Canadian National Railway

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Canadian National Railway

Pros

travelled all over eastern region of canada

Cons

not enough feedback from employers

Advice to ManagementAdvice

give employees feed back and recognition for good work

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    Horrible work/life balance for Trainmasters

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

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

    Pros

    The pay and bonus is great, excellent health benefits, and (most) coworkers are amazing to work with.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is non-existent in management. Trainmasters are expected to protect conductor holes on days off, no one gets weekends off. If one person doesn't answer their phone on days off, the group gets punished with an even worse work schedule for everyone. Expected to dial into conference calls even on days off which means no going out of cell range (camping, etc) or disciplinary action will occur.
    Trainmasters are caught in the middle of upper management and the employees who run the trains - they really do try to keep things running smoothly but hands are tied with ridiculous demands. Hiding in bushes and watching employees work comes to mind. The system in place to ensure employees are following rules is being abused. Instead of being used as a learning tool and a way to coach employees, it is being used as a disciplinary tool.
    There is a culture of fear, and an almost toxic environment due to the frustration of most employees with how things are done.
    Training programs lack - CN uses something I like to call "Battlefield Training," give them a cell phone, truck and a laptop and let them loose.
    Those who are incompetent seem to get promoted quite readily, and somehow end up with the great shifts and days off. Those who actually know what they're doing get stuck in one job because upper management won't release them to bigger and better positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your Trainmasters a rotating weekend schedule, let us have lives outside of work. I don't mind working weekends, just not every single one. Start paying us our stats like we are entitled to.
    You're going to start losing a lot of great employees soon if something doesn't change. I know myself and a few more are looking elsewhere - money isn't everything. Your future isn't sticking around, and the ones who are staying are the ones you really don't want to keep.
    I don't see anyone from within the company lining up for my job. Make it more appealing and promote from within. These former Starbucks and Futureshop managers hired into Trainmaster service are absolutely clueless and scary to have out there.
    Stop railroading by number!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    it had its ups and downs but overall it was a good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    apprentice program was real good, working there you met so many people within CN and outside railways where you could gain knowledge....the company always listened to any complaints I had and resolved them,....

    Cons

    so many negative people...what I found the negative people always did as little as possible and were great union supporters.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when somebody is promoted give them the skills they need for there job...and treat people under you the same way you liker to be treated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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