Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. It was a good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Sioux City, IA
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Sioux City, IA

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and the people I worked with.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect


  2. Helpful (1)

    Some managers are better than others

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Track Laborer in Stevens Point, WI
    Current Employee - Track Laborer in Stevens Point, WI

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (5)

    DOUBLE STANDARDS!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


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  5. Helpful (3)

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

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Canadian National Railway

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    None


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good salary but be prepared to work in the field

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Do away with forcing management to work in the field.


  8. Sr.Accounting and Finance Clerk

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Revenue Accountant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Revenue Accountant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian National Railway

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

    Pros

    Very good company to grow-up with.Paid for most of my university education at McGill University.I was with CN from 1964-1978 in various depts.at System H.Q. and St.Lawrence Region,i.e.,Administration,H.R.,Passenger Sales and Services and Revenue Accounting.

    Cons

    I left in 1978 due to the election of the P.Q.Government in Quebec.They were hiring individuals off the street because they spoke French,ahead of University graduates.There was also a push to hire females regardless of education and language.They definetly caved in to the Governments demands,particularly the Government of Quebec.

    Advice to Management

    By hiring U.S. citizens from Chicago certainly didn't help the cause any.


  9. Supply chain student intership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good company
    flexible
    good schedule
    learn a lot
    people know many topics

    Cons

    No body know about process of company
    people with mentality public.. others more competitive
    bad comunication


  10. Challenging Workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Pay, Training, Benefits including stock options.

    Cons

    Shift Work, Management, Work-life-Balance, Lack of direction for the company

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus on work-life balance.


  11. Project manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    a lot of exposure, a lot of learning.. learn to multitask, prioritize, be a leader and see how your projects affect the transportation

    Cons

    too much pressure, pay should be higher for number of hours completed per year, or overtime should be payed. Overloaded

    Advice to Management

    hire more personel, interns, provide better pays, more coaching..



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