VIA Rail Employee Reviews in Canada

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Family oriented
Locomotive Attendant (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QCJune 13, 2016
Im a fifth generation railway employee! and Via Rail was A great place to start.But im looking for more.Great employees and a super team of managers.
Pros
good people
Cons
non
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Great place to work
Fork Lift driver, crane & selector operator (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QCJune 6, 2016
Worked there for 10 years. Great workplace, will train you for any job, great pay and benefits. Great company to work until retirement.
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Fun being on the road
Stewardess (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QCAugust 18, 2015
We were like our own little community. Never knew how many days I would be gone for. Was interesting meeting so many different types of people but after a while it became complicated trying to have a life.
Pros
Always meeting new people
Cons
Never knew when I would be returning home
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It is excellent company with a morals and responsibilities focused mostly on the benefits and service for the clients.
International Trade Practicum, Trainee (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BCMarch 28, 2015
Via Rail is a great very well organized company and it will be a privilege to be given even entry position to have . It is an awesome atmosphere and the employees are highly knowledgable, sincere with maximum efficiency at their responsibilities and duties.
Pros
Client oriented with greatest customer services.
Cons
n/a
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Very heavy work loads with great people to work with and great places to see
Senior Service Attendant (Bilingual) (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MBNovember 30, 2014
The job, for an entry level position, is all over the place. You are on call, so let's say you get a call on Monday, you go out Tuesday, you get in the station, pick what your job this trip will be (it is a choice of seniority) and then you do a briefing with the Service Manager for that trip. When the train arrives, you get on, do a turn over (which means that you discuss the passengers, job details, load on supplies that you need, etc) and get to work. Say you're going to Toronto. You would have gotten on at night so once the turn over is finished, go to bed and get up for 6:00am the next morning. Work all the way till 11:00-11:30, depending on the job. This part would include continuous bar service/ maintenance of that car, a lot of bed making in the morning if you're a porter, or constantly serving people their meals/setting up for each meal. The management is usually very nice, helpful, and informative, depending on the service manager. But they usually are all very good and easy to get along with. The co-workers, again, change from trip to trip but generally everyone is very nice and helpful, good to get along with and laugh with but also ready to work. The hardest part of the job would be the lack of sleep coupled with the 18 hours of staying on your feet while working in the diner. The most enjoyable part is the travel, getting to see Canada on a wide scale and meeting so many interesting people along the way.
Pros
free meals, free hotels at the destinations, good wage, good benefits
Cons
long hours, heavy work load.
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Retiring soon..looking for part-time
SSA (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ONSeptember 18, 2014
Work involves presently simple baggage handling, interface with customers to enforce baggage rules by train equipment type, cashing overweight bags, storage, or freight shipments, answering public enquiries and helping with lost and found.It is a full team effort, the hardest part being understaffing, handicapping the team effort needed.I enjoy the physicality of the job.
Pros
benefits (health care/pension)
Cons
poor handle by management on train performance.perenniel problem
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Très bonne environement de travail
EXPÉRIENCE DE STAGE (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QCOctober 16, 2015
Expérience de stage

J'étais avec le département de maintenant au centre de mainteance de via rail comme stage . j'ai eu une très belle expérience,
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4.0
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3.4
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4.3
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3.3
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3.6