Canadian Pacific Employee Reviews

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Job Security and Good Paying
Labourer (Current Employee) –  Ontario12 February 2017
Its a hard working job that demands a lot of hours but it pays generously and the benefits are great. Jobs are safe however there are lay-offs for newer employees.
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A great place to work for
Application Developer .NET / Support (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 February 2017
I loved working with CP as an Software developer/ support. They have a complicated system which makes it fun to troubleshoot.
manager and teams were great people.
Pros
great teams
Cons
over time working hours
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A typical work day
Shop planner (Current Employee) –  Moose Jaw, SK10 February 2017
head to work get my work boots on and work on locomotive for 8 hours then head home benefits are great and pay is great always go to work with a smile on my face and leave with a bigger one
Pros
good pay
Cons
other workers that complain
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Great workplace!
Dispatch Planner (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON9 February 2017
It was a pleasure working at CP Railway for 17 plus years. I had the opportunity to work at various positions within the company. I learned a lot about the the intermodal and transportation industry.
Pros
Salary
Cons
Relocation
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Great skills Learned
Investigative Specialist (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 February 2017
I have been able to work on a few different teams and many groups and environments and have grown immensely thanks to Canadian Pacific.
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I'd avoid this company, this trainwreck is going to derail...
Work Equipment Maintainer (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB26 January 2017
This Company used to be good, then its started going downhill.

From a Mechanics standpoint, its horrible. You are expected to perform miracles, and are threatened constantly if you don't "tow the line". You will receive little to no training on the equipment you repair, you will not be given any parts to repair the equipment with, service manuals are like unicorns, we all hear of them, but never seen one (they will give you a part manual or operators manual if you ask for one)

Management is the worst part of this company. The level of incompetence we see is horrible, there is constant in fighting between managers, employees and the union. we are constantly threatened day in and day out for breaking the rules, then are asked to bend the rules for them when its convenient for there gains.
Pros
Benifits, decent shifts
Cons
Management
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Rough place to work in Operations, Trump style Management
Engineering Manager (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB22 January 2017
A typical day is responding to train operation issues, particularly in Winter for train delays. Company pushes people to their maximum and it is a top down approach and they will have you work every hour of the day if they can.

Good Railway experience if you can tough it, but learn what you can and take the courses they offer and get out if you can afford to .

Sneaky Management and you never know when they want to make an example of someone so watch your back. Senior VP's have their favorites. Lots of US style managers who believe everything comes down to the mighty dollar.

It is a company in desperation to lower their Operating Ratio to catch CN and be the lowest cost rail operation. CN has a better rail system and had agreement to prevent their best Managers going to CP.

Lots of Senior people leaving which is what the Company wants so they can hire lower cost employees. Harrison left early...

Supposedly Hunter Harrison left over $100 million in compensation behind at CP when he left this week to go to CSX. I hope the Company will deploy that money into the infrastructure or employees(heck that is a lot of money to leave behind.... !!)
Pros
Reasonable Salary and benefits
Cons
Intimidation, cost cutting, excessive hours for managers
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No work life balance but good Pay
Railway Conductor (Former Employee) –  Kamloops, BC16 January 2017
Management does not treat their employees fairly! Working hours are unpredictable and no time off work is granted. They will fire anyone for any reason. No Job security whatsoever!
Pros
Pay is OK
Cons
No time away from work
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The job is great, the life still is a kicker
Train Conductor (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK9 January 2017
Working for Canadian Pacific Railway is a great job. The pros: Working with a great group of people, trains are awesome, and the job itself is great.

The lifestyle though is whats going to strain your relationships both romantic and friendships. You are on-call 24/7/365 no exceptions. Good luck getting a doctors appointment. Can you attend your own sons birthday...no idea. You might be called for a train.

