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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  • The hours can be taxing, considering you are on call 24/7/365, getting time off is a real chore (in 14 reviews)

  • Work Life balance can be challenging for mid to upper level positions (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Decent, Financially Strong Company and Great Pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Fond du Lac, WI
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Fond du Lac, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  2. "Freight Conductor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Railroad Conductor in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay, benefits. Ability to do most work the way you want to do it. Most employees are easy to get along with and professional.

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable schedule, irregular shifts. No regular schedule jobs to look forward to as your seniority progresses. Attendance policy is not great either.

    Advice to Management

    None really, to be honest that is the culture of the railroad industry. Employees in transportation work odd hours and are away from home quite often - thats just the nature of the business.


  3. "A decent company with best wages in the industry."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    With CN you get weekly assigned days off. The pay at CN is the best of all class I railroads.

    Cons

    As with all railroads, the FRA has their hands all over the place. Makes it hard to do your job without criticism.


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  5. "Rail Track Maintainer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Rail Track Maintainer in Brookhaven, MS
    Current Employee - Rail Track Maintainer in Brookhaven, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    The company is great to its employees

    Cons

    Don't apply if you don't like being away from home

    Advice to Management

    Everything seems to be working harmoniously


  6. "Buyer beware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Homewood, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Homewood, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent compensation if you are on the corporate plan. Workload reasonable. Travel reasonable. Good benefits. Decent training opportunities. Able to get long term incentive stock at mid management.

    Cons

    Zero succession planning unless you are Canadian. Company focusing on shrinking US presence... very flat organization....used to be a North American Railroad. Not now. Company just cut all US bonus by 50% with only a 5% salary increase.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on something other than just CP... all day every day...their are other railroads out there.


  7. "Crew Dispatcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Homewood, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Homewood, IL

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay was great but it's a high stress environment. Get ready to work a lot of overtime.

    Cons

    Lack of upward career advancement. Hire to fire environment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop threatening your workforce with investigations and terminations over small infractions.


  8. "Good experience, highly demanding and many hours required"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are great. Good experience to increase people management skills. You have a hand in economy and how it works.

    Cons

    Hours are tough, working holidays, weekends, family get togethers. 24/7/365 - railroad does not stop running. High stress job, very cut throat

    Advice to Management

    Be good to employees


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    "Transportation Clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Clerk in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Transportation Clerk in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Income for the job titles require little education basic typing and computer skills. There are no steps to top salary in your job title as Transportation Clerk. On day 1 according to your grade that's the pay you receive

    Cons

    Inadequare job training, no room for growth. Nepotism. When and if you make a mistake it could cause you to be temporarily suspended without pay.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Locomotive Machinist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Diesel Mechanic in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Diesel Mechanic in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salery, opportunity and benefits

    Cons

    A Lazy Employee is Lazy everyday, But let a Over Achiving Employee slow down for one day. And all Hell Breaks Out !

    Advice to Management

    Get off the backs of the productive employees, and elemental the slackers !


  11. "Great Pay, Horrible Treatment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RTC Center in Homewood, IL
    Former Employee - RTC Center in Homewood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Great Benefits
    Union positions based on seniority

    Cons

    Horrible shifts
    Incompetent leadership
    No opportunity to leave union and become management if so desired

    Advice to Management

    Do your job effectively and efficiently, then you won't have to be so uptight all the time hoping subordinates and colleagues squared your work away when YOUR BOSS comes looking for YOU.


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