BNSF Railway Reviews

Updated 7 Mar 2021

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3.1
44%
Recommend to a Friend
34%
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BNSF Railway President and Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Farmer
Kathryn Farmer
17 Ratings
Pros
  • "good pay, great coworkers make it more enjoyable(in 162 reviews)

  • "Fantastic Benefits, Great Pay, Much Improved Culture(in 129 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Pay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good basic salary. Management are supportive

    Cons

    Promotion is very hard to get

  2. "Great place, horrible hours"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, nice benefits

    Cons

    Bad hour shifts, bad vacation time


  3. "Furloughed"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Grand Forks, ND

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Great pay great benefits Package

    Cons

    On call 24 seven, furlough

  4. "Good established workplace"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Services 

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Respectful collaborative work environment. Might depend on the team.

    Cons

    If you work in technological side, you may find it difficult to catch up with messy and vast legacy system.

  5. "Great Experience So Far"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent compensation, matching 401k, good leadership depending on your department.

    Cons

    Mentality is still very old-school in many areas, hopefully new leadership can adapt to modernized times.

  6. "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Signal Supervisor in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is highly invested in leadership training and helping you succeed. Also lots of opportunities to change roles or promote

    Cons

    Difficult to achieve work-life balance. Often answering calls in the middle of the night.

  7. "Workaholic"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainmaster 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good pay and travel the country

    Cons

    Long hours and stressful work weeks

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  8. "Great Pay, benefits, retirement at the cost of family life"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Roadmaster in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time

    Pros

    Great pay for many positions, large company with many openings and the ability to move between departments, a great job for the right person.

    Cons

    Most positions have excessive travel away from home, while the company does provide lodging, per diem, or corporate card coverage, it does tend to damage family lifestyles and relationships.

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  9. "Run away! Don’t get hung up on just good pay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trainmaster in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BNSF Railway full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Railroad retirement Schedule for some people (12 hour shifts)

    Cons

    Nepotism Lazy union workers Lack of professionalism Poor work/life balance Benefits not as competitive as company thinks they are

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  10. "Best Overall Railroad"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Conductor in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is the best paying, most supportive and cleanest Railway Company you can work for.

    Cons

    The only con here is the fact that you are always on call.

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