Canadian National Railway
2.6 of 5 80 reviews
www.cn.ca Montreal, Canada 5000+ Employees

Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated May 14, 2014

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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau

Claude Mongeau

(27 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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    the experience of working for the railroad , and the many benefits it offers

    Labourer (Current Employee)
    Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    Prosthe 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

    Consyou 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

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

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    Just OK

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Salary, job security,

    ConsNo meritocracy ...
    Big employee turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut the right people in the right place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not bad

    Shift Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsInteresting equipment, always something happening

    ConsLots of hours, pro work life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

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

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    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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood pay and benefits bonus

    ConsNo time for a family life, work until you can work no longer. There is always a problem someone will try to pass on to the next guy. Get yell at because you can not be in more than one spot at one time. The stress never end only real time off, is scheduled holidays. Need to be available 24/7

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook and see how many hours front line mangers need to actually put in. With waiting for track time and managing men , meeting, and paperwork.

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

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    Stress level - 10/10

    Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Concord, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood salary, benefits, job security

    ConsToo much Micro managing, blanket policies put in place without thought or planning process. Stress levels are rediculous, upper management needs to learn how to treat people like people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay

    Applications Developer (Current Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsJob security. Benefits. Not enough to meet 20 word requirement.

    ConsPeople are always scared.
    Methodology stuck in 80s.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe are 21st century.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to be at

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsFlexible working hours and benefits.
    Working on some nice technologies

    Cons-Pager duty and support.
    -Cross practices silos.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on enabling better communication and easier interactions with different technology silos

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough industry for families

    Trainmaster (Current Employee)

    ProsGood pay for entry level, comprehensive training program.

    ConsThe railroad has to keep going 24,7,365. Almost no work/life balance. Short staffed and run lean in all departments. Inexperienced workforce. Very political environment. Conference calls about conference calls to discuss conference calls.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CN is a large very political company to navigate

    Corporate Services (Current Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsInteresting 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.

    ConsToxic 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 Senior ManagementHave some integrity, do what you preach.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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