Canadian National Railway

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Updated May 1, 2014

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2.6 80 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau

Claude Mongeau

(27 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The pay is good, the benefits are top tier, the people you work with are great, and get paid to work out every day (in 9 reviews)

  • job security benefits vacation perks (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance if you're involved in the operation in any way (in 7 reviews)

  • There is a culture of fear, and an almost toxic environment due to the frustration of most employees with how things are done (in 4 reviews)

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    not such a great place , worst Management in the country

    Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee) Detroit, MI

    Prosthe pay and and health insurance

    Consmanagement treats their employees like slaves,they are out there everyday trying to find something to fire you for,they are right and you are wrong no matter what,they treat their employees like crap...

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should treat their employees with the respect that they themselves would like to be treated with,you get more out of an employee if you treat them with respect, but at the CN you are treated like a SLAVE..Management should work with the employees not against them...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Summer Intern

    Summer Student (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros- Great experience while still studying
    - Employees are super nice (willing to help you if needed)
    - Reputable company
    - Learnt quite a bit about the industry
    - Learnt a lot about myself
    - Great pay for this level

    Cons- Left to figure everything out for myself
    - Boss was away 50% of the summer
    - No time to delegate tasks or explain the ones given
    - Boss had no time to answer questions
    - Employees seemed stressed out and tired
    - No deadlines given
    - No structure

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall I really learnt a lot and it taught me a great deal about the workforce and the company. Downside is that I was expecting more guidance from my superiors. Make sure that the summer students that are interning for you company are treated properly. They are the future of your company and the industry and are willing and eager to work for you guys, you just need to give them the chance and the potential to excel.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    interesting

    Equipment Operator (Current Employee)

    Prosjob security benefits vacation perks

    Consnot enough troops too many bosses

    Advice to Senior Managementmore feet on the ground

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run Run away

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee) Prince George, BC (Canada)

    Prosgot paid well, good people in Prince George

    Consworked about 90 hours a week

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting place to work.

    Railroad Conductor (Current Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    Pros-Very good pay once you get some seniority and can hold the road.
    - People you work with.
    - Commendatory between workers.

    Cons-Managers can be difficult to work with at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Poor Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWas a good location downtown, but have now moved

    ConsPoor Management style, work long hours including weekends. There is no work/life balance.

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    Every year is a bit worse...looking forward to retirement.

    Traction Motor Technologist (Current Employee)

    ProsPays okay, not great but okay.
    Job Security, I've never seen a lay-off.
    Co-workers are great.

    ConsShift Work/Rest Days- No social life. None! Your expected to work EVERY weekend, you will be stuck on afternoons or midnights, It will take years to get a regular day shift. I've been there +20 years I still can't get weekends off.
    Discipline,-employees are disciplined for getting injured on the job, some even discharged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTimes they are a changin' It's time the old CN mentality changed too. If you want new employees to stay, pay them a fair wage to work weekends and alternate shifts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Confused

    Engineering (Current Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsWages are better than some out there, especially for poorly educated kids straight out of school.
    Benefits (other than the short term disability)
    Excellent Shares option

    ConsNo real time off until you have had 10 years under your belt. No consideration for family life. You work a shift pattern of 10 days on, 4 days off and you are expected to travel to and from your home on your own time. It is normal to have a 10 to 15 hour journey home eating into any time off. Communication is completely lacking and only the chosen few ever seem to know what’s going on. When you have the audacity to ask questions regarding what the hell you are doing you are ignored. To top that, Foreman can be childish and extremely hostile when you don’t know what’s happening or can’t read their mind. You don’t exist in the minds of Management until you get hurt, then you get fired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRule with your head not by installing a culture of fear.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too much red tape, forward thinking required

    S&C Drone (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are great to work with. Most people just want to get fair paid wages for a fair days of work, but I could see the company take advantage of employees. Forcing employees to work in duties that they were not hired to perform.

    ConsMany innovative ideas at hand, but are all getting shot down by upper management. Upper management seems to be afraid of change, so we're stuck not really moving forward. Way too much bureaucracy and red tape to deal with. Union and management relations are extremely poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCHANGE CHANGE CHANGE!!! Embrace it, don't be afraid. The new demographics of the company will screw you over if you do not accept that this is the future. Stop being stuck in the old ways of doing things. This is no longer a market in which employers come to get hired and stay here for life if they are not being treated accordingly. Employees have lots of options nowadays and you're going to experience a brain-drain that's going to put your company's business into a grinding halt if you do not adapt.

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay was good, the benefits were good, the thrill of such a challenge was enjoyable. Strong company and industry.

    ConsThere is no set work schedule. Some times you work nights, some times you work days, 12 hour shifts. Not much training or on the job mentoring. No holidays off. Very tough working environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor positions requiring 24 hour 365 days a year coverage, need to hire an adequate amount of people. Quality of life is something that the younger generation will demand. A better approach to training young supervisors, as of right now it seems to be "throw them in the pool and see if they swim" mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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