I'm afraid many people who are so willing to leave will find themselves in shock when they realize that grass is really not that greener elsewhere.
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It truly is. And it wasn't until I left, wasted 13 years of my life did I realize it. Tortuous at best. I made 13k less than my last year's pay and only thing I'm missing is my gut, ulcer and those stupid f—ing employee shout outs and daily employee burning baby bus saving stories which topped the Onion. Only thing I reeeeeeally miss are my railroad brothers because there's nobody better and nobody worse, I've always loved that. Fight on Brothers!!!!!
Wake UP, they are leading the employees to the gas chambers, and bragging about it.
It is way greener left to months ago and I really did not know how bad it was until I found something new
I disagree. There are better jobs out there, a lot of us have already landed one. You will have to have to sacrifice something and it will most likely be our good health insurance. I landed a job with better pay, 401k matching, nice perks but sh–ty health insurance. Just think of our insurance as part of our pay and weigh out the differences dollar for dollar.
Not the worst to work for, pay and benefits make up for the B.S. I put up with. When that changes it will be worse than working for Taco Bell,McDonald’s,etc!
@ o.p. –you are correct it's not the worst job, cleaning a Taco Bell bathroom after 100 alcohol infused people stop in for a late night snack. That might be worse, but that's a pretty big might.
I dont how anyone could post anything claiming the UP isn't the worst place. What kind of an employer hires managers that hides in the weeds with the hope of finding a fireable offense? What kind of company hires managers to manage train operations, that they themselves know nothing about? How many of these managers can actually do a consist test, air test, lace hoses, bleed cars, change a brake shoe, do a set out, link a DPU, read a switch list, or hell how many of them could even start a f—ing engine? These are the people you hired to manage all these things that they can't do anyways. There's quite a few of those believe it or not. What about all of these stupid slogans the UP has. Courage to care, the UP way, and others of course. Do they actually mean anything, or do they just make you look better for having the worst run company in America? The time spent at the UP was a joke. The time spent was time lost. I won't get that time back. THIS IS THE WORST COMPANY TO WORK FOR! If another executive wants to get on here to say it's not and the grass isn't greener on the other side, then the question I have is why even post anything? If the company is so great, then why post something on here defending the UP? A good company doesn't need to defend themselves. A bad company will always have to defend itself. Got that?
I don’t know about all the other past presidents what they would say, but Koraleski retired to Hawaii like a wise man and probably has forgotten UP exists. I’m not hating because I hope I can do the same one day lol. UP? What is that and is it contagious?
I left as a Director and I am glad I did it when I did. I seriously wonder what past Presidents of Our great company would say - Mr. Harriman, Mr. Bailey, Mr. Kenefick, Mr. Davidson, Mr. Young, & Mr. Koraleski? If we are honest with ourselves, Our safety journey from Job Safety Analysis thru Total Safety Culture to even the early days of Courage to Care, worked where the partnership between craft & management was a partnership, and it was transformational. It is sad that all that work - over 10 years of effort - was wiped out in as many months. Every time I hear about a derailment or an injury at somewhere like Jenks, I think about the great men and women at UP that don't deserve this, and it makes me sad. I suspect that Our customers are suffering too - missed spots, work stops due to lack of product, spilled/broken/damaged lading. It is self-serving to write this, but I am sorry that it has come to this - workers are expendable, disposable at UP and many managers and workers, who are talented, hard-working, and smart, keep their heads down trying to weather the storm. You don't dare speak up - because if you do... My hope is that like CN, CP, and now CSX, the recovery from this abject greed will start a path to restoring pride in Our company. In this whirlwind interim period, it will likely be a lot worse before it gets better. As I said before, sad.
LMAO!!!! The O.P. must be messing with you guys! I can honestly say that I voluntarily left and couldn't be happier.,,,,, and yeah, thats for higher pay, similar benefits, and more vacation days......so yeah: The grass is always greener where you water it....go water your grass! Unless of course your grass is planted on a cesspool of waste with no room for improvement, then go plant that grass somewhere else other than the toxic soil of the railroad.
