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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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Canadian National Railway President and Chief Executive Officer Luc Jobin
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  • There is no work/life balance on the railroad (in 18 reviews)

  • if you are a contracted employee, hard to get in with no benefits but all the long hours (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Automotive Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Automotive Technician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many great opportunities working with cn railroad. The pay is good as well as holding a union job. The benifets are good as well as the people who operate and work there.

    Cons

    Hard work but I like it that way..i like to keep busy and make money doing it

    Advice to Management

    If you choose me to work here as a mechanic, I won't dissapoint.im hard working and a even faster learner. I work well with others and I'd be proud to join the team.


  2. "Miserable place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries
    Pension
    Retirement
    Stock options
    Educational assistance

    Cons

    Nepotism is how most people are promoted.
    Qualified employees are not given opportunity to grow in company.
    Poor training practices at company.
    Diversity in workforce not valued or practiced in this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out organization; figure out why qualified minority employees in U.S. are being rejected for jobs they are qualified to do. Find out why unqualified employees are constantly being promoted to jobs they are not qualified for or have any experience in.
    Answer how executives are allowed to have their children work for them.

  3. "Carman"

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    Current Employee - Carman in Fond du Lac, WI
    Current Employee - Carman in Fond du Lac, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and easy work. Have the chance to put in plenty of overtime to make some big bucks. Great stock options.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Will take multiple years before ever seeing decent rest days or even 1st shift. Could be run a little different.

    Advice to Management

    Know the jobs at which you manage or just shut up.


  4. "Good Job"

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

    Pros

    The pay is good good benifits

    Cons

    Long hours with little time off


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging job that can greatly enhance your experience as an electrician but with little help from CN"

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    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Diesel Locomotive Electrician in Gary, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning the many different facets of electrical issues on the many different locomotives in the fleet.
    The various systems on a locomotive will enhance your electrical experience

    Cons

    Very little training and an employer who will fire you whether you deserve it or not despite all the past work you have done

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees and stop trying to make them scapegoats when something goes wrong


  6. Helpful (4)

    "If it sounds to good to be true........."

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

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highest paid Railroad in the country (but you will be paying that back by never seeing your family)

    Cons

    I came from another railroad so I had experience and heard how amazing The CN was. Well it was too good to be true......The management has no integrity in the Chicago area. The contract was written for a reason but they throw that out and make side deals with employees they like. Two years ago a young man was killed, the accident wasn't seen so everyone speculates on what happened. Here's what happened the men I worked with believe their Union protection also protects them from putting their lives in danger. I saw daily men breaking safety rules that had me cringing. Half the time they would look at me and say it's ok for me to do this I'm in the union. The union can not stop that car from crushing you. The union can not stop that ethanol car from blowing up because you thought you could break the rules. The training is basic like kindergarten, the OJT is high school..they have no transition. No way to keep track if the trainee's are actually learning or confused unless one begs for information the company/co workers won't give you any. If you hire on here kiss managements butt and watch everything you do with your co workers. We were told in school the IC ( Illinois Central) employees were the most blood thirsty employed here. They will do anything to make an extra $20.

    Advice to Management

    Actually hire people from the craft whether it be from your railroad or another. If you keep promoting people from other departments in management for different departments they still have no idea how the new department works. If you sign a contract then make your managers honor said contract and quit making side deals. Also when that young man died it was tragic, be prepared for more accidents and deaths. The mentality of the workers is not on safety, it's on cutting corners, breaking rules and believing the union will protect them. Unless The CN truly changes its mindset then the employees will carry their mindset as well and tragedies will still happen.


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    This company was my career for 13 years and I loved every minute of working for this company. The benefits and bonuses on top of salary are awesome. Very loyal to their employees.

    Cons

    Really no cons, other than sometimes the work hours. But as with all Railroad jobs, they aren't usually 9-5.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Production foreman"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    Hourly and travel is nice

    Cons

    Drama have to deal with too many chiefs

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the bad from the gangs


  9. "Stable job, but demanding"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Track Supervisor in Homewood, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Track Supervisor in Homewood, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability, 401k match, health insurance, good mixture of field and office work. Opportunity to move up if willing to travel.

    Cons

    Demanding hours, lack of communication, becomes redundant with some of the directives. A lot of hoops necessary to jump through

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation to management. They shouldn't be making less than their union workers with less hassle


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Contract Employe"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    if you are a CN employee full benefits

    Cons

    if you are a contracted employee, hard to get in with no benefits but all the long hours


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