PNR RAILWORKS Employee Reviews

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Busy and Rewarding Career
Signal Maintainer (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB21 September 2017
I learned a lot in the short time I was here, wiring bungalows, protecting the signals on a track when CN Production crews were doing work.
The only downside to this job is that you are away from home all the time.
Pros
Wage, Support, Learning
Cons
Away from home all the time
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great employment
Boom truck operator/Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Toronto on.2 September 2017
Enjoyed the employment. Disadvantage long distance employment.Pay is great...saftey and organized well with a good team and leaders. Just wish it was closer to home and family.
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horrible company to work for
loader operator/ labouer (Current Employee) –  Guelph, ON5 July 2017
wouldn't recommend this company to anyone, horrible management, poor planning, pays are never correct always chasing hours and work, favoritism at its finest!
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great challenging company to work for
Trackman / Operator (Former Employee) –  Cochrane, AB9 March 2017
I do not have a typical day at work. depending on access to track for maintenance, or if im building new track non stop while getting rock dumped and lifted lifted with mark 4 and broomed with regulator
have operated spiker while using gauge to gauge track .i have run loader to unload 10500 concrete ties weighing 710pounds each.
I have built yard with 19tracks at 2500feet per track with primary and secondary switches.
I have done big switches install on CN main track where we have a 6 hour window to change a 200 feet long switch to a new one
Pros
50$ allowance a day for being away from home and rooms are paid
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Pnr was at one time the leader
Track Maintainer (Former Employee) –  Guelph, ON1 February 2017
Not many leaders left. Was at one time the company where all wanted to be. Not anymore very unfortunate. U.S. leader stepped in to manage and ruined the place. Not sure what is left to save. All the key people are still leaving and they are leaving right across Canada. Hiring people with zero rail experience is not a good way to grow in a strong market. Unless you have 20 years to rebuild . They should just close the track office at the rate there going with values and respect for employees. To bad they had many good people at one time.
Pros
Free coffee
Cons
No values left all based on lies and smoke
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Toxic environment
Ex employee (Former Employee) –  Cochrane, AB17 December 2016
Very poor management team. They treat their employees horrible. Very abusive!!. Would not recommend this company to anyone. Although people don't quit bad companies they quit bad management. I've never seen such abuse of power in all my years working. No regard for their field staff.
Pros
There are no pros with this company
Cons
They promote people who are not Qualified
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railway maintenence
Heavy Duty Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Cochrane, AB11 November 2016
Work was varied, mostly troubleshooting and repairing construction and railway maintenance equipment. Work was logged using a computer tracking system.
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Should have seen it when was run by real people.
Worker (Former Employee) –  Guelph10 November 2016
Used to be a Great Company/ Guelph construction side falling apart. Zero respect for any experienced people and next to no knowledge left. You think someone in USA would notice the turn over and wonder hmmm wonder why?
Pros
It's a job nothing more
Cons
Management team poor
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productive
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Cochrane, AB4 October 2016
productive, outside work year round so must be able to handle weather shifts on the daily cold wet hot dry, besides that its hard work but good pay
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Great place to work!
Office Administrator (Current Employee) –  Guelph, ON19 July 2016
Signals & Communications division in Guelph is a great division to work for. Management is approachable and appreciate a job well done. Co-workers are amazing - friendly - helpful - I enjoy coming to work every day.
Pros
Office work environment
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Engaging; challenging and supportive work environment.
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Guelph, ON11 July 2016
Overall the experience was great.I was given the opportunity to take-on task above job level, I also had many opportunities to attend training. Excellent working environment. Top notch management, always there when assistance was required.
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Great team and work atmosphere
Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Guelph, ON21 June 2016
The Guelph Signals construction group are a great group, (family). They work together to help each other out with challenges on their projects. The field work force are very passionate about their craft and take great pride in the quality of work. The operations team are efficient and tend to promote positive ideas with the client to successfully complete a project.

I would highly recommend this group as a first choice for furthering your career or starting a new one.
Pros
The employees work together to successfully complete all challenges
Cons
RRSP plan could be better
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Productive and professional workplace
Materials Coordinator - GTA & Guelph (Former Employee) –  Guelph, ON9 May 2016
I learned many skills from my time at PNR Railworks such as time management, professionalism, management skills, and was a friendly place to work.
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work review
Heavy equiptment operator (Current Employee) –  Guelph, ON2 May 2016
10 hour days checking machine before operation, job briefing. learned about signals and communications on the rail way. management wasn't the greatest they would give training to employees and not pay them for what they are qualified at. a lot of the co workers were great helping learn along the way and teaching open to questions you have. staying away from home can be hard for 8 days and being laid off for so long. working with friendly people always is the best for me by far.
Pros
food bonus, benefits, decent pay when all is included, boot allowance
Cons
laid off for over 4 months, management doesnt want to pay employees what they are qualified for.
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Project Management
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Guelph, ON1 February 2016
Awesome Co-workers and great learning athmosphere for anyone who is interested in the railway. Great place to advance in project management.
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Horrible Job Culture
signal maintainer (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON19 November 2015
The pay and compensation package here isn't bad but the job culture is horrible.

The Upper Management at this company are controlling and condescending and make the work environment very stressful for those working under them, as such there is a high turnover rate

The work/life balance here isn't too great either as there is a fair amount of on-call involved which makes it difficult to have a social life.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Job Culture, Management, On call, Rotating Shifts
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Good if you wanna work for people that can't finish a job
Do everything (Current Employee) –  Guelph22 September 2015
Good place to work until the "Americans" came over joe can't keep track of his own lies and they just don't have the common sense to listen to anything... Great place to take advantage and rapė them for money.
Pros
They company is stupíd
Cons
The people are stupìd
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Boom truck, A/Z driver
Boom truck delivery driver (Current Employee) –  Guelph, ON29 September 2014
I am part of the Signals and Communications department. We contract to all the major railway companies, such as CN, CP, GO, Via, etc; performing most installations and upgrades. We work on the communication aspect of the railway, including cabling, (underground or buried), signal masts and bridges, bungalows, (the brains of all communication). The nature of the job means that we are outdoors throughout the year and must adapt to changing conditions whether it be climate, location or job requirements, (tasks).

My duties include delivering equipment and supplies to the job site, and many times placing items with the crane. I also float mini-excavators and back hoes. When not driving I assist the crew with Installation.
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Productive hard work, all manual labor.
Yard Worker (Former Employee) –  Guelph, ON18 April 2013
got into work, walked the edge of the yard to make sure nobody was in there at night, sorted wooden ties,break,sorting metal scrap piles (which was the hardest of the work), lunch,loading/banding wooden tires ( most enjoyable part of the day),break, then clean up.
Pros
3 breaks a day, and good pay
Cons
long hard days, it was very hot.
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Duties
Railway Equipment Operator/Track-men: (Former Employee) –  Guelph, ON6 September 2012
• Operate front-end loaders to load and off load tractor trailers of railway material, such as rail, ties, switch panels, etc.
• Distribute and layout material in accordance with foremen blueprints.
• Operate several types of rail-mounted heavy equipment, such as tamping machines, brooms, graders, and ballast cleaning machines to tamp ballast beneath and between ties, to clean tracks, to clean and redistribute ballast, and to grade and level ballast on railroad tracks
• Keep daily Inspection and Maintenance log, lubricate machines, change oil, and fill hydraulic reservoirs to specified levels.
• Assistant ground crew with such tasks as, bolting, drilling and cutting rail. Spiking and gauging rail safely into place.
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