CN Conductor (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MB – August 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.
Rail Traffic Controller (Former Employee), Toronto, ON – August 20, 2012
Pros: being in control and being successful at my position
Cons: very reactive and not very proactive
I worked with many exceptional people. Every day brought new challenges, kind of like putting a puzzle together and having the pieces constantly change. You had to be on your toes to respond to ever changing situations and be vigilant in safety to make sure every employee in your care went home every night. The hardest part was dealing with impossible – more... expectations or stressful situations, such as a crossing fatality. Maintaining focus was difficult but required during these highly emotional times. The best part was woking with some of the best people in the industry and making the impossible possible. – less
Inventory Maintainer, Mechanical Department (Former Employee), Moncton, NB – August 15, 2012
Pros: being able to be effective
Cons: no cons
Handle any issues rearding material inventories, offlod wheel set with crane, unload and receive product into inventories, issue good good and parts as required, fellow employees were great and the satisfaction of getting everything done was the most enjoyable part of the day,
It was an exellant place to work and has provided me and my family with an happy and exellant lifestyle
Customer service clerk (Former Employee), Prince George, BC – July 18, 2012
Pros: exellant benefits, worked with a lot of nice people, first aid training, forklift training, class 2 liscense.
Cons: there was a lot of pressure to do the work and on a timely basis, this at times would cause a lot of stress.
The typical day started with a safety meeting and then it was off to work no days were the same. We basically were on our own we new what had to be done and worked hard to get it done. The management expected you to do the job and as long as you did they were happy. My co-workers were good and easy to get along with. The hardest part of the job was – more... at first learning it and then organizing how you were going to do the job in the most effective and timely way. The most enjoyable part of the job was getting it done and done right a sense of accomplishment. – less
would you mind explaining about what kind of salary, I should be looking in this job. Your reply will be much appreciated.
Canadian National Railway
Job Work/Life Balance
Excellent place to work
Welder, Rail yard worker (Former Employee), Various – June 8, 2012
Pros: pay, experience
Cons: sometimes not home for weeks
In 20+ years I have worked various positions till I ended up as welder. I worked warehouse, forklift, gangs, welding, foreman. It was the same yet always different. The company is very safety conscious.
Transportation Clerk (Current Employee), Memphis, TN. – September 19, 2013
Pros: 401 k, great health insurance
My typical day working for CN was very fast paced. It was a very friendly but business oriented working environment. I learned a lot about the railroad. The management team was great and my coworkers were fabulous, but challenging at times. The hardest part of my job working for CN was learning the railroad language. The most enjoyable part was working – more... with a great group of people. – less
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee), Green Bay, WI – April 30, 2013
Operating locomotive and trains in yard, local, industrial and road applications in compliance with all Federal and company rules and regulations. Perform walk around daily inspection of locomotives as needed.
If you like to work at a Zoo....then CN is the best!
CLERK (Former Employee), HOMEWOOD, ILLINOIS – April 2, 2013
Pros: no free lunch
Cons: long hours, work every holiday, be treated like an animal
The most unprofessional business that I've ever worked for! Office environments have fights, people are using profanity all the time! Don't expect to get promoted unless you are NOT a minority! Expect to LOSE YOUR LIFE IN ALL ASPECTS....never see children, family, friends etc...and never be appreciated for your hard work! I've learned to identify what – more... I truely want in a good quality workplace. – less
could be a decent place to work if the mechanics and ore dock operators had seperate seniority rosters.
Mechanic/Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee), Two Harbors,and Duluth MN – March 22, 2013
Pros: long breaks and free lunches from time to time
Cons: management that thought they were better than everyone else
I enjoy working at a steady pace. My mechanical skills seemed to be a great fit for this job. I've learned a lot from my coworkers at CN. The Management shows a bit of favoritism for personal friends that are also coworkers. Some coworkers were great mentors to me and others were simply ignorant, manipulative backstabbers. the hardest part of the job – more... was probably dealing with the seniority roster between the ore dock operators and the mechanics. The most enjoyable and rewarding part of the job was knowing that I did the best I could do when the equipment was running well. – less
Carman (Current Employee), Chicago – February 27, 2013
Pros: steady pay, good insurance and benefits
Cons: management is absolutely awful, forced overtime, not knowing when you go into work if you will be pulled out of service on a day to day basis
A job that can be enjoyable at times that is all negated by awful management. As an apprentice Carman you would expect to recieve thorough training, not here. they teach just enough for you not to get killed then your on your own and expected to perform the job at the same level of someone with 20+ years in. This company thrives on fear, they threaten – more... to pull you out of service or fire you for any random mistake you make. there is no structure at all. They do what they want and the union is useless. In this economy its a pretty secure job with decent pay and benefits if you can survive it! – less
Locomotive Electrician (Current Employee), Homewood Illinois – October 9, 2012
I think that the railroad industry in general is a stable and progressive place to work, but CN offers benefits and growth potentials that are exceptional. I have been embraced and recognized in ways that I have never experienced in the workplace. I only wish I'd come here 20 years ago.
Yardmaster (Current Employee), fond du lac – July 24, 2012
Pros: free water
Cons: everything else
If you want to work, this is the company, but I'll warn you that you will have to work all the time, they put golden hancuffs on you. They pay very well but if you want to leave and go to another railroad, you won;t be able unless you take huge cut in pay. If you have family, forget either them or these jobs. you will have a greuling schedule, the mangement – more... is unkind you are just a part in the machine their favorite words are to threanten your job, they manage by fear – less