Signals & Communication Foreman (Former Employee) – Vaughn, Ontario – 25 February 2014
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 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.
The pay! The people! Great job.
Dangerous, very dangerous, even with all the saftey regulations it is a life endangering job.
Union ranks are subject to round the clock shifts with a schedule that can change on 2 hours notice. There is no advancement as staffs are kept at the absolute minimum. Front line managers often have zero business or HR training. It's a very Us vs Them mentality when it comes to dealing with management. Pay is great but the benefits are not. There is no bonus. No Christmas party, No sense of belonging. To CN Rail you are a number. Automation will take most of the unionized jobs in the next 10 years.