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Giving your life away
Track Supervisor Assistant (Current Employee) –  Ontario3 July 2018
Senior management expect you to work constantly because you have a salaried position. You will not get proper field training and will expect that you succeed in your career. If you know someone within the company you will do well. Senior management have a tone and will talk negatively in employees back.

They will tell you that CN owns you.
Pros
Working outdoors
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Selling your soul to the devil
Supervisor Asst Track (Current Employee) –  Alberta2 July 2018
Senior management is a joke - its not what you know but who you know if you want advancement! The old timers need to pass their knowledge on then walk away instead of being a constant drain to the company.
You are not respected in the slightest - salaried position - you would earn more at timmys working the same hours.
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Awesome company
Data Entry Clerk (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC30 June 2018
Friendly atmosphere. Quiet work experience

Love working on the computer

No hard part of the job

Able to do the talk at hand with no distractions

Friendly staff
Pros
Friendly staff
Cons
None
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Great company
Conductor Trainee (Current Employee) –  High Prairie, AB28 June 2018
This is a fabulous company to work for. Safety is at the core of what they do. As long as you are being safe and efficient, you will have a long and rewarding career with CN.
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Execution culture to achieve operational excellence
Operations, Retail Logistics (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON20 June 2018
Best work environment! Company offers excellent recruitment process to hire desired talent to create culture of execution. Ongoing coaching, mentoring and team building. Exceptional, skilled and competent employees perform at a very high level.
Pros
Performance driven culture, customer centric
Cons
Occasional strike action
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Good for money.
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK14 June 2018
Off-site three month class was awesome for learning CROR. Had little impact on actual job. Dangerous job. Very gruff atmosphere. Once you're in it's fine, the first two years you're not 'in'.
Pros
Salary
Cons
Forget about having a life.
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Tereible company
Rail car technician (Former Employee) –  Symington6 June 2018
Worst job experience in my life i would never reccomend any one to work at this place. The environment is toxic the management is absolute garbage. The only thing cn is good for is a pay cheque. If you want good money and know life outside of cn this is the place for you
Pros
None
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Good Salary and Benefits/Bad Management
Category analyst & Procurement Specialist (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC6 June 2018
The company offers very good salary and benefits. However you are expected to do very long hours thus no work life balance and the management is very bad. There was also no proper training provided initially in my department (Supply Management).
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Great for independent people Who love the outdoors
Signals & Communications Maintainer (Current Employee) –  Lac La Biche, AB28 May 2018
Long hours, plenty of overtime and all work is done outdoors. Tight deadlines and dangerous work conditions make this a dynamic place to make a living. On call work and weird hours.
Pros
Great benifits and good pay
Cons
no work life balance
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hard to get in easy to get out
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Prince George, BC9 May 2018
whether you love the job or not it could be an awesome experience but watch out for yourself as one slip up can cost you your career so always have work insurance or you can end up burning yourself
Pros
benifits abillity to retire
Cons
irregular and long hours
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Forward thinking company
Sr DevSecOps solution Architect/Engineer (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC8 May 2018
Provide a great ecosystem to learn and progress within management and technology . Great teamwork and environment to succeed and help your career in many angles.
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was always on the road
Signals & Communications Helper (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON23 April 2018
cn was a good place to gain experience but the work schedule was horrible.. I worked all over ontario and was home one day a week.. So i resigned to be home with my family
Pros
educational
Cons
spent to much time away
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Your whole life will become the railway
Conductor (Former Employee) –  British Columbia18 April 2018
Great company to work for as far as benefits and money goes. However you need to be aware you are signing your life away. On call makes it impossible to live any sort of life outside of work. Insane hours. constantly on the road. Constantly getting moved from city to city without a choice. There is a reason why CN has one of the highest divorce rates out of any company in North America. You are barely ever home. And when you are, you are constantly fretting about getting that call to go back. Overall would not recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy their life away from a train.
Pros
Money
Cons
Never home
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Nice to work here
SAP Development Manager (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC18 April 2018
Great company to work with.

Hardworking
custom focused

They have a great vision about the future of the company.
Working in a past paced Agile environment.
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Oui pour l'argent sinon à éviter
Controlleur ferroviaire (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC5 April 2018
Culture d'entreprise pourrie, les cadres recevaient des bonus pour prendre leurs employés en défaut. Espionnage des employés par les cadres. Aucun travail d'équipe.

à prendre si vous voulez faire de l'Argent.
Pros
Salaire
Cons
Management
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bad atmosphere
Equipment Operator (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON5 April 2018
management is horrible, they only talk to you if your in trouble. the union is horrible. does not protect your job at all. if you speak up against anything you will be painting a target on your back. its more of an old boys club that doesn't like change and is more threatened by it. if you can keep your head down and do your job with your mouth shut, its for you.
Pros
pay
Cons
boring
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Fun Place
Rail Traffic Controller (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON29 March 2018
Love Working around Very Nice People Lots of Learning im Very Comfortable Asking Questions Managment Should Be Happy We Need Days Off Work Very Instene Work Pays Well
Pros
Very Good Workplace
Cons
Long Hours When u Start
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Great environment for a big corporation
Labourer/Operator (Former Employee) –  Various28 March 2018
I learned an incredible amount working at CN, I spent time in many different roles and was given extensive training for each of those roles, management was not always helpful but by and large they were.
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No work life balance
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB28 March 2018
Long days, no work life balance, worked 60+ consecutive 12H shifts with out a rest day nor overtime pay or any compensation of any kind. CN seems to take advantage of their management personal.
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Works you into the ground
Manager - Mechanical (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB27 March 2018
I work 60+ hours a week, for a thankless senior manager, who often forgets my name and qualifications. I have even been refused compensation for my work on multiple occasions.

Time to move on.
Pros
pays well
Cons
long hours, poor management structure, micromanagement
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