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Government of British Columbia Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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Government of British Columbia Premier Christy Clark
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Pros
  • Supportive team that values work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • job security is generally better than private sector (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is talked about but rarely implemented (in 3 reviews)

  • I've never worked anywhere else where management cared LESS about their employees, absolutely abysmal (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Pretty positive work experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Government of British Columbia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As far as government administration goes, I found the BC Gov`t for the most part to be forward thinking, did not got overly bogged down in process and paperwork. Good ideas were generally moved forward

    Cons

    Salary reviews, when they even existed, were inconsistent. Never really got a good understanding of how performance was judged.


  2. "Corporate culture varies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    1. job security is generally better than private sector
    2. a lot of lateral transfer opportunities within the organization
    3. In a good department with good direct boss, you have a lot of freedom to do what you like as long as in alignment with org service plan.

    Cons

    In a mediocre department/ministry, the integrity of senior management is questionable. For example, "shared responsibilities" is promoted as corp culture without mentioning anything about shared decision power, therefore people tends to grab decision power and shirk off responsibilities as much as possible. Senior management may also chose to trust selected few people over truth, facts, evidences and reasoning, while still claiming making evidence-based decisions.

    In the worst environment, bullying and distrust is quite open.

    Advice to Management

    To HR: make sure work environment survey is performed annually and the result should be reviewed directly by deputy minister. The head of divisions with consistent low score should step down.

  3. "Front Line Workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Government of British Columbia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a few benefits, depending what ministry you work for.

    Cons

    Front line workers are in the trenches, while the policy makers are sipping cognac in their ivory towers. There is a huge disconnect between policy and practice. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing--even when their desks are beside each other.

    Advice to Management

    The policy makers need to be in the front line... get them out on the field so they have first hand, realistic experiences/situations to draw from when they make up their policies... and maybe they will have a bit more respect for the work that is done.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Disfunction and bullying abound"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of British Columbia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. If you are in a unionized position, it is a relatively secure job.

    Cons

    People are promoted to management without the proper training. The result is that there are many managers/directors who do not have the people skills to supervise staff. There is much abuse of power and creation of little fiefdoms that results in bullying and staff end up quitting or going on stress leave. I have never worked in an organization with so much dysfunction and no interest by upper management to do anything about it. Union reps are not trained and do not know the rules so are of little help to staff who need their support.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure staff are properly trained and have the right people skills to manage staff. If there are problems, ensure they are fixed. Don't just stick your head in the sand.
        Union - provide proper training for reps and ensure members have the resources they need to deal with issues as they come up. Telling them to read the union agreement is no help.


  5. "Finance Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Government of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time working with the Gov of BC. I liked my Co-workers, the benefits were great and they were fairly flexible

    Cons

    I think the salary and the vacation time was very low.


  6. "My experience was generally positive, BC is a great place to live."

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    Former Employee - Communication Director in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communication Director in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Government of British Columbia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Living in Victoria is great - you get full benefits and you can also get flex days where you work extra hours and can add those to days off every other week.

    Cons

    If you are an Order in Council appointed public servant you can unfortunately be fired at any time without cause.

    Advice to Management

    Better corporate communication is needed.


  7. "Social Worker"

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    Current Employee - Social Worker in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Social Worker in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of British Columbia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, diverse opportunities

    Cons

    Social workers are paid significantly less in BC than other provinces

  8. "Good benefits, heavy bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Manager, Performance Management and Technology in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager, Performance Management and Technology in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of British Columbia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work times and days are great, if you are in the union. If you are an excluded employee (management, etc), you don't have as much freedom. The organization is very large, so there are opportunities to try your hand in a potentially very different role within the same organization, if you can overcome the unfair and illogical hiring practices.

    Cons

    As one can expect, the environment is heavily bureaucratic and the mentality of 'we have always done it this way' reigns supreme. Innovation is mired by process and motivation by lack of fairness.

    Advice to Management

    With the large capital that is tax dollars, this organization can do much more to run efficiently. Recent initiatives have felt a bit half-hearted to trim back waste. A significant number of employees have very little function in the organization, and although an unpopular move, the public service could do well to reduce staffing and especially wasteful (and often failing) IT contracting.


  9. "Civil Servant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule and work/life balance

    Cons

    Always a competition for open positions regardless of your past work performance.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within.


  10. "Public Servant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Government of British Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and great co-workers. Not much more I can say as far as pros go. Not enough pros to recommend working here.

    Cons

    short-sightedness, very little care for staff and staff morale, terrible communication across units and down from management. working here feels like a hamster on a wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Everything in government is reactive rather than proactive. Try being more proactive. Kudos to staff for a job well done would be nice once in a while.


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