Canadian Pacific Railway Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Canadian Pacific Railway President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison
E. Hunter Harrison
74 Ratings

Pros
  • The pay and benefits are quite good (in 4 reviews)

  • Very nice place to work at with plenty of great people ready and willing to help out the newbies, or those changing careers (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is non-existent in IT (in 12 reviews)

  • no work life balance, poor upper management attitude (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Help Desk

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, health, pension, etc. Discount for onsite parking or public transportation. Easy dress code.

    Cons

    Work/life balance doesn't seem to exist. Top management doesn't seem to understand the role of IT staff.

    Advice to Management

    When the bottom line is the only concern you will continue to lose valuable employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Canadian Pacific Railway

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    Former Employee - Converged Infrastructure Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Converged Infrastructure Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is fragmented and not consistent in decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Make better decisions in staff placement. Qualified employees are not utilized in positions where they can make the greatest contribution to the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    SAP Parts Ordering

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Xxxxxxxxxxxxxx in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Xxxxxxxxxxxxxx in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady with Jerks need a few leaps and bounds here.

    Cons

    Some systems are still broken and need attention. Look into SAP it is very restricted. Drive products to plants driven off of bill of materials. Allow vendors to merge catalog data to SAP.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul SAP Parts ordering this system 20 years behind the times very inefficient either it is being mismanaged or no one has a clue what is going on here. Many hours are wasted trying to obtain parts that are needed to keep the place running.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    In the past was a great place to have a career, now it turned into a bunch of greedy stockholders running it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bensenville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bensenville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Insurance benefits are great compared to the average out there

    Cons

    Salary when calculated with being on call 24/7 isn't worth it You devote your life to this company, long hours, away from family, then in time so called upper management who don't even know how a railroad is operated terminates the dedicated experienced employees.

    Advice to Management

    They hire people who are inexperienced in the field, and then then things go wrong. Admit your mistakes, instead of letting other employees take the fall for you, You have the wrong people operating the company which in time will destroy this once great railroad


  6. Helpful (2)

    Company is going down hill.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like good pay this is the job for you.

    Cons

    You may not be home much and work becomes your life.

    Advice to Management

    Do not intimidate you employees. you should reward the people that work hard for you and not punish them. The ones that never get in trouble are the ones that hide and do not do any work.


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    Locomotive Engineer

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    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Mason City, IA
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Mason City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    stable work, good family insurance at an affordable price, provided most of PPE to employees, year around work, good place to train in railroad industry

    Cons

    terrible management, nobody in management would help you with anything, try to hurry you out the door regardless of your work load or responsibilities towards safety,

    Advice to Management

    Need to become more professional in dealing with everyone fairly without playing favorites, take some classes on professional leadership roles, give an occasional pat on back for a job well done


  8. Helpful (1)

    Conductor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conductor in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Conductor in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay if you don't have a desirable degree that costed you eighty grand and benefits. The hours are something to get used to but then again so is being broke.

    Cons

    Depends who you are. The hours and shifts can be lousy and the management can be terrible but suck it up. We get paid good for what we do. The biggest thing is the rule complaints but I think the biggest con is paying 180 a month for union dues for the company to do whatever they want to anyway. You can't strike so the union has NO power! Period. So 180 a month is more or less an extra tax you see nothing from. Lots of guys cry but hey, quit. So the worst I see is the complaining.

    Advice to Management

    I hope to get everyone to follow the rules you have in place 100% and damn to how long it takes! If I have to take four hours to switch two cars so be it, they're your rules I'm following.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Railroading Ain't for Everybody

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Times have changed since Hunter took over and some people have lost their jobs in the process but if you wanted to work or transfer departments CP always had a job for you. The pay is great considering that not a lot of education is required you make really good money! Moving so much freight is fulfilling when you really think about it.

    Cons

    It can be an intense environment at times but everyone is expected to work with a sense of urgency. If you don't want to be here you will be dealt with accordingly. The culture before Harrison was too relaxed and there was hardly rule testing and now that operation managers are on the ground doing their jobs everyone is offended. Do your job efficiently and safely and their won't be a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more training for managers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Horrible

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can honestly say that the only positive is the pay. I've heard of people making six figures a year as a conductor when it is only their 2nd year on the job.

    Cons

    They seriously need to do a complete overhaul of the way they train their conductors. There is way too much emphasis placed on classroom training and memorizing the GCOR and not enough time spent out in the field actually learning the job duties. On top of that, there isn't special training for conductors on how to teach people who are just starting out their careers. I experienced verbal abuse, and almost got into a fight with someone who was frustrated that I didn't quite know as much about railroading as he did. There are other negatives about this company, like work-life balance and the management, but I won't go into that here.

    Advice to Management

    I hope your job is automated in the future. That is all I have to say. At least that would make up for your lack of courage to stand up to corrupt and vile people within this company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    THE TRUTH

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is exceptionally good, the majority of men and women that work their are great to work with. good pension.

    Cons

    The company was taken over by people that have no clue on how to operate a railroad. They are individuals that where dropouts and flunky's from other railroads. They have been put in charge and couldn't even run a lemonade stand let alone a railroad. The company is run on fear and intimidation. From the day after they hire you they are told to fire you. The company is run by the stock holders and if the shares are not doing well its your fault. Management takes no responsibility for there own mistakes they blame the running trades. Instead of letting the men and women do their jobs they Nano manage everything and try to bust you on some minuet rule that is not relevant to the safety of you, your fellow employees or the safe movement of your train, and if they still cant get you on any of those rules that are in writing they make stuff up off the top of their heads. Safety is not a core value there, move freight at any cost it does not matter what happens we will pay the lawyers to bury it in court or we will cover it up. There is no way I would recommend this company to my worst enemy.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of good people their please leave them alone and just do everyone a favor and quit.



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