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DOUBLE STANDARDS!

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Current Employee - Conductor  in  Memphis, TN
Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN

I have been working at Canadian National Railway

Pros

The only good thing about this place is the money. I don't know anything else positive to say, its sad really.

Cons

There is an unspoken double standard that exists at the CN. They have a rule book in which you are to comply with that has, literally, over 1,000 rules in it. If you go by all the rules, which is next to impossible, you will not get your job done. If you break the rules to get your job done, you risk getting written up or even fired.

The double standard is that the company expects you to break certain rules in order to finish your job. However, the company must complete efficiency tests in where company officials go out and spy on employees in the field to catch them breaking the smallest rules. If an employee goes by every single rule and does not finish their work, the company thinks the employee is "screwing them".

If you ask any company official about what I just wrote, they will deny it. At this place, you get penalized for breaking the rules, and you get penalized for going by the rules. This is no joke and very frustrating for people that just want to come to work and do a good job.

Here lately, within the last few months, it seems that the company has gotten even more vigilant for employees breaking the most smallest and seemingly ridiculous rules.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

My advice to the CN would be to wake up and realize that the more employees that you write up for breaking the small rules, the more employees you will have that are going to go by ALL the rules. As this happens, customers will not get switched and trains will be severely delayed. Make up your mind about what rules you really want to enforce and how slow or fast you want your operation to be. If it is the FRA that is making you enforce all these silly rules, lobby Congress, apply for FRA waivers, do whatever it takes!

You have been warned!

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    CN fires people for no reason if they have a beef with you.

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    CN pay is very good but that is totally it!!!

    Cons

    CN is the worst place you can work period! they make up stuff to get you fired when they have a beef with you. one train crew was totally fired because they blew the whistle for track men moving dangerous material cars with track machines. one was even arrested over made up charges!!! i hope that man has a field day in court with the railroad. the managers make you break rules and then when something goes wrong they call an investigation and fire you. you look over your back everyday you come to work wondering if today will be your last day before you are fired. what kind of life is that dealing with this much stress wondering how you will support your family working with the set of double standards this company uses to get the work done. you could end up fired or worse they try to ruin your life by making false acusations that get you tosed in jail!! this isnt railroading and i have no idea what you would call it. these people need to be investigated by the federal government or something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    step up to the plate and stop harrasing employees. stop lying in company investigations and elsewhere. treat us like you yourself would want to be treated.

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

    Great job

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    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Canadian National Railway

    Pros

    Great pay and excellent benefits. You also have the ability to move up and a fast pace. You also have the option to transfer to a different job if you are unhappy. The coworkers and supervisors are very helpful and will teach you all the skills you will need to be successful at this job.

    Cons

    About as much over time as you can handle,and the fact that you are on call 24 seven. Also the company has a zero tolerance policy for alcohol even the amount in mouth wash. Another down side to the job is that you will have to travel all around the us until you get enough years in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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