Canadian Pacific Railway

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Canadian Pacific Railway Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
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Canadian Pacific Railway President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison
E. Hunter Harrison
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There aren't many pros to consider besides pay and benefits (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
  • If you appreciate a strong work/life balance, do not take a position here (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Legal in Houston, TX

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of support, family-oriented, great team-building

    Cons

    I had a very positive experience with this company and can think if nothing that I would try to improve upon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started out great, but seriously going down hill, and quickly.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Train Dispatcher in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway

    Pros

    The pay is Great. The benefits are Great.

    Cons

    I've been with CP Rail for over 20 years. It used to be fantastic. I used to look forward to going to work. Ever since the Hunter Harris takeover, it is the most hostile environment. Everyone is always on pins and needles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some stones. Stop being so moldable. You are not playdo. Fight for what you believe in. Trust the people you manage to do the jobs they are qualified to do, and have there backs. Happy employees are productive employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work in IT in Minneapolis if you don't want to be bullied by the Canadian Management

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Can not think of any compared to other IT companies in the Minneapolis Twin Cities metro area. Work here only if you do not have any other options.

    Cons

    IT in Minneapolis is fully controlled by Management in Canada and they are not competent and they use a culture of fear and intimidation to get things done. Work life balance is terrible, the work hours are very long, and there is no appreciation. Canada IT Management have been with the company for 15+ years and are not willing to make changes or improvements. Pay is about 15% below market and they deduct a percentage of your pay where you are not eligible to withdraw the money until you have completed 3 years with the company. Expect to be required to go on a "train conductor training" even if you work in IT where you will spend weeks in dirty train yards and travel on company commercial trains for months to become a "train conductor".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using fear and intimidation and be open to making changes and improvements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Paid to suffer

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Current Employee - Conductor in Saratoga Springs, NY

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good pay overall
    Fun co-workers
    Outside a lot

    Cons

    Management is terrible.. Let me be perfectly honest and say there is a new rule EVERY DAY, and they are insane. We are not respected as conductors or engineers, and for that matter no one respects no one out here. The point should be get train to point B from point A, but instead it's "how can we make people more 'productive'? make them miserable!" We aren't allowed to sit, we have to have PPE on even eating lunch.. but managers don't have to follow their own rules. They are rude, harass employees and say things that even warrant lawsuits on a regular basis. If you look at your gross salary and your net, you'll find that almost HALF of it is gone. someone who makes 80k is really only bringing home 45k. I could go on and on, but baseline, this company isn't worth it because you are NEVER home, you have NO free time you have only 1 sick day a month and no one respects you and treats you like an idiot. DO NOT WORK HERE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are people. Not every one is trying to screw you over. We have families and things to do, leaving us on trains for 15 hours out of spite is childish and not a way to run a company. Negative reinforcement never works, you can't even train a dog that way, so how to you expect adults to respect you? We do our work and go home, we don't need to be babysat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Conductor in Bensenville, IL
    Current Employee - Conductor in Bensenville, IL

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

    Pros

    Awesome co workers
    Great hours
    Great pay

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst place in the world.

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    Former Employee - Conductor in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Conductor in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    None. Any positive reviews on this are from company plants. I used to have nothing but good things to say about the company. After Harrison the place turned into a nightmare.

    Cons

    If you want to be treated poorly and managed by incompetent lunatics this is the place for you. If you want a life and a workplace where you are treated with dignity and respect dont work here. I worked here for over ten years. I thought it would be tough to leave but after being abused by the Hunters henchmen for years now I have no regrets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn basic respect for other people. Perhaps showing that you have a empathy for people may hep too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The Iron Fist Two Rails one not talking to the other. May just run off the track two proud countries struggle to make a

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    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Waterford, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Waterford, MI

