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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Quote Originally Posted by SierraZulu View Post
    Are you able to elaborate on why it sucked? Why do people quit or get fired?
    They probably got fired because they did stuff they weren't supposed to or sucked at the job. It can be tough to wrap your head around dealing in 2 dimensions instead of 3 and there are a LOT of rules that, if violated, can bite you in the ass.

    I'm hearing, too, that TDs just got approved for a raise that will bump us up to like... $383 a day? I don't know ANY details about it, though. Not sure if that will all come at once or if it'll be spread out over a few years of pay increases.

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    Same...it said on there it could take 2-8 weeks to hear anything or something like that. And it said only those selected would be contacted and not to look out for a denied e-mail. If anyone hears anything, post here.
    Got an email yesterday saying application is still being reviewed. The last two times I heard back about 3 weeks from the close date with the interview info

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Hey... to the guys in the current class... what type of things did they ask you in the interview... just in case i get one.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Quote Originally Posted by hunter43g View Post
    Hey... to the guys in the current class... what type of things did they ask you in the interview... just in case i get one.
    It's a very generic interview. I was shocked.

    It had a lot of, "Have you ever been in X situation? How did you handle it? Did that work?"

    I thought it was retarded.

    Basically, safety is the meaning of your life and you know how to follow a chain of command. That's what you tell them.

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    The thing you have to deal with are: Sick days count against you and you can be punished for using earned sick time, being told you can be fired on a daily basis while in the school, subject to call days. Let me explain subject to call days, those mean that if you have Monday and Tuesday off, then you are subject to call. You only get paid IF you get called in. You are expected to be rested and ready to work at a moments notice, the entire 24 hour period. This means no drinking, no going more than 45 minutes away from BNSF with out checking with the schedulers and they usually tell you that it is too far. If you work a 3rd shift (11 pm - 7 am) Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and have Thursday as SC (Subject to call) and have to work a first shift Friday morning, then it makes sense to get off Thursday morning at 7 and stay awake until 7 or 8 that night to go to bed early for the 7 am shift. However, you will get a call at 9 pm telling you that you need to come in and work a 3rd shift that night. Even if you say, "I'm too tired because I haven't been to sleep" they will say, "You have had 15 hours off, you are rested". I could vent for a couple more paragraphs about the BS here but I'm sure you get the picture.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Shit sounds like a bunch of Nazis

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    That's an insult to Nazis! j/k

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    I've been with BNSF as a dispatcher a few weeks shy of a year now. If you come to work when scheduled, on time, and follow the rules, then you won't have any problems.
    Right now straight pay is $305.91 a day, training pay is $244.73 a day(80&#37. Health insurance is $200 a month (dental and vision start the 13th month of employment at no additional cost) and union dues is $101.95 a month. IF our union agreement gets ratified(vote is due at end of this month), daily pay will increase each July between 2-4% and daily pay January 1, 2015 will be around $367.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    BTW, I've been on the extra board since May and have only been called in twice. They called me once to work a 3rd shift, but called me about 5 hours before the shift started so I could get some sleep. The other time someone called in sick for a 1st shift at about 4 in the morning and I got called to cover that one.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    I have worked for the company for 3 years now and have a steady job. I now have Mon and Tue off and work straight 2nds which is my favorate shift. Working the extra board was not all that bad especially for the money. Yes, we get paid a lot for the 8 hours you work. Sometimes it is a very hard job that day and others a piece of cake. I now work for the scheduling department and I try to give everyone as much a heads up as I can when they are needed for work. You are only required to work 40 hours in a week (Mon-Sun) and anything beyond that is time and a half (about $450 for 8 hours). With the new payraise, I should be making close to 6 figures if not more than that and will get a second retirment someday. Way better than Social Security (if there is even such a thing when it comes time for me to retire again). I understand the frustrations of anyone that is on the extra board because I was there once. Also, a word to the wise.......you may want to be careful what you say about BNSF when you work for them because eyes are everywhere on the internet and it really isn't hard to figure out who is writing it from you sign-in names.

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    BNSF Train Dispatcher benefits and training

    I am currently a police officer and am due to retire at age 50 in 3 years. I have also been a police dispatcher for 7 years. I am interested in becoming a Train Dispatcher for BNSF and am aware of the schooling that is provided at Tarrant College.

    I would like to know if Train Dispatchers contribute to some type of retirement or just to their own 401k? Is there a way to study for the aptitude test? Also is there someone who could provide a link or website on where I could go to learn how to be a train dispatcher or obtain a college book or tutorial on the class specifically being given at Tarrant College. Any study material I could look at would be helpful.

    Thank You Very Much,

    Manny

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    A question for those of you at BNSF? Is it true that you conduct your training in Fort Worth, but then stand a chance of being transferred to wherever they might need you? Or is the job actually in Fort Worth? Thanks

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    The class determines their senority off of your age. If there is a need for in Kansas City or San Bernadino then they ask for volunteers if they do not recieve one then the lowest senority (youngest in the class) goes. I heard there are 14 in the class right now and need 1 in Kansas City and one in San Bernadino. So I would say not likely. I see you are in Jacksonville...isnt there were CSX has their dispatcher center?

