Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Tough industry for families

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

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

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

    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.

  2. Helpful (2)

    CN is a large very political company to navigate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Have some integrity, do what you preach.

  3. 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)

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

    Pros

    Friendly people and good working environment.

    Cons

    Large company so upward mobility may be limited.

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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable; Work/Life Balance; Friendly Employees

    Cons

    You can be stuck in a position for many years

  6. Equipment Operator at Intermodal Yard

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Opportunities to travel/relocate within company.
    - A decent amount of overtime offered.
    - Steady schedule
    - Good pension

    Cons

    - Good luck trying to get on a decent shift without 10+ years experience (ie. you'll be working weekends for the rest of your life)
    - The rate of pay is the same for everyone, whether you've worked for 20 years or 20 minutes.
    - Work with a lot of lazy and incompetent people, because it's too hard to fire them.
    - Very little opportunity to advance.

    Advice to Management

    - Provide more opportunities for career growth for the employees that want (and deserve!) it.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Mediocre. Always looking for other jobs other than mine.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Conductor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Conductor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, that's about it.

    Cons

    Harassment from management, terrible work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    What's the difference between a railroader, and someone who works for the railroad? I didn't think you'd know.

  8. Locomotive Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Melville, SK (Canada)
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Melville, SK (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Excellent co-workers. Most managers are decent, some not. I love the flexible hours and the time off. Good benefits and pension. Great employee discounts.

    Cons

    Some managers try to be intimidating. Too much time away from home at times.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to suggestions from employees. They are the ones that see what goes on and see how to improve things. Learn better people skills.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great if you never want a life and want to be treated like a number.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    A lot of overtime hours=pretty big pay checks.
    If you like disregarding safety rules this is the place for you.

    Cons

    As a track maintainer on the rail gang and welding I was working anywhere from Saskatchewan to BC in the middle of nowhere. 10 days on 4 days off work cycle, they pay a rate per km travelled to and from work but if you have anythig other than a car it doesn't cover gas costs and the travel eats into your days off I.e. If I was stationed in sask or northern BC it would eat up 1 or 2 days of my time off.

    I was almost killed on the job a couple times due to incompetent foreman running through our permit limits on the tracks and not heading my advice about vehicle maintenance for our welding truck. If you live in a town that employs a lot of CN'ers it can be almost impossible to bid onto a section job where you're home every week.

    I quit due to the lack of respect from my fellow welding crew and dangerous situations we were always put in, so many of us quit at once that they did a follow up investigation after we left as they knew their was a problem with how it was run, yet I never got any reconsiliation as to being mistreated and forced to quit. I will never go back or advise anyone I care about I work their again.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes, just because somebody has been there 30 years it does not mean they are doing the job properly. My foreman was very experienced but blatantly put us in danger every week and disregarded any new rules because it wasn't how it was done when he started!

  10. Helpful (1)

    great

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

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

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

    Pros

    good money, good union, good co workers, lots of great perks and benefits

    Cons

    bad hours and on call, thats all i can think, good company over all

  11. Helpful (1)

    Fulfilling and rewarding

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway part-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, able to move across departments, bonuses for all management levels, good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance if you're involved in the operation in any way

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to run the operation at the ground level. Treat the workers better.

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