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Happy to be gone
IT Director (Current Employee) –  Homewood, ILSeptember 23, 2016
One of the worst places. No growth, uneducated workers. No direction of planning. Very bad conditions.

I have will not recommend anyone under the ager of 32 to work for the railroad. It is old culture and not able to move ahead of the times.
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This was a client I worked with on a Pro Services engagement.
Technical Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Punta Gorda, FLAugust 1, 2016
This was a client I worked with on a Pro Services engagement. The engagement entailed a 6 week software deployment and development cycle and concluded with user and administrative training classes for the customer users.
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Inconsistent home life
Railroad Conductor (Current Employee) –  Dubuque, IAJuly 14, 2016
Well paying job with amazing benefits with the downside of being away from home a lot and no work schedule.
Pros
Pay, Benefits
Cons
No home life, No work schedule
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Management is the problem!!!!!
Ore Dock Control Operator (Former Employee) –  Two Harbors, MNJuly 1, 2016
Management always looking to fire people the union is worthless for its people.Management is always out to get somebody.
Pros
Good Pay Benefits
Cons
Management
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bad company to work for , only positive was r.r.retirement
Chief Operator (Current Employee) –  Homewood, ILJune 30, 2016
management was pathetic, weekend work, salaried , nothing but a humiliating experience. Working for the CN was the worst mistake that I had ever made.
Pros
railroad retirement
Cons
no life, terrible management
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Horrible place.
Electrician, Minnesota (Current Employee) –  MinnesotaJune 6, 2016
I've had some horrible jobs but this place takes the cake. Management all the way up the chain in horrible. Uneducated, egomaniacs constantly going after their own guys to make a name for themselves. Going into work takes mental preparation knowing what horribleness is about to ensue. Everyday something new with people getting in trouble for supervisors mistakes. Current supervisor is a mentally unstable habitual liar. Baffling someone like him is even allowed to hold that position and how upper management doesn't notice it is a mystery. All around low morale what seems like railroad wide.
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Benefits
Cons
Management, work environment, poor facilities.
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Horrible place to work.
Locomotive Engineer (Current Employee) –  IowaMarch 21, 2016
The CN is a railroad that likes to use intimidation tactics and threatens to fire you for any reason they can think of. Its really tiring when you cant even go to work and do your job because you are constantly worried about somebody watching you just to try and fire you.
Cons
No family life
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Nothing surprises me anymore
Conductor/Engineer (Current Employee) –  Flat Rock, MIMarch 17, 2016
Ever heard of a 4 month suspension because your work boots weren't laced through the top eyelet? It can happen here. No, it wasn't a situation where the employee was told multiple times. We make $120k/yr... that's basically a $40k fine for shoe laces. It's cheaper to get 4 DUIs.

They will terminate you at the drop of a hat. If they don't like you (maybe your attendance isn't where they'd like it to be, maybe you follow the rule book a little too closely), you're outta here.

They tend to leave me alone, but people around me are dropping like flies. I'm at the point where I don't feel save or secure anymore. Every week somebody is being suspended or terminated and I'm just waiting to make one mistake myself and they give me the boot.

The work itself is enjoyable. I really like the job, but the management is truly vicious. Your co-workers are typically very easy to get along with and enjoyable to work with.

