Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Montreal's Top Employers (2023):
Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 16, 2023)
Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway Company was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Montreal's Top Employers (2023):
- CN invests in ongoing professional development with employees logging over 900,000 hours in training in 2022 -- the company offers a range of in-house and specialized training programs, the "My 360" online platform with tools and resources for individual career management, and access to e-learning content through partnerships with Skillsoft and Percipio
- CN recognizes exceptional performance through the peer-nominated People Awards for Excellence and maintains a dedicated safety recognition awards program called "Looking Out for Each Other" to highlight efforts to make the workplace safer and to encourage employees to step up if they see a safety hazard
- CN operates the impressive Employees' and Pensioners' 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 $15-million last year in support of hundreds of community partners
CN employees are driven by mission and teamwork
The business of the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) is moving natural resources, manufactured products and consumer goods around North America, making sure they get where they need to go. So perhaps it’s no surprise it has moved Amin Abdulle, too – from Edmonton, where he was first hired on almost 10 years ago as crew dispatcher, to Saskatoon and then most recently to Winnipeg, where he works today as a superintendent. “It’s been a good ride so far,” says Abdulle.
Abdulle left university before finishing his undergraduate degree, feeling that it wasn’t a good fit, but made himself a promise that he’d always keep learning and developing, and that he’d focus on finding a job where he knew he could make a difference.
Montréal-based CN allowed him to fulfill both parts of that promise. Abdulle, whose job involves overseeing the Winnipeg rail yard – an important operations hub for CN, where its eastern, western and United States operations connect – can see the impact of his work firsthand every day, as rail cars arrive in and depart the yard.
And the company has also provided in-house training and development for all of his roles, including crew management supervisor, handling labour relations and transportation manager. CN has multiple in-house career development programs and an online career management platform. Its CN Campus in Winnipeg provides training and recertification to transportation, engineering, mechanical and multimodal employees in classrooms, labs and on simulators, as well as outdoor training on equipment and tracks.
“One of the best things about CN, as an employer, is they have in-house training and development, from dispatcher training to getting conductor qualified,” he says.
Amelie Pereira, product manager, on CN’s information technology team in Montréal, says she appreciates the company’s support for ongoing learning and development. Pereira is part of a team that is managing a major upgrade of CN’s enterprise resource planning software – essentially the engine of the business – and she says the company ensures she and her colleagues have access to training on new functionalities and third-party tools, and encourages them to get the certifications they need to stay current in their roles.
She says the company has an open culture, and management genuinely wants to hear from employees on what can be improved. “They’re really in the mindset of trying to improve all the time and listen to people,” she says. “I can easily talk to my senior manager, my director or my executive vice-president. We’re not afraid to say what we think when something could be done better.”
Pereira, who joined the company in 2017, says the people make the difference at the company. In her previous workplaces, she says, she often saw a sense of competition and one-upmanship among employees, but at CN, teamwork and camaraderie prevail. The company has a philosophy of ‘one team,’ and Pereira says it is more than just words. “People are focused on the whole rather than themselves,” she says. “They push you to do better every day.”
Knowing CN’s business is critical to Canadian society and the economy instills a sense of purpose and commitment, she says. “If something is happening, we know we can count on each other. You reach out and people will answer and try to help. It drives people to give their best.”
Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2023):
By Kristina Leung and Stephanie Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 6, 2023)
Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway Company was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2023):
- CN launched a new voluntary self-identification questionnaire in 2021 called Count Yourself In! with expanded sections outside of the four designated groups and maintains diversity dashboards to track progress on a quarterly basis (dashboards include metrics on hiring, labour market availability rates, internal representation, and exit and promotion rates)
- CN uses gender-neutral language in job descriptions and job titles and requires recruiters and hiring managers to complete bias awareness training -- additionally, the company provides inclusive leadership training for senior leaders and middle managers to help equip them with the necessary tools to create inclusive work environments