Safety first? No, money first. People don't matter. This is by far the worst company I've ever worked with. There are ways to improve that they ignore. Maintenance of rail and equipment is ignored until it costs the company money.
Canadian pacific is a good company but in certain regions where work varies and lay offs are expected regularly it is extremely stressful. besides that and the lack of a social life it is a great company to work for.
Co Workers are great, can build excellent friendships since you are at work more then at home. Management do their best to ruin whatever job culture the men and women on the ground try and create. No such thing as a good time on the RR.
i would not recommend cp rail to my worst enemy. extremely stressful and toxic environment. corporate and union at constant battle, continuous breaching of the collective agreement, continual blame on the running trades for issues that are of the company not the workers, workers being mistreated and threatened by the company on a daily basis, you are not given all of the tools and information during your training by the company-including how to pay yourself and all of the many ways to do so. the company cares about making profits and not about their employees and refuse to fix and maintain their equipment and tracks unless forced to do so. workers are overworked, fatigued, and have no work-life balance. they have an intriguing face when it comes to hiring new employees, but do not be mistaken by this soul sucking company where you will be abused and mistreated.
You will have no life at all if you work here. Management is brutal you have ten hours rest before being called back for a ten hour shift. Management is pressured into getting more done and it’s taken out on you.
Poor work life balance. While on call, you have two hours notice of a shift that can last for two days. Management has a minimum proficiency fail rate that forces them to nitpick and follow employees in order to find fault so their own job does not come into jeopardy. They do this under the guise of of creating a culture of safety. This creates a very tense atmosphere between workers and management.
Management puts the onus of safety on those who do the physical work, then push the employees to the brink of exhaustion, ignore the collective agreement, then threaten employees with termination if they do not comply. Management makes no bones about individuals being dispensable and replaceable. Through arbitration, most terminations have been found unwarranted and employees are reinstated after potentially years of being unemployed. This costs the union substantial capital and is an example of the poor ethics of leadership. While wrongfully terminated, employees are forced to take loans, lesser paying jobs and watch their families suffer financially before being reinstated. CP stands as a beacon of corporate greed and a questionable regard for those who turn the wheels of their profit.
You will make lifelong friendships here at CP. You will lose precious time with your friends and families. You will miss birthdays, Christmas dinners, anniversaries and first steps of your children. The monetary compensation can be substantial. You will be able to comfortably feed, clothe and shelter your family. This is a dangerous job. You will be told to do work that violates safety and - plus...
Dont work here if you value having a family or friends . Very little time off and management will try to fire you to gain their bonuses at end of year . Nice scenery on the laggan subdivision ost then that.. not worth the lifestlye .
Conductor (Employé actuel) - British Columbia - 27 juillet 2019
There are some good, kind, people that work here. But, so many people are toxic back stabbers, and have nothing better to do but to complain on their shift, and say nasty things about other people. The money is really good, but you cannot commit to absolutely anything in your life, because you're always on call. You will often work 10 to 12 hour shifts, and some trips are over night trips in another location, where you will be stuck for over 24 hours. Oh, and if you don't really like working with people, this is not the job for you. It is a huge group of people, and you will work with a different person
Don't expect to have a work/life balance with this company. CP functions as they call you jump as far as they tell you. How it works is they call, you have two hours to get to the station to print your paperwork and be on the engine.
They barely pay you anything while training (2000/Month) and your often out of town for a couple days at a time. Don't be shocked if you're also working 16 hours in a day.
If you survive the grueling training you can make around 60-70K a year once you're qualified.
If you can live with staying away from home for extended periods, sacrificing your social and personal life, being burnt out and working with little to no appreciation from the management and living under fear of getting fired after a mistake which inevitably will happen due to the fear culture and being overworked under stress then this is the job for you. Ps. the only silver lining would be the pay and benefits but is that worth it for the sacrifice you're gonna make for the family as you only got one life! Choose wisely!
Pay and benefits
Bully management, toxic culture and stressful life
Conductor (Ancien employé) - Canada West - 25 mars 2019
There is no point in applying if you want a work-life balance. Getting accustomed to the chaotic schedule didn't work for me.
People mostly get in to this job for the money, but personally it stole my energy and took the light out of my life. If you do apply, get job insurance. Mistakes happen, and you are punished by the company (+ ridiculed & judged unfairly by your coworkers) and worse, you're S.O.L. for your salary for upwards of 60 days. Get paid for your mistakes, by getting insurance. Ask the Union THE DAY YOU QUALIFY about insurance.
No one is held accountable for verbal and written abuse of fellow coworkers. I hated the way people disrespected each other. Job culture is dead at CP Rail. You're a paid slave, in my opinion. So many things are wrong.
Do yourself a favour as a young person fresh out of highschool: GO TO SCHOOL AND LEARN A TRADE, START A BUSINESS, BE YOUR OWN BOSS.
CP Rail- their biggest asset is the men and women who work for them. I had the pleasure of working with some really interesting people. I feel bad for the guys that stick it out. F that place- it is toxic......
Management. CP has the potential of being a really cool job but not with their current management and lack of leadership. Think of management as a bunch of micromanaging, nitpicking inept personnel who don't know jack about how to take care of people. During the class room portion of orientation, I had a running bet on how many times a day they would threaten to fire us. I've never seen management this bad. That was just the instructor's- the TM's, AT's, Super's were the worst bunch of manager's I`ve ever seen-
Hours- Work your butt off- never home and always chasing the proverbial carrot.
Policy and Procedures- I`m sure if you asked 10 different managers the same question, ,you would get 10 different questions- no-one is on the same page- except for maybe the union, on how much the management ........
Through minimal training you will be responsible for millions of dollars of equipment and the safety of everyone around you. One mistake and they fire you. Management will berate you and continually force you to break operating rules and safety regulations, then fire you for doing as ordered. The culture of fear, resentment, harassment and hate has wrecked many marriages and families.
Culture of fear.
Constantly under attack from management.
Hostile American takeover, militant upper management.
Auditors deny claims and make deductions from your paycheck months later.
Called for work 1 minute before your holidays begin for a 40 hour round trip.
Company does not honor the contract and forces you to work 12-14 hour days, denies legit monetary claims, unjust suspension and firings.
One of the most poorly run companies in Canada.
20 minute lunches, timed with stop watch, to ensure you get the full 20 minutes on that 11 hour yard shift
Work 3 months consecutive, earn 3 days off, get called 1 minute before your booked days off and lose 2/3 days