Canadian National Railway

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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
87 Reviews
3.2
87 Reviews
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Canadian National Railway President, CEO, and Director Claude Mongeau
Claude Mongeau
30 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The pay is good, the benefits are top tier, the people you work with are great, and get paid to work out every day (in 10 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)

  • Upper management loves to yell and treat other managers like crap (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    not bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting equipment, always something happening

    Cons

    Lots of hours, pro work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Supervise

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits bonus

    Cons

    No time for a family life, work until you can work no longer. There is always a problem someone will try to pass on to the next guy. Get yell at because you can not be in more than one spot at one time. The stress never end only real time off, is scheduled holidays. Need to be available 24/7

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look and see how many hours front line mangers need to actually put in. With waiting for track time and managing men , meeting, and paperwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stress level - 10/10

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Concord, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Concord, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, job security

    Cons

    Too much Micro managing, blanket policies put in place without thought or planning process. Stress levels are rediculous, upper management needs to learn how to treat people like people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job security. Benefits. Not enough to meet 20 word requirement.

    Cons

    People are always scared.
    Methodology stuck in 80s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are 21st century.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    interesting

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    Current Employee - Equipment Operator
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator

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

    Pros

    job security benefits vacation perks

    Cons

    not enough troops too many bosses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more feet on the ground

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good!

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly people and good working environment.

    Cons

    Large company so upward mobility may be limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    CN is a large very political company to navigate

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    Current Employee - Corporate Services  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Corporate Services in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, Promotion possibilities, money, pension however there is a cost you have to put in long hours and don't ask why just do it attitude. Very political organization, must be able to navigate with the players.

    Cons

    Toxic senior leader makes life hard for everyone within the group, micro manages never delegates and has convoluted processes that must be followed even for the simplistic activity or project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some integrity, do what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to be at

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and benefits.
    Working on some nice technologies

    Cons

    -Pager duty and support.
    -Cross practices silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on enabling better communication and easier interactions with different technology silos

    Recommends
  10.  

    Tough industry for families

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainmaster
    Current Employee - Trainmaster

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay for entry level, comprehensive training program.

    Cons

    The railroad has to keep going 24,7,365. Almost no work/life balance. Short staffed and run lean in all departments. Inexperienced workforce. Very political environment. Conference calls about conference calls to discuss conference calls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for (as an entry level position)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Revenue Management Team  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Revenue Management Team in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable; Work/Life Balance; Friendly Employees

    Cons

    You can be stuck in a position for many years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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