. Nepotism is common amongst most gangs. Hardest part is traveling out on systems division away from family 15 days out of the month with great pay/benefits now that a new contract was pushed thru in January of 2023. Typical day is productive but sometimes expect delays at work due to high traffic of trains occupying tracks so the day could drag along slowly. High stress with certain job functions due to rules/regulations governed by the FRA and UPRR policies. Very important to pay attention and ask questions from the right individuals. Workplace culture can be toxic at times out on systems but you get to see and experience different parts of the US.
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Productive company to excel and solid compensation

Great compensation And classroom time to gain the skills needed to pass the test to get certified in conductor or engineer licenses by fra regulation




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Great benefits

This job is a great career for those who do not mind working long hours. Pay is extremely good and a lot of opportunities to grow into higher leadership
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Don't make the same mistake I did.

If your looking for a new job this isn't it....the pay was great. The benefits and retirement are the best. The classroom training was very good. Everything else was horrible. A typical day at union pacific siouz ciry consisted of being told you will be fired constantly and that your still on your derail you can be fired at any moment. They give you 3 months of on the job trying which was horrible. When trying to learn our new jobs we had barrow out training us which they didn't have an idea about anything going on. A barrow out is sombody that comes from a different district to fill a vacancy untill that vacancy is filled so we were all learning from people that don't know are district and that have never been footboard yardmastere before. So we didn't learn they rushed us out of training even when we told them that we weren't ready they marked us up anyway. I got fired because an employee mentioned a dent on the truck and me being the foreman in charge I reported it. They did and investigation and since I didn't answer a question to there likeing they fired me on the spot. Your constantly getting pushed to work faster and harder and when dealing with thousands of tons you can't. I started with a class of 32 now there's only 4 guys left. The pay is great thats it. A day to day looks like you getting told you'll be fired or Management being harassing you.


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It's great job as long as mangers leave you alone

Secudule sucks but they tell you that in the beginning. Pay is great you gona miss alot of family time. If that is not what you are looking for best look since where else.
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Alot to learn but they are willing to teach you.

Union pacific isn't a bad place to work, money is pretty good for the work you do. Hardest part is showing up to it, once you are there it's easy. Once lunch is over time flys by. The cons is there are some grown men who act like kids at times.. Union doesnt fight for you only what benefits them.
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Good pay, minimum work/ life balance

Your paychecks will look nice on paper, then everyone takes their cut (taxes, RRB, union, etc) Extra board life can be rough, report to work within 2hrs of call at all hours of the day/ night, weekend, holidays.
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Hire process

Hiring process was all onlineLots of pre employment tests Promise of good money Make sure to get all your testing done soon so you have plenty of time to put your two weeks in
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A extreme sense of accomplishment

What is the best part of working at the company?Good salary the comradely between co workers and the feeling of accomplishment when a job is completed successfully What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Thee job itself with the high level of concentration required to complete the job safely and effectively and also efficiently What is the work environment and culture like at the company?The work environment was one of co dependence on your co worker to hold up his part so the two parts come together seamlesslyWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?A day of seeing freight delivered to its destination safely and in tact with no damage to the payload
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Horrible place to work

Money is great, but the work life balance is terrible. Managers are always trying to fire you any chance they get. I would not recommend this line of work for someone that wants to be around and enjoy seeing you kids grow up. The benefits a top notch with low premiums.
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Good Pay and Benefits

Good pay and benefits. You will work nights when you first start but can usually move to a better shift after about 5 years. It is all seniority based. Cons: Layoffs can always happen
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Great benefits

Great benefits. Generous Paid time off, health insurance, Employee assistance programs, retirement, yearly raises and bonus, prescription discounts
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Executives seem to want to kill their company

I was overworked as staff became lean. I did not feel appreciated or respected. Managers changed too frequently to have qualified feedback or reviews.


Railroad retirement instead of social security


Everything about the company and its benefits but the RR Retirement
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Has been good to work for this company. The pay has been good and the overtime is there if you want it. The upper level managers seem to be fair and look out for you.
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Based on 2,483 reviews

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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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