crimson15 wrote:What's your background? Are you in the U.S? Any insight you can give from the conversations you've had with HR?
Nope I am in Canada. As for work background, I'm coming in green. Only thing on my resume that probably interested them was that I've worked a lot of outdoor labor jobs, have post secondary education and willing to relocate.
From my convo with HR she made it clear that they're looking for long term career focused people and that I may have to relocate anywhere between northwestern Ontario all the way to British Columbia! After the 4 week training period, you're put wherever there is an opening. They'll also give you conductor training, so that trains can keep running in case there's a strike.
That's about all I know about this position. My guess is that it's harder to keep this position filled in Canada because there are so many more track territories that require you to live in a small middle of nowhere towns where it gets to -40C in the winter! On top of that I would also hate a supervisor who's never done the work before too lol
What's worse is having a newbie supervisor who thinks
he knows what he's doing
! We had those, too. And you couldn't tell 'em different, either. Breezed in with BIG plans, BIG heads!!!! Didn't know SH** from shinola, but they sure THOT they did! But then, there were the nice guys. "Fred" told us from the get-go he didn't know, would we set him straight if we saw he was wrong? Really nice guy.
I remember a little story about "Fred". He came from Michigan, and teased us that we couldn't drive in snow, being "southerners" and all. And besides. it never snowed "here" anyway. Not long after we had a 16" snowfall. I arrived at the Shops on time
. Along with several other employees who "couldn't drive in the snow". "Fred" was noticibly absent. An hour or so later, he called in....STUCK in a snowbank & couldn't move!!!!!!! (He had a high-powered Mustang) He asked the foreman, "Btw, is "gadfly" there today>"
"Yes, Fred, he's here".
Fred groaned, "OH NO!! I'll NEVER LIVE THIS DOWN!!!!!"
Next day, he walked in and the first words he said to me were, "HUSH! (grin) I don't wanta hear it!!!!!" But he did ask me how FAR it was from my house to
work! About 20 miles! He winced, "OH NO! God help me"!!!!!
For him it was 4 miles to his apartment! I picked on him 'til he transferred out.
Today, last I heard, Fred is an Assistant VP of our railroad. Wouldn't be surprised if he headed it up some day!!!!