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CN Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Aug 14, 2019

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CN CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest
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Pros
  • "Good pay, friendly staff, knowlegeable colleagues(in 51 reviews)

  • "There is great pay and benefits(in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance needs adjustment(in 32 reviews)

  • "Long hours are mandatory and little compensation is offered in return(in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company, Above Average in all Regards"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Train Control Systems Engineer in Homewood, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Positive Work Environment, Decent Culture. Management is reasonable and perceptive of input Some departments have better work/life balance than others (Engineering and I&T pretty good)

    Cons

    Organizational issues common with large companies Can be difficult to move within company, all major players in Corporate campus (Montreal) Preferential treatment to French Speakers Some management can be poor, business decisions are slow and laborious due to bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Honestly you do a great job, really respect our middle managers. Wish that upper management was more cohesive with working with US based employees on capital improvement projects

    CN2019-05-31
  2. "Local management!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Carman 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Second to non retirement plan and health benefits. THAT'S IT!!!

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance. Local management always wanted to show their subordinate who was boss at all cost! It was a toxic and cutthroat environment. Lots of jobs within the company, but if you weren't in good and a yes man you would never move up. Pay wasn't that great after all the railroad tier 1 and tier 2 taxes and retirement. You needed what we called fire insurance which...

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    Advice to Management

    Bring in fresh blood, people that aren't already corrupt by the toxic environment that exist and get rid of the buddy buddy system. Hire people that are qualified and the best candidates for the job and not your friend that already has issues with other employees.

    CN2019-05-31
  3. "Good pay, Dangerous hours"

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    Former Employee - Crew Caller in Homewood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CN for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay for unskilled labor

    Cons

    horrible horrible work/ life balance. 16 hour shifts with dangerously short turn around between shift

    Advice to Management

    advice to union: actually protect your members

    CN2018-01-13
  4. "Track Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CN full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits are nice

    Cons

    Poor work life balance for supervisors

    CN2016-05-28
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CN

    Pros

    Great Pay. Benefits. Dont need to have a specific education.. Union

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance..... very poor training. They will leave you on your own very quickly

    CN2015-07-04
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    "Good salary but be prepared to work in the field"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CN

    Pros

    Flexible hours and easy to work from home when needed. Helps maintain work-life balance.

    Cons

    Management must work in the field, on trains during strike situations as well as when there are shortages in operations. Training is given for field ops but as it is not your day job, you will not feel safe running the trains.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with forcing management to work in the field.

    CN2008-06-18
  7. "track maintainer"

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    Current Employee - Train Maintainer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary, benefits, pension, room for improvement

    Cons

    work life balance as always

    Advice to Management

    no advice. not everyone fit one size feet

    CN2019-06-24
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    "Not what they tell you"

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    Current Employee - Train Conductor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    On a yard, 8 hour days 5 days a week. When short on guys lots of OT possible, and bonus offered in certain places. If terminal is not shortage opportunity to transfer anywhere you can hold (seniority based of course). Job can be enjoyable. If you can transfer you do have opportunities. On yards work life balance is pretty good on road jobs too even since there are set days off spareboard not so much but that goes without...

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    Cons

    Pay is no where near what is told, make sure you ask if you are going to be hired to work on the BCR (North Vancouver, Squamish, lilloet, Williams lake, Quesnel, part of prince George, Chetwynd, Fort St John) or CN 4.3 agreement side. If you are hired onto the BCR you will be paid far worse and have to work harder. Management is changing jobs so there is substantially less earnings. It is also very much like an adult...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop changing the jobs so there is no incentive to stay in the terminal/with company.

    CN2019-05-08
  9. "Business Intelligence Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at CN

    Pros

    Work / Life Balance is good , Flexible Working Hours

    Cons

    Less Career Growth and learning investment

    CN2019-04-16
  10. "Employees who care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CN full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Good Location

    Cons

    Limited Advancement Options, Little time for personal/professional growth

    CN2019-03-13
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