I worked there for temp. agency. Job is fun, I loved it. They do not train you to do job at all? You have to learn as you go. They hire young kids and put them lead hands. And they are drive fast and joke around with these expensive cars. Management are like dictators.I will go back there cause I loved the work. Older lead hands are good!
A typical day at work at the Winnipeg Terminal starts with getting called in later or earlier each day, potentially even working double shifts. A day starts there with roughly 21 rail cars, approximately 200 vehicles to unchock and offload and park. Sometimes more due to another parties drops. I learned that you should be much more vocal and critical to management and other crew members about their performance, the key thing is to eventually get a good enough crew so that everyone works as hard as each other and not one person or 2 people pulling the weight of a 7 man crew. Workplace culture shouldn't feel like a "bro club". It should feel like a constant competition to be better than senior guys or just to strive and get better everyday, as far as I know, there's lots of lazy workers there that just drag the day on and go into overtime for no good reason. Hardest part of the job is from early fall to late winter when it is slow and cold. Things become twice as hard to get done (chocks & plates) and you tend not to make as much money. Most enjoyable part is driving the vehicles, get some pretty neat vehicles coming off if seniors let you drive them. Spring rush can be fun knowing you're going to make a lot of money due to doubles left and right, but if you have a few lazy guys expect that to kill the fun.
Poor management, poor attitude, too young and unprofessional workers
Driver (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 5 November 2017
I worked as a temp and I worked very diligently and always said yes to long hours up to 12 hrs+. This was during their spring rush when they needed extra workers. By the end of spring they made a BS excuse and they fired a bunch of people me included. Their excuse for me was I worked too many hours yet they never gave me any schedule so I showed up to work 7 days a week. They complained about having to pay me over time. The management and communication is so terrible there they don't even know how to write a proper schedule for workers.
Loader/Unloader (Former Employee) – Concord, ON – 23 September 2017
A typical day at work is unchoking vehicles from rail cars, offloading, unloading and parking in the correct spot for the carriers can take them away. Depends if you work nights or day they have different tasks. The day crew those more most of the unchoking, offloading a unloading and they have a crew for put-away the cars on the correct spots or bay locations. The night crew is task on the duty to putaway all the cars that where offloaded in the day. The job is not rush 98 percent of the time, but as always sometimes you have to work faster than usual, but nothing you can handle. Remember safety first, dont screw up doing things faster them you can handle or you wil get punish and the union will not help in stupid cases, so you have to take your time and the time they give you, double standard yeahhh..LOL.
The most important thing that i learned is safety above all and to take my time and dont rush things. Second its a rail environment so you learned a lots of technical names for railing environment, not all but important ones.
The workplace culture is safety above all and take your time or the time they give to complete the task and to work as a team.
The hardest part of the job is the people working there, some not all, lets leave it here..lol.
The most enjoyable part of the job is that you get to drive a lot of different types of cars, Mercedes, BMW, mini cooper, and lots of average car. The work for my take is easy, its demanding sometimes, but once you get the learning curve its pleasant and enjoyable.
Good salary, lots of overtime and you choose if you want to work your overtime
Worker (Current Employee) – Concord, ON – 19 March 2017
Don't waste your life here!!! Management is unprofessional. How manager can be snowplow guy without experience???!!! Coworkers are terrible. Union doesn't care about you! You just pay union dues for nothing!!! Also they saing you will have benefits, yes, but you will pay for that.
While working as a Temp employee at The Auto Port I experienced long wait times standing out in the Rain & snow because the Bus driver would make the Temps walk from the bottom of the hill to the top were he parked the bus? He would never drive the bus down and pick us up, He would always make us walk up that hill in the rain at -10c.
After about 10 trips I had enough of there treatment making the Temps stand outside in the elements walking up that hill I walked out and never returned!!
Currently I work in the security industry, Auto port would allow me to be posted on there site as a guard with the security company because I complained about treatment I was receiving from the bus driver.
Walking up that Hill in the summer might not have been to bad but leaving people in those elements when they don't half to is messed up!
Driver/Operator (Former Employee) – Halifax, NS – 8 June 2016
The guys and girls I work with on a daily basis are pretty chill but when you get to the management, it's a whole different story. They treat you like dirt, have no respect for you, and will fire you for the smallest reason. Thankfully I quit and moved on to better things. Such a waste of my time working there. IT SUCKS!
Management is paid poorly at the supervision level creating a culture that is run by the union employees .
Driver (Former Employee) – Keele Street Concord – 9 March 2016
Very interesting place to work. Can be a lot of fun especially if you make it into the Union. Unfortunately, the "Union Management" seem to dictate what goes on. Senior Union Representative's decision's on hiring seem to be based on colour and age. Some very dangerous, although strongly frowned upon by management, activity takes place by the employees. I would not want my new car, or my special interest/vintage vehicle to be delivered by these folks. Not a very hard job that pays a lot of money for the type of work. The toughest job would be unchoking of the vehicles on a tri level railcar, a job as a temp you are used and abused for. The best part was being able to see touch and drive some extremely nice new and some collectable vehicles, and work with some really fun people. They go through supervisor's almost monthly, at another facility it was weekly for a little while.
Easy work, high pay, some fun co-workers
Management a bunch of yes men at the top, Supervisor's stuck in the middle, Union Boss a Racist
Lead Hand / Operations (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 7 November 2015
Operating heavy machinery ie: Track Mobiles, Rail cars, Loading ramp (buck). I also would drive units (vehicles) through the rail cars, over junctions. Then once out we would either put them to the side of the rail car or we would park them, depending on the day. When Parking I would shuttle my co-workers in the shuttle van then take them back to what was called rail head and and delegate them to the next units needing parking.
temp driver (Former Employee) – Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia – 5 May 2015
It could be a fun place to work, if you love cars, but management sucks. No respect for temps (temps are expendable) over the permanent employees, even if you are not at fault, you'll take the blame and not be called back as a temp.
Be ready to listen to a ton of garbage and ridicule from other works, all day long.
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Keele Street – 8 February 2015
Absolutely the worst place I have ever worked. Dangerous and unsafe working conditions and a intolerant management culture. The fire staff for the smallest infractions. DO NOT WORK THERE!!!! I was a Supervisor and they have gone threw 21 Supervisors in a year.
Terminal Manager (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 10 November 2014
I worked for Autoport for 3 years. As I advanced in this company, I found that the upper management did not support its junior managers in their quest to improve their terminal locations. My days were consumed with trying to keep my terminal running while being severely short staffed. In the end I quit due to a lack of personal life due to working 80+ hours a week on a salary designed for a 40 hour work week.
worker (Former Employee) – worker – 21 October 2014
If you have no family/life this is the place for you to work. They make you work 24/7 with little time off. There is no support from upper management and people rotate out of there fast. Look elsewhere and don't waste your time here....you will regret!