BNSF Railway Reviews
Updated 23 May 2023
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"Great people, excellent pay and benefits" (in 162 reviews)
"Good Pay but have the same pay for every state" (in 217 reviews)
"Work life balance could improve" (in 122 reviews)
"Tough work schedule, on call 24/7" (in 87 reviews)
- Former Employee, more than 5 years★★★★★Featured Review
Good Company24 Jan 2023 - Railroad ConductorRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Good Benefits and Pay for work
No negatives. Great company to work for
- Former Employee, more than 5 years★★★★★
Don't work here their is a reason their is a mass exodus of workers here these days.18 May 2023 - Railroad Conductor in Centralia, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Money, and insurance nothing else.
Basically, just live at work sometimes work twice a day you travel and are gone for 1-3 days, you work 24/7 company is vindictive, spies on you steals from you etc. Long story short don't work here you will either quit, get furloughed or fired before you know it don't bother working here.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Typical 3 Man crews, Foreman, Laborer, truck driver. Repair track, install crossings, ties. Etc25 Apr 2023 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Can make 100,000+ a year but your typically traveling all over U.S or atleast out of town Sunday through Friday. unless your one of the “good ol boys” it’s hard to get good overtime. a lot of stress if your a young foreman like I was. the older guys just sit around and never do anything unless you yell at them constantly.
No regards to safety. local Division manager only preach safety to guys they don’t like and everyone else gets away with stuff right under there noses. All the “Good ol Boys”, go home early and pat time till everyday. and if anyone else does there written up or fired.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 10 years★★★★★
Horrible12 May 2023 - Locomotive Engineer in Kansas City, KSRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Retirement for now/ medical insurance is better than average for now. But every contract we keep loosing more.
Horribly run compan. No one in management cares about its employees. Hours are horrible for what we get paid. Everyone's health is in jeopardy the longer you stay working for BNSF. Everyone is a diabetic/ has sleep apnea. Horrible sleep patterns. CEO is out of touch has no idea about how to RR.Continue reading
- Current Employee★★★★★
BNSF12 May 2023 - Director Network Strategy and InnovationRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great opportunities for those that work hard Allows employees to work with empowerment Good pay / benefits
Industry can be stressful EB’s and flows of work driven by rise and fall of economy Doing more with less across the organizationContinue reading
- Former Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Demanding Job - Great Management Experience/Benefits23 Feb 2023 - Terminal Trainmaster in Memphis, TNRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great front line management experience. Loads of opportunities to use management and leadership experience. Actually doing your job and being a leader is not easy. People tend to sit back and go with the flow, which is not what the company pays you to do. As a whole, the union folks generally do a good job. A bunch of great workers. However, you do have some bad apples. So really a great opportunity for management to get the most of the people who struggle and value those that take care of business.
A small percentage of employees are just totally toxic towards management and are essentially impossible to work with and/or manage. I found this aspect particularly difficult. Also, working nights half the year is not enjoyable. And finally, rail yards are not in the best part of town. Nonetheless, a really unique and interesting job (if you actually do it and strive to add value to the operation). Another con is job security. When they go through layoffs - everyone (including management) gets cut. Finally, the job pays well BECAUSE the lifestyle can be uncomfortable. So expect it. Know what you're getting yourself into.
- Current Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Good23 May 2023 - Trainer in Por KhvorRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Good company good level of pay
Poor training to start with
- Current Employee, more than 10 years★★★★★
Read before you hire on.11 Nov 2022 - WelderRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
The more seniority you get the more job options you have. Good health insurance. Job security in the welding department compared to other jobs. Able to move around if you want inside your district according to seniority. Railroads transport everything so it's a line of work thats steady even during an economic down turn. If your in a craft; you belong to a union and you do have some protection and help if you get into trouble or get hurt. How much help is debatable.
The rate of pay is not equal to the amount of responsibility you will have in certain positions. There's no reward system for the amount of work you accomplish other than the buddy system. It takes a alot of union force and alot of time to get any kind of raises and meaningful compensation out of the company usually several years. They demoralize their own work force by saying one thing and doing another with the actions they take without realizing it alot of times.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 8 years★★★★★
Know What You're Signing Up For16 Feb 2023 - Train Dispatcher in Melbourne, FLRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great benefits all around! From starting pay (once you're out of training) to health coverage (especially for families), all the way to retirement (it's the biggest perk). Challenging job every day if it's what drives you. Union protection can be a pro, depending on your perspective (it has saved many peoples careers)
Starting out on the "extra board" can be extremely rough. Understand exactly what it means to be "on-call" (without extra pay) for nearly 2-3 years. Also, understand what being a part of union means and how things like quality of life can get really get tied up or dismissed by agreements. The Union is also only as strong as it's members.Continue reading
- Former Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Alirght17 May 2023 - Foreman in Lincoln, NERecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Pay is great if you travel.
Have to travel to make any money. Work-family life is terrible.Continue reading
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BNSF Railway has an overall rating of 2.6 out of 5, based on over 2,147 reviews left anonymously by employees. 28% of employees would recommend working at BNSF Railway to a friend and 31% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 5% over the last 12 months.
28% of BNSF Railway employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated BNSF Railway 1.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.1 for culture and values and 2.5 for career opportunities.