Amtrak's forum is very quiet and there is almost no discussion whatsoever, so I would like to ask a question here: has anyone recently moved to Amtrak to compare the atmosphere there now vs before? Is it worth going there? Has anyone tried and failed? I've been here for a long time and I don't like new beginnings, so I wouldn't want to change jobs if it doesn't bring a significant improvement.
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Anymore, the worst day in passenger service is better than the best day in freight.
Freight is dead for the common worker. Abuse and unrealistic expectations. Every meeting felt like a timeshare sales pitch at UP. I quit after 12 years, went to Amtrak, and have never been happier. No harassment. No armchair quarterback management. They tell you what to do, you do it, and they leave you alone. It's an incredible workplace.
I’d look into short lines. Normally when they hire it is because they really need people. But just my opinion
RailPros is hiring for scabs. Metrolink and UP are using them
They have food available for purchase on Amtrak trains but no free hot dogs. I’d stick with UP if I were you.
I am not sure who on this post has said they live UP or are patronizing you. Other RR’s have laid off a higher percentage of employees than UP. That’s pretty easy to look up I think everyone here is saying all railroad companies are bad at this point. Please try to comprehend what you are reading before reacting.
No other rr has as many furloughed employees as Uncle Pete. Please don’t patronize everyone u love ur job we get it but don’t try and b.s everyone. 👇
Things are bad here, but not much better with the other railroads. They all have laid off many employees and some have harsher disciplinary processes than UP (NS). At this point, I would say look at other industries. At least that way you will have time off to enjoy life which you will never have with a railroad job.
All RRs are starting to hire again. Look at railroads that pay into RRB on their web site is rrb.gov this will list a huge number of other railroads hiring where you will continue to participate in the retirement system. I’m amazed how many people are not aware that you can leave one RR and go to another and continue with RRB. I do understand that moving for some is a huge issue but hey ask yourself can it get any worse? I work with people in my area that have 14 years of seniority and are still close to or are being furloughed which is not the case at most other railroads. I have a friend who years ago was furloughed and I told him about a job at the BNSF I saw posted, he said “I don’t want to give up my seniority”. I said “your laid off you don’t have any seniority right now”. He agreed, applied, and was hired and tells me all the time I’m sure glad I left. So just remember if your furloughed you really don’t have seniority so why not make the move. If one thinks things will ever get better here I think not as most of us who have been around a decade or two or three would probably agree it only gets worse unfortunately. Good luck OP.
I’ve known people that went there and like it better. But they don’t hire as much
If you are looking for life plan advice, buddy these guys are gonna treat you like a fool. More than half want nothing more than to see misery for the company and others as well. If you are not happy working where you are at then find you a happy home. Life is what you make it. And I do wish you happiness in what ever you decide. If you excelled at UP you can excell most anywhere.