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Updated Dec 8, 2019

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3.3
50%
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66%
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CN CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest
Jean-Jacques Ruest
65 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay with good benefits and retirement(in 59 reviews)

  • "Good people around you, great pay and benefits(in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Communications tech"

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    Current Employee - Communications Technician in Battle Creek, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Environment, get along well with management

    Cons

    Too much management, needs reduction

    CN2019-07-31
  2. "Great job if you make it!"

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    Current Employee - Rail Traffic Controller in Homewood, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Six figure salary within 18 months of hire. Unionized contract. (the best in all the industry) You will get an additional 2% of your overall salary placed into 401K yearly without doing anything (don't even have to contribute a dime as an employee) you start with 5 PLDs to use right when you start. Stock purchase program matches 35% up to 6% of your salary. So between the base salary and other ways to get matches,... you will make 110K per year. That's not including overtime. With OT some make 120K. Oh yeah and forgot to mention, 8 hours shifts/ 40 hours per week - No long hours.

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    Cons

    You are on probation from the moment you are hired until 6 months after qualification day. So to put it in perspective some may take 3-6 months to qualify so add that to the amount of time you are on probation. If it takes 6 months to qualify then add another 6 which makes a full year that your on probation. During this period you can be terminated for no reason at all. I mean it. Don't try to think your way out or... think you will beat the system, they will get rid of you fast if your not cutting it. In addition the place is a revolving door. So many come and so many go. The stress is extremely high and often you will get undermined by others who call you a "mouse clicker" as if the job is easy and thats all you do. You are only a few mistakes away from being "put on the street" which is a fancy way of saying fired. I have seen guys/gals with 10-15 years on the job get into a season in their career where a few honest mistakes were made and got canned with no mercy. The problem is that even an honest mistake if it involves safety means that someone could have got injured or got killed due to the mistake. This is taken seriously and there is no way around it. Also, you will be on a guaranteed extra board and be required to train and work a total of 4 desks to fill where needed. You will most likely get your schedule 2 weeks in advance (subject to changes) which is still abnormal and actually better than how most extra boards work in the industry but the fact that this is not your standard 9-5PM job should be a warning. You can expect to work holidays/weekends/overnight shifts.

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    Advice to Management

    I do not have anything negative to say other than management you are seen as the ones who are out to get everyone. That is just inherent to holding the title you do in management. The truth is, regardless of how nice or respectful you may be, you are still representing the company as an officer. Please put more emphasis on training. The training received for the job needs a lot of improvement. This will be the key... to employee retention and gaining skilled RTCs that will be around for longer than 3-4 years. There is a HUGE HUGE issue in this regard. Stop this revolving door! Also my advice to senior management is to lay off the chiefs back. They seem to always be getting questioned by higher ups with calls and questions. Always seems like they are having to defend every move. They are overloaded too. I see them doing tedious tasks as if they are clerks while they are trying to coordinate with the RTCs. How are they supposed to do their jobs as leaders when they are inundated with such repetitive and clerical tasks and getting their throats cut by their superiors? By the way, this is one reason why RTCs do not desire to be promoted. Overall, there is a lot of work to be done..

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    CN2019-11-05
  3. "Perfect if single with no kids"

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    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Jackson, MS
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Money and benefits. Made lifelong friends

    Cons

    Constantly working No time with family Managers are idiots

    Advice to Management

    Heed the advice of conductors and engineers

    CN2019-11-12
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Salary"

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    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Homewood, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent salary, benefits and off days

    Cons

    Old equipment, dangerous engineers and facilities

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee relations and communication

    CN2019-09-05
  5. "Bare minimum"

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    Current Employee - Railroad Conductor in Proctor, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good money and benefits

    Cons

    Don’t care about the safety of workers

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders not managers

    CN2019-09-22
  6. "Conductor"

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    Former Employee - Freight Conductor 

    I worked at CN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    •Pay •Benefits •Work different jobs •Work with different people

    Cons

    •No work life balance •On call all the time •Management

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone fairly!

    CN2019-08-14
  7. "Job Security"

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    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable and secure job, good work balance

    Cons

    Slow to change, employees could be treated better

    CN2019-08-07
  8. "CN Locomotive Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Effingham, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CN full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Union Contract. Job was always secure. After 5 years, no possibility of layoff.

    Cons

    Discipline for minor infractions is excessive.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building and retaining business and let hourly employees think for themselves.

    CN2019-08-03
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great pay and that's it"

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Battle Creek, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Money money money and that is it

    Cons

    It will be your entire life They dont care about you in any way. You are a warm body.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people right and worry less about your bonus

    CN2019-07-15
  10. "Good pay bad work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Carmen in Fond du Lac, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent

    Cons

    No weekends or holidays off

    Advice to Management

    Invest in maintenance, tooling, materials, and personnel

    CN2019-07-08
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