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Updated Jan 21, 2020

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3.2
47%
Recommend to a Friend
57%
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CN Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Ruest
Jean-Jacques Ruest
75 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay with good benefits and retirement(in 63 reviews)

  • "Good people around you, great pay and benefits(in 34 reviews)

Cons
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  1. Helpful (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 Company, Good Culture, High Expectations, Emerging IT Department"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Analyst in Homewood, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace with awesome people. Lots to do everyday, plenty going on to keep busy and improve. A high quality product was expected, and CN did a great job of hiring well rounded people. If you didn't perform after ~1 year, you would be let go with a reasonable compensation package. I witnessed a round of these layoffs and it was impressive to see a company actually value and respond to middle management regarding employee performance and expectations. All employees were well aware of who was under-performing. Too often these employees are kept around as 'dead weight.' CN, however, did not keep them around and it meant your colleagues are high quality as a result. Slightly above average compensation for the industry.

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    Cons

    Expected increases in responsibility without discussing salary increases concurrently.

    Advice to Management

    It is inappropriate to ask for people to volunteer to do extra tasks/work without having an open dialog about how these extra responsibilities translate to compensation.

    CN2020-01-07
  3. "good pay and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor 

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

    Pros

    you get to work on a train with a microwave and a refrigerator

    Cons

    being on call all the time

    CN2019-12-18
  4. "Demanding Position"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Supervisor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, learning about railcars, getting certifications, tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Long hours, your efforts are rarely acknowledged or satisfadtory.

    CN2019-12-18
  5. "Horrible"

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    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Homewood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good pay, great pension, and benefits

    Cons

    No work / life balance

    CN2019-12-26
  6. "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
  7. "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
  8. 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
  9. "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
  10. "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
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