The irony is actually this is the worst company to work for.
I want to add to my post below - I really hope the original post is from someone in UP HR. Because it would at least be logical for them to spread misinformation.
If it wasn't someone on UP's clock, how deranged would the poster have to be to spend their free time posting that?
This forum is full of people either (a) like me and trying to get over how bad UP was, or (b) fed up with the way UP treats them and the illogical decisions the company makes that devalues their efforts at work. Why would anyone spend their free time messing with us?
Well done UP HR, another great achievement. I wonder why other companies don't spend time posting this stuff?
It was greener for me. I was in management and much happier now outside of the RR industry.
I read this page because I still can't let go of just how little they care about people, and how badly they treated myself and others.
You won't regret leaving.
The CSX is giving RE-HIRE bonuses. UP will be in the same boat. They will “fire the COO” and make it look like they did the employees right. Try to apologize to us. Meanwhile that COO has a massive golden parachute loaded with stock options
Gotta love when a manger or director tells someone go ahead quit we got guys begging to come back we will just make a call and they’ll be back in your spot the next day. Cue guys quitting and none of the supposed begging former employees show up the next day or get any phone calls to comeback to work. Ask the manager or director where’s the guys you said would fill that spot nothing but excuses of Omaha won’t let us bring anyone back....so you’re full of s**t and surprise a liar (although everyone already knew both of those to be true) cue the stuttering and backpedaling of I never said that or anything remotely like that. Keep up attempting to get people to drink the koolaide you keep getting from corporate.
We love veterans. We love the tax credits for hiring them, then love walking them off the property....
I got laid off in feb after 4 years never been more excited to have weekends off no hard hat still turning wrenches no worries about getting fired no bosses creeping no write ups for your boots not being lace up just fn ridiculous how they try to fire you all the time but yet a veteran company yeah right im very happy now no b—s— rules i get treated like a adult now
The op sounds like the old a– c–t that told the mechanical employees a few years back that they have people lining up to fill these jobs. I’ve seen more people quit with less than one year here than any other place I’ve ever worked.
What some people will do for attention. Pitiful!
What a tag line. “We’re not the worst company to work for we promise!”
Dude kindly piss off.
Those scare tactics might have worked 8 years ago, but the mass exodus has already happened.
If you like it so much feel free to stay.
Ok looks like HR is getting involved in the discussions here. People are tired of being treated like trash and yes there are other bad jobs out there of course but I’ll bet they aren’t as dangerous. I am on a extra board that works every 12 hours. I work 12 and am usually off no more than 12 fatigue is rampant I can’t believe that employees are put in this position to work like this this day and age. Also timekeeping makes you fight for ever penny that is earned so you spend your time off making sure the timekeeper hasn’t skimmed off the top of you check. This job isn’t that great if it was then I would see a lot more positivity in my terminal instead of people that are just plain fed UP.
Yea the ability to have a normal life and spend time with family and friends, not having a boss literally hiding in the woods trying to fire you, those same bosses in turn punishing you for breaking the rules which they’ll break and not bat an eye about , normal work schedule with weekends and holidays off, being treated with respect and as an equal and not a inconvenience or a burden. Being constantly under the threat of furlough, not being able to take vacation when you need to, call in sick to take care yourself or a loved one without being put in some bs attendance probation program. The list goes on and on. Is the monetary compensation decent yea in some locations but that’s soon to change with minimum wage going up, the insurance is good when you need to use it, retirement benefits are better then social security, all those positives they claim are there are slowly going away. So this was once a great company to work for but not anymore the grass is getting greener everyday elsewhere will it be as easy as this probably not but it sure will be less stressful and healthier long term (depending on the next job), there is a saying I’ve heard a lot since I hired out “I was looking for a job when they hired me and I’ll keep looking for a job until I retire”