Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau
Claude Mongeau
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Pros
  • good benefits - good pay- room for advancement -great co workers - good schedule for the extra board (in 11 reviews)

  • job security benefits vacation perks (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of hours, pro work life balance (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. Railway Electrician

    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Cordova, TN
    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Cordova, TN

    I worked at Canadian National Railway (More than a year)

    Pros

    fun work, keeps you busy

    Cons

    night shift with no weekends off


  2. Helpful (1)

    Overall negative

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Jackson, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, assigned off days on extra board. Five on two off one week six on one off next week.

    Cons

    Constant fear of being pulled out of service for minor infractions, whether you're a new hire or an old head. Too strict of a layoff policy, can only lay off three days in a twelve week period. Doctors excuses are not accepted. Any day of being marked off is counted as an unexcused absence. Stressful place to work. Quality of life poor.

    Advice to Management

    Rely more and listen more to the people that have been there a long time. Further mentor and guide the younger guys, not look for ways to pull them out of service.


  3. Work at cn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for with great benefits and retirement. The pay scale is above average and the work conditions are great

    Cons

    High intensity and very demanding field


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  5. Helpful (1)

    clerical

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    Current Employee - Clerical Union in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Clerical Union in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay - good retirement benefits which I will be enjoying soon - I feel sorry for new people just starting

    Cons

    oppressive work environment - people are treated like slaves --- double shifts - no lunch break- return on less then 8 hours and do it again

    Advice to Management

    poor management - no experience -cut throat - management is treated horrible and pass it down


  6. Trainmaster

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    High compensation and great benefits. Fantastic training and a great place to get experience in the corporate work force. Hunter Camp was a blast.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to deal with very long hours. Must be prepared to sacrifice family time if their is an issue like a derailment.

    Advice to Management

    Give the trainmasters more say so in how the yards are operated and allow for more flexibility when it comes to dealing with the traincrews


  7. Transportation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits. Union shop.

    Cons

    Management hides in the weeds and try's to catch you doing ANYTHING wrong so they can fire you and get another feather in their cap. Long hours, varying schedule, no family life at all. Young Union shop, dues to high and shows favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees do their jobs and stop spying!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay. Benefits. Dont need to have a specific education.. Union

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance..... very poor training. They will leave you on your own very quickly


  9. Helpful (1)

    no life

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    Former Employee - Transportation Analyst in Fond du Lac, WI
    Former Employee - Transportation Analyst in Fond du Lac, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good pay, but no flexibility for any family time

    Cons

    too many to list-including the "golden handcuffs"

    Advice to Management

    treat people like you want them to be there, not who is next to blame


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Battered wife syndrome" type work environment!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive wages with perks. Doesn't make up for the hostile environment driven from the executive level.

    Cons

    Threatened daily on internal conference lines that you or one of your employees could be terminated or "marched off the property" if things aren't fixed with your operation.

    Advice to Management

    Be firm but fair! The battered wife syndrome type leadership does not work. We all know bench strength is weak for future candidates so try to keep the ones you have!


  11. Machinist

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Machinist in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have two kids end college

    Cons

    Cut all the overtime



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