Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau
Claude Mongeau
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Pros
  • good benefits - good pay- room for advancement -great co workers - good schedule for the extra board (in 11 reviews)

  • job security benefits vacation perks (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of hours, pro work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • No set schedule for work, 2 hour call, available 24/7/365 with inability to be properly rested in between trips (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 27 years

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    Current Employee - Clerical Union in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Clerical Union in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    money money money money - good benefits -- medical was great - but we are paying more and getting less

    Cons

    poor management -- always pointing the finger to someone else -- firing /furloughing - people are just a number

    Advice to Management

    treat people - the way you would want to be treated


  2. Good pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay. Benefits. Dont need to have a specific education.. Union

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance..... very poor training. They will leave you on your own very quickly


  3. "Battered wife syndrome" type work environment!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive wages with perks. Doesn't make up for the hostile environment driven from the executive level.

    Cons

    Threatened daily on internal conference lines that you or one of your employees could be terminated or "marched off the property" if things aren't fixed with your operation.

    Advice to Management

    Be firm but fair! The battered wife syndrome type leadership does not work. We all know bench strength is weak for future candidates so try to keep the ones you have!


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  5. This company lies to you so you will accept job and once you are in the door they do the opposite of what was promised.

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    Former Employee - Train Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Train Conductor in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only good thing was pay.

    Cons

    Never at home, unsafe equipment, sleep deprived, horrible management. They will fire people in a minute, especially if you bring any safety issue to their attention.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the job by working with a Conductor in the field before trying to tell them how to do it.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Virtually a nightmare

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Clerk
    Former Employee - Transportation Clerk

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are great. That's where it ends.

    Cons

    Some of the cons include- but are not limited to- poor, underqualified management, little to no disregard for employees, and general sketchiness.


  7. Helpful (5)

    DOUBLE STANDARDS!

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only good thing about this place is the money. I don't know anything else positive to say, its sad really.

    Cons

    There is an unspoken double standard that exists at the CN. They have a rule book in which you are to comply with that has, literally, over 1,000 rules in it. If you go by all the rules, which is next to impossible, you will not get your job done. If you break the rules to get your job done, you risk getting written up or even fired. The double standard is that the company expects you to break certain rules in order to finish your job. However, the company must complete efficiency tests in where company officials go out and spy on employees in the field to catch them breaking the smallest rules. If an employee goes by every single rule and does not finish their work, the company thinks the employee is "screwing them". If you ask any company official about what I just wrote, they will deny it. At this place, you get penalized for breaking the rules, and you get penalized for going by the rules. This is no joke and very frustrating for people that just want to come to work and do a good job. Here lately, within the last few months, it seems that the company has gotten even more vigilant for employees breaking the most smallest and seemingly ridiculous rules.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the CN would be to wake up and realize that the more employees that you write up for breaking the small rules, the more employees you will have that are going to go by ALL the rules. As this happens, customers will not get switched and trains will be severely delayed. Make up your mind about what rules you really want to enforce and how slow or fast you want your operation to be. If it is the FRA that is making you enforce all these silly rules, lobby Congress, apply for FRA waivers, do whatever it takes! You have been warned!


  8. Helpful (3)

    CN fires people for no reason if they have a beef with you.

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    CN pay is very good but that is totally it!!!

    Cons

    CN is the worst place you can work period! they make up stuff to get you fired when they have a beef with you. one train crew was totally fired because they blew the whistle for track men moving dangerous material cars with track machines. one was even arrested over made up charges!!! i hope that man has a field day in court with the railroad. the managers make you break rules and then when something goes wrong they call an investigation and fire you. you look over your back everyday you come to work wondering if today will be your last day before you are fired. what kind of life is that dealing with this much stress wondering how you will support your family working with the set of double standards this company uses to get the work done. you could end up fired or worse they try to ruin your life by making false acusations that get you tosed in jail!! this isnt railroading and i have no idea what you would call it. these people need to be investigated by the federal government or something.

    Advice to Management

    step up to the plate and stop harrasing employees. stop lying in company investigations and elsewhere. treat us like you yourself would want to be treated.


  9. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian National Railway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good location, ok salary, with gym. Do not find any other good things.

    Cons

    Worst place I ever worked. The managers do not care your career development.


  10. Skill trades, avoid at all cost

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Skill Trades in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Skill Trades in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Leaving at end of the day, being on break, not getting killed in the worst working environment I have ever been in

    Cons

    Everything else, if u like working every weekend for straight time, having massive deductions off your pay, and getting harassed, threated you belong here. I hated every minute and quitting after 6 years was like getting out of jail. The pay sucks, benefits garbage and YOU have to pay into your pension, hence the massive deductions. The economy is improving get a job anywhere else for even minimum wage instead of this crap hole

    Advice to Management

    Get an education, u are the dumbest bunch of losers I have ever met, a bunch of hick farmers that didn't finish high school, thank god I left


  11. Helpful (2)

    CN is a large very political company to navigate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Services in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Corporate Services in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, Promotion possibilities, money, pension however there is a cost you have to put in long hours and don't ask why just do it attitude. Very political organization, must be able to navigate with the players.

    Cons

    Toxic senior leader makes life hard for everyone within the group, micro manages never delegates and has convoluted processes that must be followed even for the simplistic activity or project.

    Advice to Management

    Have some integrity, do what you preach.



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