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Great work environment and very challenging
Terminal Manager (Former Employee), Concord, Calgary, OakvilleMay 26, 2015
Pros: Working with great people
Cons: Long hours
- Working here was very challenging yet very rewarding as all efforts for self improvement and improvements of the workplace are noticed by upper management and spread throughout the company.
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extremely difficult
conductor (Former Employee), symingtonMay 11, 2015
Pros: own supervision
Cons: long hours
too long from home,great if your single.good money.work outside in all conditions,typical day is being ready 24\7.on call is very difficult with a family.
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not a great place to work
Car Mechanic (Former Employee), winnipegMay 1, 2015
Pros: great pay
Cons: management
terrible place to work the pay is fabulous but the way you are told to do things is not right and management is clueless on how to actually do the job because they have never done it.
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Horrible management.
Conductor, Student Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee), edmontonApril 20, 2015
Bad company to work for. Mandatory advancement whether you want it or not. Management does a bad job. Mandatory overtime.
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would not work there again
conductor trainee (Former Employee), North Battleford Sask.April 8, 2015
Pros: learning experience
Classroom training was good but onsite training in a small home terminal was provided by conductors that had barely qualified... rather than experienced conductors.

Was forced to relocate across 2 provinces with out a moving allowance or reimbursement.

2 hour call to work 130kms away from home for a week at a time sucks
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Good environment
SAP Basis Consultant (Current Employee), Montréal, QCMarch 18, 2015
Typical day at work is routine. There are no new projects, no new challenges.
The environment is rich in technology.
Team is generally OK, competitive at times.
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Can be a stressful place to work
System Analyst (Former Employee), Montréal, QCMarch 9, 2015
Pros: good bonuses
Cons: stressful job
IT can be stressful. You are required to carry a pager 24/7 for two weeks. Very stressful time when your on pager. Also if there is a rail strike. You are asked to replace striking workers even if you never worked in a rail yard before.
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Nice place to work
Rail Car mechanic (Current Employee), Prince George, BCFebruary 4, 2015
CN rail ,great company,good benefits, good wage ,excellent pension plan ,great company to work for.Management is professional ,I could say everything is perfect.
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Good money, terrible life balance
Train Conductor (Current Employee), Vaughan, ONJanuary 23, 2015
Typical day at work: 8 hours outside in the freezing cold and in order to warm up you must broadcast over the radio that you want to go inside a locomotive to warm up

What I learned: Seniority based promotion is not for me. I would much rather achieve opportunities based on performance.

Management: Frequently "hides" to observe rule compliance and will write you up for minor violations of a rule they may not even understand themselves.

Co-Workers: Some genuinely happy with their job, some obviously depressed but sticking around for the money. Conductors with 20+ years seniority are still unable to hold a job with desirable hours and at the terminal they want.

Hardest part of the job: Demoralizing remarks such as management/traffic coordinators asking "is everything okay over there?" at the slightest delay.

Most enjoyable part of the job: Controlling and riding around on train equipment and the physical aspect of the job. Plenty of exercise.

Although this should be a very rewarding and "cool" out of the ordinary job, this is quickly overshadowed by the sour company culture and the company renegging on union agreements at the first available opportunity.
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Good employer
Manager - Human Resources (Former Employee), Montreal QCJanuary 16, 2015
I had a great carreer with Canadian National Railway and a restructuration happened that made my position abolished. Colleagues were very supportive!
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Just a number
CARMAN (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABJanuary 8, 2015
Cons: treated like dogs with no incentives
I would give 110% all day everyday that would not lead to anything after three years and no advancement I was ready for change and that's why I am here looking for work. I know I am smart enough and have enough skills I can find another job.
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Great fellow employees but a strong Union-Management confilcts a daily fare.
Conductor (Current Employee), KamloopsDecember 26, 2014
Pros: execellent benefits
Cons: unpredictable working hours
Each work day holds new challenges. Hence each day is a learning experience. Opportunity to work with new crew each day, provides a fresh breath of life and makes work very interesting.
Love working in the out doors, hence chose this job by choice.
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Enjoyed my years at this company. Was always treated fairly and with respect
Secretary/Receptionist (Former Employee), Montréal, QCDecember 16, 2014
Pros: people
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 me stress.

The most enjoyable part of the job was being around so many diverse people day in and day out.
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Don't sell yourself to CN
Freight Conductor (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABDecember 6, 2014
Management does not care if you've worked beyond your hours, they do not care if you've been worked to exhaustion. You will be used up and spit out.
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Good Career, but you eat and breath railroad
Signal Coordinator (Former Employee), Saskatoon SkNovember 22, 2014
Pay is good
no drugs or liquor when working
don't apply unless your ready to follow strict safety rules.
An exciting and varied carreer
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Unique work experience
Operations Manager/Director/Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee), Vaughan, ONNovember 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 and diversity. I took advantage of all the presented to me.
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good benefits and very stimulating
• MÉCANICIEN (DOMAINE FERROVIAIRE) (Current Employee), Montréal, QCNovember 9, 2014
Pros: good co-workers
Cons: does not have a standard work schedual
a typical day at work would consist of making minor and major repairs on locomotives such as welding, cutting and swapping out parts.
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Constant change
Technician (Current Employee), London, ONOctober 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.
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If you've always dreamed of getting paid to hate your life - CN Rail!
Signals Maintainer Apprentice (Current Employee), Prince George, BCAugust 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 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!
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good people
Electrician Apprentice (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MBAugust 18, 2014
- build motors
- build generators
- troubleshoot locomotives

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The Canadian National Railway Company (reporting mark CN) (TSX: CNR, NYSE: CNI) is a Canadian Class I railway headquartered in – Read more

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