BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated Aug 7, 2022

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BNSF Railway President and Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Farmer
Kathryn Farmer
306 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good Pay but have the same pay for every state(in 217 reviews)

  • "Great people, excellent pay and benefits(in 162 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance could improve(in 122 reviews)

  • "Tough work schedule, on call 24/7(in 87 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years
      Featured Review

      Great Company

      Sep 20, 2021 - Customer Success Manager 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Great culture and opportunities to develop

      Cons

      Field jobs require night shift work

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Unpredictable schedule

      Jun 25, 2019 - Freight Conductor 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Pay is good, SOME people are polite.

      Cons

      You are expected to work days, nights, and evenings throughout the year, in all kinds of weather. You may prepare yourself in ain anticipation a morning shift... You're all cozy and ready to go to bed, and suddenly you get a call to get to work because someone booked off sick. You're working, tired and dazed... 6 hours through your shift and you realize you're not even half way done. Any time you get a call, they can have you for 12 hours. Being up for 26 hours, with rain having soaked through your gear from being outside all night, not to mention how it goes sideways into your hood when you're riding moving equipment, and you finally get to leave. Nothing better than driving home in the morning rush with no sleep the night before. I don't see how this can be safe. Not to mention, any time employee morale shows signs of improvement, it is bashed by senior crews, who are all ready to retire, and would have found a different job if the railway was not the only thing they knew.

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Transportation Division

      Feb 10, 2016 - Map Maker in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Pay is very good compared to the complexity of the job(s). People here seem to be more relaxed than other fortune 500's.

      Cons

      Can be dangerous at times. Even if you do your job right people can get seriously injured and worse. Job security is no longer a reality regardless of seniorty or position. Lots of creepy stuff.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Get paid

      Aug 5, 2022 - Railroad Conductor 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good pay and insurance did I mention good pay?

      Cons

      Not for people with families that you want to be home for. Other than that, it’s ok.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee

      good salary and benefits

      Aug 4, 2022 - Transportaion 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      good starting pay, decent health insurance

      Cons

      quality of life not good

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      It was fun

      Aug 2, 2022 - 3D Artist Intern in Toledo, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The Free cake was nice

      Cons

      The projects were kinda boring

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good starting pay

      Aug 1, 2022 - Supervisor 1 in Lincoln, NE
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Ability to advance within the company.

      Cons

      Corporate has too much control of the individual locations.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Time for a change

      Jul 31, 2022 - Ramp Worker in Oakland, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      This is a equal opportunity employer. You will receive on the job training. Comes with all the benefits a job should have.

      Cons

      The industry is hard! Newer employees will be laid of first, get worst schedules, & do bottom jobs. May even work on-call for a few years.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Pros and cons

      Jul 28, 2022 - Terminal Trainmaster in Springfield, MO
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good pay and lots of opportunities to advance

      Cons

      Low morale everywhere at all levels

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Career? May need patience...

      Jul 26, 2022 - Electrician in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Pay is always on time

      Cons

      No sick days, vac time managed through corporate... Management is micro managed...can't even authorized days off at my location they have to call corporate. The railroad was once known for great benes and retirement...wages are not keeping up with the times. Been there 10 years and 1/3 way to retirement... They are giving sign on to new employees l, but no retention bonuses for those who've been there for years. Disappointed and leaving for this reason, as many have.

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    BNSF Railway has an overall rating of 2.5 out of 5, based on over 1,943 reviews left anonymously by employees. 25% of employees would recommend working at BNSF Railway to a friend and 29% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -19% over the last 12 months.

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    25% of BNSF Railway employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated BNSF Railway 1.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.1 for culture and values and 2.4 for career opportunities.

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