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BC Ferries Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay, pays for a variety of training courses, options to move up in the company (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, ferry rides are a taxable benefit (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Shift work, moving vessel with vibration (in 5 reviews)

  • Those who are on call never know when they will be called and are required to come in with very little notice (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Deck officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BC Ferries part-time

    Pros

    Good rotation not too long at sea

    Cons

    Uneven hrs due to no fixed rosters

    Advice to Management

    Keep ppl on full time pls


  2. "Jumped Ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BC Ferries full-time

    Pros

    It is a BC Company and it is headquarter on Vancouver Island, the most beautiful place in the world.

    Cons

    Weak leadership, particularly in IT. Workplace unfairness, inequity, bullying and nepotism. Has a PMO that couldn't hold a candle to even the next worse one in the province. It's all been said before. Does it get better? No it gets worse.

    Advice to Management

    Do you really have to wonder why IT projects aren't successful? Seems people are taking early retirement just to get out of there. Seems others that have left continue to advocate for basic human rights. Me, I am just glad that I am out of there and hope that my experience there is the worst I will ever have.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bcferries cheating employees"

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    Former Employee - Chief Officer in West Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Chief Officer in West Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the company is a gong show. they are cheap as hell. they tell you lies and get away with it. too much bureaucracy. Glad to have left them.

    Cons

    quite a few. the pay is way below grade for officers.

    Advice to Management

    get a backbone and standby your commitments.


  4. "Best company in BC to work for"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Good pay
    Ferry pass
    Fun and interesting work environment

    Cons

    Some politics and bureaucracy
    Benefits not stellar
    You will be the butt of jokes with your friends (always negatively in the news, public loves to gripe about your company)


  5. "Engine Room Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engine Room in Swartz Bay, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engine Room in Swartz Bay, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BC Ferries (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard to get fired if you show up on time. This is also a con.

    Cons

    Low pay for 24 hr shift work. Heavy upper management funding allows them to oppeate within the gray areas of human rights.

    Advice to Management

    Self respect is worth the effort.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for generally. Lots of politics though and sometimes that can effect morale"

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    Current Employee - Marine Engine Mechanic in Delta, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marine Engine Mechanic in Delta, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co workers, lots of overtime. Working on the water can be nice and benefits are not bad. We bank enough OT to take most summers off

    Cons

    Old tools and equipment and micromanaging which can lead to problems with morale and organization. Lots of mangers seem under qualified

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings more production. Treat all workers with the same amount of respect and value each employee


  7. "Stuff."

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    Current Employee - Master in Duncan, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Master in Duncan, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Not great schedules sometimes. Hard to make plans

  8. "Catering Attendant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Catering Attendant in Swartz Bay, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Catering Attendant in Swartz Bay, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally good people, decent salary, upward mobility

    Cons

    Shiftwork, and location (depending where you live)


  9. Helpful (1)

    "BC Ferries is an excellent company to work for if you have what it takes."

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Purportedly the best benefit package in Victoria

    Good hours of operation and flexibility in work hours

    Community focused; green-focus and charitable organizations

    Endless opportunities for career path and promotion for the right person

    Terrific company to start or end ones career

    Cons

    IT Department is quite dysfunctional

    Weak leadership from directors and managers with technical knowledge but poor and/or no leadership/management/people skills

    Gender and age discrimination is very apparent; gender inequity is a hot topic

    Bullying and harassment are prohibited by BCF but seemingly tolerated within IT

    Strong and valuable consultants whisked away to comply with "no more contractors" and yet exception made for one consultant; appointed key role in the organization and yet yet to deliver anything concrete

    Lots of talk about resetting the culture however no signs of change, no communication about strategy, and no sense of urgency present.

    Advice to Management

    Mentor leadership team. Emphasize the importance of inclusion and recognition of efforts of all people and not just the chosen few.

    Take workplace respect more seriously.

    Ensure pay equity and promotion of women. Women do have a lot too bring to the table too but seem often overlooked. People in general should be seen for their motivation, experience, and skill rather than whether or not they fit into the "old boys club", "the network where the unwritten rules define the insiders and the outsiders. The standards that decide who is successful and who is not." This effects both men and women. "Don't be immediately impressed by swagger, firm handshakes, and conventional displays of confidence. If you see your employees performing well, yet are demonstrating their leadership in ways that are different than you’re used to, find out about their approach (pros and cons) instead of judging it." Jump onboard the 21st century train.

    (Thanks to Quartz.com for their insight in quotes)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome"

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

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

    Pros

    Hard work but good pay. Majority of the other staff are very easy to work with and get along great. Lots of good training. A very enjoyable job! Lots of room to move up in the company now, many people are retiring.

    Cons

    The MAJOR downside is how disrespectful majority of the customers are to you. All of my experience falls into the customer service category but never have I experienced how disrespectful people are towards ferry workers. There's such a stigma around them. We train hard and if there are serious problems that endanger you, we know how to save you, that is why we are paid so highly so don't take that for granted.


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