Canadian National Railway
2.6 of 5 77 reviews
www.cn.ca Montreal, Canada 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 17, 2014

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84% Approve of the CEO

Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau

Claude Mongeau

(25 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Very good pay once you get some seniority and can hold the road"
    in 8 reviews
  • "job security benefits vacation perks"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Poor work/life balance if you're involved in the operation in any way"
    in 6 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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Equipment Operator at Intermodal Yard

Equipment Operator (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

Pros- Opportunities to travel/relocate within company.
- A decent amount of overtime offered.
- Steady schedule
- Good pension

Cons- Good luck trying to get on a decent shift without 10+ years experience (ie. you'll be working weekends for the rest of your life)
- The rate of pay is the same for everyone, whether you've worked for 20 years or 20 minutes.
- Work with a lot of lazy and incompetent people, because it's too hard to fire them.
- Very little opportunity to advance.

Advice to Senior Management- Provide more opportunities for career growth for the employees that want (and deserve!) it.

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

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Locomotive Engineer

Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee)
Melville, SK (Canada)

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

ProsGood 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementBe 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.

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

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great

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

I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for less than a year

Prosgood money, good union, good co workers, lots of great perks and benefits

Consbad hours and on call, thats all i can think, good company over all

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

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Great if you never want a life and want to be treated like a number.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Canadian National Railway

ProsA lot of overtime hours=pretty big pay checks.
If you like disregarding safety rules this is the place for you.

ConsAs a track maintainer on the rail gang and welding I was working anywhere from Saskatchewan to BC in the middle of nowhere. 10 days on 4 days off work cycle, they pay a rate per km travelled to and from work but if you have anythig other than a car it doesn't cover gas costs and the travel eats into your days off I.e. If I was stationed in sask or northern BC it would eat up 1 or 2 days of my time off.

I was almost killed on the job a couple times due to incompetent foreman running through our permit limits on the tracks and not heading my advice about vehicle maintenance for our welding truck. If you live in a town that employs a lot of CN'ers it can be almost impossible to bid onto a section job where you're home every week.

I quit due to the lack of respect from my fellow welding crew and dangerous situations we were always put in, so many of us quit at once that they did a follow up investigation after we left as they knew their was a problem with how it was run, yet I never got any reconsiliation as to being mistreated and forced to quit. I will never go back or advise anyone I care about I work their again.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes, just because somebody has been there 30 years it does not mean they are doing the job properly. My foreman was very experienced but blatantly put us in danger every week and disregarded any new rules because it wasn't how it was done when he started!

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Mediocre. Always looking for other jobs other than mine.

Conductor (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

ProsPay is good, that's about it.

ConsHarassment from management, terrible work life balance.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhat's the difference between a railroader, and someone who works for the railroad? I didn't think you'd know.

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

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Fulfilling and rewarding

Supervisor (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people to run the operation at the ground level. Treat the workers better.

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

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Ok for IT Experience

Telecom Engineer/Analyst (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

ProsAbove average compensation, opportunity to learn legacy and new technology, fairly flexible hours

ConsVery bureaucratic, silos within IT departments, lower funding for IT

Advice to Senior ManagementGet technically savvy managers within IT, more funding for telecom. There's no IT without a network to run on.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Conductor (Current Employee)
Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

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

Prossalary, benefits, fun to work, great responsibility, great promotion opportunities

Consirregular work hours, on call 24/7, stressful, safety sensitive

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible Hours, horribly managed, get out when you can.

Railroad Conductor (Current Employee)
Markham, ON (Canada)

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

ProsMoney, co-workers, that's all really.

ConsHours, management culture of fear, run like a prison - workers are inmates.

If you have other job oppurtunities, take them, HR sells the job real well, you will find you will be selling the job to yourself.

Advice to Senior Managementit's 2013 not 1913,

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

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Run Run away

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

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

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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