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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated July 12, 2018
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Canadian National Railway Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Ruest
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  • "horrible horrible work/ life balance" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Occasional long hours but comes with the job so an expected con Id say" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    There is great pay and benefits

    Cons

    The schedule is not the greatest


  2. "Freight Conductor"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Fond du Lac, WI
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Fond du Lac, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This job has allowed me to live financially well. There is a lot of room for growth as well.

    Cons

    It is extremely hard to have a family life with the long hours and overnight stays. Management isn’t as focused about Leading as they are Managing.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to get to know their employees better. If they allow themselves into others lives, they may understand what works and what doesn’t amongst us that are moving freight.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Communications Technician in Libertyville, IL
    Current Employee - Communications Technician in Libertyville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great stability and chance to work with good people

    Cons

    Too many taxes and low pay for the area

    Advice to Management

    Get supplies and materials in stock...............The days of Hunter are gone!


  4. "No work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    Pay, Perks, Fast-Paced, Status, Room for advancement

    Cons

    No time for family, Stress


  5. "Railroading"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    Money, retirement, nothing else. Need 5 words.

    Cons

    Lifestyle, no life, walk on eggshells.


  6. "Trainmaster"

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    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Once in Transportation Dept. you’re stuck there, no opportunity to transfer out

    Preference for Sr. Mgr and long term growth to Canadians

    Preference for promotions typically politically motivated


  7. "Good Old Boys Club"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Steady employment but not the place for ambitious individuals

    Cons

    Little diversity in Executive Team, Board of Directors, or Management. If you want the opportunity for advancements this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Offer advancement opportunities to people who are qualified for the jobs and not just to men you know.

  8. "Trainmaster"

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    Former Employee - Terminal Trainmaster
    Former Employee - Terminal Trainmaster
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting working with trains. Aspects of the job change daily. People you work with are generally easy to work with. Base pay rate is adequate.

    Cons

    Upper management is impossible to work with. Many do not even know what the daily operations involves. They expect you to do the impossible. They lure you into the position with stock options, more vactions, bonuses, higher rate 401k matches, company pension etc. In three months half of it was discontinued. You rarely get to use vacation days as there is a high rate of people quitting and you work six 12 hour shifts a week to cover vacancies. I died at age 49 of a massive heart attack. In 2 weeks I would have had 30yrs of service and qualify for the company pension. They made my disabled widow wait another 7yrs before giving her one half of my earned amount. To them you are no more than the job you fill and the statistics your job contributes to.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect and be as flexible as you expect them to be.


  9. "Communications Technician"

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    Former Employee - Communications Technician in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Communications Technician in Jackson, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hard work, Great Pay, and Very Good Benefits. Some of the best people I've every worked with. Training is second to none.

    Cons

    Long hours and hard work but it's part of the job. Very rewarding miss it everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and earn the respect. You will be well rewarded for it.


  10. "Worst Job Ever!"

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

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rail benefits after 5 years, if you last that long.

    Cons

    No training, no resources, no leadership, completely unorganized and highly racist and sexist. They don't appreciate working women.


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