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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated April 13, 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. "load planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Administrative point of view"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive/Personal Assistant in Schererville, IN
    Current Employee - Executive/Personal Assistant in Schererville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays a pretty good wage

    Cons

    They have a lot of communication problems both with management and internationally.


  3. "operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay great benefits great employees

    Cons

    Long work weeks, long hours


  6. "Nice Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Signal Maintainer in Jackson, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent pay with opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Lots of travel with travel expenses on employee

    Advice to Management

    Be more selecting on where people go according to where they live


  7. "Trainman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Trainman in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Trainman in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay was excellent better than industry standards. When seniority was handled properly choice road jobs could be had without any issue.

    Cons

    The worst management structure ever was in place at the CN if wasn't management driven it wasn't going to fly. The only real issue with working out of Memphis was the terrible Superintendent.

    Advice to Management

    Inorder to see a wonderful product come to the market place and thrive wonderful employees make things happen for the brand. The brand compensates but doesn't satisfy the employee...The CN has it backwards.


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    "Be very Careful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  9. "Interview"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Track Maintainer in Stevens Point, WI
    Current Employee - Track Maintainer in Stevens Point, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prett laid back and easy going interview. Asks about your current and past employment. Who you know on the railroad.

    Cons

    Doesn't seem too organized as a class was supposed to start within 2 weeks of the interview and then after following up I was told the class wasn't starting for about a month or two. No straight answers given at all. (Track Maintainer)

    Advice to Management

    Get some things a little more organized so people can figure it out.


  10. "Machine operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Stevens Point, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    insurance,pay and people ttrack work operation of machines

    Cons

    work in all kinds of weather

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. "Student Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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