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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated April 5, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Be very Careful"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Clerk in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Transportation Clerk in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company pays well and has great benefits. Unionized environment

    Cons

    Micro-managed. Management uses profanity to communicate with unionized staff, throws objects and they have a slew of lawyers that can prevent the employees' protection of their rights. Steer clear!!! Unless union personnel is "sleeping" with management their is a glass ceiling!!! No room for growth. Unless you're there for the money, look for other more fruitful careers!!! Definitely not worth having to wonder if you're going to be terminated next by some manager with a personal agenda

    Advice to Management

    Educate your managers and change the corporate culture to be more personable to the people that matter the most, THE WORKERS.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Never home, always working and tired, but get paid for it"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, You can easily make $120,000 a year with great health benefits and RailRoad retirement.

    Cons

    Layoffs and Furloughs are common. They went on a hiring spree and hired way to many conductors, then they furloughed them all months later.

    Advice to Management

    Give the employees a break, give them health insurance during a furlough.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "clerical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Clerical Union in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Clerical Union in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay - good retirement benefits which I will be enjoying soon - I feel sorry for new people just starting

    Cons

    oppressive work environment - people are treated like slaves --- double shifts - no lunch break- return on less then 8 hours and do it again

    Advice to Management

    poor management - no experience -cut throat - management is treated horrible and pass it down


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  5. Helpful (3)

    ""Battered wife syndrome" type work environment!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive wages with perks. Doesn't make up for the hostile environment driven from the executive level.

    Cons

    Threatened daily on internal conference lines that you or one of your employees could be terminated or "marched off the property" if things aren't fixed with your operation.

    Advice to Management

    Be firm but fair! The battered wife syndrome type leadership does not work. We all know bench strength is weak for future candidates so try to keep the ones you have!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "This company lies to you so you will accept job and once you are in the door they do the opposite of what was promised."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Train Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Train Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only good thing was pay.

    Cons

    Never at home, unsafe equipment, sleep deprived, horrible management. They will fire people in a minute, especially if you bring any safety issue to their attention.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the job by working with a Conductor in the field before trying to tell them how to do it.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "CN fires people for no reason if they have a beef with you."

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    CN pay is very good but that is totally it!!!

    Cons

    CN is the worst place you can work period! they make up stuff to get you fired when they have a beef with you. one train crew was totally fired because they blew the whistle for track men moving dangerous material cars with track machines. one was even arrested over made up charges!!! i hope that man has a field day in court with the railroad. the managers make you break rules and then when something goes wrong they call an investigation and fire you. you look over your back everyday you come to work wondering if today will be your last day before you are fired. what kind of life is that dealing with this much stress wondering how you will support your family working with the set of double standards this company uses to get the work done. you could end up fired or worse they try to ruin your life by making false acusations that get you tosed in jail!! this isnt railroading and i have no idea what you would call it. these people need to be investigated by the federal government or something.

    Advice to Management

    step up to the plate and stop harrasing employees. stop lying in company investigations and elsewhere. treat us like you yourself would want to be treated.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "DOUBLE STANDARDS!"

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Conductor in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only good thing about this place is the money. I don't know anything else positive to say, its sad really.

    Cons

    There is an unspoken double standard that exists at the CN. They have a rule book in which you are to comply with that has, literally, over 1,000 rules in it. If you go by all the rules, which is next to impossible, you will not get your job done. If you break the rules to get your job done, you risk getting written up or even fired.

    The double standard is that the company expects you to break certain rules in order to finish your job. However, the company must complete efficiency tests in where company officials go out and spy on employees in the field to catch them breaking the smallest rules. If an employee goes by every single rule and does not finish their work, the company thinks the employee is "screwing them".

    If you ask any company official about what I just wrote, they will deny it. At this place, you get penalized for breaking the rules, and you get penalized for going by the rules. This is no joke and very frustrating for people that just want to come to work and do a good job.

    Here lately, within the last few months, it seems that the company has gotten even more vigilant for employees breaking the most smallest and seemingly ridiculous rules.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the CN would be to wake up and realize that the more employees that you write up for breaking the small rules, the more employees you will have that are going to go by ALL the rules. As this happens, customers will not get switched and trains will be severely delayed. Make up your mind about what rules you really want to enforce and how slow or fast you want your operation to be. If it is the FRA that is making you enforce all these silly rules, lobby Congress, apply for FRA waivers, do whatever it takes!

    You have been warned!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    money and being a certified engineer

    Cons

    porr management and bad insurance


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Trainmen"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay, Good employees, Benefits

    Cons

    Terrible management, schedule, moral, discipline

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay"

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

    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


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