VIA Rail
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Great worksite to gain experience in the industry

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Good balance of workplace activities, from large diesel engine repairs to air brake tests. No two days are alike. If you have any interest in the railway this is the place to start at.

Pros

Good job security

Cons

Strange shift times
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Bon stage

Le stage de permet d'accumuler de nouvelles experiences et il y a une possibilité de continuer à travailler à temps partiel ou à temps plein après le stage. Horaire flexible et le télétravail est possible.

Pros

flexibilité, télétravail

Cons

faut être debrouillard
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Fun place to work

Meet allot of people learn new skills, room for advancement and relocation if willing. Union positions not in management. Get to see the country side.

Pros

Decent hourly wage, good people, learn new skills

Cons

Depending on location working hours can vary
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Could be a great place to work

This is where your trade will come to die. If you have any skill or talent look elsewhere.No trade or skill set then this is could be a good place for you to get startedbut read all of the reviews before applying.

Cons

poor leadership
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Pour personne endurante et sans famille

Aucune qualité de vie si vous avez une famille surtout dans les premières années d’embauche.travail parfois beaucoup d’heures d’affilée ( déjà fais 21h en une journée) Beaucoup de bla bla entre employés. Compagnie mal gérée par trop de personnes. Bon salaire, avantage sociaux, support pour employer et possibilité d’avancement

Pros

Salaire, assurance, possibilité d’avancement

Cons

Sur appel au début, longue heure de travail, travail physique(bagage, mouvement train..)
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Good place to work

Senior employees give us encouragement to stay and take all opportunities for advancement. Staff were always supportive of what you do and always wearing a smile all the time. .

Pros

Meeting lots of new faces

Cons

When train is late
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Unique and collaborative workplace with new challenges to overcome daily

Via Rail (Vancouver maintenance center), we do maintenance inspections and repairs for Canada’s national passenger train, as well as the West Coast Express commuter train. Our daily work tasks (for tradespeople at VMC anyhow) varies greatly, making every day different... which is refreshing! The company/mgmt team provides Literally Everything for a new employee to be successful (tools, ppe, procedures, schematics, work uniforms, coveralls, a safety orientation, trainer, trades coach, technical advisor, shadowing a current employee for a few weeks til competent). If you have industrial and/or maintenance experience, are willing to work smart/hard, and have a good attitude, you will succeed here. The ones who perform well consistently are generally rewarded and/or promoted around here, whereas lazy individuals, ones who are intentionally difficult, and especially those with negative attitudes don’t last too long. Oppurtunity for Mechanics to learn electrical, and Electricians to learn HVAC. Overtime is available usually. An overall great job (for journeyman Mechanics & Electricians)

Pros

Interesting/unique work(trains), Safety conscious, Everything provided

Cons

Shift work/unpredictable, Seniority-based vacation bidding
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Fun seeing different parts of Canada

Travelling was fun.Hours of operation per shift are hard on you.Sleep on train is impossible.Some layovers are worth the gruelling hours on train.The money is great and the benefits are reasonable .
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Worst company ever

This company touts safety, yet when presented with issues scoffs.There are NO sick days.When you need to be home sick they make you feel like you are worthless.When you have family obligations, if your manager does not like you, good luck.When customers create issues because they do not like a company policy, the managers will take the passengers side and make the employees look like fools, even though the employee is following the directions of the company.There is no work/life balance.There is no advancement program beyond being a supervisor for most people.Save your mental health... look elsewhere.

Pros

Free Economy Pass for Employee / Spouse / Dependants

Cons

Long Thankless Hours.
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Amazing WorkPlace

Via Rail is an amazing place to work, there is soo many supports to help you at work and even when dealing with challenges at home.They really look up to their employees when it comes to the support system.

Pros

Teamwork

Cons

Can be long hours sometimes
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Terrible work environment

They make promises that never happen, lie about how good the pension and benefits are. Management has no idea how to run a company, shop, constantly micro manage you. They only send you to school for level 1 and level 2. The shop morale is terrible... Seemed like a good job but realized it's all a lie after. No overtime, just tell you what you want to hear. There just looking for cheap labor.