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    I just received the email inviting me to the hiring event in Fort Worth next Mon for the trainee position. From what I can tell, once you begin day one of training, you're making $244 a day correct? I saw on railroad.net someone saying that you don't get paid during the 14 weeks of training... can anyone verify? Also what was the assessment test and interview like?

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    I am wondering the same thing!!! I wonder how many people will be at this event....only 1 way to find out..SHOW UP!!....does any one know how many people are in a class??

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSUfan View Post
    I am wondering the same thing!!! I wonder how many people will be at this event....only 1 way to find out..SHOW UP!!....does any one know how many people are in a class??
    I'll be there

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrlinds1 View Post
    Don't listen to the guy above me. If he was only in from Sept. to Oct. then he has no clue what the job itself is like. He never made it out of class.

    So far class is fun. It's different from ATC, but in a cool way. I'm enjoying the hell out of it. We take our mid-term on Friday so we'll see where me and my classmates stand after that!

    All in all, I like it and my friends that work as dispatchers already still like it. It's definitely worth seeing if it's your thing!
    I did it for a year and a half, I was top dog on the southwest extra board. That would be the southern transcon. Don't listen to THIS guy above me, he has no clue what the job itself is like. He hasn't made it out of class yet. The ONLY good thing about that job is the pay. I quit this past Monday because I just started here at the FAA academy. I have never been happier to leave a job. I took a $60,000 pay cut and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. The philosophy at BNSF is, "you don't have a life, but we pay you not to have a life." I'm talking subject to call days, which means when you have Monday and Thursday off with a third shift the night before and a first shift the day after, that you have to answer your phone and be ready to work once you become rested. That means no drinking, no going to six flags with the family or any of that. Forget about a sex life. You'll be so drained from working a different schedule every week that you'll just want to come home and relax because you might get called in. Also you get your schedule for the following week the Friday before, so you can never make plans. Also, using your earned six days can get you fired. It's called the rolling 12 miss more that 7 days in any 12 month period even for a bona fide illness and you will be taken to investigation. Also your schedule can and will change at a moments notice. I'm talking about you sleeping all day to prepare for a third shift and they call an hour before the shift and say, hey, need you to come in tomorrow morning for a first. This job does pay well, but you give up way too much for it. Plus they are real quick to remind you how much you make if/when you screw up. Out of the several hundreds of dispatchers, there is only one who has 20+ years in that doesn't
    Have a rules violation. The job blows, its not worth the money in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskitty View Post
    I have worked for the company for 3 years now and have a steady job. I now have Mon and Tue off and work straight 2nds which is my favorate shift. Working the extra board was not all that bad especially for the money. Yes, we get paid a lot for the 8 hours you work. Sometimes it is a very hard job that day and others a piece of cake. I now work for the scheduling department and I try to give everyone as much a heads up as I can when they are needed for work. You are only required to work 40 hours in a week (Mon-Sun) and anything beyond that is time and a half (about $450 for 8 hours). With the new payraise, I should be making close to 6 figures if not more than that and will get a second retirment someday. Way better than Social Security (if there is even such a thing when it comes time for me to retire again). I understand the frustrations of anyone that is on the extra board because I was there once. Also, a word to the wise.......you may want to be careful what you say about BNSF when you work for them because eyes are everywhere on the internet and it really isn't hard to figure out who is writing it from you sign-in names.
    Pay attention to the last portion of this. It is true, they are like nazis, say something bad about them and they will fire you. The have people who go through peoples Facebook looking for any thing negative. A good example, a DS laid off sick, with a doctors note, and then was seen at wal mart picking up a Rx. This person was fired for laying off under false pretenses. the company claimed that if he is too sick to work then he is too sick to drive or go anywhere. It only took 2 years for him to get his job back after BNSF lost in arbitration. Also can you elaborate on why our earned sick days still count as an attedance violation? Also why do I have to have a doctors note before you will pay me my earned sick time? If you are curious as to who I am ask the southwest chief what extraboard dispatcher hates this company the most.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    For one thing, you knew all of this before you signed up for the job. Also, lying to management is no way to keep any job. You and I both know what I'm talking about. And yes, sometimes employers have to watch what their employees are doing otherwise it cost more money but at this point we do not even need to talk about that because you no longer work for this great company. When you do what you are asked (nothing too crazy) and stay within the rules, then this is a great company to work for. And just to let you know, I just happened upon this website and was not out looking for people talking bad about BNSF. And you talk smack about BNSF on this website was not what got you fired or released. That was your decision to go out and get another job. Good Luck with that.

    For anyone that has any questions, ask away and I will give you the true honest answer.

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    Re: Train dispatcher bnsf

    Thanks for that information! I will be attending the event Monday in Ft.Worth and hope to see some of you guys there. How long after taking the test will they notify you an offer?

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