Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Had fun, don't regret leaving, wouldn't come back.

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrician in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Electrician in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair pay, saftey is often mentioned, usually considered. Steady work. Good pension, acceptable benifits.

    Cons

    Poorly trained staff, weak lower level managment, young inexperienced workforce. Terrible days off/hours. Mediocre training program run as slow as possible.

    Advice to Management

    The relationship between union workers and managment is terrible. Quotas for disciplinary reports are ridiculous. expecting unlimited overtime from managment without any pay leaves competent employees looking elsewhere to advance their careers.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Conductor

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, outdoors, good union..ish. Some people are willing to help the new guys and won't step on you to much.

    Cons

    Long hours, away from home, good if you're single or looking for a strained relationship, Can't be picky on who you work with.

    Advice to Management

    They don't know what a plan is to save their lives they run the rails like a bunch of supreme commanders some need to slow it down and listen to those who have been there longer.


  3. Travel

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    $$$$$$ is goood. Have a chance to make good money. Can travel the world. Work is full time.

    Cons

    Management at lower lvl needs less stress cuz they take it out on workers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting banaid fix to things, do it right the first time or find someone that will.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Equipment Operator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Money is decent. Employee share program is good.

    Cons

    Schedule is awful. Don't expect weekends off for at least 3 years. Working environment not great - it's a very 'them' vs 'us' mentality between the union workers and management. The union is useless, as was our union representative.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Average

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits; Cafetaria; Location, Location, Location

    Cons

    MIddle Management is poor, lacks actual accounting skills, mediocre manager.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the employees and the company will automatically improve


  7. Helpful (2)

    Bad Management, stuck in the 1800's mentality.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    employees are a dime a dozen

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - LMU in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - LMU in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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....


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. good salary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. diverse, challenging never dull

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    opportunities for advancement for all those willing to work hard

    Cons

    long work hours, away from home

    Advice to Management

    better work life balance,



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