BC Liquor Stores Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Very fair job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Liquor Stores full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A very good starting wage Guaranteed raises Benefits are very good Chance to take sales training courses management courses and wset courses.

    Cons

    Seniority based system for hours. Not much room for advancement in the company. On call for the first year if lucky.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who you hire. Leaders eat last.


  2. Worked there for many years

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent medical and dental. People that come through the door are usually in a good mood because there either buying booze for a birthday, celebration or similar.

    Cons

    Big liqour loads on a daily basis that have to be broken down and wheeled to its designated areas. Your back, wrists, and knees eventually go. Stewards are as lazy as a sloth They do NOTHING! Older workers do NOTHING. It ALWAYS get put onto the hard workers (which are few). Backstabbing amongst workers and it goes on and on. My advice....Get a job were you will be happy.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent in treating everyone the same. Keep your eyes open wide for workers that do NOTHING.


  3. Students or anyone with a sense of self worth or ambition: beware.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auxiliary in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Auxiliary in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BC Liquor Stores part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As an auxiliary, you start at $17/hour.

    Cons

    Hours get slashed (even in peak seasons), you are on-call for a few years, if you have a problem the stewards will do absolutely nothing to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your staff as something that can be stomped on. You will never gain respect from them.


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  5. Administrative Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BC Liquor Stores full-time

    Pros

    The company appreciates it's staff and is always finding new ways for employee recognition. There is opportunity to further training, which the company pays for.

    Cons

    Average age of staff is older and employees are known to stay with the company until retirement so it may be difficult for younger employees to move up within the company. The company tends to favour hiring family.

    Advice to Management

    Overall this is a great company to work for. However, rumour is that the company has recently been favouring hiring externals, which I have witnessed firsthand. Internals are frustrated that company loyalty isn't appreciated, and we are looking for work elsewhere.


  6. mediocre

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BC Liquor Stores full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    job is easy for what you get paid, good part time job very flexable

    Cons

    not much room to move up in the company, hard to get full time since it is seniority based.

    Advice to Management

    take caution for who you hire.


  7. The work is easy, the politics at work are hard

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auxiliary in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Auxiliary in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Liquor Stores part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good starting pay, easy work, benefits, opportunity to do free training (WSET).

    Cons

    You work on call for at least 2 years, which means your life pretty much revolves around work. Usually you work at several different stores. If you are a new hire you work as a cashier only. Minimal supervision. Seniority means too much and merit means too little.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a better inventory management system.


  8. bittersweet

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BC Liquor Stores part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great people, and very interesting as you get to learn a lot about different kinds of wines, beers and spirits. Great team oriented atmosphere.

    Cons

    Hours are slim due to it being unionized. Most shifts are on call. You have to accumulate hours in order to get seniority to get shifts. It can act as a vicious cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Privatize. Start selling plastic bags to uphold social responsibility values.


  9. On-call clerk

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Liquor Store Clerk
    Former Employee - Liquor Store Clerk

    I worked at BC Liquor Stores part-time

    Pros

    It's a unionized job, so you have some job security.

    Cons

    Being on call means that you have to be ready to go up till a certain time every day that the stores are open. This means that cannot plan anything until after that time. Which can often be to late for some things. If you are unable to take the offered time then you get bumped down the list in seniority by number of hours worked so it's really hard to make it onto the scheduled shifts.

    Advice to Management

    By advancing by number of hours earned, individuals who may be more capable often end up leaving because better more steady jobs become available to them.


  10. Good work experience and team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BC Liquor Stores (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay with an excellent work atmosphere, the team is like one large family. There isn't anything else to say.

    Cons

    nothing major. I'm just trying to meet the 20 word minimum since there are no large cons to the job. The work is excellent for a retail type position.

    Advice to Management

    The scheduling procedure could be relooked.


  11. Busy, but pleasant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Liquor Store Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Liquor Store Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BC Liquor Stores (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good product that every one enjoys and selection at this store was impressive. Customers were almost always nice to work with.

    Cons

    Entry pay is not a sustainable wage; one cannot be available all day for on call work and survive financially in this city.

    Advice to Management

    Demanding open availability makes it impossible to have another job to survive in the city.



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