I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 10 years)
If you do your job, the managers will leave you alone. The pay is out of this world. I hold regular road assignments with 6 days on and 3 days off. We bid jobs every 4 months. I am able to plan my year out pretty well. Vacation and health benefits are great too.
The hours are long, and poor managerial decisions delay trains repeatedly. Great for us at time and one half, but not so good for the customers. Suggestions given to management (something I won't do anymore) is never considered, and often frowned upon. They dig their own holes and quickly fall right into them. Typical class 1 railroad as far as testing and rules compliance. No big deal as long as you do your job well. The railroad isn't for everyone, and if your heart isn't in it, don't do it!
Advice to Management
Promote train masters and RTC's from the ranks. Bringing in people that don't even know railroad lingo is bad enough, but people that have never railroaded before is terrible, and destructive to the company as a whole.
I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Pueblo, CO) in October 2016.
After applying through the CN site, a HR representative called to set up an interview. The interview was web based through Webex. In attendance were the HR representative I spoke with on the phone, the senior manager of the group, a former manager of the group, and a team leader of a similar group.