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BC Assessment Reviews

Updated April 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Property Information Collector"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Property Information Collector
    Former Employee - Property Information Collector
    Recommends

    I worked at BC Assessment full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, very well guided training process, lots of feedback

    Cons

    Hard to get to know everybody within the office (lots of people)


  2. "Come work at BC Assessment!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Talent Acquisition in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager, Talent Acquisition in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Assessment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Without question it's the people! We have an extremely talented and fun group of professionals who care deeply about the work they do for the property owners of British Columbia. I also like the flexibility of my job and the ability to be creative and innovative in the work I do.

    We have been ranked as a Top Employer in BC and as a Top Employer of new grads too, so that is proof positive of how great it is to work at BC Assessment!

    Cons

    Hard to say anything that's a "con" but if I had to choose, it might be that are a busy organization, and the core work can often take precedence over the fun and interesting work we do! That said, it's important work, and we are always looking for efficiencies in our processes and procedures.


  3. "Awesome place to work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Coordinator in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Talent Coordinator in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth and Opportunities:
    BCA wants to see you succeed and provide tons of opportunities and support for your personal development.

    The People:
    Everyone is an expert at what they do and work extremely hard, while at the same time contributing to a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Compensation for some roles is a little lower than private sector can offer.


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  5. "Organization needs improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BC Assessment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, work environment, pensions plan, extended health and dental, location of offices, opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Lack of proper management. Instead of addressing the issues or the people behind them, the executives instead reorganize everyone until the same people cause issues again... and again... and again...

    Advice to Management

    You can't be everyone's friend. You need to be a boss and make people accountable


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling is great. Working from home regularly helps with those nasty commutes. Great culture of learning and development.

    Cons

    Direction is often changing. Often scrutinized as a Crown Corporation despite providing taxpayers with good value for their tax levy. Too much intervention from Minister/Board impeding CEO's ability to carry out any vision.

    Advice to Management

    The flexibility has been built into company policies and the collective agreement as well. The last thing getting in the way is management. Put aside your reservations and get on board with the flexible workplace for the sake of your employees.


  7. "Decent job for the pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Property Information Administrator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Property Information Administrator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BC Assessment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The hours allow good work life balance, great compensation package, short work week, and nice work stations with focus on ergonomics.

    Cons

    Work isn't challenging and management runs in a state of chaos. The work is cyclical yet there seems to be a surprise every time the next point in the cycle begins.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to challenge employees and find ways to reward hard workers that will make everyone aspire to work harder or better. Find systems and procedures that work.


  8. "Good Employer, Flexible Workplace"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BC Assessment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot's of flexibility, room to learn and grow, most offices have great staff and good mentoring.

    Cons

    The salaries are well below typical market especially considering the education and experience requirements.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "What are you looking for?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Assessment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work with. Comfortable, union based, flexible schedule/workplace, full benefits, stable family oriented workplace. No forced overtime, very rare to dismiss any employee, even if weak in their field.

    Cons

    Career progression, management has lost touch with working level. Pay increases haven't kept up with the economy in over a decade which really builds up to unfair wage in competitive market, union ineffective and biased to their majority - core business appraisers. Zero merit based opportunities, unfair work dispersion amongst divisions, and no incentives to excel. Cannot settle on a strategic direction, re-org after re-org without playing one out.

    Advice to Management

    More than anything, it's finally time to address resourcing. Divisions have been holding on by a thread for years and despite repeated pleas for additional staffing (or fair compensation), the problem has been ignored for too long. Like forcing a belt to fit long after you've outgrown it, employees are stretched to the limit, and if there are so many opportunities to keep growing, perhaps it's time to reconsider requesting a levy increase. One request in 15 years won't force an official review and disbanding of the company, despite political party in office. To grow in every direction, you must have the capacity to support it.

    While focusing on becoming a revenue supplemented and driven organization, strategy conflicts as there are no incentives to help drive that growth. Settle for the norm as we've historically done and take the additional work off employees' backs, or fully commit to growing and find a bigger belt!

    Advice to Public: In terms of employment, it all depends what you are looking for. The long term strategy for careers seems to be 'this is where employees can come to settle down, eventually find 'tenure', and settle for mediocre", which is absolutely fine if that is what you're looking for, but don't expect to grow or thrive in your career. You won't be applying to enjoy the money or office politics, but it's comfortable and has a 0 overtime policy. Do as much work as you can on the clock, but go home on time every time. Good luck with your decision!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Unfair hiring practices and poor management and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BC Assessment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours is probably the only thing that's keeping employees staying in the company

    Cons

    The hiring practices are very unfair. There are a lot of relationship hiring in the company. Hiring someone isn't based on performance, but really on how well you know the interviewers. If you know someone in the company you will at least get an interview. This results in a bunch of slackers working for the company. They hire external people with no experience over existing employees that have been working there for over a year. Temporary employees need to compete external candidates for a permanent posting.

    Employees are not rewarded based on performance but rather by sucking up to the management.

    Employees are not treated fairly. Certain employees get more favourable treatment such as allowing to work from home and certain hours of work.

    Management has too much of a macro view of the company and doesn't really understand how the company operates at the core level.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring practices need to be reviewed. Current leaders/supervisors/managers should get re-evaluated to determine if they are still suitable to be in their position based on current leadership standards and practices.


  11. "Always moving towards a brighter future"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Appraiser in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Appraiser in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BC Assessment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Work life balance. 2. Advancement 3. No liability. 4. Decent pay 5. Outstanding benefits. Training is outstanding, even if poorly timed, and little to no follow up.

    Cons

    Slow moving leadership. Weak mentor ship. Stop the chaos, get organized, and stop with the constantly shifting goals.

    Advice to Management

    Be the leaders, hold people accountable, including your own managers.


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