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Canada Post Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
163 Reviews
2.9
163 Reviews
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Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra
70 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, vacation time (3 weeks to begin with), good benefits, unionized (in 15 reviews)

  • good pay, good coworkers, outdoor work if you like that, stay in good shape (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • I would love for someone in Ottawa to go 'undercover' and actually try to do what they ask letter carriers to do (in 8 reviews)

  • Very unprofessional, incompetence everywhere from upper management to the very bottom (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive ideas but dying a slow, painful death

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Works like a business and not like a government organization; management employees are pushed to achieve goals and objectives every year; progressive and innovative thinking; some old school VPs should be exited in order to continue drive to really innovate

    Cons

    Innovation is good but the lettermail business model is dying, parcels business ok but they can't compete with the FedEx's of the world when your mandate forces you to deliver items to the middle of Timbuktu at a cheap price. To really drive innovation, the company should be privatized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing experience senior officers, managers and directors in HR over the last 4-5 yrs...hhmm, maybe you should look harder at your General Manager cadre?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    The most pleasant work environment I've ever worked in.

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    Former Employee - RSMC in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - RSMC in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good and honest people. And also the autonomy related to my job (RSMC). Benefits and holidays are some of the main advantages.

    Cons

    Salary can always be better. But overall it wasn't bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay, good benifit.. and that's about it for working at cpc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canada Post full-time

    Pros

    better than averge pay with good benifit..

    Cons

    lots repeatation work, hard on body over the long term.

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  5.  

    It's like jumping down the Rabbit-hole every morning and see who showed up at the Mad Hatter's tea party.

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    Former Employee - Credit Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Credit Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salaries...because they know if they don't pay well, no one will take the jobs. This also insures the caliber of the hires is generally quite poor. The pay is the only pro.

    Cons

    They throw money at all problems to make them 'go away'. Very few things ever gets resolved properly or intelligently.
    They are mired in their own quasi-military history and traditionally poor thinking.
    They are a profit making venture in a business that makes a profitability virtually impossible because their government mandated directives come into direct conflict with the economic constructs of supply and demand.Plus the country is just too damn big to move what little mail is left profitably, to everybody everywhere, door-to-door, on time.That leaves non-targeted ad-mail which no ones reads, destroys our forests, and fills up our landfills needlessly.
    The corporate culture is broken beyond repair by too many unions squabbling for a shrinking membership due to corporate outsourcing, Senior management is top heavy with huge salaries and guaranteed performance bonuses whether you perform or not. The senior V.P.'s are viciously territorial and maintain a racist bent towards aboriginal Canadians.
       That pretty much sums it up...I worked at head office in Ottawa as a manager for ten years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none...They wouldn't listen anyway... at least the management that was there when I was wouldn't. I believe Deepak Chopra's heart is in the right place but the culture cannot be changed. CPC is a dinosaur running full speed towards the meteor ground zero. Good luck...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Not exciting but an overall safe bet.

    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post full-time

    Pros

    many different sales opportunities CP offers parcels services, direct marketing, big data and much more...Very well kept secrets but it helps many of cies out there ,great recognition of the brand, a lot of internal support. Good compensation for the line of work, good vacation time & offers GREAT insurance benefits. Rare to have a sales job & pension at the same cie.

    Cons

    Needs to more open to new ideas & be more willing to update itself.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Temporary on-call

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    Former Employee - Inside Postal Worker PO4 in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Inside Postal Worker PO4 in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The compensation was amazing. Base salary was nothing to sneeze at and there were bonuses for equipment (boot and glove) and night shift premiuims

    Cons

    The union was sometimes stifling and you could tell that work practices were not nearly as efficient as they could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visible to your lower-level employees. Most night-shift employees had never seen headquarters and spoke of "the Management" as a far-off and remote entity

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Senior Assistant in Dawson, KW (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Assistant in Dawson, KW (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best thing is the assess to my community and customers I care about.

    Cons

    Canada Post does not want you to care or go above and beyond. Like take an elderly lady her parcel from the post office to her house. You may break a policy, so don't be human or care. Management assumes things that they have no proof of at all. They will never say I am sorry. They do not listen to the concerns of the little people, like me. So glad I am done with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, do not make assumptions, care, have facts before dismissing someone or letting them go. It cost they people, corporation, and union too much to take a stand against wrongful dismissal. I think that Canada Post should have to pay the legal fee for the other side every time they loss a case, because they did not have all the facts. Be accountable. Stop taking bonuses when the company is struggling. Trust the truth. Be truthful. Encourage human kindness, spirit of caring and acceptance. The CEO should not take a bonus unless the company is making a profit. Then pay the little people first. He should be the last one to receive a bonus. Make cuts at upper management first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    How could something so good be so bad

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    Former Employee - Letter Carrier in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Letter Carrier in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wage is ok, in a province where the average wage is $28/hr (Stats Can) you find yourself below average. Benefits aren't bad.

    Cons

    Grossly incompetent management from Ottawa all the way down to the local level. You have a salesman from Pitney Bowes , picked by the Prime Minister to head up the postal "service". He shows he really has no idea what he's doing which trickles down to the lower mgmt where they are uneducated and have no idea whats going on but yet walk around disciplining people for any reason they can make up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit ... The only way Canada Post can become effective is through a total removal of all mgmt and their early 20th century style of leadership. Breeding loyalty through paranoia is a system long dead and having 18 yr old supervisors telling people with 30+ years knowledge what to do doesn't work, especially when the supervisor has no idea whats going on or how the system works. And as for upper mgmt, the only thing they should be doing is asking people if they want fries with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Essentially Paid Slavery

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    Former Employee - Letter Carrier in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Letter Carrier in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Canada Post (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good wage, work outdoors, most co-workers nice to work with, don't work weekends.

    Cons

    As a temp you are treated like a slave. You are always in fear of being fired. Supervisors tell you lies. You barely get any assistance for either the supervisors or the union because you are only a casual worker. You need 480 hours to pass probation and you are lucky if you complete that in your first year. In my first two years I barely earned $40K. No one teaches you your rights, so you endanger yourself because you are afraid to say no to anything. Workplace safety is not really encouraged and rarely discussed. Focus is on flyer delivery more than lettermail. This is a very injury-prone job, second highest injuries for a job in Canada. It is a dead-end job. If you stay too long you become unemployable as you gain no skills doing this job. And if you stay too long you are one injury away from being unemployed. Sure there might be pension, once you actually get "hired" which can take 5-7 yrs of "working", but you have to remain with the company for a long time, 15, 20, 25 yrs to claim any of the company contribution. By the time you retire from this job your body will be so abused you won't be able to enjoy it. The money is not worth it, especially considering how much time you waste waiting when you could have been earning at another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all people with respect. You are supervisors not superior people, get off you high horses and work with people. Do your job, all of it, not just the parts that are easy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    My Job is excellent. I love the daily interactions that I have with everyone that I have the pleasure to deal with

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    Current Employee - Retail Business Manager in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Retail Business Manager in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Canada Post full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Canada Post is a great compay to work for, my Director is great to deal with and he listens to what i have to say and he adds a lot of value to my work. I appreciate that i can call my General Manager at any given time and he is always willing to talk and help you out wiht anything.

    Cons

    I really can't think of anything that i would say is bad about Canada Post....it is a very healthy place to work and to build a great future .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that Management has been getting better over the past few years and they understand where we need to be as a company, I feel very confident in the approach that they are taking and i know that we will make it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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