BNSF believes diversity makes us a stronger company and inclusion helps drive commitment to our employees and communities in which we operate. In 2019, more than 36.8 percent of our new hires were minorities or women. We also promote diversity by participating in scholarship programs that benefit minority students, such as Girls Inc., the Hispanic Women’s Network of North Texas and the National Association of Asian Americans. Also, the BNSF Railway Foundation supports organizations such as the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the United Negro College Fund.
Other diversity-related 2019 highlights include:
Recognized as a Top 50 Workplace for Indigenous STEM Professionals by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Named to Forbes’ Best Employers List
Identified as a top employer for U.S. military veterans
More than 7,300 BNSF employees are either military veterans or are still serving as members of the Guards or Reserves. We proudly support reservists, enabling time off for training and deployment. Recently established, BRAVE (Business Resource and Veterans Engagement) is BNSF’s resource group for veterans, reservists and first responders, working to engage communities, build leadership skills of members and provide ongoing career development support.
Recent recognition includes:
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Award
Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
Seven Seals Award
Pro Patria Award
Every BNSF employee can take advantage of targeted, role-based training and on-boarding, with an emphasis on safety, leadership and technical expertise. Development occurs through best-in-class training with simulators, on-the-job rotations and through guidance from industry experts, peers and BNSF leaders.
BNSF offers multiple career development programs, including our Management Trainee, Experienced First-Line Supervisor and First-Line Supervisor programs. Additional resources include opportunities for formalized feedback and coaching, leadership training, mentoring and tuition reimbursement.
The BNSF Employee Assistance Program provides professional and personalized assistance for employees and family members facing work and home challenges.
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