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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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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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Poor Atmosphere
Dispatcher/Customer Service (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC16 September 2018
Good location, pension and salary. Terrible small office, outdated office systems, outdated five day schedules. Who works a five day work week in a 24/7 operation unless you're backwards? Nobody in the rest of the civilized world works a five day shift in a 24/7 operation. Transportation companies all work 4-4, 7/7 or 2-2-3 except for this backward place.

I regrettably abandoned the Crew Dispatcher role at CN after just five months for several reasons. The depressed office atmosphere, the high turnover rate (I constantly heard about employees quitting so I think that inadvertently influenced me) the dumb work schedule.
CN, for all their money, have a bleak Crew management office. A small office with no windows. A few jaded bizarre old veterans and a cast of industry rejects really made this office a coocoos nest.

But the number one reason i left CN was due to the presence of an out of control, frustrated, high strung female supervisor who in my opinion ruined it for everybody. I would have never left a job without another job lined up but in this case I had to. I was going to kick her teeth in.

Some of the veterans in the office were used to her antics. In a company it's not about who likes you as it is about having the right people on your side to ensure your job is protected. This train wreck supervisor must have had the right people on her side because she kept her job despite complaints.

But there were a handful of really good people at CN Crew Management Center.

Quitting this job in a recession had massive consequences on me financially so I hold a
  more... strong grudge against that office especially that supervisor.  less
Pros
Pension
Cons
Outdated
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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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great place to work
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB10 August 2018
It was a great, informative work environment that I thoroughly enjoyed. the instructors/ coworkers were educational with their own history in the filed.
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Great benefits, great salary, poor management
Regional Manager Supply Chain Solutions (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC31 July 2018
Great salary and benefits, but the senior management is horrible to work for, they are always setting up fires, and unrealistic goals.
There is zero training and you are expected to work during your vacation time or holidays, no questions asked.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Working week is more than 50 hours
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environnement de travail tres agreable
Analyste du rendement (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC29 July 2018
le travail en equipe est de mise de façon a bien repondre aux besoins des clients et de leur diverses demandes. apprendre des autres et partager ses connaissances c'est faire fructifier l'esprit d'équipe.
echanger les informations lors de la verification de rapports, lors de leur production est essentielle.
Pros
ambiance de travail agreable
Cons
evolution de poste difficile
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Challenging and fulfilling place to work
Recruiter (Current Employee) –  Concord, ON27 July 2018
CN is a fast paced work environment that operates 24/7, 365 days per year.

There are a lot of opportunities, both unionized and management.

I enjoy my coworkers and the safety culture.
Pros
benefits, great pay
Cons
work/life balance
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room for advancement
Track Maintainance (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB18 July 2018
I found CN to be a really great career for young people starting out.
the work was physical, but enjoyable. CN was always encouraging workers to take advance classes .
Pros
see the country side
Cons
too much time away from home
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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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