Canadian National Railway

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Canadian National Railway Reviews in Edmonton, AB

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
95 Reviews
3.2
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    great

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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

    Equipment Operator

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    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Money is decent. Employee share program is good.

    Cons

    Schedule is awful. Don't expect weekends off for at least 3 years. Working environment not great - it's a very 'them' vs 'us' mentality between the union workers and management. The union is useless, as was our union representative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    employees are a dime a dozen

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - LMU in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - LMU in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    money and a lot of overtime

    Cons

    politics, more than normal, upper management are red necks, and if you want to get a break in the company, you have to know someone. Ignorance, a lot of racism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Telling an visible minority employee that he is a dime a dozen, makes you wonder whats going to happen when someone comes at you with racial profiling....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    not bad

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting equipment, always something happening

    Cons

    Lots of hours, pro work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre. Always looking for other jobs other than mine.

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Conductor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, that's about it.

    Cons

    Harassment from management, terrible work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Equipment Operator at Intermodal Yard

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fulfilling and rewarding

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    • 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
  9.  

    Interesting place to work.

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    • 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 (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    If I had to do it over again - NO bloody way!

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    Current Employee - RTC in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - RTC in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    it does pay some bills.
    if you are a stupid, backstabbing, conniving brown-noser THIS is the place for you!
    at least E dot is gone.

    Cons

    nepotism, incompetence, unhealthy inflexible shift work, no chance for advancement or promotion based on merit. Hostile and abusive work environment. No incentives recognition or rewards offered to unionized positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have supervisors with people skills and experience. Incompetence at other positions should not be a reason to promote. Less managers. Listen to your employees when they offer advice or input - too often given to dumb, obstinate or just plain ignorant managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depressing. Only word to describe working for CN.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    I would have to say that the only reasons to work for CN are job security and the benefits. job security because they absolutely cannot keep new employees which means you can continually screw up there and they will not fire you.

    Cons

    Really there are so many negative things to say about this company . Really its that bad. Unhealthy atmosphere, physically, mentally and emotionally. Management is out to lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its time to realize that the status quo is not working for CN. Its time to really listen to your employees and see why its so hard to keep, new, talented individuals with your comapny.

    Doesn't Recommend

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