good work and stable job with the right amount of seniority.
Conductor (Current Employee) – Capreol, ON – January 27, 2016
- 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.
CN RAIL = Just a pay cheque, no quality of life EVER
Various (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – January 4, 2016
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.
Long hours, shift work your entire career, no family life. Ever.
Trainmaster (Former Employee) – Saskatoon, SK – December 7, 2015
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.
Conductor Trainee (Former Employee) – Saskatoon, SK – December 6, 2015
A tough work environment, decent pay for those that can hack it. Long unpredictable on call schedules, lots of out of town long hauls over nights. Rough outside at night in winter conditions no matter how many gloves you wear when riding on boxcars. Decent pay and benefits, management vs union attitude though.
Long hours, unpredictable shifts, outside winter work.
Assistant Track Supervisor (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – November 25, 2015
Operating 24 hours a day, the railway doesn't allow for much work/life balance. Safety is critical, and there are severe consiquneces for mistakes. Engineering is extremely complex and critical to safe operating practices. Supervision of Unionized employees isn't difficult, however the rare disiciplinary action that may be required does add tension to an already stressful job. On the whole, the Unionized employees are among the finest and most professional in the industry. Safe, quick, and intelligent.
The best part of the job is in knowing that your inspections and ability to spot defects is preventing derailments, keeping people safe and you're saving lives.
It's an interesting place to work and there is a lot of diversity with this job.
Conductor (Current Employee) – Saskatoon, SK – November 12, 2015
CN is for the most part a decent place to work, with all of its pros and cons. However, It would be good to implement some new ideas, maybe give CN a fresh outlook on things. I'd like to stay with CN till I retire but getting laid off all of the time is making that difficult. Not having enough income to survive due to company layoffs is very stressful. I'd like a better way for employees to be able to look things up in cats or on eportal. When it comes to their current job or when it comes to finding a new one or for anything for that matter.
Paid schooling, room for growth, company shares, good pay
Long hours, high expectations and low reciprocity, difficult managers, absence of a good training program, unfair reprocutions for first time minor mistakes.
Assistant Track Supervisor / Road Master (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – October 27, 2015
Although this company is trying to change it's corporate culture it is too mired in the past to make any real gains. Senior Managers (generally those who have been there 30 years) have a vested interest in keeping costs down as they are financially rewarded for reducing expenditures. The result is a lack of staff and equipment to make the job functional. It is like pulling teeth trying to get the proper tools for the job. Additionally the management style is stuck in the 1970's. Very shouty. shouty and heavy into a blame culture. The first and most valuable lesson to learn is "trust no-one" (a direct quote from my regional chief). If you do not want work/life balance and feel you deserve to be punished for things out of your control than apply here. If you don't want to be on call 24 -7 and want to be able to sleep at night, look elsewhere.
Excellent benefits package
Poor people Management and a non-existent work life balance
Labourer/Tractor Operator (Former Employee) – Toronto – October 9, 2015
The people i worked with were great. The management treats you like you are a robot. If you call in sick you are punished and frowned upon. You will have absolutely no life working here as you will most likely be on nights with two week days off for at least the first 10 years of service.
good pay, good benefits, job security
Terrible shifts and off days, no work life, just a number, no sick days