BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated 22 Jan 2021

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BNSF Railway President and Chief Executive Officer Carl R. Ice (no image)
Carl R. Ice
329 Ratings
Pros
  • "good pay, great coworkers make it more enjoyable(in 156 reviews)

  • "Great pay, great quality of life(in 128 reviews)

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  1. "Company Officer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Company Officer in Clementi New Town, West
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you start out as a craft empliyee and choose to fo into management you can still retain your seinority in your union as long as you continue to pay dues. It acts as job insurance so if somthing happenss, like if you are laid off you will always be able to back to youe craft. Also, Railroad Retirement, the only place you can still get a pension, what more is there to say.

    Cons

    24/7 company. It can be very difficult to manage your work life balance depending on your position. It is easier if you are support departments at company HQ in Fort Worth than in the field offices closer to the action. Also no cost of living adjustment, in the Midwest you will live like a king, in a major West coast city you will barely afford your rent or mortgage.

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  2. "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Dispatcher in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits, Great Pay, Much Improved Culture

    Cons

    Tough schedules in operations, tough work-life balance.

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  3. "Work is work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrician in Williston, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good pay. Ok benefits. Great retirement

    Cons

    Don’t expect to see a weekend before your kids are grown up

  4. "company"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Foreman 

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    It was a place to work

    Cons

    I worked there for a time

  5. "Good job."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay, stable, lots of work, OT, OJT

    Cons

    Schooling is terrible with terrible instructors, on call 24/7, all weather.

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  6. "Great benefits and job stability"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Industrial HYgiene and Safety in San Bernardino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Psychological safety, job stability, benefits

    Cons

    Culture is averse to progressive business practices, limited promotion ability, most jobs require lots of travel

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  7. "Decent place to work"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    good pay, growth opportunities, management opportunities

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, not always a positive or supportive culture

  8. "Great benefits."

    4.0
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Management doesn’t really care for employees.

  9. "The good"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Barstow, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits great retirement

    Cons

    Time away from home a lot

  10. "Ok"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Conductor in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the pay is really nice

    Cons

    the job is really union based

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