Canadian Pacific Railway Reviews

Updated Mar 5, 2021

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3.0
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Canadian Pacific Railway President and CEO Keith Creel
Keith Creel
111 Ratings
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  • "Can be challenging at times from a work/life balance perspective(in 72 reviews)

  • "No work/Life balance, Horrible shifts and lots of short changes as well as being OT forced to stay for another 4 hours after a hectic 8 hours shift(in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Railroad machinist"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Machinist in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great money, great insurance. Worked with a fantastic crew on third shift. Worked on every part of locomotive except electrical systems.

    Cons

    Third shift, weird weekends, worked holidays.

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    "Good money"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Freight Conductor in Minot, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good money Good coworkers Not too labor intensive

    Cons

    Subject to seniority Constantly trying to be fired

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  3. "No US job growth"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Crew Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, retirement are all above average

    Cons

    Lack of time off for new employees

  4. "Great pay"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Conductor 

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    Money, benefits and the co workers are great

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Constantly Hurrying you up while preaching safety

  5. "Quality Employer"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - QA Supervisor/Inventory Control Specialist in La Crosse, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package and good work environment

    Cons

    Does not allow many opportunities to advance

  6. "Poor worklife"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Border Patrol Agent in McAllen, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    Good money, good retirement, good benefits

    Cons

    The management hates the employees

  7. "Good Pay, Poor work environment"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Roadmaster in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Pay, Union Employees are a dedicated group even if they under paid.

    Cons

    There is a major command and control leadership in the Engineering Department in the United States. No one below the level of Chief Engineer can make a decision about what happens in the field. That is 3 levels above the Supervisor. They are investigation happy on scheduled employees. They are understaffed at the Supervisor level and expect a minimum of 10-12 hours a day from their supervisors. They have having issues keeping scheduled employees because the pay is way below what other class 1 railroads pay.

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  8. "Avoid at All Cost"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Assistant TRAINMASTER in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There aren't really any pros to working here unless you're a masochist.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, corrupt vindictive management, executives are the worst I have ever worked for, unrealistic expectations, safety is an afterthought,

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  9. "Great to work for before Hunter Harrison took over as CEO and turned it upside down"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Train Dispatcher in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    8 hour shifts wich is not common on most railroad jobs. Most of the management in the Dispatchers office work their way up the ranks. Pay although not as much as some class I's was still very well even for the cost of living in Minneapolis.

    Cons

    They were getting desperate for new dispatchers when I hired on because in a 5 year time spand 80% of the dispatchers were retiring. Wich led to them hiring people right off the street with no prior railroad experience. Although I had 6 years in as a conductor and engineer at the WSOR already, many of my fellow new hires had never even been on a train. And soon they would be dispatching trains hundreds of miles away. Having no clue or idea what was happening out there. CP really need to send these new hires out on the road for at least a month so they could witness things and get a general idea. Other than that they appointed E.H.H to CEO.

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  10. "Good pay but constantly watching your back"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits and retirement. Fairly easy job.

    Cons

    Management, rule interpretation. Hire to fire.

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