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payroll clerk (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON24 April 2017
I have working in this place
it is the best place I have ever worked for!!!
We always have fun and no stress!
I worked shift work and had amazing team to work with.
Pros
fun, great team, best bosses
Cons
lay offs
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Different from terminal to terminal.
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB19 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.
Pros
Good pay for what you do.
Cons
Management. Work in all weather, 24/7.
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Intermodal Gate Inspector (Current Employee) –  Vaughan, ON25 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
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Need to be a special breed to make a career at CP
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON18 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.
Pros
Great pay, rewarded for hard work
Cons
On-call 24/7, constant weekend work, live on the road
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Freight Train Conductor (Current Employee) –  Kenora, ON15 March 2017
Compensation and benefits were great. Extensive layoff's. Hostile work environment. 3/4 of the year on the road. Loved the work of the job, the politics not so much.
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Overall Good Job
Conductor/Yard Foreman/Yard Helper (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 March 2017
Learned a lot about rail transportation and safety. Learned a lot on how to manage a crew efficiently and safely in hazardous environment's. Good opportunity to advance my knowledge.
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Horrible moral
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Vaughan, ON26 February 2017
Company is more based on trying to get people fired than trying to build a business. Using management to perform unionized work so that employees can be laid off
Pros
Money
Cons
Amount of unpaid hours
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Logistics Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 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.
Pros
At the end of the day you could see the progress of the locomotive and car overhaul program.
Cons
No really great cons to this company
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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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Fun productive
Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON31 January 2017
Lots of travel all over ontario and Quebec payed expenses big on safety and team work supplied safety gear can be long days and nights eight days on six days off
Pros
Payed expense
Cons
Short lunch
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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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