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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
15 Reviews
4.0
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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau
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15 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay for entry level, comprehensive training program (in 11 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)

  • 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Working at CN was a fun and challenging experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Homewood, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Homewood, IL

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

    Pros

    CN pays well and can basically offer a lifetime career at the company.

    Cons

    Vacation time is non-negotiable. It is determined by how long you have worked at the company. It is quite old-fashioned in terms of corporate culture and managerial structure. There is not much room to grow and develop for an entry-level position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apart from keeping up with the times in terms of technology, I think more people would be willing to work at CN if vacation time was increased from just one week in the first year of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some managers are better than others

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Track Laborer in Stevens Point, WI
    Current Employee - Track Laborer in Stevens Point, WI

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    Great wages and benefits. They have an employee stock purchase plan where the company matches $0.35 of every $1 you put in. Adding your family to your health insurance doesn't cost you extra.

    Cons

    Depending on where you live you might not be home much. Each job/position is put out for bidding. It is then awarded based on seniority and your "qualifications". Some jobs are considered mobile and you are paid a per diem to help pay for your hotels, food and travel. Some jobs are "headquartered" and only pay you your hourly wage. Problem is there might not be a per diem job available or you don't have enough seniority which means you will have to work a headquartered job that may not be all that close to where you live.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Travel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hostler
    Current Employee - Hostler

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

    Pros

    $$$$$$ is goood. Have a chance to make good money. Can travel the world. Work is full time.

    Cons

    Management at lower lvl needs less stress cuz they take it out on workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting banaid fix to things, do it right the first time or find someone that will.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was a horrible company when I started, but things are getting better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Money, pension, and perks like the share plan

    Cons

    On call 24/7/365. Which is great if you have no life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop adding blanket rules for all employees which make the job more difficult. If a 3 month employee crashes because he doesn't know what he was doing, it doesn't mean anyone who's been here years will do the same thing. Bring back the restricted helper designation to allow new guys to get some extra time which someone senior there to babysit them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    the experience of working for the railroad , and the many benefits it offers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Labourer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Labourer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    the many options for growth , the pay is good , the pension is very good , they treat you well , good training available for whatever position you apply for

    Cons

    you start on the bottom level , the 24 hour shift hours are hard to get used to , especially the midnight shift , days off are never just the weekend , could be mid-week , tough to schedule things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Friendly people and good working environment.

    Cons

    Large company so upward mobility may be limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for (as an entry level position)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Revenue Management Team in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Revenue Management Team in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Stable; Work/Life Balance; Friendly Employees

    Cons

    You can be stuck in a position for many years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Locomotive Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Melville, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Melville, SK (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Excellent co-workers. Most managers are decent, some not. I love the flexible hours and the time off. Good benefits and pension. Great employee discounts.

    Cons

    Some managers try to be intimidating. Too much time away from home at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to suggestions from employees. They are the ones that see what goes on and see how to improve things. Learn better people skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fulfilling and rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, able to move across departments, bonuses for all management levels, good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance if you're involved in the operation in any way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people to run the operation at the ground level. Treat the workers better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent salary but benefits but very very poor work/life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation (salary/benefits), good employee discounts

    Cons

    Lack of promotional opportunities, lack of schedule makes for poor work/family balance, poor management and employee relationship often creates workplace tension.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater opportunities are needed for employees to share input and advice and be compensated for cost saving ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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