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Not good work culture, no work life balance, very hard to move up ladder
NSC (Current Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB19 June 2018
Only good thing about CP is the money; management, culture, hours, policies, opportunity for promotion all suck. Think very carefully about your desires in life before working here. They use various fear tactics daily against employees, always have to fear losing your job tomorrow!
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Use to be a good place.
Machine Operator/Foreman (Former Employee) –  Alberta15 June 2018
Let's just say it has gone to the dogs, actually gone past dogs and gone to the cats.
The supervisors (big shots) will run you to the ground. Yet their were the laziest workers there before they moved up.
The new supervisors are the same. They treat their employees like garbage yet they can't get their out of the truck to see what is happening
Who ever do the hiring should be fired.
Pros
See the country
Cons
Good for nothing management.
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Worst Company Ever.
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 May 2018
Culture of fear.

Constantly under attack from management.

Hostile American takeover, militant upper management.

Auditors deny claims and make deductions from your paycheck months later.

Called for work 1 minute before your holidays begin for a 40 hour round trip.

Company does not honor the contract and forces you to work 12-14 hour days, denies legit monetary claims, unjust suspension and firings.

One of the most poorly run companies in Canada.
Pros
20 minute lunches, timed with stop watch, to ensure you get the full 20 minutes on that 11 hour yard shift
Cons
Work 3 months consecutive, earn 3 days off, get called 1 minute before your booked days off and lose 2/3 days
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Lots of technology to learn
Support Analyst (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB24 April 2018
Main applications are maintained and developed in-house, so there are a lot of technologies to learn. Self train materials are provided, but you train on your own time
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Great adventures and challenges
Crew Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Côte-St.-Luc, QC12 April 2018
I enjoy the communication with the employees, the challenge to get everyone to their locations on time no matter the weather. At CP it really doesn’t matter your position the pay was very decent. The main problem I had was working the late shift for the other things in my life that go on. My relationship, children and friends.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Working the shift 11:00 to 7:00 am
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Fun Place
Sales Executive (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON29 March 2018
Mangaement Needs To Wake up And See The Bigger Picture To The Best Intreste in The Company and its unionized Employees
We Need More Vacation Time

Good Salary
Pros
Love The Pay
Cons
Longs Hours
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One of a kind
Conductor (Current Employee) –  Sudbury, ON1 March 2018
Great people, great work. Every day is a new experience, on your toes constantly, hard working co-workers with great work enviroment, and morale. Becomes a family and great support for peers and public.
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Good Pay and Beneifts
General Shop Foreman Moose Jaw (Former Employee) –  Moose Jaw, SK28 February 2018
Good pay and benefits. No work life balance. Its all work. And little to no recognition. Took forever to get to promoted and then once promoted they literally discarded people.
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No work/life balance
Train Conductor (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON26 February 2018
Being on the train you are always out of town, never home and unable to pre-plan anything in your life. The money is great however and you can make a very good living financially. Not very good however if you have a family for you will be unable to go to kids events and social gatherings.
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I woulld not work for this company under the conditions now
Locomotive Engineer/conductor (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB26 February 2018
The railroad itself is a great job. CP Rail has changed quite a lot in the last 10 years. They are not shy to let you know that your time is their time.
The information that you are given about the incoming trains very independable. Results in bad calls.
Everything that happens in a negative fashion is the crews fault never the company.
The local management of each terminal has targets of discipline to meet every month. The worker(crews) pay dearly for the discipline.
The culture of the railroad has become negative.
The toughest part of the job is sleep deprivation.
The best part of the job is the great memories.
Pros
Money driving a traiin
Cons
So so many.......sleep deprivation...being bullied
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Steady work and there's always something to ship abroad.
Locomotive Engineer (Former Employee) –  Ontario20 January 2018
Rewarding career. If you like the outdoors, this is the place to work. Great opportunities to improve level of skill. Should have stayed longer because of all the energy I still have.
Pros
Commute to work around rush hours.
Cons
Fatigue
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awesome
Tie Plate Adjuster & Rail Car (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 January 2018
I loved working on the railway. A unique chance to learn how the railway system is set up and maintained. A lot of opportunity for growth. The pay was really good.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Had to leave the city for4-5 days every week.
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Continue looking!
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Golden, BC11 December 2017
cp have a terrific scope of work that goes with the job but the company makes it impossible to look at making it a career do yourself a favor and keep going on the job search
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Long hours and hard work
Logistics Analyst (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 December 2017
Working hours are unlimited, determined by the work to be done. High turnover of management during the time I've worked there has made advancement extremely difficult.
The ability to navigate transitions is a very valuable skill to have. A strong desire to keep learning new things has improved the experience and revealed opportunities to contribute in different roles throughout the organization.
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Coordinator - Occupational Health Services (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 November 2017
Initially got a great work experience but after the management, everything else changed. Only a brand name now, doesn't care about employees. Work culture is bad
Pros
Worked for a brand Name
Cons
too much of work load
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Productive fun place with great peers and good set up
Crew Dispatcher (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB21 November 2017
The company itself is very well set up with lots of benefits and life - work balance in mind. Lots of chances of advancement except for 1 or 2 departments.
Pros
Volunteering
Cons
Long hours
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No work life balance
Conductor (Former Employee) –  Coquitlam, BC19 November 2017
Always "on call" and away from home. Poisoned work environment caused by management! Good pay and benefits but absolutely you never know when you will be home.
Pros
Good Pay
Cons
Management hates their employee's
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12 Hour shifts can be good or bad
Crew Management (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB7 November 2017
Working with in the Network management center was a rewarding experience for me i beleive. The job worked in 12 hour blocks and rotated over a 6 week period, so one could conceivable expect a 7 day break every 6 weeks (mind you the lag time to get back to your regular life does take some time and takes awa y from that.(its made better id your 12 hour shift is the day shift and your days off are simply days off, but the night worker has to deal with a "Jet Lag" effect. The pay was great and overtime was always available. the crews the I personally worked with and managed their personal affairs were some of the best people Ive had the pleasure to know as were most of the upper manager to which I had to report to along with rail traffic controllers. All in all a good job.
Pros
rotatiing 12 hour shift schedule
Cons
few breaks while on duty, as you were in demand pretty much your whole shift
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High Paced, and highly stressful environment
Controller (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 October 2017
It Is a high paced environment and highly stressful position that requires 150% of you attention 100% of the time. There is no down time. Your come in and you are busy from the moment you sit down until your shift ends 8 to 12 hours later.
Pros
high paying salary
Cons
Unknown schedules, unknown shifts, no job security...
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Glad to have made it to retirement
Supevisor/Manager (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB22 October 2017
If you can handle being on call 24/7, working weekends (almost always) away from home for two or more days at a time, never knowing when you'll actually be required to work nor when you'll return home, an 1800's southern plantation mindset of management, then this is the job for you.
Pros
Pays well, benefits and a pension.
Cons
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