Canadian National Railway

Canadian National Railway Employee Reviews in Canada

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Great Organization
Garage Supervisor Fleet Services (Current Employee), Concord, ONAugust 2, 2015
Great place to work, believe highly in training and support for Front Line Supervisors. Management also very supportive and helpful. Huge Focus on Safety.
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A Solid Career
CN Conductor (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBAugust 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.
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Good money, terrible life balance
Train Conductor (Current Employee), Vaughan, ONJanuary 23, 2015
Typical day at work: 8 hours outside in the freezing cold and in order to warm up you must broadcast over the radio that you want to go inside a locomotive to warm up

What I learned: Seniority based promotion is not for me. I would much rather achieve opportunities based on performance.

Management: Frequently "hides" to observe rule compliance and will write you up for minor violations of a rule they may not even understand themselves.

Co-Workers: Some genuinely happy with their job, some obviously depressed but sticking around for the money. Conductors with 20+ years seniority are still unable to hold a job with desirable hours and at the terminal they want.

Hardest part of the job: Demoralizing remarks such as management/traffic coordinators asking "is everything okay over there?" at the slightest delay.

Most enjoyable part of the job: Controlling and riding around on train equipment and the physical aspect of the job. Plenty of exercise.

Although this should be a very rewarding and "cool" out of the ordinary job, this is quickly overshadowed by the sour company culture and the company renegging on union agreements at the first available opportunity.
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Productive and fun place top work
Tractor Trailer Operator (Former Employee), Toronto, OntarioSeptember 24, 2015
Very productive and fun place to work with great people. A lot of room for an employee to grow with great training to go along with it.
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Horrible management.
Conductor, Student Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee), edmontonApril 20, 2015
Bad company to work for. Mandatory advancement whether you want it or not. Management does a bad job. Mandatory overtime.
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extremely difficult
conductor (Former Employee), symingtonMay 11, 2015
Pros: own supervision
Cons: long hours
too long from home,great if your single.good money.work outside in all conditions,typical day is being ready 24\7.on call is very difficult with a family.
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Great place to work if you want to learn anything.
apprentice (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBJune 4, 2014
CN Rail is willing to teach you as much as you want to learn no matter what. They really feel like family there and you are treated much like family, benefits were great, as was the work.
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High stress in winter
Labourer /Conductor/Trainmaster (Current Employee), Edmonton, ABOctober 23, 2013
Pros: decent benifits
Cons: very long hours and high stress enviroment
The hardest part of the job is the 24 hour shifts. Very minimal down time.
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profesional job
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee), Belleville, ONSeptember 26, 2012
Pros: salary
Cons: being on call 24/7
drive locomotives with precision and be resposible for millions of dollars worth of equipement and freight. Being my own boss was great and having several people to work with always brought conversation.
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Intens
Consultant (Former Employee), Montreal, QCJune 2, 2015
I have loved working and learning the business in different departments. Very challenging, stresfull, competitive. Rich in technology.
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Interesting work
Transportation Supervisor /Trainmaster (Former Employee), Vancouver, BCFebruary 12, 2013
Pros: salary, challenges every day
Cons: there really is no life work balance.
I have come away from CN Rail with a great knowledge of how the Railway network works.
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Very rewarding
Brakeman/ Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee), Moncton, N.B.September 27, 2012
A good solid company with good benefits. Every day is different at this particular job.
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not a great place to work
Car Mechanic (Former Employee), winnipegMay 1, 2015
Pros: great pay
Cons: management
terrible place to work the pay is fabulous but the way you are told to do things is not right and management is clueless on how to actually do the job because they have never done it.
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so so
Developer designer application (Former Employee), Montréal, QCJune 18, 2015
CN is very big company, most co-workers are nice, but I am not luck met a co-worker is not like me, The hardest part of job is communicate with him, so hard and unhappy.
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Good money for single guys. Be prepared to lose your life.
Conductor (Former Employee), Smithers, BCOctober 12, 2012
Pros: 90, 000 to start, 110, 000 by year 2, 130, 000 by year 5
Cons: you'll probably die horribly
Amazing money right off the bat. Good job security. Takes a few years to be totally secure but after about 2 you're set or life. Great pension, but most guys don't live very long after 35 years of graveyards, poor diet, living in hotels, and going through a few wives. I went in thinking it wouldn't be me but here I am divorced and unhealthy, depressed, looking for other work. Thanking god I got out.

By the way some stats: average of 3 people you'll kill in your career, just like any job things go bad and the trains weight upwards of 26,000 tonnes, for the first 2ish years depending on where you work it could be mostly outside, in the mountains, in the wind, in the rain, get the picture, management structure is fire first then maybe ask questions, the union will never let you lose your job no matter how stupid you are.
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Time is money
Maintainer, Signals and Communications (Former Employee), BCJune 2, 2015
You'll be on your toes getting keeping up with your work, but at the end of the day when you can relax, it'll be worth it. Just keep your phone on, train's don't wait for a good night sleep!
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would not work there again
conductor trainee (Former Employee), North Battleford Sask.April 8, 2015
Pros: learning experience
Classroom training was good but onsite training in a small home terminal was provided by conductors that had barely qualified... rather than experienced conductors.

Was forced to relocate across 2 provinces with out a moving allowance or reimbursement.

2 hour call to work 130kms away from home for a week at a time sucks
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Difficult but fun
Conductor (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABJune 9, 2015
Great company, great people. I loved every aspect of this job including the crazy hours.It is not an easy job by any means but the pay and the people make up for that.
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Cn
Trainmaster (Former Employee), MelvilleMay 28, 2015
Days were long and not satisfying, I left because i didnt feel fulfilled anymore. The most enjoyable part was working with the people. The union staff was excellent
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Good environment
SAP Basis Consultant (Current Employee), Montréal, QCMarch 18, 2015
Typical day at work is routine. There are no new projects, no new challenges.
The environment is rich in technology.
Team is generally OK, competitive at times.
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