The question may sound harsh, but I’m really interested in how many of you applied for a job here thinking it would be better here than it really is, not because you didn’t have any other option. As for me, I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I couldn't believe it was going to be so bad here.
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Well just like a few folks have said already, this place wasn't that bad before. Back then, it was about doing honest work. Was it easy, NO! The local managers at many locations, weren't the greatest, but the work still got done. The management nowadays can't be trusted at all. How many of the classroom managers would defend a regular employee for a problem they caused??? There's too many managers who came fresh out of a classroom, and right into an office. I have nothing against college graduates, because I'm a graduate myself. I never went into a cubicle and pretended to know what I'm doing. What ever happened to promoting people from within the company? You can't learn about actual railroading from a damn textbook or PowerPoint lecture. I never became a manager, and pulled the pin after 24 years. Until shake-up of the management and executives occurs, it'll never get better.
When I hired on (almost 20 yrs ago) it was a good job. We had a lot more people (Im not TE&Y). Sometimes we had to really hustle but had the man power to handle things. There was still O/T even w/ more people. The hardest part back then was learning how to fix and do things. Now for newbies they are told to fix it, have little if any guidance, new managers dont know how to do anything, the phone wont stop ringing, and the pay isnt worth the stress. UP changed, not us.
I had a friend that told me there was all you can eat hot dogs and pinto beans at the safety feeds. And the rest as they say is history.
I wanted to Railroad because all the people that I knew in town that were railroad men made great money and lived in nice houses and drive nice cars. Now that I work here I’m struggling as a railroad man to figure out how those guys could afford such a nice lifestyle. I myself live in a mediocre neighborhood and drive ok cars and I don’t do anything but sleep and work. My neighbors have 9-5 jobs and normal seeming lives and don’t put up with the b.s I have to endure daily. Sick of fighting for pay sick of not being able to call in sick when I’m sick. This place is not what I thought it would be. Rant over.
I still believe in the retirement. I've seen it in families that are multigenerational railroaders who retire .I may not sound like a smart person but I know what I'm doing. I got too many years in to just quit .but I'm not gonna do anything more than is required to keep working here .and yes I do have other options but as the years go by ,it gets a little easier to play this game of railroading. Seniority rules . I just pray for the newhires all they want is what I wanted when I first started here .but it's unlikely that they will get an easy career out of today's union Pacific. Uper leaders fawked all that up already.
Ok, now a question for you. Why are you still working for UP if it’s as bad for you as you say? If you really have other options and you are staying somewhere you are miserable you don’t sound like a very smart person.
Yes, this used to be a great company to work for. That’s not the case anymore.
Because in the early 2000s it was really a good job .very different from today's job