We care about people. The well-being of everyone on our BNSF team and in the communities where we live and work is our highest priority.

Diversity and Inclusion

At BNSF, diversity and inclusion are foundational values, and have been core to our shared Vision and Values since our inception.

As members of the BNSF community, our employees are entitled to:

  • Be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Have equal access to tools, resources, training and development opportunities.
  • Have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.

BNSF actively recruits to increase our diversity. We have relationships with more than 68 schools, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities with diverse student groups where we recruit for interns and management trainees. From college campuses and military bases to vocational/technical colleges and high schools, BNSF engages to attract diverse talent for trainee and professional positions, experienced first line supervisor opportunities (Mechanical, Transportation, Engineering positions), conductors and maintenance of way positions and more.

BNSF recognizes the growing demand for STEM professionals and the projected deficit of 2 million jobs going unfilled in the U.S. by 2025. To ensure we are ready to fill our roles with diverse talent, we have increased our engagement with student groups on campus including AESES (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers) at UT Arlington, AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society), SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers).

The BNSF field-based diversity councils, business resource groups and Women EnRoute groups engage in recruiting efforts, support philanthropic activities in the community, and increase engagement with BNSF employees. These groups advocate for all employees, providing an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages and supports diverse perspectives. Our ten Business Resource Groups connect employees from various departments and locations and bring awareness to resources, tools and support for employees. The groups, including allies, encourage the development, engagement and retention of employees.

Our 11 field-based Diversity Councils have members across our operating divisions in the 28 states where BNSF operates. The Diversity Councils are committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion awareness and building a positive culture by reinforcing respect in the workplace and utilizing opportunities to influence workplace behavior. Each council member serves as a goodwill ambassador to promote positive workplace relations; they keep the lines of communication open with employees and leaders in the shop or work location.

BNSF participates in scholarship programs with organizations including LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), Girls Inc., the Hispanic Women’s Network of North Texas and the National Association of Asian Americans. The BNSF Railway Foundation also supports organizations including the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the United Negro College Fund, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and P-Flag (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

Learn more about our Women’s Network BRG

Learn more about our Pride+ BRG

Recognition includes:

  • Top 50 STEM Workplaces 2022, Winds of Change Magazine
  • 2022 Teddy Award Program of Distinction, Risk & Insurance
  • Best Employers for New Grads 2022, Forbes
  • Best Place for Working Parents 2022
  • 90/100 2022 Corporate Equality Index Score, Human Rights Campaign
  • Top Pioneers in Diversity & Inclusion 2022, Mogul

BNSF has 10 Business Resource Groups, in addition to our Women EnRoute and Diversity Councils.

62% of BNSF management trainee hires in
2022 were diverse


BNSF knows that military veterans have the experience, determination and dependability to be teammates that can always be counted on. That’s why we have a long legacy as a top employer of military veterans. In fact, nearly a fifth of our workforce has served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We also support reservists by providing time off for training and deployment. Our BRAVE (Business Resource and Veterans Engagement) group helps veterans, reservists and first responders engage with communities, build leadership skills and develop their careers.

Recognition includes:

  • Military Friendly Gold Employer 2022, Military Friendly
  • Military Spouse Friendly Employers 2022, MilitarySpouse
Nearly 1 in 5 BNSF
employees has served in a branch
of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Training and Development

BNSF team members have opportunities to enhance their skills through best-in-class training including using life-size and virtual reality simulators, technical apprenticeships, on-the-job rotations and guidance from industry experts, peers and BNSF leaders. We promote career development in several ways, including programs for management trainees and first-line supervisors, along with opportunities for formalized feedback and coaching, leadership training, mentoring and tuition reimbursement. We also support our people through the BNSF Employee Assistance Program, which provides professional and personalized assistance for employees and family members dealing with work and home challenges.

BNSF Railway Foundation

The primary way we contribute to national, regional and local charitable organizations is through the BNSF Railway Foundation

The BNSF Railway Foundation supports causes and programs including:

  • Veteran-focused groups including Wreaths Across America, the USO, Toys for Tots, Military Miles Marathons, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Big Red Challenge.
  • The Holiday Express, a special train trip and celebration for military families, including donations to local nonprofits that support our troops.
  • Groups who promote health and education in our communities, such as All Kids Bike, the Tulsa Dream League and the Museum of Science & History in Memphis.
  • Groups who support environmental protection and conservation efforts, such as Friends of the Mississippi River and the Lake Effect Conservancy.

Read about our support for Wreaths Across America

Read about our support for a historic railroad restoration project in Wayzata, Minnesota

The BNSF Railway Foundation gave
more than $8.8M to worthy causes in 2022.

Special Trains

As a way to say thank you to our employees and their families, BNSF runs the Employee Special. This beautiful train tours various parts of our 32,500-mile network bringing fun activities and scenic rides in vintage stainless steel passenger cars. Returning triumphantly in 2022 from a COVID-necessitated hiatus, the Employee Special made stops in La Junta, Colorado; Amarillo, Texas; Clovis, New Mexico; Belen, New Mexico; and Wellington, Newton and Topeka, Kansas. Another beloved tradition returned in 2022 with the Holiday Express making festive visits to several communities and entertaining the families of military veterans and first responders.

Read about the Employee Special’s stop in Newton, Kansas, for the town’s sesquicentennial

Employee Giving

Every year, the generous employees of BNSF, at locations across our network, volunteer and otherwise contribute to numerous charitable causes in their communities.

In 2022, these efforts included:

  • March for Babies in Fort Worth
  • Argentine elementary school backpack and school supply drive
  • Boys Club of Cicero holiday shopping spree
  • Meal preparation for Harvesters Food Bank
  • Painted homes for Trinity Habitat for Humanity
  • Meal preparation for Feed My Starving Children
  • Fort Worth’s Light the Night walk to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Memphis Diversity Council food drive for Mid-South Food Bank
  • Books & PJ’s drive for CASA for Children of Wyandotte & Johnson Counties
  • 9/11 Day Organization day of service in Twin Cities
  • Career Connect Day for high school students in Twin Cities
  • Thanksgiving meal distribution at Sandpoint, Idaho’s Bonner Community Food Bank
  • Coat drive for McKinney Vento Homeless children and parents
  • Argentine Salvation Army Angel Tree

Read more about our participation in the March for Babies

Read more about our Boys Club of Cicero holiday giving