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Things are changing see a lot of good things like the IT department huge turn around used to take days or weeks to have a solution to a simple problem solved now many times is solved same day keep it up. We depend on reliable service from you and it does make a huge difference. One major issue is the huge disconnect between upper and field managers. On the down side for the IT department laptop renewals seen to have slowed if not stopped all together. Field managers tend to be young and inexperienced. Upper managers seem to have experience not related to craft. This leaves a huge black hole. Seems the good old boy system is still in place. There are huge benefits to hiring those who excel in there craft to field managers for obvious reasons. Lack of direction and execution of the plan if there is a plan at all. This falls on the CEO directly failing to communicate the plan through out the organization. Seems the employees are running for there lives trying to escape the executioner or hatchet man. These problems create a challenge Mr. Harrison will need to address and that is where do we go from here, how and with who is going to make that possible. There are a lot of very good employees in this company many will be looking for new jobs if they have not started already given the climate at the moment. Problem greedy middle managers stripped the knowledge from the workforce refusing to transfer knowledge in fear of there jobs being taken over by new hires. The railroad is a culture of knowledge greed. As the old heads leave they take with them the knowledge and experience of many years. These were the people who made it up through the ranks the right way there knowledge. An aggressive retraining program will take care of this and move us into the next phase. An aggressive maintenance program across all crafts to bring the system up to current standards of a class 1 railroad. This railroad was run into the ground due to middle and upper manager bonuses. Upper managers and field managers need to drive these programs in an efficient prioritized manor. Knowing where we are and where we need to be is key making use of manpower and driving that towards a goal is critical. Labor shortage issues are not helping bring calm to the forces. Love it take a new hire send to school for two to four weeks and throw them to the dogs and it sink or swim. This is never the best policy need a mentoring program put in place cross functional supplier becomes the customer customer becomes the supplier. Walk a mile in my shoes see what I see do what I do help each other change for the better. Image is everything I have heard some good things but seems to have lost steam not sure what happened. Underlying problems and issues. Cross border communications you have two very proud companies and countries merging together very difficult situation. Can it be done yes can it be sustained yes but how. I call it the battle at the border two separate divisions that function separately and in competition. Separate everything and compete for the most efficient operation to the yearly winner goes the trophy. The winner redundancy IT wins. This may be considered a step backwards for some but the benefits are huge 100% system up times. Local and direct service from your division people you will actually see once a year. True coordination will be mandatory and necessary in a non threatening manner to all involved. You all know what I am talking about I hope this is a very deep and sensitive issue. We support our cross border brothers and sisters and they support us.

    Cons

    There are no cons just convicts. A conviction to succeed a conviction to achieve a conviction to build a great company. That is beneficial to all involved. Share in the labor and you will be tired not fired. Share in the rewards and you will be rewarded. Share in the success and you will be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dig in look at the whole picture dig dig dig there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. Question everything look twice then look again. Ask why solve solve solve. Cooperation is there use it don`t abuse it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bullies - all of them

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The pros.... Hard to come by. I'd say pay, and co-workers (non-management)

    Cons

    Ready for the laundry list?!
    Every person is held to a different standard. Customers mean nothing to this place. It's all about $$$. Management has NO back bone. It's very easy to talk them into a circle and they all forget their name.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone the same regardless of race, age, years of service. Mistakes happen and instead of putting ppl on unpaid days off maybe there's a break in training OR better yet, the person maybe dealing with things too complicated for your pea brains to understand AT HOME. I know I know home? What's that, that's the life ppl prefer to lead instead of being bullied and treated worse than a mange ridden dog. Management needs to take responsibility for their actions, stand up to upper management, fight for the pee ons.... This company is doomed. So many great, hard working and dedicated ppl have left for other railroads and companies. What you have left Hunter Harrison is the ppl that hate their job and are only there to collect a paycheck. The worse kind of employee... Harassment, bullying and belittling need to stop from management. Lawsuit waiting in the wings.

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

    It WAS a great company to work for....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The Pay, and the union

    Cons

    lack of knowledge from management, and everything else

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great IS Technology and Team in Minneapolis

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Pay and state of the art VCE vBlock Technology. Tier 1 Railway with GREAT Benefits and Pension Plan!!
    Great new team of individuals. Hunter has taken a fallen Railroad from 40.00 a share to 200.00 a share.

    Cons

    In the process of building a new IS Team from being out-scourced to HP & IBM. This everything is being in-sourced there are a lot of challenges and opportunities to make things better. At the moment and through the end of 2014 there is a lot going on, but management is working hard to make the "work/life balance" possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going in the right direction. Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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