The title says it all, these guys (to be fair, ALL railways) have NO work/life balance. If you take this job you will make a whole butt-load of cash and will get a great pension, but it comes at a HUGE sacrifice if you value any sort of social life. You live and breath this work, the company is your new family, and you WILL NOT HAVE ANY BREAKS, WEEKENDS, OR HOLIDAYS (Save for 2 weeks AV) for AT LEAST 10-15 years as you build up your seniority. Seniority is the king at these unionized position. All this coupled with the inherent stress of being the middleman between field crews and operation center management, the position’s incredibly steep learning curve, and the utter disregard for employee workloads and sleep deprivation makes this a job that only a few people can pull off for more than a few months to a year.
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.