The railroads’ long history of hiring veterans dates back to the Civil War, and that connection continues today because together we are a good fit.
Consider the many parallels between veterans and railroaders. For example, as a veteran, you may prefer a structured work environment with clear rules. You may appreciate the challenge of working all hours in all conditions. You’re used to and like physical labor, plus you are an experienced traveler accustomed to relocating from one assignment to the next. Additionally, our work style is similar. Like you, we are mission-focused and safety-minded – and strive for excellence.
Today’s military candidates embody the core competencies essential at BNSF: leadership, teamwork and the ability to perform safely in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. If you are transitioning from military to civilian life, have prior service, are a retired veteran or a member of the National Guard and Reserves, we have challenging and rewarding career opportunities available. Our military recruiters frequently attend military career fairs and schedule base visits.
At BNSF, we honor the commitment of the men and women of our armed forces. BNSF is consistently identified as a top employer for U.S. military veterans, and we’ve hired more than 6,000 veterans since 2005. As part of the Joining Forces 2013 campaign, BNSF committed to hiring 5,000 military veterans by 2018.
BNSF’s commitment to veterans has earned many honors, including the prestigious Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Freedom Award, and four Seven Seals Awards. BNSF is consistently recognized as a “Top Military Friendly Employer” by G.I. Jobs magazine and “Best of the Best” by U.S. Veterans. We earn these awards largely because of the value we place on veterans and the qualities they bring to BNSF, such as a great work ethic, a focus on safety and a commitment to always look out for one another.
To ensure that military members are aware of the opportunities at BNSF and to be accessible to veterans of all service branches, our recruiters attend everything from national career fairs to local transition assistance classes on military bases. Visit our “Transitioning Military” page to learn more on how military experience transitions into a career at BNSF Railway.