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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  • Work Life balance can be challenging for mid to upper level positions (in 16 reviews)

  • if you are a contracted employee, hard to get in with no benefits but all the long hours (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Decent, Financially Strong Company and Great Pay"

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    • 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. "Rail Track Maintainer"

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    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

  3. "load planner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great co workers, family atmosphere, good pay, great hours, great benefits

    Cons

    no chance of management advancement

    Advice to Management

    listen


  4. "operations"

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

    Pros

    close to home transportation reimbursement.

    Cons

    no room for advancement not promote within.


  5. "Student Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Student Technical Consultant in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Student Technical Consultant in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The colleague in CN are so nice. It was a great experience with CN.

    Cons

    CN needs to improve their salary calculation system.


  6. "conductor"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits - good pay- room for advancement -great co workers - good schedule for the extra board

    Cons

    work on call then work nights for a long time

    Advice to Management

    eliminate conductor only jobs


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and excellent benefits. You also have the ability to move up and a fast pace. You also have the option to transfer to a different job if you are unhappy. The coworkers and supervisors are very helpful and will teach you all the skills you will need to be successful at this job.

    Cons

    About as much over time as you can handle,and the fact that you are on call 24 seven. Also the company has a zero tolerance policy for alcohol even the amount in mouth wash. Another down side to the job is that you will have to travel all around the us until you get enough years in.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "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.


  9. "Living The Dream"

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

    Pros

    Challenging and Rewarding! Working for CN has been the most difficult and uplifting job I have ever had, everyday has been a learning experience. I only wish I would had discover the company years ago. I have been treated with respect and admiration from superiors and colleagues. Always potentials for growth, great company to create a career path. I received a promotion after eight months of employment.

    Cons

    Difficult work and life balance.


  10. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    Pay. Benifits . Retirement. Vacation bonus.

    Cons

    Long hours but hey its the railroad


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