Canadian National Railway Employee Reviews

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High income is only perk
Transportation (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB5 March 2019
Management uses fear tactics to control employees. I took 1 sick day last year and was called in for a formal statement. Workload is unbearable they have one person doing the job of 2 people every day, and it breaks your spirit to get thrown to the wolves 40 hrs a week. You often get no breaks. Constantly pushed to perform as quickly as possible, even if it means breaking rules to get work done. Managers go out as conductors with no training. Running trades get 2 hrs notice to go to work. No work life balance. Everyone is overworked and angry. Benefits aren't great. Turnover is high despite high pay because of the bad working conditions and treatment of employees. High income is the only attractive thing about this company.
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Pay
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Everything else
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Very edgy place
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Prince George, BC2 March 2019
CN offers very good pay and benefits but there is definitely a toxic culture here. There is a cutthroat mentality some guys will make accusations or make bad trainee reviews if you're training not everyone is bad still alot of decent people. Definitely be careful when on your probation as this place can be very brutal on terminating new guys after training especially if things slow down for a month or if they over hired.worked with a guy who got accused of being on drugs and when he peed clean they came up with some other bizarre reason to have him removed from service. Nepotism is common and for some reason offers better protection then the union had a manager 19 year old kid come in hungover which can get some people in trouble yet he walks around hagard with out repercussions. If you're a conductor be ready to have a very unpredictable lifestyle as you will always be on call so definitely not the type of work if you have or want keep a realtionship or family. CN can be a career but the quick to hire quick to fire mentality makes it hard to keep your foot in during your first year.
Pros
Very good pay and benefits
Cons
Hard to maintain a work life balance quick to hire quick to fire m
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Good Company for advancement
Yard Coordinator (Yardmaster) (Former Employee) –  Capreol, ON1 March 2019
If you are willing to put in the hours you can advance. Typical day for a Supervisor is a minimum of 10 hours can be much longer in crisis situation. Many phone calls at home and on time off.
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Would not go back
mechanic (Current Employee) –  canada28 February 2019
Ok pay worst management ever . constantly micro managing every aspect of your job and disciplining if not done exactaly the way they want. the sad thing is theres no real way they want the work done every supervisor has a different way to do stuff. Cant please the supervisors and when you as a employee need something lets say a day off they wont give it to you just to make your life tuff.
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money
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everything
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challenging and everyday tend to learn new things
Senior QA Analyst/Team Lead/Subject Matter Expert (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC26 February 2019
Learned how to lead, not a stressful job, growth was phenomenal, very good management, understanding team, lots of travel to the US, a lot of opportunities
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All about the money
Signals & Communications Maintainer (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON25 February 2019
They will have you gone as soon as they can. You feel replaceable and unappreciated. If you can keep your head down, you will be able to put in 35 years but without a smile.
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Great job security & amazing people
Signals Engr. / GO Project Mgr (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON23 February 2019
Canadian National is a Canadian Class I freight railway headquartered in Montreal, Quebec that serves Canada and the Midwestern and Southern United States.
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Overall a good place to work
Signals and Communications Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Capreol, ON21 February 2019
I enjoy the fact that I get to work outdoors. The employees we have recently hired have been quite good recruits. I have learned everything about signaling through CN. If you have the basic electrical background they teach you the rest. There are many types of management styles and everyone is different. We still have those who like the iron fist way of ruling but have been slowly been migrating to more of a respect type workforce.
Pros
Good wages and decent bennefits.
Cons
Spend a lot of time away from home and is hard on family life
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Make sure you’re right for the industry
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Ontario21 February 2019
Before hiring on I read the reviews no different than anyone applying for any job. At first I was extremely deterred by the low opinion of the company. After completing training and working for nearly a year now, I can see the type of employee/individual who leaves these types of reviews. After running businesses my entire adult life, I know how difficult it is to make $140,000/year. Trust me folks, this job is far easier. Benefits, pension and stock options aside, with a high school/college education, this is as good as it gets. If you have kids or a spouse at home who’s not overly supportive to begin with; please don’t apply. For those who understand what hard work is, you’ll do just fine. If you still live with your parents or are coming out of an Coddled environment, stray away, you’ll get eaten alive. Come to this company with a strong work ethic, dedication and perseverance, your future will be bright enough.

