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Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
28 Reviews

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  1.  

    Working in Social Development sector for 5 years

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    Current Employee - Programs Officer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programs Officer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Government full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, decent benefits, helping people in need, changing people's life for better, be a part of the solution.

    Cons

    Not much promotional opportunities, salary is average,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Many great roles to serve the public, but the average employee seems to feel very disconnected

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Government full-time

    Pros

    Big organization, and if you're there long enough it can be pretty secure. In the right role, the work is fast paced and can have a real positive impact. The benefits and pension are a plus. Ability to apply to different roles is a good plus.

    Cons

    Big organization is a con. Easy to get lost in, or mis-characterized depending on your immediate co-workers and/or supervisors. In the wrong fitting role, work can get mundane and monotonous. The nature of big bureaucracy can drive an entrepreneurial spirit crazy. Executive have no personal connection to staff, everybody is really just a cog.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your front line staff, and take the time to build genuine relationships. They're not feeling the love. They don't do it for money, they do it for some respect, which should come from the top as it will never come from the general public.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Decent Work Environment

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

    I have been working at British Columbia Government full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good training and career development opportunities
    Work/Life balance
    Flexible work days

    Cons

    Comparatively low salaries
    Fiscal restraints
    Behind in the use of modern technology
    High attrition rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your hiring practices
    Be flexible on the use of modern technology
    Spend to get quality employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing people to work with

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    Current Employee - Forestfire Fighter  in  Revelstoke, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Forestfire Fighter in Revelstoke, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Government as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people I work with
    Very interesting challenges every day
    Seasonal employment allows for a very interesting life outside of work

    Cons

    The salary
    The benefit package is lacking and only works during employment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good People, excellent benefits, and work life balance. Moderate Income.

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

    I have been working at British Columbia Government full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Pension contribution are matched plus an extra 13%
    - Dental coverage is amazing
    - Provincial Student Loans forgiveness with a 3 year commitment of employment
    - Competitive salaries when you include the value of the Benefits worth about an extra 23%
    - Life Insurance coverage
    - Job Security
    - Paid vacation starts at 3 weeks and goes up a day every year or two to a max of 35 days or so
    - Those who work hard are noticed and most likely get promoted over those who do not.

    Cons

    - Less flexibility to be creative and utilize the latest technologies, or concepts since the government has to maintain a level of support for people who may use old browsers, or who may not have internet access.
    - Some staff do not have incentives to work hard since they are just rewarded with more work do their efficiency. So they end up getting paid the same as someone doing less work.
    - Seniority can often create situations where merit based promotions are not always possible
    - Political agendas of Ministers can create change in government structures that create work for staff but provide little value to citizens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Let your staff know if you see them working hard. If you can't give them financial bonuses, give them other recognition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Work/life balance depends on which manager you get, jobs not completely secure, slow-moving and little transparency.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British Columbia Government

    Pros

    - Pension
    - Job security for unionized positions (if you are laid off, you be be reassigned to another position or be allowed to bump a less senior employee. The new position you end up in however may not be the same role or even be at the same location.

    Cons

    - No transparency: Decisions are often dumped on you without any further explanation, reasoning, or rationale, no matter how imperfect or illogical the decision may be.

    - Lack of trust: Some managers may ask you to log what time you come in to the office, when you take your break, and when you leave, even for professional-level positions.

    - Lack of job flexibility. NOT every position gets flex days, flex start and end times, or work at home opportunities. This all depends on your manager or director and which department you work in. In my case, I had the least amount of job flexibility compared to any previous workplace I was at.

    - Bullying by managers: Many managers tend to resort to intimidation tactics or forms of workplace bullying to try to drive results or change the behaviour of their employees. This has been a large enough problem across government that the own union has had to fight for stronger bullying clauses in their employment agreement.

    - Red tape and LOTS of it: The simplest change or request may need to go through 6 different people before it can get approved, and even then there's no guarantee. Bottom line is things take long to move and sometimes at the detriment to project's themselves or even employees.

    - Job stability: While you have a good job-security backing if you are a unionized employee, this does not protect you entirely from ever getting laid off or having your project or department shut down. Lay offs are more common than talked about and program funding in government is always at a high rate of vulnerability.

    - Wages for senior positions not on par with market levels, you'd earn more in the private sector.

    - HR department (BC Public Service) is centralized in one office and manages HR affairs for all government offices. This in effect brings the staff completely out of touch with employees and siloed. Most HR staff are extremely uncompassionate, disorganized, and not handling matters objectively to where they balance employer AND employee needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Increase transparency in decision making, new projects, initiatices, and processes.

    - Increase oversight of managers. Do not allow managers to have complete free-reign in their managing of people. Implement 360-feedback reviews for front-line staff to contribute honest and accurate accounts of management behaviour and performance.

    - Deputy Minister announcements, company memos, and internal letters need to be written with less ambiguity, vagueness, and in a more sincere and honest style for employees to actually feel engaged.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Government full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wonderful people, interesting and diverse work opportunities, pension, good benefits and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Compensation for management quite compressed relative to non-management creating a bit of a disincentive to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management compensation, and create greater spread between staff and management comp.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    VNot ery

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    Former Employee - Finance Clerk  in  Kamloops, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Finance Clerk in Kamloops, BC (Canada)

    I worked at British Columbia Government full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Steady pay cheque and good benefits

    Cons

    Horrible working environment, unhappy coworkers, unhappy middle management. Dog eat dog environment,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more and provide more opportunities for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    British Columbia Public Service Agency

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant  in  Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Government full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great education program, flexibility of work days, life-work balance.

    Cons

    There are a number of hurdles on the climb up the ladder...not an easy task if one finds themselves underemployed in a entry level position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive towards employees that want to grow and advance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to learn all aspects of IT

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at British Columbia Government full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Structured approach and emphasis on work sponsored training

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic and abundance of red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to line staff more and bring this up at policy level to increase efficiencies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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