Canadian National Railway

Canadian National Railway Employee Reviews in Canada

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Nice place to work
Rail Car mechanic (Current Employee) –  Prince George, BCFebruary 4, 2015
CN rail ,great company,good benefits, good wage ,excellent pension plan ,great company to work for.Management is professional ,I could say everything is perfect.
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Stay away...run!
Electrician (Former Employee) –  Walker LRC, Edmonton, ABOctober 26, 2012
A bit more like Shawshank prison, albeit with pension and company stock benefits. Management in Walker diesel shop are the worst you'll ever meet. No people skills, doesnt value their employees. Only time youll see the manager is when he'll hand you a cookie (desciplinary action). Forget about going to school, they'll move heaven and earth not to send you.
Pros
all about pension.
Cons
not a conducive environment, you'll be miserable the moment you start. start working.
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7/365 busy. Always something to do.
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  Brampton, ONOctober 29, 2015
The most enjoyable part of my job was operating state of the art Railway Transportation Heavy Equipment. Always something to do, so the day flew by. Plenty of opportunity for growth.
Pros
Opportunity for growth
Cons
Dangerous work environment
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Do not take this job if you want a Trade
Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentice / DEM (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, ABJuly 15, 2015
Regardless of their recruitment you will not get a Red Seal Trade.

I came in with a Blue book and a lot of hours, and when i pushed for school after being promised it during my interview they refused. Even though they had signed my blue book.

Their DEM program is limited to a select few provinces and not in Alberta (where I reside). DEM is not recognized here at all and never will be.

The guys in the shop are awesome save for a select few white hats, But the upper management is horrible.

Yes they provide tools, but good luck getting them.

The Union is useless, good luck getting anywhere with them. Example; Their safety reps have never taken a safety course nor do they know about contacting OHS in the event of problems from management. Their Trades and Apprenticeship reps do not hold tickets nor have they ever picked up a phone to contact the Apprenticeship Board. Its just bad.

But again the people there are awesome to work with.

Great experience though besides the aforementioned, but CN is a very pale shadow compared to its former glory, now that it is for all intensive purposes an American company now.
Pros
Great people
Cons
Everything else
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Constant change
Technician (Current Employee) –  London, ONOctober 1, 2014
Self directed days engulfing all variants of any task.
Learned to acquire process independently.
Progressive management actively routing tasks.
Resources exhaustion common.
Good pay with decent benefits.
Pros
many employee benefits
Cons
shortage of labour resources
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A Solid Career
CN Conductor (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MBAugust 6, 2014
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.
Pros
salary, benefits
Cons
work/life balance
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Great work environment and very challenging
Terminal Manager (Former Employee) –  Concord, Calgary, OakvilleMay 26, 2015
- Working here was very challenging yet very rewarding as all efforts for self improvement and improvements of the workplace are noticed by upper management and spread throughout the company.
Pros
Working with great people
Cons
Long hours
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Challenging job with lots of responsibilities
REL SUPERINTENDENT, REL ASST Superintendent (Former Employee) –  Surrey, BCSeptember 8, 2015
The jobs I had were very high level and stressful managing union staff both in office and on the ground example train crews. I would plan my day according to what has transpired over the night and come up with a recovery if needed or plan the days work for all people I was supervising.
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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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Good money, pretty cool job. No personal Life
Freight Train Conductor (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABAugust 6, 2015
I only got to spend a year with CN before being laid off. In my time though, I found the job to be pretty cool. They don't however promote any sort of personal life, even though they tell you they do during the hiring process. If you're single and want to make a lot of money in only a few years, than this is the job for you. Family person? Not so much.
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ok place to work
Train Conductor (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, ABJune 24, 2015
good job if you don't have kids or a family, otherwise you won't see them a lot. you have to be prepared to work long hours and work on no schedule and be on call.
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Great
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee) –  Hornepayne, ONOctober 5, 2015
Working for CN has been great. It has provided me the opportunity to take on new challenges and work with amazing people.
Pros
Travelling across Canada
Cons
Very demanding at times
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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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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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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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High stress in winter
Labourer /Conductor/Trainmaster (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, ABOctober 23, 2013
The hardest part of the job is the 24 hour shifts. Very minimal down time.
Pros
decent benifits
Cons
very long hours and high stress enviroment
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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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profesional job
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee) –  Belleville, ONSeptember 26, 2012
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.
Pros
salary
Cons
being on call 24/7
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Interesting work
Transportation Supervisor /Trainmaster (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BCFebruary 12, 2013
I have come away from CN Rail with a great knowledge of how the Railway network works.
Pros
salary, challenges every day
Cons
there really is no life work balance.
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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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