Canadian National Railway

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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated May 1, 2014
Updated May 1, 2014
84 Reviews
3.0
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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau
Claude Mongeau
29 Ratings

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    not such a great place , worst Management in the country

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the pay and and health insurance

    Cons

    management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Summer Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Student  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian National Railway as an intern for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Overall 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    job security benefits vacation perks

    Cons

    not enough troops too many bosses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more feet on the ground

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run Run away

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Prince George, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Prince George, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    got paid well, good people in Prince George

    Cons

    worked about 90 hours a week

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than 3 years

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    Was a good location downtown, but have now moved

    Cons

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

  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Traction Motor Technologist
    Current Employee - Traction Motor Technologist

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Shift 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 ManagementAdvice

    Times 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Confused

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    Wages 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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Rule with your head not by installing a culture of fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much red tape, forward thinking required

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - S&C Drone
    Current Employee - S&C Drone

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Many 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 ManagementAdvice

    CHANGE 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Front Line Managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    For 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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