Cons

Don't finished your ticket, micro manage, terrible moral, bad benefit's, terrible pension.
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Great Maintenance Centre

Really good place to work. The Supervisors do not micro manage, you're given a task and they let you do it your way. Lots of training available. The old way of doing things is almost gone, collaborative and team work is emphasized. When the trains are running at full capacity there is a lot of over time which can lead to a lot of money on top of your hourly rate.The maintenance center is a huge, clean facility with all the tools you could need. New tooling is constantly being bought for us.

Pros

Job security, boot allowance, tools, working in doors for the most part

Cons

Night shifts
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What an experience!

Recently early retirement. Started in 1985 and had the most amazing 35 years one could ever imagine. Tough as heck at times,yes. full and complete balance of all life has to offer. Life leaning experiences not many get exposed to. Rock Star lifestyle often countered with intense workloads at time and so on. Soooo much to express but not enough space here. If you are a home body though and not an extrovert then I suggest run in the opposite direction as this is a life not for the faint of heart.

Pros

Too much to mention.

Cons

Hard on personal relationships if partner is insecure or the jealous type.
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Employeur de choix!

J'adore travailler chez Via Rail, car je sens que je peux contribuer sur plusieurs projets de façon collaborative. Les gens sont passionnés et inclusifs.
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Avantages sociaux concurrentiels et conciliation travail famille

Assurance collective et autres avantages sociaux concurrentiels.Rémunération très intéressante, basée sur l'expérience.Conciliation travail famille (politique d'horaire flexible et télé travail).Culture et valeurs de l'entreprise sont mises de l'avant.Environnement de travail dynamique et très agréable.Plusieurs beaux défis : Projets d'envergures seront implantés chez Via Rail d'ici les prochaines années.
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Most dangerous place to work

Great interviewHowever between the person who hired meAnd the people who I was working for clearly had different opinion on what they wantedThe training team were not helpfulNeither were the on the job supervisors Management is not helpful or nurturing This is a dangerous place to work and I another using this term lightly They also put my life they're known lives and the passengers lives in danger because of they're own bureaucracy and blindnessDO NOT WORK FOR VIA

Pros

Money and leaving

Cons

Dangerous work culture
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Terrible work environment

They make promises that never happen, lie about how good the pension and benefits are. Management has no idea how to run a company or a shop. They only send you to school for level 1 and level 2. The shop morale is terrible... Seemed like a good job but realized it's all a lie after. There just looking for cheap labor.
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Fast paced but enjoyable!

Working here is a balance between fast paced and relaxed. During high travel seasons it gets busy, but in your off time, you can pretty much relax as long as you're visible to passengers and available to help if needed. Training is easy and everyone felt like family. Yes, it can be stressful at times, but what job isn't?

Pros

Amazing pay & benefits

Cons

lots of heavy lifting!
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great benefits and basic salary

I ve been at ViaRail for almost 14 years.I work in the servicing area mainly emptying,filling and steriliizing water reservoirs under the trains frame for use in above areas such as kitchens and washrooms.There are also about a dozen other tasks atributed to the general worker position pertaining to the cleanlyness of the trains

Pros

Salary

Cons

graveyard shift
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Easy work, Few benefits As a new hire no job security.

You might work 4 out of 8 hours. You learn what you want, the more you learn the more you can do. I got along with management, the people who like to whine do not. No real work place culture to speak of it's a government organization with government rules.The hardest part of the job is knowing no matter how hard you work it means nothing. There is nothing you can do to advance aside from wait for others to retire or quit.The sense of pride from knowing I did my job well.If you have a shift or position someone more senior to you wants they can take it. If your a better work the shift suffers, if you know more the shift suffers. If you were hopping to see your family you, and your family, suffer.The Union will work against you if it protects people senior to you.

Pros

High pay for the amount of work you do.

Cons

Seniority rules all. You will work night shift with Tuesday/Wednesday off for years.
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Superbe expérience

J'ai adoré mon expérience en tant que stagiaire chez VIA Rail. Les stagiaires sont perçus comme des professionnels dans le milieu de travail et sont très impliqués dans les projets et les tâches quotidiennes qu'un professionnel a à accomplir durant sa journée.
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3.8

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3.4Work/Life Balance
4.0Salary/Benefits
3.6Job security/advancement
3.3Management
3.5Culture

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