Canadian National Railway

Canadian National Railway Employee Reviews in Canada

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fun place to work. disconnect between management and employees
Train Conductor (Current Employee), Calgary, ABMay 22, 2016
I love the job, it's active, it's fun, you're always learning, you get to see a bunch of cool things. I would recommend this job to anyone but there's a huge disconnect between management and union employees.
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Great company
Service Desk Analyst (Current Employee), Montréal, QCMay 17, 2016
Help fellow Canadian National Railway employees on a 24/7 support with any issues they are having whether its hardware or software related.
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Many fond memories while there.
Assistant Track Supervisor (Former Employee), OntarioMay 12, 2016
Generally a good employer, and good people to work with. Long work days, working days off, stress and a change of the culture would be cons.
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no work/life balance
Conductor (Current Employee), Toronto, ONMay 9, 2016
Pros: pay
Cons: on call 24/7, management is against you.
Been working as a conductor for cn rail for 2.5 years now and have been on call 24/7. they dont care about your personal life, if you dont answer your phone they move on they dont pay you and you go under investigation. company is poorly managed. but good pay, decent benifits and good people.
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Great company to work for, very supportive management, great benefits.. Unfortunately, my department moved to Montrreal and I was unable to move with
Customer Service Rep/Accts Receivable (Former Employee), Toronto, ONApril 27, 2016
Pros: Fun job, fast paced, very rewarding
Cons: Unionized, never knew when you could get "bumped".
Great company to work for, very supportive management, great benefits. Unfortunately, my department moved to Montrreal and I was unable to move
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Professionalism begets professionalism
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBApril 27, 2016
Pros: Safe place to work
Cons: Inclement weather
Very secure career with great benefits. Working hours vary but wages make up for it. Ability to transfer to different departments. EFAP program is a nice touch. Employees take their jobs very seriously.
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working out doors in all types of weather
Group 2 Machine Operator (Current Employee), CanadaApril 18, 2016
Fast paced working environment. Usually working with tight deadlines due to lack of track time. Management and co-workers are great to work for and with. Most of the time working in very isolated locations across Canada though mostly thoughout Ontario. Being away from home is the hardest part of working for CNR. The pay and benefits along with the physically demanding aspect of the job are definate pros. for me.
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Terrible Management but great company otherwise
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR (Former Employee), Mackenzie, BCApril 8, 2016
The benefits were alright, the pay was great, and the people I worked with were awesome. Management, however, was not. The supervisors would literally hide in bushes or on a nearby hill with binoculars or fly in helicopters to catch their employees doing things wrong. It was ridiculous to see the lengths they'd go to strike the fear of being fired into people even though it was laughably easy to stay on with the Union.
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Amazing time and taking care of
Contractor at CN Rail. Operator of a skid steer (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBMarch 17, 2016
Pros: People and Work
Cons: Long hours
Cleared snow in a industrail railway system. Learned to work with multiple teams. Learned how to be safe working with heavy equipment and trains. When you worked long hours Foreman bought the workers food. Co-workers are great to work with. Everyone working together to get the job done. Hardest part is having to deal with break downs with equipment. The co-workers were the best!
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Run, run away!
Electrical Apprentice Edmonton, Alta (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABMarch 14, 2016
By far the most dysfunctional workplace I have ever been a part of. Also by far the most unhappy, depressing place (diesel shop edmonton) I have ever worked at. Upper, upper management is aware how bad things are but do nothing about it.

Unless you are desperate, I would not recommend working for CN. Better yet, talk to some present employees before you take any position with them.
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Don't do it, It's a trap!
Conductor (Former Employee), Prince George, BCFebruary 28, 2016
The pay is great, the lifestyle is okay if you have the right seniority.
Upper management displaced from reality, manipulating budgets for own personal gain.
Very low employee morality.
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Exciting and fast paced work environment
Environmental Coordinator (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABFebruary 3, 2016
A great place to work for someone who likes thinking outside the box and a fast paced environment. Compensation is appropriate for the amount of dedication required for all positions.
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good work and stable job with the right amount of seniority.
Conductor (Current Employee), Capreol, ONJanuary 27, 2016
Pros: good pay and time off
Cons: long hours and unpredicatble
- Over all a day at work is somewhat challenging and rewarding when working in the yard and have deadlines to meet.
- Long hauls are a nice break from the daily grind but also come with some stressors.
- Preparations and communication amongst the crew is typically very well established.
- A wide range of experience can be found within terminals, which leads to new practices and knowledge.
- Most enjoyable part of this job is the time off between shifts.
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CN Conductor
Conductor Trainee (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBJanuary 15, 2016
Pros: eventually good pay
Cons: everything but the pay
You live to work.

Then you get laid off and you can't live.

Very true they spend $50k training you and then $100k trying to fire you.

Toxic Management. Continually steal money from workers and break agreements.
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hard job on personal life
Conductor (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABJanuary 13, 2016
Pros: great pay and benefits
Cons: on call all the time hard to plan a life around work.
getting called 2 hours before the start of your shift, never knowing when exactly you are going to be working next. Learned how to control a train and run the train from point a to b.

Management likes things done a certain way. always worried about getting the job done on time even if it may not be the safest or right way to do things.

co-workers were awesome to work with on a daily basis. always there to help you if you needed help.

hardest part is the late night shifts when you are not expecting to go to work and then you get called with little to no rest.
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Nice place to work
Electrician Apprentice (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABJanuary 9, 2016
Great place to work, people are great and benefits are really good.
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CN RAIL = Just a pay cheque, no quality of life EVER
Various (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBJanuary 4, 2016
Cons: Long hours, shift work your entire career, no family life. Ever.
Everyone talks about how great the pay is when working for this railway... however this company HAS to provide a good wage because otherwise nobody would want to work here. Ever.
Advice: STAY AWAY.

The main problem appears to be very bad/inexperienced management with front line Supervisors having zero experience. Since very few long-term employees want to accept a management position the company is reduced to hiring "off the street". This unfortunately amounts to bad decisions day in and day out with blame for errors or low productivity unfairly being directed to the unionized employees.

With over 30+ years of service with this company I can honestly say that my co-workers were great but the disappointing management has ruined a once great company.
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great work for the independant person with skills
locomotive engineer (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABDecember 31, 2015
Great job, very demanding hours. on call 24/7/365. up to 18 hours per day. Enjoyed my job. Very large turnover in management made all employees to be very good at their positions.
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Get in quick or you'll be on off shifts forever!
Railcar Inspector (Current Employee), Vancouver, BCDecember 22, 2015
Pros: Co workers, different positions to bid, the pay, fast paced
Cons: Work in all weather conditions, all the time, with no sick days. Shift work.
Hired at a good time, didn't see too many off shifts other than my apprenticeship.

Decent overtime and stat pay, except you're expected to work all the stats....benefits are not bad and pension seems good.

Work with some great guys,there are times when work is great and can actually be fun. Some bad blood around, and people just waiting to retire.

Some upper management just wants productivity and doesn't seem to care much about anyone under them.

No preventative maintenance done to our work trucks, they only see a shop once something breaks down, horrible road conditions which makes for quick break downs of vehicles.
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A typical day at work
Trainmaster (Former Employee), Saskatoon, SKDecember 7, 2015
Pros: Salary and benefits
Cons: Lifestyle
It was a career I enjoyed but the hours required to perform my job was taxing being up by 5 if you got to sleep at all preparing for multiple conference calls and preparing your days traffic and tasks. It was literally 24/7 but a very fulfilling career none the less.
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