That's making money for themselves. That's it. They couldn't care less about us and they only care about the company to the extent that it helps them achieve the main goal - money for themselves. Expecting any good moves or ideas from them is an exercise in futility. Unless we get entirely new leadership, nothing will change.
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welcome to capitalism, pal
Not enough lazee-boi-chairs for all these armchair quarterbacks
Do you really think it's only agreement employees who hate them? You left out the part of the contractors and customers who don't think to highly of the UP. Don't forget about the communities the UP has screwed over. I've seen a lot of junior managers get put into positions with ZERO experience in the area they're managing, and forced to meet specific goals. Yet some people still question why things are so screwed up. How many executives in Omaha do you think could actually do this type of work in accordance with the rules? NONE! There's many people below the executive level that hate this company. Most won't speak up because of the fear of losing their job. So they go along with what they're told to do like most A55 puppets do. The lower employees regardless of position, are the ones who catch it all. This company was never the greatest from what I could remember 40 years ago. It's truly sad to see the UP in this kind of shape, but there's only one person to blame for all of it. The CEO!
RE: Management (Here We Go Again)
I never got why agreement employees at UP hated management to the extent that they did (and still do). I guess it’s a class thing?
From what I remember, most junior managers disliked the job and the toxic environment more than agreement did, which is why those who held marketable degrees quit UP as soon as they found another job, usually within 1-3 years. The most toxic and aggressive managers seemed to be the ones with blue-collar backgrounds who crossed over from the agreement side, including the executive who implemented PSR.
Another redundant post we've seen on this board over and over. You're just beating a dead horse and telling us things we already know.
No not all managers will be fired. That's hilarious. One manager (EA) no one will fire this manager. This manager has been re-trained, they sent a therapist to help resolve "personality conflicts", they asked this manager to resign, manager asked for a severance package, no severance was offered, this manager refused to quit. This manager has been reported to the hotline, proven to have lied several times, threatened employees with vi-----e, reported to the union, labor relations, and EEOC. A few years later again this manager was asked to resign, this time the manager said they were gonna go work for the FRA and asked for some time to resign. The FRA did interview this person but did not extend them a job offer. Then this manager started taking leave, only works maybe half the time. While this manager is out on leave the work group performs better. This manager has been reported, documented, complained about, not meet expectations, and has a terrible reputation amongst their peers and subordinates. This manager only tries to manipulate the numbers thru any means possible, is always talking about low hanging fruit, and to "cascade" information (a-s chewings) downhill. Nothing is ever this managers fault. The employees sometimes are forced to do the work the managers way, then immediately re-do the work the right way so everyone has to work twice as hard. This manager 'forgets' to tell the employees when they receive an award, recognition, or come in 1st place for a time period when this manager was absent on leave. This particular work groups #'s actually improve significantly when this manager isn't there to "manage". So don't lie to yourself thinking all managers are held accountable. Some are purposely ignored and overlooked.
Sure, they make money for themselves just like you and me. I don’t blame the managers as they are only doing as they are told, the same as us. I blame the executives, board of directors, and majority stockholders. They are the ones directing the downsizing and PSR. Corporate greed is alive and well in the United States, not just in the railroads but in a lot of companies.
Managers are employees who get a salary they negotiate with someone else, just like you, and every single one of them can get fired for not meeting expectations, just like you. Instead of passing the buck and whining all day, take some responsibility and manage your own life. If you have your identity invested in your job, you're doing life wrong.