At the Heart of our Mission are Amtrak Employees

Amtrak is earning industry awards for its business transformation that has reduced costs, restructured performance management and differentiated pay, strengthened career growth and development opportunities, implemented best-in-class recruitment and retention strategies, and created a Total Rewards compensation and benefits structure.


Americas Best Employer List

Amtrak received recognition for workplace excellence by earning a spot in Forbes magazine’s first-ever America’s Best Employers 2015. America’s Railroad® is on the list of 500 employers across 25 industries where the workers like their jobs enough to tell others. Listed under the transportation & logistics category, Amtrak was chosen based on Forbes’ independent survey of 20,000 workers throughout the U.S. to see which companies were the best. Read the press release here.

What makes a company an employer of choice? Over 20,000 employees at companies with at least 2,500 people were surveyed for the America’s Best Employers List. The survey was conducted with global digital data collection partners who use innovative technology and proven sampling methodologies to facilitate a deep understanding of consumer opinions and behavior. Participation in the survey was voluntary, and respondents were recruited from thousands of sources to maximize reach and representation. The mix of respondents (gender, age, region, educational level, and ethnicity) in the sample represents American employees.



Amtrak received the 2014 Global HR Top 10 Breakaway Leaders Award sponsored by Evanta which recognizes human resources leaders who are revolutionizing their company’s competitive position in the evolving economy. Read the press release here.



Amtrak also received the 2014 Optimas Award from Workforce Magazine that recognizes human resources and workforce management initiatives that achieve business results. It was awarded in the General Excellence category for its initiatives designed to keep the train operator chugging along for years to come. Read the press release here.


Military Friendly Employer

Amtrak is proud to be recognized one of the top 100 2015 Military Friendly Employers! This top 100 Military Friendly lists are published annually in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines.  The pool of companies eligible for the Military Friendly Employers title is approximately 5,000 (minimum of $500 million in annual revenues). Less than 5% percent earn our elite designation and the right to bear the Military Friendlytrademark. For more details on our ratings please visit the methodology section of our site. You can find the full list of employers below, grouped by industry here.


STEM Jobs Approved

Amtrak is proud to be recognized on the 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Employers List! This initial list of companies and institutions excel in the areas of hiring for technical and STEM positions, creating STEM-focused career paths, encouraging workforce diversity and aligning careers with STEM education programs You can find the full list of employers below here.


HCMG Award

Best Implementation of an Enterprise Technology System: Recognizing the best program implementation of a human resources technology system, aimed at streamlining a specific HR process in order to drive down costs and improve efficiency and productivity. Read more here.


ISO 9001 Certification Logo

Recommendation for ISO 9001 certification by an ISO registrar. In May 2014, Amtrak Human Capital officially embarked on a journey to achieve this internationally recognized quality improvement standard by the end of 2014. Following the stage 2 registrar audit conducted in November, Human Capital has been recommended for ISO certification.



Amtrak is winning praise for including a requirement that potential contractors provide details about their plans to create American jobs to fulfill orders from the railway in its latest request for proposals.  Read more here.



More than just a convenient way to travel, Amtrak is also energy efficient. Traveling by rail contributes less per passenger mile to greenhouse gas emissions than either cars or airplanes. According to U.S. Department of Energy data, Amtrak is almost 14 percent more efficient than domestic airline travel and 31 percent more efficient than auto travel on a per-passenger-mile basis. Read more here.