Locomotive Engineer/Conductor (Former Employee), Multiple Locations – February 16, 2014
Pros: newer equipt.
Managers have no experience, they bully newer employees. They hire you then spend their time trying to fire you. Violate collective agreement with impunity. If you work in yards with beltpacks you will be standing on the front of an engine in freezing cold ,or rain, or heat.
Enjoyed my years at this company. Was always treated fairly and with respect
Secretary/Receptionist (Former Employee), Montréal, QC – December 16, 2014
Cons: can't really recall any
Typical day at work included typing letters, memos, taking shorthand and "dictaphone" typing. My co-workers at the time were mostly male and I got on very well with everyone there and I think they all liked me as well.
Can't really say what the hardest part of the job was. There were no real difficulties that I can recall or situations that caused – more... me stress.
The most enjoyable part of the job was being around so many diverse people day in and day out. – less
Operations Manager/Director/Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee), Vaughan, ON – November 12, 2014
Pros: fabulous pay/benefits
Cons: working in subzero weather and on call 24/7 with 2 hr call time
Great ppl to work with, very safety orientated for obvious reasons. Jumping on and off moving equipment, not for easily intimidated persons. Learned all aspects of running trades, operations and rules. Loved that everyday was different. Hardest part was working in all weather outside ,for extended periods of time. Had many opportunities for job advancement – more... and diversity. I took advantage of all the presented to me. – less
Technician (Current Employee), London, ON – October 1, 2014
Pros: many employee benefits
Cons: shortage of labour resources
Self directed days engulfing all variants of any task. Learned to acquire process independently. Progressive management actively routing tasks. Resources exhaustion common. Good pay with decent benefits.
If you've always dreamed of getting paid to hate your life - CN Rail!
Signals Maintainer Apprentice (Current Employee), Prince George, BC – August 25, 2014
Pros: decent pay, no skills/ knowledge required to advance through into management
Cons: everything else
(To be clear from the outset, there are definitely good people working at CN Rail. Unfortunately, almost none of them are in management.)
CN brings an exciting 19th-century mindset to the 21st-century job market! As a working-class employee you will serve as an entirely disposable cog in the corporate machine as it railroads its way through pristine – more... water sources and across the pockmarked Canadian landscape. Any and every small mistake you make will be treated with the utmost attention, guaranteeing plenty of quality time with every supervisor within discernible cell range. Don't sweat it though, because no matter how badly anyone screws up the share prices will just keep climbing, leaving no substantial reason for anything to ever change in the way things are done on Canada's National Railroad.
Innovation! Every month brings a new way for management to track exactly where you have been and what you have done.
Dedication! Once you buy that lifted truck you've been eyeing up you're basically locked in for life.
Self-Preservation! Hint: it helps if you're jaded before you even start.
Looking for a career that is sure to leave an irremovable mark on your soul? Then look no further than CN Rail! – less
CN Conductor (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MB – August 6, 2014
Pros: salary, benefits
Cons: work/life balance
CN is a great place to work for a few reasons and a challenging one in others. The pay and benefits are fantastic! Unfortunately the work-life balance is not and if you have a young family this probably isn't ideal for you.
Signals & Communication Foreman (Former Employee), Vaughn, Ontario – February 25, 2014
Pros: the pay! the people! great job.
Cons: dangerous, very dangerous, even with all the saftey regulations it is a life endangering job.
Working for Canadian National Railway was a wonderful learning experience in my life, and the pay was fantastic, beyond expressionable words. I, as a recent highschool graduate would never in my life believe I could earn $20/hr + $100/day (for expenses) straight out of a trade school. That's crazy! But there it was, and the people I worked with they – more... were awesome. Sometimes, things got tense, like in all high pace work environments. However, everyone always tried their best to keep a calm head and figure out a solution. – less