I worked here for 14 years and they dismissed me just like that. There is no work life balance and they expect that you put CN first. They bully and threaten everyday and senior management is absolutely horrific
Train Conductor (Former Employee) – Québec City, QC – 7 January 2019
Ouf... you're always on call and the company really doesnt care about you just as long as you get the merchandise or the trains at destination on time. You do so many different tasks and you're constantly watching your back for all the regulations.
Electrician (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 27 December 2018
Good place to if your up there one the sonority list. If not, your living on an odd shift with no sight of weekends for the majority of your career. Good group of guys on the floor. Management is very disorganized.
Conductor (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 14 December 2018
Paid training in Winnipeg is good. You will get on the job training after that which is sometimes good and sometimes not good. It depends who you get paired up with. Majority of people you work with are good people.
I was hired to work in a terminal which already had about 20 too many conductors. I was forced to work shortages all over western Canada. The shortage locations will have new stuff you weren't trained for in your home location, which can be a bit stressful for a new conductor.
The money you make is impressive. 4 months from hire I was making full conductor wage. The money is nice but it comes at a cost of your personal life. It's nearly impossible to plan anything outside of work. You may start to feel like you don't see your family enough.
Engineering, Track Maintainer (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 3 December 2018
Great pension, benefits, and stock and great stock opportunities for workers. Over time is great . But there needs to be more practical certifications that can help a employees credentials such as everyone having h2s alive, confined spaces, emergency situations similies, and fall protection.
CN gives you the opportunity to change jobs, locations, and experiences many times while still having the familiarity of a single employer.
From a technology standpoint it is a conservative, risk-averse culture. Hardest part of the job is to convince people to adopt a different approach. Very challenging intellectually with lots of opportunity.
Conductor (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 4 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
Trainmaster (Current Employee) – Sarnia – 11 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.
Senior Programmer Analyst (Former Employee) – Brampton, ON – 11 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.