Feel free to apply, but beware all the reviews are true (except the couple random good ones. Must have been written by some kind of shills).
Pros
Great pay and pension
Cons
Excessive discipline for even first-time or minor mistakes
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good co-workers management could use some help.
Conductor/Switchman (Former Employee) –  Joliet, ILMarch 14, 2016
Railroading can be an enjoyable career if you will let it be, but the hours can be long and hard though. The travel can be nice if you are on the right run,
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Great job with great pay...poor management
Freight Conductor (Current Employee) –  Fulton, KYDecember 16, 2015
This is a dream job for anyone who likes adventure and anyone not having a problem with being called in at any time of the day or night. Only issue I have with company is poor management. They will try to fire you and lie to you to make sure they reach their own goals and budgets. Management is inefficient from the very top to the very bottom.
Pros
Pay, Benefits, Co-workers
Cons
Management
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Busy
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 30, 2015
Busy must be aware and attentive at all times. Good employees great benefits. being on call is the hardest part of the job must manage you rest and stay focused.
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Great Pay + Benefits. Job Security was the best,
Signalman/Signal Maintainer (Current Employee) –  Pontiac, MINovember 13, 2015
CN was a great place to work. They provided me with great pay and amazing benefits. The greatest part about the job was that I was always busy and constantly learning news skills.
Pros
Good Pay, Great Benefits, Job Security, Amazing Working Environment
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Great Pay, Benefits, sleep deprived and little opportunity for advancement into management. Takes a toll on family life
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee) –  Homewood, ILOctober 6, 2015
Great Pay, Benefits, sleep deprived and little opportunity for advancement into management. Takes a toll on family life
Pros
Great Pay, Benefits, sleep deprived and little opportunity for advancement into management. Takes a toll on family life
Cons
Great Pay, Benefits, sleep deprived and little opportunity for advancement into management. Takes a toll on family life
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Bend over and grab the lube
Freight Conductor (Former Employee) –  Memphis, TNSeptember 11, 2015
Good pay but horrible environment. Bosses will hide in bushes to try to fire you in an attempt to cut down on labor costs. Then they will furlough for an unknown amount of time.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Furloughed, Management
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Overall terrible experience
Brakeman/ Switchman (Former Employee) –  Homewood, ILSeptember 11, 2015
The pay for the job was good. Its better for someone single without kids because the schedule is unpredictable. You have to be prepared to work in all weather conditions no matter how severe.
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Company Offical (Current Employee) –  ILLINOISAugust 29, 2015
All days run together , you see so much traffic it would make your head spin . there are great people to work with and there are ones you wouldn't pull over to the side of the road to help if they had a flat tire, but even so ! you can still learn from them. there is nothing really hard just long days , most enjoyable part would be crawling in the bed for some peace and quiet at the end of the day .....
Pros
Salary, Bennefits, people, and most important the history of the lines
Cons
there is no trust between Management and Unionized Employees
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meeting new people
Assistant Signalman (Current Employee) –  baton rougeAugust 21, 2015
Good company to work for, just not enough time for family or to handle personal matters. Co-workers make times and work flow easier.
Pros
benefits
Cons
not much time for family
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Find Another Place To Work!!!!
Crew Caller (Former Employee) –  Homewood, ILJuly 22, 2015
The culture of this organization is designed for you to fail. Management does not understand that we are all human and make mistakes. As a new employee you will not receive adequate training and support. Thus when you do make an error you can pretty much plan on being suspended. They don’t believe in effective communication but rather yelling and shouting at you like you are 3 years old.

The only great benefit for working here is the compensation and medical benefits. If you have a life outside of work then this isn’t the company for you. Be prepared to come into work expecting an 8 hour day and forced to stay for 16. You have to work an entire year before you get 5 vacation days. You have to work an additional year before you get 5 sick days, which by the way you are penalized if you in fact are sick and need time off. In plain terms CN Rail sucks!
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Typical day
Conductor Trainee (Current Employee) –  MichiganJune 29, 2015
Will work with many personalities from those conductors who want to help you learn to those who yell and curse at you if you touch "their" paperwork when getting ready for a run. Some treat you as if you should know everything when they are paired up with you. Always wondered how long it took them to know everything.

No idea what the Unions's function is other than taking dues and not really fighting for workers.

Great pay, no set schedule, and cornucopia of personalities to work with.
Pros
Great Pay with great responsibility.
Cons
Management has low leadership training or abilities.
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Good pay and benefits
Freight Conductor (Former Employee) –  IllinoisJune 16, 2015
Typical railroad job. Would have a better evaluation but was furloughed after 8 months when the company went on a mass hiring spree and then business slowed.
Pros
pay
Cons
layoff
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