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CN / Chemins de fer nationaux du Canada


Size of company: Large (More than 500 employees)

Industry: Transportation (freight), Warehousing

  • I started over a year ago at CN. Take what you hear on other ratings with a grain of salt. I myself have had a positive experience thus far, and still continue to work with the company. I am not employed by H.R. for the record. Of the group I was hired with, we have only lost 2 people due to retention. One went home back to his home country for family reasons. Of my time here I have seen two people released both of which were for not following mandatory safety rules. I will agree that this can be a dangerous place to work for, but management does care in regards to safety. They take steps to control or isolate threats as they occur, but with millions of tones of freight moving in tight quarters there is a large chance of injury or death if anyone were to be complacent in their following the rules. CN employees also share their work space with multiple departments’ constantly moving freight and equipment. This is an unforgiving workplace when it comes to injuries but if safety is in the forefront of both management and the employee's minds injuries and deaths can be avoided.
    Cn's pension plan is matched by next to none. I was previously working in automation and I wasn't making half the amount that I am making with CN. The railway is the backbone to our economy and is a 24/7 365 operation, therefore employees with be expected to work odd shifts and through holidays (they make this crystal clear during the interviews and testing). CN previously went through a hiring freeze went they went from a crown corporation to being privatized. This means a huge opportunity for advancement for those who wish to pursue a career on the management side of the operation. In short I would recommend this company to anyone who is willing to work hard, is able to follow safety procedures to protect themselves and those around them, and people who have pride in looking back at the end of the day and seeing what they accomplished.

    Posted on 13 May 2014 by Rater #452 | Flag as inappropriate

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Got to agree with you - take everything you read with a grain of salt. Your view of this place will largely depend on your attitude - trust me on that. I've been working for CN for almost 4 yrs now (2nd generation) and I love it. Keep your head up, watch your back, stay safe and keep a good attitude and you'll be fine.

Posted on 16 February 2015

After the medical it takes about to weeks my boyfriend went through the process once you have medical and pass your in basically they won't pay for a medical unless they really want you in the company.

Posted on 14 July 2014

I recently went to an orientation job fair at the new training facility. The following week I went for the medical. Now as I sit and wait for the call I see that less and less positions are listed online. I've applied for all positions coast to coast within the specific department among others. Should I call them? If so what number as nothing is listed anywhere. I see that five of five of said positions are under review and have been placed there since the medical was performed (coincidence or intentional?). I want to be with CN and as bad as it may sound, I am willing to put up with all the obstacles that may come while employed. Advice please!

Posted on 8 July 2014

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