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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 – more... me stress.

The most enjoyable part of the job was being around so many diverse people day in and day out. – less
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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 – more... and diversity. I took advantage of all the presented to me. – less
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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 – 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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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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