Training and Career Development

Total hours
 formal company training*
Union employees2,917,580
Non-union employees436,155
*as of Dec. 31, 2013

About 45 percent of the railroad’s executives and management personnel are expected to leave in the next five years due to retirements and other attrition, which will result in about 1,500 promotions. This makes training an imperative.

Among our training and career development programs are:

  • New Employee Onboarding Program
    Company and department orientation are a primary focus of our new employee orientation process. Along with communication and industry-specific training, we provide an interactive electronic-learning experience and an instructor-led orientation program.
  • Skill Development
    We offer a variety of technical, communication, safety and environmental training.
  • Transitional Training
    Union Pacific is dedicated to preparing degreed and non-degreed employees for key transition points in their career.
  • Emerging Leaders
    We seek to maintain a strong pipeline of leaders. This means developing individuals who we see moving into higher levels of organizational leadership. We offer a series of leadership programs, which can vary from a three-day course to a 10-month intensive training.
  • Transportation Operations Training
    Operational excellence is a core competency for Union Pacific, especially as we seek to grow our business through superior service. Our Field Management Trainee (FMT) program for employees with prior experience in field operations and Operations Management Trainee (OMT) program for those with little background in operations provide a hands-on opportunity to manage transportation operations.

Retention Rate54%64%67%80%97%
Retention Rate60%75%82%83%95%

Education Assistance

Higher education provides professional and personal development opportunities for those seeking to advance in the company. Union Pacific offers educational assistance to all full-time employees who have fulfilled at least six months of employment when classes begin. Tuition reimbursement is given to full-time employees who enroll in job- or career-related courses at accredited schools, colleges and universities, up to a maximum of $5,250 per calendar year, potentially covering up to 100 percent of tuition over the course of a degree.