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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 Management

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).

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BC Ferries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    Know how to work and manage people.

  2. Well managed, but very bureaucratic and poor public perception

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at BC Ferries full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Senior management actually know how to run a business. Compensation was decent, relatively competitive vs. the local market. Pension and benefits match public sector, better than can be found in the private sector. Willingness to promote internally from within.

    Cons

    Organization is management heavy, especially at the middle management level. An extraordinary amount of money and staffing devoted to IT, considering it is a ferry/transportation company. Poor communications with the public, and very poor public perception. Some of this is due to government, but much of it is due to the company itself.

    Advice to Management

    Focus investment on operations, not on administrative functions like IT. Find a way to relate to customers and improve public perception.

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