Canadian National Railway

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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
90 Reviews

3.0
90 Reviews
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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau
Claude Mongeau
27 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at CN was a fun and challenging experience.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Homewood, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Homewood, IL

    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.  

    Virtually a nightmare

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    Former Employee - Transportation Clerk
    Former Employee - Transportation Clerk

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are great. That's where it ends.

    Cons

    Some of the cons include- but are not limited to- poor, underqualified management, little to no disregard for employees, and general sketchiness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    not such a great place , worst Management in the country

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Detroit, MI

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Glad its over. Only worked there because they bought out my old railroad

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    Former Employee - Track Laborer
    Former Employee - Track Laborer

    Pros

    There is money to be made, but you're going to sleep in hotels 5 nights a week to make it.

    Cons

    Hire contractors to do our work, don't care about employees, and safety is only relevant after someone gets hurt. Very poor upper management. Managers go out daily with the intention of failing x amount of employees on safety audits, it's ridiculous. Worked way to long without a contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop enforcing policy through fear and treat your employees like human beings!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good but could be much better

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    Fair wage with decent health care coverage (could be better).

    Cons

    There's no discipline rule for employees. Which gives CN management unlimited options when disciplining employees. This can be very unfair to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on improving communication with all employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It was a good experience

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    Current Employee - Trainmaster  in  Sioux City, IA
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Sioux City, IA

    Pros

    Pay and the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Upper management loves to yell and treat other managers like crap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Some managers are better than others

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    Current Employee - Track Laborer  in  Stevens Point, WI
    Current Employee - Track Laborer in Stevens Point, WI

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    DOUBLE STANDARDS!

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    Current Employee - Conductor  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    The only good thing about this place is the money. I don't know anything else positive to say, its sad really.

    Cons

    There is an unspoken double standard that exists at the CN. They have a rule book in which you are to comply with that has, literally, over 1,000 rules in it. If you go by all the rules, which is next to impossible, you will not get your job done. If you break the rules to get your job done, you risk getting written up or even fired.

    The double standard is that the company expects you to break certain rules in order to finish your job. However, the company must complete efficiency tests in where company officials go out and spy on employees in the field to catch them breaking the smallest rules. If an employee goes by every single rule and does not finish their work, the company thinks the employee is "screwing them".

    If you ask any company official about what I just wrote, they will deny it. At this place, you get penalized for breaking the rules, and you get penalized for going by the rules. This is no joke and very frustrating for people that just want to come to work and do a good job.

    Here lately, within the last few months, it seems that the company has gotten even more vigilant for employees breaking the most smallest and seemingly ridiculous rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the CN would be to wake up and realize that the more employees that you write up for breaking the small rules, the more employees you will have that are going to go by ALL the rules. As this happens, customers will not get switched and trains will be severely delayed. Make up your mind about what rules you really want to enforce and how slow or fast you want your operation to be. If it is the FRA that is making you enforce all these silly rules, lobby Congress, apply for FRA waivers, do whatever it takes!

    You have been warned!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    CN fires people for no reason if they have a beef with you.

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    CN pay is very good but that is totally it!!!

    Cons

    CN is the worst place you can work period! they make up stuff to get you fired when they have a beef with you. one train crew was totally fired because they blew the whistle for track men moving dangerous material cars with track machines. one was even arrested over made up charges!!! i hope that man has a field day in court with the railroad. the managers make you break rules and then when something goes wrong they call an investigation and fire you. you look over your back everyday you come to work wondering if today will be your last day before you are fired. what kind of life is that dealing with this much stress wondering how you will support your family working with the set of double standards this company uses to get the work done. you could end up fired or worse they try to ruin your life by making false acusations that get you tosed in jail!! this isnt railroading and i have no idea what you would call it. these people need to be investigated by the federal government or something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    step up to the plate and stop harrasing employees. stop lying in company investigations and elsewhere. treat us like you yourself would want to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great job

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    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    Great pay and excellent benefits. You also have the ability to move up and a fast pace. You also have the option to transfer to a different job if you are unhappy. The coworkers and supervisors are very helpful and will teach you all the skills you will need to be successful at this job.

    Cons

    About as much over time as you can handle,and the fact that you are on call 24 seven. Also the company has a zero tolerance policy for alcohol even the amount in mouth wash. Another down side to the job is that you will have to travel all around the us until you get enough years in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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