Canadian National Railway

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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
95 Reviews
3.2
95 Reviews
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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau
Claude Mongeau
36 Ratings

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.  

    conductor

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    good benefits - good pay- room for advancement -great co workers - good schedule for the extra board

    Cons

    work on call then work nights for a long time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    eliminate conductor only jobs

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

    Challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some really dedicated staff to work with

    Cons

    Senior management has created an oppressive work environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    Pay, location, easy work

    Cons

    Not a job, it is a life-Style
    CN Management
    Long hours sitting on a train dead waiting for cab for 5 hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to all employees and do not play favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a happy experience!

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    Former Employee - Train Dispatcher in Homewood, IL
    Former Employee - Train Dispatcher in Homewood, IL

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

    Pros

    Pay is outstanding & top in the industry.

    Cons

    Unprofessional management promoted with no educational background or leadership skills. Only railroad knowledge & buddy system.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great pay and Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    The clerical workers even make $60,000 a year. Benefits and retirement package is out of this world.

    Cons

    Have a zero policy for laying off work. Have to get FLMA just for doctor appts although you get 10 days a year for sick time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more educated managers that understand theory on how to manage efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Virtually a nightmare

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    Former Employee - Transportation Clerk
    Former Employee - Transportation Clerk

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

    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
  8. 4 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

    I worked at Canadian National Railway as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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

    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
  10. 2 people 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

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

    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
  11.  

    A career move

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    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Proctor, MN
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Proctor, MN

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

    Pros

    Great Wages and Benefits package

    Cons

    On call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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