UPS or Railroad

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by TheKid99, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. TheKid99

    TheKid99 Active Member

    I may recieve an offer for freight conductor at a railroad.

    I talked to my co workers and they said ill be a fool to pick UPS over the railroad do you agree?

    The money would be really good and the railroad pension would be nice but my weekends and holidays will be gone
  2. SaladTosser

    SaladTosser Kill me now

    Railroad retirement is the best I've ever seen. Around 5g for you and half more for your wife if you're married. And if you die first she gets the full pension.

    But kiss your weekends goodbye. I worked on the rails for 3 years weekends and graveyard included and it sucked.

    Both jobs has it's ups and downs, so think about it.
  3. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Beats tossing salad for pennies on the dollar.
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  4. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I would pick railroad. A friends Dad retired from the RR and he was getting 13 weeks paid vacation at the end. Weekends aren't all they are cracked up to be if you are getting plenty of other time off.
  5. rickyb

    rickyb Well-Known Member

    i worked on several railways in canada, and i can tell you the big railways CN and CP are toxic. what happened was the american managerial class immigrated north and ruined our railways. so workers get fired for little or no reason. the safety enforcers will hide on the property and just do the most ridiculous stuff to test you. the killer money is on the road which is 90k a year, and here it was you would go to 4 to 12 hours away, and wait for a train dont know how long like 36 hours, and then take a train back. the guys who retired from CN / CP were getting 60k a year in pension, but i think thats been changed or cut now.

    i worked at deltaport and it was hte best jobs ive ever done on the other hand. after being on call it was 8 hour days 5 days a week.

    i worked at 2 smaller railways and the safety wasnt overkill like above it was normal. i was doing 12 hour shifts 4 on 4 off all scheduled at one. i was switching in a yard it was hard work, but u can get promoted to loco engr and then all u have to do is stay awake.

    go to and look up the reviews for the railway your interested in.

    i think if u leave UPS which i am not thrilled about, you will definitely have a worse schedule at a railway
  6. rod

    rod retired and happy

    That's Canada though. Everyone knows things are wacko up there.
  7. rickyb

    rickyb Well-Known Member

    haha righhhht....
  8. rickyb

    rickyb Well-Known Member

    that vacation number sounds high...

    at deltaport it was 6 weeks paid vacation after 10 years.\

    at CP rail it was 5 weeks paid vacation after 18 years.

    the railway in edmonton was non unionized so it was only 2 weeks.
  9. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

  10. greengrenades

    greengrenades To be the man, you gotta beat the man.

    I'd take railroad. It could take years upon years to get anywhere with UPS. It took me 12 years to go full time. That isn't every hub but there is no guarantee with UPS. I'll be honest I enjoy my job some what, but I still sort of wish I would have just did something else.
  11. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    Railroad. I have a cousin who works for NS. He makes the same as me (as a conductor), the work isn't nearly as hard (at least this is what he says) and they have an excellent pension.

    The only downside is the hours and the holidays. They keep him on call pretty much all the time, and he ends up working some holidays that we would get off.

    Railroads move freight at a far more economical rate than UPS. The future is much brighter in that industry than it is at UPS, IMO.

    Good luck.
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

  13. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    What kind of money we talking about in railroad work?
  14. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

  15. Bottom rung

    Bottom rung Active Member

    Rail, all the way. Most places at ups you will be waiting upwards of six years to go f/t. Another four years to top pay. Your first two years will be spent being laid off every other week. So you'll spend ten years waiting to live a decent life. You'll be doing that for the rail way faster than that.
  16. PASinterference

    PASinterference Yes, I know I'm working late.

    I'd be workin on the railroad
  17. softshoe

    softshoe Member

    Railroad- My nest door neighbor retired from the RR and his pension is over $60,000 a year. He also doesn't have a bad back or sore knees.
  18. ski or die

    ski or die Ski or Die

    It depends on how nice the caboose is.
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  19. rod

    rod retired and happy

  20. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Now go to a railroad forum and ask them. They will all likely say ups.
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