Canadian National Railway Company / CN
CN locomotive engineer captured a stunning shot of an incoming intermodal train, the winning entry of CN's annual calendar contest

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway Company / CN was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Ten Best Companies to Work For (2016) and Montreal's Top Employers (2016):

  • CN Railway Company occupies a special place in the Canadian landscape, linking the country together from coast-to-coast for nearly a century -- today, the company moves goods and resources across North America and continues to create jobs along the adding over 300 new positions in Canada last year
  • With a strong national presence, CN Railway Company operates the impressive employee and pensioner-run "Community Fund", which has raised more than $12 million over the past decade in support of numerous charitable initiatives across the country
CN train conductors and locomotive engineers enjoy Canada's spectacular landscapes as they travel from origin to destination

Employer Background

Industry Railroad Transportation
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations London ON, Charny QC, Hearst ON, Edmundston NB, Shawinigan QC, Hornepayne ON, Brampton ON, Edmonton AB, Saskatoon SK, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Capreol ON, Sioux Lookout ON, Montréal QC, Senneterre QC, Moncton NB, Sarnia ON, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 16,888
Full-time employees worldwide 25,140
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .5%
Average age of employees in Canada 41
Longest serving employee 54 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies
Workplace features the head office (which is undergoing renovations) is located in the heart of downtown Montréal and is within minutes of Old Montréal and is connected to the underground walking network offering all-season access to shops and cafés, as well as the city's Métro and bus terminal, onsite daycare
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (zumba, pilates, yoga, boot camp, interval and toning), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, free medical evaluation before membership
Other nearby amenities YMCA, 1000 Gauchetière (indoor skating rink), fitness club, Place du Canada, Phillips Square, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, BIXI bicycle rental dock, Old Montréal and St. Lawrence River

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events holiday gatherings, sporting events (including golfing, skiing and hockey), cultural and diversity day celebrations and fundraising activities hosted by the in-house CN Community Fund
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications Faces of CN, CN People

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note CN has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts on phones, cars, hotel rooms, computers and laser eye surgery

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note CN has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 40 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 20 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), percentage premium coverage ranges from 85% to 100%, depending on employee group
Family-friendly benefits note CN has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits daycare centre onsite, academic scholarships of up to $1,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, compressed work week

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note CN has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 4 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards, safety awards, unique Performance Share Units (PSU) program that awards management employees for excellent performance, President's Awards for Excellence (which includes a weekend trip for employees and their partners to a resort in Florida)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 425 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Diabetes Association, Partners for Mental Health, United Way, Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation, Prince Rupert Salmon Enhancement Society, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, Big Brother Big Sister Yorkton, Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival, Atlantic Salmon Foundation
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight CN's community program is focused on five areas for investment, including: Health and Safety for Young People, Transportation Education, Environmental Sustainability, Diversity, the United Way (support for campaigns across the country), and local and national non-profit organizations. The company also operates an number of programs to encourage maximum employee involvement, including the CN's Community Fund (employees can request to add their favourite charity to the list), the CN Railroaders in the Community, All Aboard for Safety, the EcoConnexions - From the Ground Up tree planting program that assist communities across the country and over 200,000 trees planted along CN main lines with 400,000 more planned for this year.

The Career Directory

Canadian National Railway Company / CN has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Railroad Transportation
Major Canadian hiring locations London ON, Charny QC, Hearst ON, Edmundston NB, Shawinigan QC, Hornepayne ON, Brampton ON, Edmonton AB, Saskatoon SK, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Capreol ON, Sioux Lookout ON, Montréal QC, Senneterre QC, Moncton NB, Sarnia ON, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 16,888
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions First Line Supervisor in Operations, Mechanical Foreman
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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