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BC Ferries Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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  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.


  2. "Catering Attendant"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Attendant in Swartz Bay, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Attendant in Swartz Bay, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BC Ferries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good People
    Salary to qualification/education ratio is great
    Training is great + paid for
    Overtime is paid for (Lots of days off!)

    Cons

    On Call
    Seasonal Work
    Management is untrained and inexperienced (pretty normal in a union environment)
    Work is repetitive and dull
    Total lack of communication/respect between front line workers and head office

    Advice to Management

    Try talking to your front line employees. This company has an incredibly high sick time average. There's a reason. It can get very stressful during the busy season and the employees are generally ignored.


  3. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is super friendly, and if you need something they are always there. They will always say yes if you ask

    Cons

    Your always doing something on the boat, especially when you are going through active pass. Everyone must be in the engine room


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  5. "Deck Hand"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Ferries part-time

    Pros

    Great training, benefits, educational options, ability to travel

    Cons

    being on call for up to a year or two to start

    Advice to Management

    minimum living wage hrs for on call employees.


  6. "Great Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    easy work for what you do

    Cons

    on call at first, sometimes little notice on shifts


  7. "good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Always being challenged makes me feel excited. And also you always have the opportunities to work with the clients from different industries so that you can work in a diverse environment.

    Cons

    Since I just finished my third year, I only know basically information about corporate tax. But I am taking tax course right now. So I should be familiar with it after this term.


  8. "Excellent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic place to work, with a lot of passionate people about their work. Most of the co-workers will go the extra mile to help and deliver things (in IT).

    Cons

    For the IT department things take significant time to be accomplished, if you are used to fast paced environments then this is not the place for you.


  9. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BC Ferries part-time

    Pros

    Great pay, dont have to work too hard. People are really nice and you get lots of training. Working two weeks on means you get two weeks off!

    Cons

    Have to work on a live aboard vessel, and work 12 hour shifts, sometimes night shifts. If you get seasick dont bother applying, the weather can be rough sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome because they were always really good and managed workers fairly. Any problems were dealt with professionally and without issue. It would be better though to have a merit based reward system.


  10. "Former exempt employee"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate employees. Great safety culture. Good rapport between Union & Management.

    Cons

    Too many incompetent managers with little people skills and no backbones. HR is a stick in the mud. No performance management. Too much internal politics. Basically, the company is run by two bands of brothers. When you challenge them, they will get rid of you. Too much backstabbing going on by too many two-faced senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    Reinstate (two-way) performance reviews. Cherish the devils advocate and difference of opinion. Demote or remove senior managers that have their own agenda and threaten the company's succession plan by driving away bright, talented and passionate people.


  11. "database spacialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Tenure in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Tenure in Victoria, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, ferry rides are a taxable benefit

    Cons

    Too political, some very bad managers



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