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Canadian National Railway Reviews

Updated July 18, 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. "Machine operator"

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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


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Yardmaster in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Yardmaster in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benifits, awesome pay, the retirement is outstanding. Very good advancement opportunities if thats what you want. All in alll its a great career.

    Cons

    The different schedules and hour you work. It's not like any other job. Its a life style. The fact that when they train you to become a great employee, they work harder at trying to fire you over the littlest things.

    Advice to Management

    Dont forget where you came from!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good pay and Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Conductor in Jackson, MS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay, Insurance. Getting to know other railroaders, comraderie. Working outside can be great during the right times of year. Pay

    Cons

    Management style. Type of people they promote to management. Using scare tactics instead of coaching properly.

    Advice to Management

    throw away the current system and start over. Hire people who can motivate others instead of using scare tactics because honestly we're grown men and women. We're not scared of you, you just irritate us.


  5. "Conductor"

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    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Burlington, KY
    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Burlington, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great career. Excellent salary, benefits, and coworkers.

    Cons

    On call 24/7, work in tough weather,


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ridiculous Expectations"

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    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits! Never a fear of checks not posting to bank account or company going bankrupt any time soon.

    Cons

    If you want a ballance between family life and home life, look somewhere else! Very few employees have a family ballance and are expected to live for their job! Very volatile work environment at times.

    Advice to Management

    I work in management and work 13+ hours a day, sometimes for weeks without days off. Employees leave at an alarming rate and will continue to.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Cond"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Canadian National Railway full-time

    Pros

    Great experiences, travel, working with good people, great pay, great benefits, excellent railroad experience

    Cons

    Poor management, long hours, doing "favors" for management who will turn around and fire you with no recollection of all of the hard, extra work you did to make them look good so they can collect their bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Quit calling me on my day off. No, I'm not coming in, and no I won't ever come in on my day off. Every time you come in, there's a risk you might get fired.

  8. "Shop foreman"

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    Former Employee - Shop Foreman in Willow Springs, Cook, IL
    Former Employee - Shop Foreman in Willow Springs, Cook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian National Railway full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Must have a good work ethic and must care.

    Cons

    Cook of ill does not support good people for the work they do

    Advice to Management

    Should be more open to the people doing the job and be open to new ideas.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Locomotive Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Gary, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The job is good, the people you work with are mostly hard working people supporting families. The pay is very good.

    Cons

    You don't see you're family for extended amounts of time, the phone rings and you have to report to work in 2 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employee's with respect and dignity. Happy employees tend to work harder, than the not happy employees. It all comes down to how you approach people. Respect works in both directions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Locomotive Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens Point, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay,benefits and overtime. Learning a great skill, training and advances. Traveling and meeting new people. Adrenaline rush when running huge equipment, large trains.

    Cons

    Very strong micro management. Very stressful and demanding. Many hours

    Advice to Management

    Be fair


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