You work all hours, day or night.
Pros
pay, benefits, work in a great industry
Cons
no schedule, long hours, work in any weather conditions (snow, rain, storm), can not commit to future appointments
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Great place to work
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB3 January 2017
Great company, great benefits, awesome job. Moved to Edmonton for work. Passed all exams. Unfortunately it did not work out.
Pros
benfits
Cons
Working around the clock
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so so
apprentice rail car mechanic (Current Employee) –  Moose Jaw, SK3 January 2017
as a rail car mechanic apprentice, the work is varied and can be indoor or outdoor. the coworkers and immediate supervisors are great and supportive. The upper management seems to want to reinvent the wheel at times which can be frustrating. That might be the hardest part of the job.

i quite enjoy the work and as long as you can follow the rules, life at the railroad can be comfortable.

apprentice wage rates are low but journeyman mechanics have a decent wage for the work. job security at the railroad is always a bit iffy.
Pros
varied work, great co-workers and supervisors, decent retirement plan
Cons
24/7-365 any weather, upper management can be frustrating
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good salary
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK30 December 2016
long hours
uncertainty of job, layoffs
work outside in all weather conditions
good co workers and helpful
lots of travel.
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great class 1 raiway
Operations Manager/Assistant Trainmaster (Former Employee) –  Greater Sudbury, ON14 December 2016
• Extensive knowledge in health and safety and proven record of maintaining the highest safety standards and practices
• Skilled in logistics and coordination of services
• Experience supervising railway conductors, locomotive engineers and rail maintenance staff
• Experienced trainer, coach and mentor
• Proficient in use radio communication systems
• Excellent computer knowledge and skills; Windows, Microsoft Office, internet research, emailing, keyboarding, removing and installing programs and hard drives, minor repairs
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One of a few sweatshops in Canada
Systems Analyst (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB28 November 2016
If you don't have a life outside of job, this place may be for you. A terrible management driving workers like slaves. Workplace so full of politics, that Parliament Hill has nothing on CP. I wouldn't advise to look for a position there now. Possibly when the CEO and CIO change you could reconsider.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
No work/life balance. Working extremely long hours under tremendous pressure.
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There a joke
Good worker (Former Employee) –  Canada16 November 2016
One of the worst places to work for !!!! A culture fear , its a great company to work for. the management is a joke. There more in to seeing how they can screw there employees over then getting the job done safely and efficiently
Pros
Good money, benefits
Cons
Management
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Excellent company to work for
National Account Manager - International Sales (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC8 November 2016
Great challenges and a dynamic environment make this company an attractive employer. Every day brings new and exciting challenges, solid team concept at CP!
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Good shift work in maintenance and crew to work with.
Electrician-Maintenance/Forman (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB28 October 2016
Many years working in different aspects of the electrical trade. I was given lots of opportunity to work on different projects to keep machinery operational from large overhead cranes to small auto welding machines. It was disappointing to have to leave when the railway needed to modify it's opperations.
Pros
Good experience with lots of different types of work.
Cons
Big company lots of changes over time.
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hard work but pay is good
Rail Traffic Controller (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB19 October 2016
The company is currently going through a down sizing and timing all excess employees. This is increasing workload on the existing employees in the company.
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Decent workplace to make good money. employees are mostly friendly and reliable.
Track Maintainer (Former Employee) –  Revelstoke, BC18 October 2016
Good mix of work and rest. Physical labour.
Learn lots about railway systems and what goes into running them.
Management was decent for the most part.
Co-Workers were mixed good and bad.
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fast paced work enviroment that challanged me daily.
Labourer (Current Employee) –  Anywhere between Alberta and Ontario21 September 2016
The wok I did was always changing whether it be track maintenance or operating machines. The company itself was a good one to work for. great benefits and decent pay. I learned a lot about working with a team to get projects done more efficiently and how to make tough situations easier. The management with this company varied depending on the crew you were working for, which could have been a positive aspect or a negative.
Pros
Getting reinbursed for expenses
Cons
Constant change in shift time
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3.3
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