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Canadian Pacific Railway Reviews

Updated January 19, 2018
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Canadian Pacific Railway President and CEO Keith Creel
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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, insurance (in 24 reviews)

  • Good pay and lost of technology (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Sweat shop atmosphere and expectations affected work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Long Hours, No Work Life Balance (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Great company, great pay, one of the better railroads."

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    Current Employee - Conductor in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Conductor in Davenport, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Income is great here. Great group of conductors and engineers. Interesting career especially for a younger person. Overall good company.

    Cons

    Poor dispatching/infrastructure. Bad days off. Bad depot for employees. The timekeeper is worthless so you frequently have to put in claims for wages or rate changes.


  2. "Good pay but no life"

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

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good, better off being in the craft.

    Cons

    Horrible work life balance, you get paid well but they get their time out of you.

  3. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Assistant TRAINMASTER in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant TRAINMASTER in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training programs, excellent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "Benefits Good, Work/Life Balance Not Fantastic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is good, healthcare is good, vacation/sick time decent.

    Cons

    Forced Overtime, Tough to get Mon-Fri 1st shift.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "If it’s 3 - 5 stars and generic review it’s CP’s HR Dept try to boost ratings - no joke"

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    Former Employee - Train Conductor
    Former Employee - Train Conductor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health care is decent. Pension is OK but not great (no 401k match)- but you can get that at any rail job. Pay is just so so.

    Cons

    Short and to the point. This company should have a class action lawsuit against it by its workforce.

    I’m not a complainer - in fact a hard worker with a college degree. I’ve held many jobs in transportation.

    Massive harassment. Constantly time off for smallest infractions like shoes not tied and safety vest with a button that came undone. Forget to say over on the radio once in a day (they listen).

    Your phone could/and will ring day and night with literally no heads up ordering you to work. Usually about 3 days a weak you will stumble into work with just a few hours sleep.

    Better be on your toes with no sleep because 30 days off without pay constantly. It’s insane! I’m not exaggerating.

    They want you to work unsafe very quickly or you will have management in your face screaming from the 100’s of cameras that are constantly watching you.

    When you are in your many investigations the union can’t do much but take it to arbitration. So the company decides how much time you get. Their is no discussing it. Arbitration is unusually backed up from 1-3 years in the future. Old union but unfortunately very weak.

    In the mean time guys have lost everything, some including their families.

    Very very sad place to work. Most are stuck being in their 40’s or 50’s with not much for other possible career moves or skills that transfer. Everyone’s fearful and understands that today could be your last.
    You will have to listen to people complaining and negativity ALL day long. It really sucks!

    Oh they usually only can work 10 hours witch is straight time and then get cut off before any OT can be made. Contract is terrible and you will be away from home for 6 days with just 48 hours off. Then you come home exhausted. You have to sleep - literally no time off.

    I was very blessed to get out and find a different career path in transportation.

    I, even including most management there, despise this company!

    Advice to Management

    You destroy lives. I hope karma is extended to you.


  6. "Bad company where the HR spends more time backing the company's harassment policy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Other than the blood money of pay and benefits there aren't any. Fellow union workers for the most part are a good mix. Some are suck ups but they are far and in between.

    Cons

    HR, management, spineless union and union leaders. People that have bought into bad management style all because of the almighty dollar. Worst place for management I've ever experienced. Only the dumb and weak stay.

    Advice to Management

    Stay at CP. No other company would put up with your nonsense way of "leading".


  7. "Great Binnys"

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

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    There are not any cons

  8. Helpful (2)

    "The land that time forgot"

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

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

    Pros

    Great bens, pay and co-workers

    Cons

    Obtuse inept incoherent no experience needed work environment .
    Hope you like layoffs!

    Advice to Management

    Convicted prisoners have more credibility, honor, ethics, and moral standards than
    The "higher-up's" running this camp. Work will set you free is the norm, my advice
    Grow a spine or slither away.


  9. "Project Lead"

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

    Pros

    You get bonus each year.

    Cons

    lot of bureaucracy and directions change quite often, which result in chaos and confusion.

    Advice to Management

    remove the layers for genuine worker


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Trainmaster"

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    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Bensenville, IL
    Current Employee - Trainmaster in Bensenville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, insurance

    Cons

    Work very Long hours a week

    Advice to Management

    Could give people more time off with just a bit of thinking


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