Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau
Claude Mongeau
44 Ratings

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. Trainmaster

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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


  2. Transportation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian National Railway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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!


  3. no life

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Analyst in Fond du Lac, WI
    Former Employee - Transportation Analyst in Fond du Lac, WI

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

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

    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


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  5. "Battered wife syndrome" type work environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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!


  6. Machinist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machinist in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Machinist in Memphis, TN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I have two kids end college

    Cons

    Cut all the overtime


  7. Helpful (1)

    CN is a large company who's leadership and workforce doesn't reflect the diverse customer base it supports.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Compensation. Pension and benefits are amazing for railroaders. Challenging work which produces personal growth. Multi-national organization which is always a plus for career oriented associates.

    Cons

    Leadership is good at leading the business but again not diverse. Where are the minorities in leadership? They are non-existent. I wouldn't recommend this company to any minority workgroup. The company doesn't have any diversity and inclusion initiatives and that is a major issue. Racial tension exists everywhere, especially in union and even in management. HR department is one of the worst I've encountered.

    Advice to Management

    Get a solid diversity and inclusion plan in place. Hire independent and external consultants to come shake up some of the old political structure that prevents internal promotion. CEO is good but he needs to get his hands dirty in some of the people issues. People are your greatest asset.


  8. union clerk

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerk in Homewood, IL
    Current Employee - Clerk in Homewood, IL

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    money, benefits, money, benefits, money, benefits, money, money .....

    Cons

    low morale, poor management, poor training, no leniency for human error -- even if its a minor infraction

    Advice to Management

    management should be taken from the ranks so they know what is required from the jobs --- so many are hired off the street with no railroad experience


  9. This company lies to you so you will accept job and once you are in the door they do the opposite of what was promised.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Train Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Train Conductor in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only good thing was pay.

    Cons

    Never at home, unsafe equipment, sleep deprived, horrible management. They will fire people in a minute, especially if you bring any safety issue to their attention.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the job by working with a Conductor in the field before trying to tell them how to do it.


  10. The worst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Carmen Supervisor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Crew Carmen Supervisor in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is great, but its a cut throat company.

    Cons

    Work condition lacks team effort

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. Helpful (2)

    Challenging

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really dedicated staff to work with

    Cons

    Senior management has created an oppressive work environment



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