However, I can see automation cutting the industries transport staff in half by 2028. One man crews will happen, regardless of how much pushback CN receives. So get in while you can and save your money.
Pros
Pension, stock options, benefits
Cons
Layoffs due to over hiring
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Environment : a dream for a designer
Functional Designer UX (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC20 February 2019
Design sprint, Agile transformation

It's a wonderful place for a designer and to design, everything is very organized.

The floor number 9 it's basically an explosion of creativity which still needs to be managed and still need to flourish, in one year probably it will become one of the best places to work.

Every project is a mix of intelligence, design, ergonomy, and data to tackle and transform.

Each person there is very motivated, very brave, very intellectually stimulating.

Scrum master, Business analyst, Product owner, functional analyst, works more or less all-time in harmony.

Manager and director are very nice, help you to grow.

Sometimes the hierarchy of the old organization might influence people on top of you.
Pros
people are smiling.
Cons
nothing to say.
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Would not recommend
Rail Conductor (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB17 February 2019
Good Money, pay cheque every two weeks, o.k. benefits.
No ability to balance social/Family life and job. Varied, always changing schedule for the first two years, low morale in transportation, outside work rail or shine. High probability of getting fired within first year.
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Great workplace, super productive
Track Maintainer (Current Employee) –  Alberta5 February 2019
Great place to start a career if you don’t want to go to school. Money is very good, work is always fun since your always working in a different place every day, 10 on 4 off. everyone is friendly, typical day in the winter would be: blowing switches, clean ice from crossings, cold weather patrol etc.. summer: replace rails, crossings, tamp ties, change ties etc. Not a job for people who can’t handle working in cold temperatures, you work in any weather.
Pros
great money, never work at the same place
Cons
None
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Stayed in Camp
Labour,Macine operator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton Alberta30 January 2019
Over all was good, what I had Stayed away from too long,I was woking as machine operator,worked on track,alots noisy,dusty atos
omphere,stay in bushes
Pros
yes, rrrom and board paid
Cons
yes
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Always on call, upper management doesn't know their job
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB24 January 2019
They fired me for one bad review out of the hundreds of good ones that I had on record, union did nothing about it.
No work / life balance because you're always on call, you get a 2 hour warning before you're going to work, that's all.
Sometimes sitting on the train doing literally nothing for 5+ hours with work days often exceeding 12 hours.
Pros
Good benefits, good pay, paid training
Cons
Long hours, boring, stressful, rude coworkers, high divorce rate, no life, picky management
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Good company to work with good pay
DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC18 January 2019
But the management team is disgusting, typically for some medium level managers and team leads. This is ranked at #285 on the list Canada's best employer by Forbes. Don't expect too much.
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Unorganized
Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) (Current Employee) –  Brampton, ON17 January 2019
CN is lucky it controls the market in Canada or else they would be bankrupt.

Say goodbye to any work/life balance you would like, you will never have a weekend or holiday off for 20 years.
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information security in a large scale company
Information Security Advisor (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON12 January 2019
In a large company achieving high maturity information Security program and adopting a standardized information program is a big challenge and this is the case in CN.
Pros
exposed to lots of experiences
Cons
not able to change
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Don’t work here
Assistant track supervisor (Former Employee) –  Belleville10 January 2019
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
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Nothing
Cons
Horrible Emoyeer
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Stay away Pay attention
Operations Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB8 January 2019
35 years ago, fathers told their sons and daughters to work at CN. No longer is this the case. I spent 33 years at CN and in the end it was a mistake. Stay away fro CN it is a horrible place to work.
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Conductor
Train Conductor (Former Employee) –  Québec City, QC7 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.
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Pay
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Paranoia
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