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awesome
Tie Plate Adjuster & Rail Car (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 January 2018
I loved working on the railway. A unique chance to learn how the railway system is set up and maintained. A lot of opportunity for growth. The pay was really good.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Had to leave the city for4-5 days every week.
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well paid, secured job but really poor management, no respect for employees
Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Alberta13 December 2017
I have been working for 34 yrs, this place used to run like family but not anymore, as management is only only concern about investors. Employees are treated like slaves, no respect, day to day poor training for required jobs, I need to get out asap.. If you don't want to treat like prisoner, don't join this company. There is job discrimination as well. Management does not plan well and they are concern about protecting their own jobs so you can under stand how toxic environment is there.
Pros
Some benefits
Cons
Toxic Environment
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Continue looking!
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Golden, BC11 December 2017
cp have a terrific scope of work that goes with the job but the company makes it impossible to look at making it a career do yourself a favor and keep going on the job search
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Long hours and hard work
Logistics Analyst (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 December 2017
Working hours are unlimited, determined by the work to be done. High turnover of management during the time I've worked there has made advancement extremely difficult.
The ability to navigate transitions is a very valuable skill to have. A strong desire to keep learning new things has improved the experience and revealed opportunities to contribute in different roles throughout the organization.
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Coordinator - Occupational Health Services (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 November 2017
Initially got a great work experience but after the management, everything else changed. Only a brand name now, doesn't care about employees. Work culture is bad
Pros
Worked for a brand Name
Cons
too much of work load
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Productive fun place with great peers and good set up
Crew Dispatcher (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 November 2017
The company itself is very well set up with lots of benefits and life - work balance in mind. Lots of chances of advancement except for 1 or 2 departments.
Pros
Volunteering
Cons
Long hours
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12 Hour shifts can be good or bad
Crew Management (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 November 2017
Working with in the Network management center was a rewarding experience for me i beleive. The job worked in 12 hour blocks and rotated over a 6 week period, so one could conceivable expect a 7 day break every 6 weeks (mind you the lag time to get back to your regular life does take some time and takes awa y from that.(its made better id your 12 hour shift is the day shift and your days off are simply days off, but the night worker has to deal with a "Jet Lag" effect. The pay was great and overtime was always available. the crews the I personally worked with and managed their personal affairs were some of the best people Ive had the pleasure to know as were most of the upper manager to which I had to report to along with rail traffic controllers. All in all a good job.
Pros
rotatiing 12 hour shift schedule
Cons
few breaks while on duty, as you were in demand pretty much your whole shift
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High Paced, and highly stressful environment
Controller (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 October 2017
It Is a high paced environment and highly stressful position that requires 150% of you attention 100% of the time. There is no down time. Your come in and you are busy from the moment you sit down until your shift ends 8 to 12 hours later.
Pros
high paying salary
Cons
Unknown schedules, unknown shifts, no job security...
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Glad to have made it to retirement
Trainman/Yardman (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB22 October 2017
If you can handle being on call 24/7, working weekends (almost always) away from home for two or more days at a time, never knowing when you'll actually be required to work nor when you'll return home, an 1800's southern plantation mindset of management, then this is the job for you.
Pros
Pays well, benefits and a pension.
Cons
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Interesting work in a fear-based culture
Information Systems Analyst (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 October 2017
Management based on carrot and stick mentality. Mostly the stick.

Non-union employees are required to participate in the management conductor/engineer program which means they have to be on call to go anywhere at any time to run trains regardless of whether that is their desired career.
Pros
Interesting technical work
Cons
Poor management, work/life balance not supported
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Closed case
Track Maintenance Foreman (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC14 October 2017
Great company, good conditions, aiming towards employee safety. Great at following change of tides, always adapting to the market. Great consideration for customers.
Pros
Stability
Cons
No sick days.
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Fast paced work environment
Track Maintainer (Former Employee) –  Saskatchewan11 October 2017
Diverse workplace. I worked on the road so there was always a change in scenery. Great working atmosphere, got along with all my cooworkers and supervisors. Great place to work
Pros
Always a new opportunity for advancement
Cons
On the road
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overall good place to work
Heavy Duty Mechanic Apprentice (Current Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON2 October 2017
fun place to work, enjoy all other workers, management can be difficult at most times, in shop drama is brutal, but all and all a decent place to work and great wage and benifits
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Canadian Pacific
Locomotive Diesel and Electrical Technician (Former Employee) –  Scarborough, ON28 September 2017
Had a very good working experience at CP both as a mechanic and a production supervisor. I was trained to embrace the role of high management to mentor and educate craft personnel to understand the importance of a quality product to keep all revenue in flow
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Not family friendly
Track Maintainer (Former Employee) –  British Columbia23 September 2017
My family worked for this company for generations. Supported us well. But, management could care less about their employees! It's hardest to be a woman who would like to have children one day, as yiu won't be able to see them.
Pros
Good pay, good pension
Cons
Terrible family life
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very responsible job.
Rail car mechanic (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB19 September 2017
very good job ,lot of responsibility for the safety of the public, but very difficult for family life because of 24 hour operation. Job at cp rail is very diversified ,many different jobs under the rail car mechanic.
Pros
very good pension plan
Cons
very dificult for a family life becuase of shift work
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Avoid if you can!!
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB25 August 2017
Thought I was getting into a great life long career here as a conductor turned out I stepped into a nightmare from h***. Training is almost non existent and well below where it should be. Once qualified you can look forward to having no life, being on call 24/7, working with an eye over your shoulder looking for management who live to fail and suspend you for breaking rules that make no sense. Working with substandard and poorly maintained equipment while being harassed constantly by management to hurry up and get things done. No care for safety or anything else unless they can hang you on it. Over all a horrible company and I'm currently looking elsewhere. Pay is okay but so not worth the constant stress and horrible life style. If you wish to feel like a company owns you and you like them taking every opportunity to prove that to you. Than look no further CP is the place for you. If not, spare yourself the stress and don't let your home life suffer.
Pros
Unique fun job
Cons
Everything else
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Answering Calls / Placing Calls / Email a Must
Service Operations Specialist (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB11 August 2017
Answering between 40-60 calls daily from troubleshooting cell phones/laptops to password resets and "how do i" questions.

Also placing calls and replying to emails. It was a fast paced environment as the company has around 9000 employees and over 10000 pensioners. Overall the best skill to have working for CP is multi-tasking.
Pros
Great salary and benefit package
Cons
12-14 hour shifts
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Used to bo 5*
Knowledge and System Management (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB1 August 2017
CP Use to be a 5 stars workplace.
The Job culture was fantastic, you could start as a mailroom boy and rise to an executive position because the quality of life at Canadian Pacific Rail would motivate you to stay and grow with the company.
But the last 2 years since the new CEO took over with the American mentality, All Canadian values went out the window.
Pros
salary
Cons
quality of life
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Great place to work
Signals and communications Wireman/Maintainer (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON26 July 2017
The disadvantage of working for this company is that I have to travel away from home and family. The employers management and team
are great to work for.
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