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BC Ferries Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2020

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3.8
77%
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74%
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BC Ferries President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Collins (no image)
Mark Collins
22 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay and benefits are included(in 19 reviews)

  • "Great people and company that support millions of travellers a year(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Its more of a shift work and times may vary(in 11 reviews)

  • "On call to start, but as you build seniority you get more and more scheduled shifts and less on call work as casual(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "BC ferries review"

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    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Bella Bella, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Ferries full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Highly professional company and good wages.

    Cons

    Not many cons for working in this company.

    BC Ferries2020-01-14
  2. "Pricing and Inventory Strategies"

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    Current Employee - Manager, Revenue Management in Victoria, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Ferries full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and company that support millions of travellers a year.

    Cons

    Heavily regulated by the provincial government.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example

    BC Ferries2019-12-18
  3. "Currently employed as a deckhand"

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    Current Employee - Deckhand/Bridge Watchman 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Ferries full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pension, benefits, very stable employment after the casual phase

    Cons

    On call employment, seniority it king above skills and experience

    Advice to Management

    Under the current system moving to within the company is very difficult. It works out faster to quit, get qualifications elsewhere and return

    BC Ferries2019-11-27
  4. "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - CSA in Tsawwassen, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BC Ferries part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was an amazing experience, Great hands on training always learning, nothing but love and support from crew and stewards ! Best job!!

    Cons

    On Call 24/7 Winter no shifts, hard to plan a life outside of work

    BC Ferries2019-11-25
  5. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Applications Analyst in Victoria, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Ferries full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well compensated, Fairly Treated, Excellent work environment

    Cons

    Slow moving company, Office Politics, A lot of long-term employees who only know the 'ferries' way of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting vertical movement and hiring young talent from outside the organization to bring in new tools and mindset.

    BC Ferries2019-11-18
  6. "BC Ferries undermines the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by its abuse against minorities."

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    Former Employee - Customer in Victoria, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BC Ferries full-time

    Pros

    Nothing to say about pros

    Cons

    Over the past 12 months authorities in BC have witnessed a surge of complaints against BC Ferries for discrimination and racism by BC Ferries staff. Various communities across the province have voiced their concern over the apparent different way BC Ferries interacts with people based on their look or background. “It is seriously troubling,” said one victim from Nanaimo, “The Trump effect seems to have gotten way over BC Ferries heads and they are violating our rights as citizens with their aggressive behavior towards people of immigrant background.” One man of indigenous background says he was threatened with a K9 dog and aggressively kicked out of the terminal for smoking a vape while a caucasian male was only given a warning not to smoke when he was smoking a vape. “They are treating us differently,” said the woman "and I hope someone does something about it soon, this is just not right and it is not what Canada is all about.” BC Ferries said every case is treated differently and declined to comment on the specific cases mentioned above.

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    BC Ferries2019-12-25
  7. "Managing challenging personalities in heavily unionized environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Ferries full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, government pension

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, frustrating lack of productive staff

    Advice to Management

    Cut jobs, top to bottom. Enforce the contract with brutal precision.

    BC Ferries2019-11-19
  8. "BC ferries review"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Attendant in Swartz Bay, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BC Ferries full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great people, good benefits, decent pay

    Cons

    hard shifts, not a lot of time off, mindless work

    Advice to Management

    too long to even start

    BC Ferries2019-09-27
  9. "Seasonal Employment"

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    Former Employee - Terminal Attendant in West Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BC Ferries part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great summer job for students Varied types of work Option to continue on past seasonal employment

    Cons

    Unpredictable seasonal hours Must be familiar with on-call type work

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    BC Ferries2019-09-09
  10. "Not perfect, but solid. Good training and union"

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    Current Employee - Terminal Services Attendant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BC Ferries part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits for a job that doesn't require a college degree. Lots of independance, thorough training, safety focused culture, work by the ocean, great coworkers. Room for growth based on seniority.

    Cons

    Weird schedule to start. Makes it hard to have a life and pay your bills, and hard to juggle another job. This is the most frustrating thing. They lose out on a lot of good employees because of this. Job security is good but some people who need to be let go are not, and can therefore poison the workplace and prevent internal movement.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the approach to new hires so there is some guarantee of hours, or if not, flexibility to work another job or not be on call 24/7. Initial training is good but ongoing training and professional development is less so.

    BC Ferries2019-08-20
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