Canadian National Railway Employee Reviews

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Hired, Trained and Laid Off all in the same year
Railway Conductor (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB9 November 2018
There is no flexibility when it comes to this Job.

Earnings are great but not for families or people who like a good nights sleep.

Management promises a lot but does not deliver.

I took a course and ended up not liking the job at all, I realized not everything is about money.
Pros
Good benefits and Pay
Cons
Poor Work life balance
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Worst employer on earth
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB4 November 2018
I have worked for big companies and small companies and I can honestly and candidly say that this is by far the worst managed company on the face of the earth. The management team will harass threaten intimidate and abuse you to the point of insanity. You will question why you're doing this for the 100k a year as the culture at CN will make you feel like less then a number on a payroll. The management team at CN is completely and utterly devoid of a moral compass. They are absolute animals. DON'T HIRE ON AT CN
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Salary
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Everything else
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Good pay and benefits
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC30 October 2018
Work was fine, just not knowing week to week when I would be working was a tough lifestyle to adjust to. Job itself is ok if you dont mind working outside in the rain and at night.
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i loved working here
Freight Conductor Trainee (Former Employee) –  Melfort, SK16 October 2018
i enjoyed everyday as a employee with this company. I felt apart of a team and would definitely return to work here. If i had to say one thing to anyone interested its be safe out there.
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good place
Ground crew (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB15 October 2018
work was hard but the job was good pay could have been better.
manager needs to be more professional. i didnt mind working outside they where not bad to work for all in all.
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A supervisor' point of view.
Trainmaster (Current Employee) –  Sarnia11 October 2018
CN can be a great place to work, however they are slow to change with the times. Front Line Supervisor's are required to work 60 plus hours a work week and are forced/shamed into working their off days as well.
Pros
Salary
Cons
No home life
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Productive environment
Senior Programmer Analyst (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON11 October 2018
I had an amazing experience at CN Rail - very professional environment with high learning culture. It has immense growth opportunities. My experience at CN Rail was wonderful in terms of learning, growth, and fun. My boss gave me a chance to explore other IT function by taking different projects and also work cross-functionally to learn more about business.
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Clerk (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB24 September 2018
Lots of nepotism which makes for inexperienced and ineffectual management and preferred treatment for legacy hires.

