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Was a fun place to work one time.
Car mechanic: halifax, ns (Former Employee) –  Halifax, NS8 February 2017
Put in 40 years and last 10 were the worst. Incompetent front line management that seemed to take pride in making life miserable. When I retired from CN not one person from the company came to see me off or say good bye or thank me for my service. Shame on you CN. First thirty were fun and good and you took pride in your work. It all went the last date of my career in Car Shop Halifax.
Pros
Your work mates were like family
Cons
Uncaring, Incompetent front line management who went out of their way to cause friction with employees.
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Great place long hours abused by management
Railway conductor (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB19 February 2017
Worked here three years as a conductor. Amazing pay for what you do . Management does not care for you nor is under pressure by upper management to beat down on the lower employees. Could be better if the guys at the top were not a giant boys club. No room for advancement they hire people off the street to manage a railway. Ex . McDonalds manager telling 35yesr employees they are wrong when it comes to certain thing s in the railway
Pros
Great pay . Good holiday amounts
Cons
Seniority based . Poor management
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Union enviroment, many good people, excellent training, very hands on, but also the most beautiful scenery you will ever see!
CN Maintenance / Ambassador for hiring (Current Employee) –  Alberta14 January 2017
Excellent over all. Manual labor, great training, many great people to work with, Union, with a chance to explore and work in many of the most beautiful areas anywhere in Canada, if you wish to relocate anywhere! Great for someone who appreciates the beauty of nature and breathing clean air!
Pros
Beautiful scenery, very hands on and Union.
Cons
Not many, lol.
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Top Heavy Company
Prefer Not To Tell (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC5 January 2017
Always low staff so job/life balance is not that great and the railroad is a 24/7 365 day operation so the chances you will be called in is high.

Its a very top heavy company to many managers things never get done because of it. By the time a problem reaches the top guy, it's been filtered so many times nothing ever changes. And that applies to when you do a good or bad job. However, bad jobs have a way of making it to the top a little faster.

Moreover, don't forget its all about who you know and which rear end you kiss, hard work does not get you ahead in this company you have been warned.
Pros
Good Pay
Cons
Terrible Management
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Big Changes try and keep up or you will be cut
Mechanical Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC2 December 2016
day would start by sifting thru 121 emails and then running out the door. As a supervisor you are not given breaks you are required to oversee up to 20 people and if something goes wrong they ask WHY you were not looking at the issue even if it was unforeseeable.

overall it is not bad if you are not wanting to see your family and friends.
Pros
Retirment plan if you can make it
Cons
Read the Peter Principle it explains how managment is working
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Fast paced and very important industry, your time and work invested in this job can have big and positive impacts
Track Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Ontario29 November 2016
-Tough working hour, weekends, nights, stat holidays;
-Learned about the industry inside and out, fascinating industry
-Management tends to latch on to good employees making career progression difficult for your intended direction
Pros
Excellent Compensation and benefits
Cons
Sporadic working hours
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good pay, no team moral
locamotive conductor/yard forman/switchman (Current Employee) –  Ontario12 November 2016
No drive todo your best. Most of the time you put your life on the line evwryday so managment can collect a bonus. If the shareholders, and the public knew how they treated there employees. They would be discusted. Harassed on a daily bassis. Bullying and intimidation on a daily basis. They try to hide behind safety. But if you are behind they rushyou by following you around and bothering you on the radio. Horrible work enviorment. I love what i do, i just hate the people ihave to deal with.
Pros
pay
Cons
horrible managment
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Good job with great coworkers, good pay
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB6 October 2016
I enjoy working at CN rail with great people and good wages and benefits. During my time at CN it seemed like Manegment was out to over discipline transportation employees, they even had a budget for it. It made it hard to work with them, when all we wanted was to get along and go home safe. I'm looking for a new career with good wages and room for advancement.
Pros
wages
Cons
no schedule
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Committed to success and organizational grown
Senior Mechanical Manager (Current Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB24 November 2016
Throughout my career with CN, I've been fortunate to have the ability to extensively grown within the organization, as well as expand my knowledge and expertise through a vast array of in house management and transportation courses.
Pros
The opportunity for advancement
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Negative work culture, good co workers
Diesel Engine Mechanic Apprentice (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB5 February 2017
Shift work is required, shop runs 24/7- main reason for leaving. Very poor work culture, immediate co workers were overall good to work with. Shop could be cleaner overall.
Pros
Great RRSP plan
Cons
Shift work 24/7, do not send mechanics for apprentice training
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Employee safety number one priority
Intermodal Lead Hand Operations (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB8 February 2017
CN allows you to take control of your career. Service commitment to customers is strongly supported through employee performance tracking and development.
Pros
Above average wage grade
Cons
Various shifts
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Lazy
Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Concord, ON6 January 2017
Over paid under worked in trained incompetent lack of knowledge and wast of future job for someone who cares about the work they take pride in doing
Pros
Over payed
Cons
Whatcha your back very sharp knives people don't like change and or work
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decent, no work life balance
Freight Conductor (Former Employee) –  Jasper, AB13 February 2017
worth it, good job, decent crews, management can be a bit roughshod and the hours can be brutal. overall, if you want to make money fast,, yeah, if you want a decent home life or have children no
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Good money, Lots to learn.
Contract Assistant (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB2 February 2017
You definitely earn your money. Company significantly downsized over the years and is now strictly railway - no hotels or passenger trains.
Pros
Great Safety program.
Cons
Heavy workload.
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terrible company
Operator and Track Maintenance Labourer (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB5 January 2017
go slaray though which is nice. managment is terrribe and expect to work in the freezing cold in alberta on a 10 - 4 cycle. so if you dont like having a life then go for it
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Demanding
Assistant Track Supervisor- Engineering (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB18 January 2017
In this front line supervisor role it is an extremely demanding role. You are involved in pretty much every aspect you can think of, from budgets to project management
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Terrible team lead
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC7 February 2017
terrible, mean team lead,
micromanagement,
very lazy and sloppy work environment,
If you stand at port of HQ, there are continuous people coming in and out to buy coffee, shopping, etc.
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Confusion and no reasoning
A mechanic (Former Employee) –  Kamloops, BC17 November 2016
Management so out of touch it's painful look for something else . Save yourself from losing touch with family and friends. Will never apply or recommend this company to anyone
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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Tons of money, Zero Life
Freight conductor (Former Employee) –  Alberta11 July 2016
was a freight conductor for two years.You more or less just slept or went to work. Layoffs are common and expect to move around the country anywhere from 1 week to 7 weeks at a time. Hard life to live and not for everyone. Great money and benefits if you can stick it out.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Long hours, management is out to get you, management is as knowledgeable as a rock
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good work and stable job with the right amount of seniority.
QA Analyst (Former Employee) –  Quebec6 July 2016
CN is a fast paced business and you are always on the go. A lot of the times I would sign in at home and continue to work. The customers are demanding but if you have a good relationship with them it all works out. Lots of staff to contact for assistance, benefits were great and pay was amazing to start.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
long hours, unionized work.
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