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.  

    Just OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary, job security,

    Cons

    No meritocracy ...
    Big employee turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the right people in the right place.

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

    Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Great experience while still studying
    - Employees are super nice (willing to help you if needed)
    - Reputable company
    - Learnt quite a bit about the industry
    - Learnt a lot about myself
    - Great pay for this level

    Cons

    - Left to figure everything out for myself
    - Boss was away 50% of the summer
    - No time to delegate tasks or explain the ones given
    - Boss had no time to answer questions
    - Employees seemed stressed out and tired
    - No deadlines given
    - No structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall I really learnt a lot and it taught me a great deal about the workforce and the company. Downside is that I was expecting more guidance from my superiors. Make sure that the summer students that are interning for you company are treated properly. They are the future of your company and the industry and are willing and eager to work for you guys, you just need to give them the chance and the potential to excel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

    Supervise

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stress level - 10/10

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Concord, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Concord, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay

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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 (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
  8.  

    interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (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
  9.  

    Good!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    CN is a large very political company to navigate

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11.  

    Good place to be at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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

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