Typical bureaucracy as found in most large companies allows for empire building
Pros
Good pension financiallt lucrative if youre in the right place
Cons
Long hours. Military style management
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Good pay and experience with tough hours
Management Trainee (Current Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB19 September 2018
Pay and the benefits are good. The experience gained is priceless if you are looking to work in railway. The hours are hard and you will most likely be moving from hotel to hotel across Canada. CN does cover the hotel, food and car rental expense.
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Welder at CN
Welder (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB17 September 2018
Be prepared for discrimination racism and nepotism . This company will eat you. No room for growth with all degree and qualification but if your father worked with CN you have chance to grow and be a-supervisor even if you are dumb and stupid as you are
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Nepotism
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5.0
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Best Place Ive Ever Worked
Rail Car Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB16 September 2018
I loved my experience at CN Rail.
I was taught everything in house regarding rail car repairs, welding, using cutting torches and other mechanical operations.
The people I worked with are truly friends for life and no matter where you go in life after you quit the rail way, it truly is apart of your forever.
Pros
Amazing salary, shifts and benefits.
Cons
Working outdoors in all environments, People complaining because they're too lazy to work for their money.
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Different Reviews for Different Departments.
Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee) –  Port Robinson, ON15 September 2018
Canadian National Railway is a truly North American Railway that spans East, West and Southern routes that take our customer products anywhere from the Arctic to the West Coast and East Coasts of Canada and the Southern USA States like Louisiana. Transportation Employees are a truly different breed of employee at CN Rail. I guess it's because the Transportation side of things makes a decent wage and the Company spends up to $75000 to train these new hires. Unfortunately, they will continue to fire you for the next 35 years plus because this is the way of trying to weed out the bad apples. I hope this description helps all of you in your endeavour to apply. Don't get me wrong, you fly under the radar and you should have a very safe and enjoyable career... Thanks for listening!!!
Pros
Great Pay
Cons
Severe Discipline if something goes wrong.
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Bonne avantage
Operateur de machine ferroviaire (Current Employee) –  Partout10 September 2018
Excellent compagnie bonne avantage famille travaille
Pros
Fond de pension
Cons
Voyagement
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Fun place to work
Various roles within IT (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC29 August 2018
Nice opportunities to create new business connections.
If you are someone who enjoys performance metrics then this is the place for you.
Expectations are high but they do take the time to teach you as well.
Pros
Lots of learning
Cons
Often times long hours due to getting projects completed on time
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A company with many resources and diverse employment opportunities
Car Mechanic/Biller (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB23 August 2018
The job you start with may not be the job you finish your career with with this company. Many other opportunities exist for those who find employment initially. As far as benefits are concerned there are many eg, health and dental, employee share program. Schools have been built to further your career whether it be steel fabrication, welding electrical etc..as well as programs to enhance educating yourself at a university or other post secondary school. This company has an excellent pension program.
You come to work before your shift starts, get ready and attend your daily 5 minute briefing. Your supervisor will assign you your day's job or a job that needs to be finished.
Pros
2 - 10 minute breaks throughout the work day and 1 - 30 minute lunch break...all paid for.
Cons
lots of politics, concerning management.
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To whom it may concern
Retired (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON22 August 2018
Start day by inspecting train , peruse daily trip plans . Check locomotives for functionality . Read aloud and understand train orders for the trip . Start off on trip after receiving signal to depart .
Pros
outdoor work
Cons
short lunch
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Interesting and rewarding career
Signals & Communications Technician (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB20 August 2018
Typical day involves early morning starts, balancing dispatch, maintenance, and project jobs - travelling to work sites (if applicable), waiting around for trains to get clearance to work, and coming home late.

Pros:

Fantastic opportunity to learn dedicated equipment and technology, familiarizing yourself with your division, and co-coordinating with other groups.
Paid schooling / training program.
Intelligent, experienced workers.

Cons:

Must have a strong personality to not get steamrolled by authoritative and unwelcoming personalities.
Lots of standing around babysitting contractors, followed by rush, rush, rush.
Lots of driving to fix simple issues.
Lots of stress.
Little support or concern for trainees.

Overall, a good, well paid, and rewarding job for those who love trains. Can be difficult to acclimate to the culture and work conditions. The job is your life.
Pros
Good pay, experiencing natural beauty and trains.
Cons
Stress, long hours, lots of travel, waiting around, difficult culture.
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Good for younger people looking to travel and gain experience.
MAINTAINER (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB14 August 2018
There are a lot of great people who work here. You will meet and make new friends.

The starting wage is great, as you gain experience and training, there is room for advancement. They also have very good benefits.

Starting out usually (not always) requires you to work away from home for extended periods of time.

A good Work/Life balance can be hard to achieve and depending who you work for, can make this even more challenging.

You can eventually make your way into a role that is permanently at or close to home. However you may end up with a permanent position that will require you to move to a different place (city, town). That being said, there is always opportunity to move elsewhere.

There are pros and cons, but at the end of the day this lifestyle isn't for everyone. You will just have to try it out and see if you like it.
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Signal and Communications Maintainer (Former Employee) –  Capreol, ON12 August 2018
Constant travel across the province, 12 to 16hrs a day, constantly on call, not for a family man! Constantly busy with inspections and servicing, truoble shooting, tools always available and you must maintain safety in all aspects!!
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intense lifestyle, wonderful benefits
Train Conductor (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC10 August 2018
the job itself was great, involved tons of long hours but it was worth what you made. the only tough part is the long hour shifts at all hours that change everyday.
Pros
excercise salary co workers
Cons
weather long hours shift work
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