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BC Liquor Stores Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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  1. "Seniority Sucks"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Liquor Stores part-time

    Pros

    - somewhat flexible
    - higher wage than minimum (good for students)
    - easier than most retail/starter jobs

    Cons

    - the 'regulars' are below average in most categories
    - even if you've been working there for a long time, you're still not guaranteed hours

    Advice to Management

    I scratch your back, you scratch mine. There always has to be give and take, and understanding.


  2. "government jobs are hard to find"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good wage, good people to work with, room for advance

    Cons

    on call to start is frustrating, customers


  3. "BCL company review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Like to have a good mix of young and older employees. Great benefits. Highly recommend working for this employer. Very flexible with hours

    Cons

    Some times there can be some politics in the stores. Tend to move people around instead of fixing underlying issues. Can sometimes hire on too many employees for the amount of positions leading to a frustrating lack of hours

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees input more often. Your friendly atmosphere is your biggest and most effective strength to both your customers and your employees.


  4. "Friendly and Easy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Cashier in Kamloops, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Kamloops, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BC Liquor Stores (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy Job
    Friendly Management and coworkers
    Decent Break Room

    Cons

    Boring
    Sometimes not great clientele
    A lot to remember


  5. "Sales Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BC Liquor Stores part-time

    Pros

    -Great people
    -Great environment, always have something to do and never bored or out of work
    -Great if you love working in a union
    -Great way to meet people who you sell to

    Cons

    -Boring at slow times
    -They play the same music over and over again, which can be fine some times

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you guys are doing. I was super happy to have worked with a union. Other than that I nothing else to say.


  6. "HR Advisor"

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

    Pros

    Great people, varied work, good benefits and pension. The staff do the best they can to get things done considering the overwhelming work environment

    Cons

    Overwhelming load of work. Lack of work-life balance. Executive management is out of touch with concerns of staff.


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BC Liquor Stores part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - its a simple job
    - no pressure
    - moving around different stores in the district
    - working mostly as a cashier or stocking shelves

    Cons

    - dealing with the recycling of beer and wine bottles
    - on call as an auxiliary employee
    - difficult to receive benefits (only after working full time for a year)
    - hours available depends on your seniority

    Advice to Management

    - Have more employees working during the busier times of the year including the weekends
    - Keep products like tissues, gloves, and ear protection fully stocked at all times


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Clerk"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Can only speak to my experience obviously, as it's a large organization and experiences will vary from dept. to dept. Not a lot of stress in my area, able to partake in other activities during work hours (i.e. time to be on various committees). Company seems to be trying to engage employees more, hiring/promoting senior managers who have better people skills and are more team oriented, trying to be more transparent and timely in keeping staff up to date on important issues. Lots of food in different departments, always.

    Cons

    Although I believe this is being addressed, long time management is very poorly trained. Most were promoted simply because of seniority and ability to do the work - no people skills or ability to resolve issues on their own without running to Labour Relations. No performance reviews done, so inappropriate employee behaviour is not addressed and dealt with by management - employee is simply called into a meeting and handed a letter of reprimand from management/LR. Union has to become involved far more often than they should, which causes union/management relations to be strained. Lots of policies on paper (i.e. Respect Matter, Education) but not enforced. Simply marketing statements to attract new blood. Nepotism rampant. A lot of poorly educated (i.e. graduated high school 30 /40 years ago, education stopped there) and very gossipy older women who tend to run in packs. Culture is changing for the better as these people retire.

    Advice to Management

    Take the money you're spending on increasing the size of the Labour Relations department and spend that money sending your supervisors/managers/directors on management courses!! Teach them how to actually manage their staff competently rather than just running to LR whenever there is a problem. Once your management is trained properly, have them start doing Performance Reviews consistently as well.


  9. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great ergonomic workplace
    great pay
    flexible hours
    good people and management
    many locations

    Cons

    no benefits
    on-call may work for some, not me

    Advice to Management

    have more opportuniteis for employees to advance into different roles


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Seasonal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at BC Liquor Stores (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Although was seasonal work, was hoping for more hours


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