Compare CN vs BNSF Railway BETA

See how working at CN vs. BNSF Railway compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at CN vs. BNSF Railway. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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CN

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BNSF Railway

Employee Ratings

  • CN scored higher in 9 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, CEO Approval, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.4
(based on 769 reviews)
CN employees rated their Overall Rating 0.3 higher than BNSF Railway employees rated theirs.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.1
(based on 1296 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
3.2
CN employees rated their Career Opportunities 0.3 higher than BNSF Railway employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
2.9
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
4.0
Compensation & Benefits
3.8
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
2.7
CN employees rated their Work-life balance 0.6 higher than BNSF Railway employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
2.1
Senior Management
Senior Management
2.6
Senior Management
2.4
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
2.8
Culture & Values
2.7
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
CN Ceo Jean-Jacques Ruest
62%
62%Jean-Jacques Ruest
CN employees rated their CEO Approval 19% higher than BNSF Railway employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
BNSF Railway Ceo Kathryn Farmer
43%
43%Kathryn Farmer
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
57%
CN employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 17% higher than BNSF Railway employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
41%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
56%
CN employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 20% higher than BNSF Railway employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
37%

Salaries

Of the top 3 common jobs between the two companies, BNSF Railway salaries averaged $25,885 higher than CN.
Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Railroad Conductor32 Salaries
$46/hr
Locomotive Engineer34 Salaries
$111,339/yr
Rail Traffic Controller5 Salaries
$105,203/yr
Salaries for similar jobs
Railroad Conductor207 Salaries
$86,464/yr
Locomotive Engineer133 Salaries
$106,408/yr
Terminal Trainmaster39 Salaries
$101,370/yr

What Employees Say

  • BNSF Railway had 81 more reviews than CN that mentioned "Good pay" as a Pro.
  • BNSF Railway had 40 more reviews than CN that mentioned "Work life balance" as a Con.
Pros
Pros
"Good pay"(in 81 reviews)
"Good benefits"(in 46 reviews)
Pros
"Good pay"(in 162 reviews)
"Great pay"(in 129 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Work life balance"(in 48 reviews)
"Long hours"(in 44 reviews)
Cons
"Work life balance"(in 88 reviews)
"Call 24 7"(in 72 reviews)
Featured Review

Current Employee - Engineer

I have been working at CN full-time

Pros

The pay is really good

Cons

the schedule is not consistent

"Railroad"Sep 13, 2021

Current Employee - Trainer

I have been working at BNSF Railway full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Great people, excellent pay and benefits

Cons

Lots of travel and away from home

Job Postings

CN has 91 more recently posted open jobs than BNSF Railway.