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Canadian Pacific Railway Reviews

Updated August 26, 2017
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Canadian Pacific Railway President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison
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  • Extremely toxic work environment with no work-life balance (in 42 reviews)

  • Long Hours, No Work Life Balance (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "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".


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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


  6. "Track Inspector"

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    Current Employee - Track Inspector in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Track Inspector in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, good chance for advancement

    Cons

    Extremely high pressure, long hours, called out at all times of day or night.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Conductor"

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    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Freight Conductor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I make $42.50 per hour and have two days off every six days. I live a comfortable life and my family wants for nothing.

    Cons

    It is a high pressure environment requiring 100% rules compliance. Everyday I wonder if I'll get suspended or fired.

  8. "CP Carman"

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    Current Employee - Carman in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Carman in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    If you do your job you're left alone for the most part. The pay is good and there's always overtime if you want it.

    Cons

    The rules they come up with sometimes contradict other rules. They tend to put people in leadership positions who don't know much but thats the way the managers like it.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your foreman more accountable. Don't expect work from employees if you don't know what it takes to do a job. Take time to talk to employees other than when something goes wrong.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Pacific Railway full-time

    Pros

    Railroad retirement and pension are very good.

    Cons

    Culture and work hours could be tailored a bit.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention and culture


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Hired to be fired"

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    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Former Employee - Locomotive Engineer in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money, decent health plan, railroad retirement. Most co-workers are good to each other.

    Cons

    Tough hours, no family life, constant micromanagement and adversarial manager/employee relations. The managers do not know or have forgotten what it is like to work on the rails. It seems they spend big bucks to train you just so they can nit-pick and fire you or make you quit.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up on the workers. Mentor those few that need it and let the rest do their jobs in peace.


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