Canadian National Railway

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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
89 Reviews
3.1
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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau
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31 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    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
  2. 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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    DOUBLE STANDARDS!

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    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
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  5. 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

    I worked at Canadian National Railway

    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
  6.  

    Good salary but be prepared to work in the field

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    Flexible hours and easy to work from home when needed. Helps maintain work-life balance.

    Cons

    Management must work in the field, on trains during strike situations as well as when there are shortages in operations. Training is given for field ops but as it is not your day job, you will not feel safe running the trains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with forcing management to work in the field.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bad Management, stuck in the 1800's mentality.

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great co-workers, Excellent pension.
    Satisfaction of getting a train from A-B safely.
    Fantastic scenery through the Fraser canyon.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at first level management.
    Micro managed work force by those that don't know what they are doing.
    No set schedule for work, 2 hour call, available 24/7/365 with inability to be properly rested in between trips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those with experience, people want to get the job done.
    Nitpicking, and employee focussed safety.
    Productivity over safety wins every time for management bonus payments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Was a horrible company when I started, but things are getting better.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Money, pension, and perks like the share plan

    Cons

    On call 24/7/365. Which is great if you have no life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop adding blanket rules for all employees which make the job more difficult. If a 3 month employee crashes because he doesn't know what he was doing, it doesn't mean anyone who's been here years will do the same thing. Bring back the restricted helper designation to allow new guys to get some extra time which someone senior there to babysit them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    employees are a dime a dozen

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    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
  10.  

    good salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    good salary, stable,benefits, good working environment

    Cons

    no challenges, routine and unionized, etc

  11.  

    the experience of working for the railroad , and the many benefits it offers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Labourer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Labourer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    the many options for growth , the pay is good , the pension is very good , they treat you well , good training available for whatever position you apply for

    Cons

    you start on the bottom level , the 24 hour shift hours are hard to get used to , especially the midnight shift , days off are never just the weekend , could be mid-week , tough to schedule things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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