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BC Transit Reviews

Updated February 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Buses are fun"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Bus Driver
    Former Employee - Bus Driver

    Pros

    You can drive a bus and meet people who like to ride buses. They have big buses.

    Cons

    You can only drive the bus as long as the transport guidelines allow.


  2. "Co-op student - risk management"

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Work was dull at times


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fun and engaging workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    BC Transit delivers and coordinates services all over the province (in over 130 communities). As a result, no two days are alike and you never know what new situation will emerge to challenge you. Working effectively in this environment requires strong teamwork and flexible attitudes. All the employees I've had the pleasure of working with exhibit these qualities every day and rise to the challenges successfully and with a smile.

    Cons

    It is a complicated business involving many partners around the province. Those factors lead to additional effort (communication, travel, meetings) that can sometimes cause stress. As long as folks come to the table with positive attitudes and a shared commitment to helping millions of people connect with their communities I've discovered even the greatest challenges can be fun to solve.

    Advice to Management

    Always take time to recognize the significant and frequent achievements being made daily in support of the strategic objectives!

    BC Transit Response

    Dec 28, 2016

    Thanks for taking time to share this constructive feedback! We’re working hard on improving our employee recognition program and your suggestions will help us. Thank you!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good employer for the Victoria area"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medium sized organization with head office based in Victoria. Hard to find another employer in Victoria with same professional status & compensation/benefits (other than government)
    Free bus pass for employees!
    Hard working people committed to delivering high quality service.
    Providing a public service can provide sense of purpose.

    Cons

    Crown Corporation heavily influenced by government/MOTi (challenging to plan and execute consistently)
    Complicated business model with multiple stakeholders (need to be consultative, collaborative and things take time so you have to be patient and go through the process).
    Can be frustrating at times but if you have the right attitude and work ethic, you can succeed. Need to be able to form and leverage solid working relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Improve corporate communication to employees.


  6. "Passion & People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    What better place to work where everyone shares the same passion to the product we are delivering.

    Cons

    Lean resources means we can't do everything we want to.

    Advice to Management

    Ride the bus once and awhile and don't lose connection to the customers


  7. "Great Mandate, hard working team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Langford, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Langford, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Transit full-time

    Pros

    Great people in very department, orientation was awesome and there seems to be very good training and development opportunities

    Cons

    technology is somewhat lacking and the space is old and tired. Too many people in too small a place

    Advice to Management

    keep the focus on employee engagement and we will continue to improve


  8. "Great company - poor leadership"

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

    Pros

    I love the vision, mission and values behind BC Transit. The people are fantastic. Everyone is passionate about what they do and are hard working.

    Cons

    Too many priorities and with a a reactive and non strategic leader at the top. The company would excel with a leader that truely trusts the employees, focuses on people and treats them like adults. Too much blame, micromanaging and fear tactics.

    Advice to Management

    New CEO


  9. "Solid step in my career development. Communication is key to improving!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours for exempt group - this is much appreciated for full life balance. Our department is always full of laughter. Solid leadership in our department at the Executive Director level. Recognition and engagement are on the agenda and people are working to have this become a daily, top of mind item. Excellent and plentiful learning and development opportunities. Also, employee fitness facilities, transportation options (employee and dependent bus passes, bookable pool cars for offsite meetings), great extended benefits.

    Cons

    More thought and forward planning could be given to projects before rushing ahead - tight deadlines and lack of attention given to how the project ripples into different departments is sometimes an afterthought. Communication between not only departments but also senior to junior levels needs to be improved. Resources (including technology) need to be invested in to allow employees to do what they were hired for: to produce great work.

    Advice to Management

    Engage with your employees! Forward thinking is a good thing! Show that you hear the feedback employees are giving, be supportive and act on it. There are some employees who have become disengaged and lost their spark for making change and developing new ideas. Let's not lose them! We all spend a huge percentage of our lives at work and almost 1,000 people in Victoria are choosing to spend their working time at BC Transit - let's make it the best spent time that we can!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Meh."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BC Transit full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, great benefits. Awesome gym membership and classes, good training opportunities and they say how they're going to improve.

    Cons

    Working at Transit's easy, like riding a bike. Except the bike is on fire. And the ground is on fire. And everything is on fire because it's hell.

    Working in a very very very small box, micromanagement is a huge issue. Way too much work for every member of staff, but that's okay for job security if you can keep your sanity.

    Advice to Management

    Leave me alone


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Could be great, but senior management is lacking in expertise"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BC Transit (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    - Above average health and dental
    - On-site gym
    - Training is given where required
    - Office work stations are better than you will find most other places

    Pay is good...for Victoria

    Colleagues have great humour and fun...when not around management

    Cons

    Senior management
    - Does not know how to effectively manage employees
    - At times seems like they make decisions based around what would look good on their resumes when
      they inevitably get let-go when there is a change in government
    - Have a poor attitude when people complain or try to bring up raises/promotions. Have the outlook
      that employees are "lucky to even have a job in Victoria"
    - When the good employees leave the company out of frustration, management can only tell them they
      "are making a big mistake and will surely regret it" instead of being happy for them
    - Constantly changing the goal posts of what is important. Employees get frustrated and feel like they
       have wasted their work by having to do everything from scratch over and over
    - Put out anonymous surveys asking what employees thought about the company and what
      improvements could be made. Employees were told they would be coming out every year. After
      negative reviews of management, they discontinued the surveys.
    - Put themselves way before employees when it comes to any sort of perk to the job or monetary
       raises

    Some employees are typical governmental workers. Bitter but they don't want to leave because of the pension.

    Everything is seniority based. Shift schedules, vacation timeslots etc.

    Advice to Management

    You hired the experts in their field to do a job. They know more than you about that particular subject. Let them do their jobs instead of telling them how it should be done.

    Listen to employee feedback and take it to consideration instead of getting angry that they don't think you are amazing. Your employees are people too just like you. Do as you would want to have done to you were you in their situation.

    All your good employees are leaving for different sectors of the government. It isn't the government atmosphere they are upset with; it is the BC Transit environment.



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