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BC Ferries Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer Service and Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Customer Service and Sales Representative in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service and Sales Representative in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at BC Ferries as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is relatively high and the management overall was very supportive and friendly.

    Cons

    On call generally. Hard to get full time hours and they have a very strict on call policy. Part of the company is unionized which means that there are a lot of people who might not be the best in their positions and moving up is slow and ineffective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The organization needs a Refit - upgrade.

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    Former Employee - Head Office in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Head Office in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at BC Ferries full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some great people to work with (co-workers, peers etc). Average salary and benefits. Ferry passes.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and management. No value for employee culture. Awful HR practices.
    Rampant Us and Them mentality: Operations vs Administration, Union vs Non-Union, Executive vs People.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of cutting mid-level employees try trimming some ego and bonuses
    Consider competence in promotion and advancement
    Respect and value dedicated employees
    Rehire some of the good apples you tossed (and compost some bad ones you kept).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    a sinking fleet

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    Current Employee - Catering in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Catering in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at BC Ferries full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits are ok passengers are ok when your not sucking the money out of there pockets for tickets and meals

    Cons

    They will work the hell out of and could care less if you live or die.To many managers without skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be greedy, plus think about all the people of BC that your service effects, don't bleed them dry, go back to basics.Middle management only tell upper management what they want them to know so they can keep their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A good job after about 10 years of being on call.

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    Current Employee - Deckhand in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Deckhand in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at BC Ferries part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    14 free ferry trips a year. you only pay the taxes and remember this is a taxable benefit! once you get a full time job the benefits are pretty good( not as good as it use to be when crown) and the normal work shift is 8 days on 4 days off. Do drills all the time so you learn all about firefighting and small boat handling. Lots of hands on practice. Aways stuff to learn and keep you busy. Workers do much more than the average public think.

    Cons

    Deckhands officers and captains are well under payed compared to industry standards. A deckhand at any other company makes almost as much as chief officer at the ferries. Engineering Department is payed fair and catering is payed very well for what they do. As a deckhand you are always being harassed by pissed off customers that think they are paying too much. So they complain about everything, break things and are always doing things they are not suppose to. Much of your day is taken up babysitting fools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Culture, Great Pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CSSR in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - CSSR in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at BC Ferries as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great employee benefits and the pay is not shabby at all. I work as a seasonal employee and was paid around $20/hr not to mention i got a free ferry pass which I used frequently adding up to over $1000 in travel. The culture is great and it will be a very rewarding experience. This was not a ship board position so I can't comment of that.

    Cons

    BC Ferreis is a very debated organization so be ready to deal with angry or upset customers who are "sick of paying to much" And if your not the person who enjoys a stung corporate culture and enjoys a lot of autonomy in your job this may not be the place for you.

    Neutral Outlook
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    bc ferries- customer service attendant position

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    Current Employee - CSA in Tsawwassen, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - CSA in Tsawwassen, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at BC Ferries part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, made a lot of money each summer

    Cons

    Always on call, company did not care for employees, no seniority for seasonals, rude management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    fairly positive

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at BC Ferries

    Pros

    good pay, nice people, good benefits

    Cons

    limited opportunity for career growth, not very much transferable skills gained

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    overall competent leadership

  9.  

    Some good people in this shop

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at BC Ferries

    Pros

    If you're looking for a stable job, this is the place for you. There is a move within the IT department to move to fairly contemporary technologies (SOA, ESB, BPEL, etc). So, good experience is possible to get.

    Management is well intentioned to improve development processes, products, and services to customers.

    Cons

    This is an Oracle heavy shop. If you don't like using Oracle products and tools, this is not the shop for you. This shop has a bit of a cowboy legacy which management is slowly trying to replace with more formal processes (allocating appropriate development and testing environments).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen a little more to your people in the trenches when it comes to schedules, technological decisions, etc. (This is pretty typical for most big corporations).

  10.  

    BC Ferries

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BC Ferries

    Pros

    good wage, good training especially in safety

    Cons

    micro managed by to many supervisors with to little to do other than harass their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know how to work and manage people.

    Doesn't Recommend

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