Canadian National Railway Company
Employees at CN celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Montreal's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway Company was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Montreal's Top Employers (2022):

  • CN operates the impressive employee and pensioner-run Community Fund, which has raised more than $19-million over the past decade for Canadian charities supporting health and research, community well-being, children and humanitarian aid concerns -- and also manages the Stronger Communities Fund, donating over $12-million in support of children’s hospitals, universities, youth organizations, shelters, food banks, environmental action groups and hundreds of other community partners
  • CN encourages lifelong learning with tuition subsidies of up to $4,000 for courses taken with external educators -- additionally, the organization offers a variety of in-house training options, including apprenticeships, a management trainee program for university graduates, and leadership training for high-potential employees
  • CN cultivates an ownership mentality through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and helps employees plan for life after work through the security of a defined benefit pension plan
A field employee at CN   (Photo credit: Trevor Hagan)

Employer Background

Industry Railroad transportation
Established in Canada 1919
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Saskatoon SK, Prince George BC, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 17,875
Full-time employees worldwide 24,574
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 0.4%
Average age of employees in Canada 40 years
Longest serving employee 55 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features 17-storey head office features onsite child care, training rooms, conference rooms, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, books and magazines, microwaves, kettles, coffee machines, fridges, toaster ovens
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Other food options at main location all-weather access to several food courts with a variety of diverse options through the underground walking network
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (Kuliboxe, aerobics, toning, cardio, yoga, Zumba, CrossFit), elliptical trainers, weights, shower facilities, individual evaluations and training plans developed by kinesiologist, Old Montréal

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Past social events transitioned to virtual social events over the past year, organized employee appreciation events to celebrate team and individual achievements, celebrates cultural and diversity days such as Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress Fridays, music while working, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications safety summits, CN Spotlight (bi-weekly electronic newsletter), quarterly CEO videos

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note CN has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for some employees, corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, salary levels are determined through the collective bargaining process (varying by union group)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: 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
Minimum hours worked for coverage 16 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, chiropractor, virtual healthcare services
Additional health plan information approximately one-third of unionized employees receive a health spending account of $300 per year, salaried employees have a flexible health benefits plan
Additional health and wellness initiatives CN Traction wellness initiative (online program that allows employees to track their physical activity for the year while earning points and receiving useful tips and information)
Family-friendly benefits note CN has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits child care onsite, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Flexible work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information flexible work options vary by position and employee group

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: C+

Vacation note CN has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 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
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes
Additional time-off information duration of self-funded leaves of absence are determined on a case-by-case basis, management employees (29% of the workforce) start with 3 weeks, jump after 4 years, working to a maximum of 6 weeks

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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 online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, People Awards for Excellence in categories such as innovation and safety, new Looking Out For Each Other award (peer-to-peer safety recognition program), unique calendar contest to recognize outstanding employee photography (prizes of $1,000 and $500)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 1 month
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 90% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 90% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs numerous in-house development programs including My 360 (online platform with tools and resources for individual career management), the Railroader certification program (brings managers closer to the company's core operations), Indigenous cultural awareness training, management trainee program for university graduates, engineering development program for recent grads

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1,100 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Canadian Red Cross, Kidney Foundation, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Hunger Knows No Holiday (Halifax), 4-H Canada, Melville and District Food Bank, Tree Canada, and many more
Charitable giving matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight CN manages a number of unique initiatives to support local communities where employees live and work, including the Railroaders in the Community program (offers grants to community-based charitable organizations where employees and retirees volunteer), the CN Stronger Communities Fund (donated over $12-million in support of children’s hospitals, universities, youth organizations, shelters, food banks, environmental action groups and hundreds of other community partners), and the longstanding CN Employees' and Pensioners' Community Fund (has raised more than $19-million in the past decade, assisting more than 500 charities).
Pandemic-related community initiatives In recognition of the impacts of the pandemic and lockdowns, the organization's Community Fund dedicated a fundraising initiative to support various organizations across the country that help prevent domestic violence (raised over $36,000).

The Career Directory

Canadian National Railway Company has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Dave Jeffrey, a mechanical instructor at Canadian National Railway conducts a training session on train inspection

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Railroad transportation
Full-time employees in Canada 10,000 to 25,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Saskatoon SK, Prince George BC, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training orientation program, online training, in-house training, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads CN offers internships, co-op placements and early career programs for recent graduates in functions ranging from engineering, data analytics, business, mechanical, transportation and logistics (to name only a few). Placements can vary from one semester to 18 months.
Typical new grad positions Train Conductor, Car Mechanic, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Electrician, Rail Track Maintainer, Assistant Track Supervisor, Signal and Communication Apprentice, Labourer, Intermodal Helper, Composite Accounting Representative, Analyst Developer, Application Developer
Starting salary $50K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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