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Canadian Pacific Railway Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Canadian Pacific Railway President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison
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Pros
  • Great job with excellent pay and benefits (in 24 reviews)

  • Good pay and lost of technology (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Long Hours, No Work Life Balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Hours and furloughs no work life balance e (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "conductor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, coworkers can make it pleasant

    Cons

    Managers to a certain extent are cutthroat


  2. "canadian pacific"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Union, seniority matters, good pay, good co-workers

    Cons

    Management abuses power even with union rules. Seniority rules, you will likely be stuck on 2nd shift (3-11pm ) for a long time. Forced overtime with no notice.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Harassed in the workplace"

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    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, some good people do work in the company that's about all I can say that's good about the company.

    Cons

    Bosses think they can do anything to their employees, their above the law and don't have to follow state or federal laws

    Advice to Management

    Try and be human, and treat employees with respect. Think how you would like it if people treated you the way you treat your employees


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  5. "fear and intimidation"

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

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

    Pros

    pay and benefits co-workers gain a bond form poor working conditions

    Cons

    long hours, only lip service to safety in a very dangerous industry, cruel management, unrealistic demands, constant threats, improper treatment, and horrible overall morale.

    Advice to Management

    To the executives, retire and to management treat the employees as you would want to be treated.


  6. "welder in track department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay benefits retirement advancement relocation

    Cons

    job cuts in all departments

    Advice to Management

    cut jobs in management


  7. "Capital Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits and bonuses if company makes money

    Cons

    no work and family balance


  8. "I was Working on the railroad all the live long day and night."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Salary was pretty good until the merger with Midwestern Soo Line which reduced salaries of CP American employees by 5,000 dollars.

    Cons

    The management was pretty weak and mean.

    Advice to Management

    Take some management courses/seminars to learn how to manage and how to manage people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace, growing company with great incentives

    Cons

    At times it's long days


  10. "Poor place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is really good for no college degree. All the overtime you could ever want. Good experience in a very old profession.

    Cons

    Treated poorly, always short staffed, management rules by threatening people's jobs for simple mistakes. Forced to overtime weather it is wanted or not. 16 hour shifts due to short staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Can't believe a company like this exists"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits - pension and medical. They don't offer 401K match or anything beyond a pay check. Money actually sucks for what you put up with and the lack of OT makes this job pay less then my last with OT $.

    Cons

    I'm a very positive, go getter person. I have a passionate hatred for this company. In fact everyone does, management and workers. I have worked for many large companies and this is by far - in another league BAD.

    Example. Good employee, comes to work. Always does a great job, never lays off. Gets along with others well. Makes one small mistake. What is a mistake? Well maybe it's not having your boot laced up. Saying 'over' on the radio. Get it? Something very insignificant. BOOM investigation and 30 days off.
    You would say no way. Impossible. Must be more to it. NOPE. It's that bad

    I use to read reviews and say well, he should of had his boot laced up or said over on the radio ect. But you need to understand sometimes - a lot of times your phone rings when you least expect it ordering you to work 12+ hours after being up most of the day. You can BARELY hold your head up your so tired.
    If you don't have 3 years in they dock your pay 5% for your 'inefficiencies'.
    If you want to make money you will NEVER be home. No family events, birthdays, Christmas ect. Oh and did I mention NO holiday pay. What a joke!

    I could go on writing for pages, literally! Everyones miserable

    Advice to Management

    If you see a 4 star review - it's 95% chance it's the company putting BS out there.
    Management get a clue. Your getting bullied by the company and then bully us. This is insane! I would't lift an extra finger for you. You ever hear of Democratic style of management?
    Upper management, long walk - short pier.



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