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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 – 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
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good people
Electrician Apprentice (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MBAugust 18, 2014
- build motors
- build generators
- troubleshoot locomotives
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A Solid Career
CN Conductor (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBAugust 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.
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Nice place to work but if you want to grow in a company that's not the place to be.
IT Analyst (Current Employee), MontrealJuly 21, 2014
Cons: no life balance. they never say thanks but they are the first to point fingers for any problem.
People are nice and friendly but I don't see any appreciation in a good job.
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built skills and relationships
Coordinator Ground (Current Employee), BramptonJune 24, 2014
I have been working at CN for a little over a year.

There is not a lot of room to grow.
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Great place to work if you want to learn anything.
apprentice (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBJune 4, 2014
CN Rail is willing to teach you as much as you want to learn no matter what. They really feel like family there and you are treated much like family, benefits were great, as was the work.
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hard to work for.
FREIGHT TRAIN CONDUCTOR (Current Employee), Saskatoon, SKMay 20, 2014
Pros: money if you ever get qualified.
Cons: no stability or support.
People are miserable, you never know when you'll get called. No support , basically sink or swim and its up to you to figure it out.
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Ok
Telecommunications Network Operations Supervisor (Current Employee), Montréal, QCMarch 6, 2014
Good Work that trains staff. Leading edge technology and excellent co-workers.
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Very stable technical environment
DataStage Developer (Former Employee), Montréal, QCMarch 3, 2014
Pros: office at convenient location in downtown montreal
It was a wonderful experience working for Canadian Railway BI Practice. A great learning curve.
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A wonderful job I did for years.
Signals & Communication Foreman (Former Employee), Vaughn, OntarioFebruary 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
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Great time ,very challenging
Contremaître (Former Employee), Montréal, QCFebruary 24, 2014
Pros: everything
I love this periode it was challenging and the most benfit for the worker get the job done and get out the way it should be done with all that comes with it
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Great room for advancement
Train Master (Former Employee), London, ONFebruary 20, 2014
Travel approx. 95% of the time. Hard to maintain a family but a lucrative career.
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Poisioned Work Environment
Locomotive Engineer/Conductor (Former Employee), Multiple LocationsFebruary 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.
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Best place ive worked so far
BC/Alberta Machine operator/labourer (Former Employee), Vancouver, BCFebruary 3, 2014
Was a really great place to work, had its ups and downs but was overall a good enviroment
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CN Rail
Foreman/ Conductor (Former Employee), Toronto, ONFebruary 3, 2014
Pros: work relationships
Cons: over nighters due to delays in transport
I really enjoyed my time at CN and loved working the rails. Comedy was calling, so I followed one of my dreams.
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Ever so changing work environment slow pace to rush in minutes
Rail Car Mechanic Apprentice (Current Employee), Edmonton, ABJanuary 27, 2014
10hr shifts, different start times through the day, work in all extreme weather conditions
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Paying attention during work hours is a must. After hours: fishing fishing and more fishing, oh yeh
Canadian National Railroad track maintenanc (Current Employee), Winnipeg Manitob CanadaJanuary 18, 2014
Pros: away from the parties is not a bad idea.
Cons: occasional extreme cold weather
Canadian National Railroad is a great place to work. I enjoyed the demanding work schedule which included physical along with working as a team. Being organized is what makes the difference between having a bottom line. Working as a team saves money and time big time.
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Good befefits but no life balance.
Signals and Communication Maintainer (Former Employee), Viking, AlbertaNovember 27, 2013
Cons: long hours, working outside in the cold winter
Testing safety equipment for the railway. Working on my own and with others depending on the tasks and schedule of the day.
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Good place to work
Work Equipment Operator (Former Employee), Montréal, QCNovember 5, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this job . Management was not the best . Safety practices have really taken a downward turn.
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High stress in winter
Labourer /Conductor/Trainmaster (Current Employee), Edmonton, ABOctober 23, 2013
Pros: decent benifits
Cons: very long hours and high stress enviroment
The hardest part of the job is the 24 hour shifts. Very minimal down time.

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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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