ATM at CP Rail (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 8 May 2017
general hours were between 14-16 per day, no training on my job holidays canceled, required to work from home, all of this would of been no issue if the hard work put in was recognized by the company, no respect and always talked down to as for the lack of man power I did 3 peoples jobs in 1 day and was never told one time your doing a good job for having zero training. From what iv`e learned on my own and obtaining a conductor qualification through this process showed my drive to succeed within the company.
IT (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 25 April 2017
Worked here for a couple years, and was given ample opportunities to succeed in my job. Unfortunately despite the success and commendations I recieved, I remained stuck in the same position for my entire tenure with the company.
The wages are very high for the jobs, but they are extremely demanding and can be very high stress. There isn't a lot of work/life balance to be had here. In fact I watched the company chew up several people who went from young and happy, to old, bitter and complaining about their marriages, over the course of only 6 months.
The perks and compensation are great, huge discounts at many businesses all over the city, great rrsp, stock options, healthcare, etc. it's the full package.
My advice? Get in, make some money, get out before it crushes you.
fast paced, great wages, great benefits, great experience
ultra demanding, will chew you up and spit you out out.
Conductor (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 19 April 2017
I've worked in Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Edmonton. The work stays the same typically from one to the other but management can go from good to bad really fast. You are looking at anywhere from an 8 to 10 hour shift in the yard or on a switcher but there are occasionally 12 hour shifts depending on the situation. The work itself can be enjoyable but can get extremely stressful when managers are out hiding and looking for things to fail you on. Whether they were right or wrong in their observation doesn't matter in many cases as they wind up just being numbers in the end. On the spareboard, you are on call 24/7 and can wind up working a lot or very little based on how busy it is and how much rest you book. If you can hold a job, you will at least keep a consistent schedule unless it's on the road instead of the yard. Pay varies from one job type to another since their are claims and bonuses associated with each.
The best part of the job has got to be the people you work with normally and as long as you go out there and do your job safely and properly, everyone has each others back out there. It's a very tight knit group that's unionized and word gets around very fast about anything that happens. The pay is very good for what you do compared to other jobs of similar salary.
Intermodal Gate Inspector (Current Employee) – Vaughan, ON – 25 March 2017
good pay, good benefits, good union.
cp creates a fulfillment of security in your everyday lifestyle, but it comes with a price of being a on call employee for atlas 5-12 years before owning a shift due to seniority reasons. you really create a bond with your job when working at cp rail
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 18 March 2017
Very poor work/life balance in the engineering group. You can get sent anywhere across the system at any time with minimal notice. Lots of opportunity for growth and advancement, but you need to be the right person for this type of job. Lots of time spent on the road. Very volatile workplace as well. Constant concerns about job reduction and regular re-organizations eliminate several positions every year. The best part of working at CP was the variety of work that you got to take on, and being outdoors more often than not.
Great pay, rewarded for hard work
On-call 24/7, constant weekend work, live on the road
Logistics Coordinator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 21 February 2017
Enjoyed working in a shop environment. Was given the responsibility of changing plant layouts for various repair functions. Was also given an opportunity to be part of a Business Application Team defining business requirements for the initial SAP implementation.
At the end of the day you could see the progress of the locomotive and car overhaul program.
I'd avoid this company, this trainwreck is going to derail...
Work Equipment Maintainer (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 26 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.