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WorkSafeBC Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. "Customer Service Agent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My work experience is great as there is a positive work environment, great people, good hours of work pay and benefits package.

    Cons

    The only real con is having to drive into Richmond and having to deal with all the traffic and poor driving habits.

    Advice to Management

    9 day fortnight work schedule


  2. Helpful (2)

    "This place does not deserve young employees or new grads"

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

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

    Pros

    Health benefits are the only pros working for Worksafe BC

    Cons

    They do not value education or ability. As a senior, I have observed management control of young employees.


  3. "Challenging IT projects"

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    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging projects with good executive sponsorship

    Cons

    Many hours and deadline oriented


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "No Job Advancement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WorkSafeBC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you live in Richmond, this is at a very central Richmond location, bus stop in front of office.
    Some jobs allow flex time. Good benefits. Exceptional good salaries for certain grades and for management. If you don't mind doing the same job for your life without advancement, this is the best place. For contractors, very good rates, highly recommend to work here. Contractors are treated way better than staff.

    Cons

    If you work in IT, good luck. Departments constantly in re-org. PMs are in musical chairs, you have to constantly adapt to different management styles, some don't know what they are managing. No job advancements, no opportunities to learn. Retirements meaning positions will not be filled, those who cannot retire yet have to suck up all the work in your regular hours or voluntary overtime. Managers, directors and executive directors are not looking after the staff, they are looking after themselves. Long term contractors have the right of way. They get to pick who they want to work for, what kind of work to do etc.

    Advice to Management

    Be humane to treat your staff. Other companies provide opportunities for their staff to advance. They hire contractors to relieve the staff to do interesting work and to advance on their jobs. In WorkSafeBC, it is the opposite, especially for the long term contractors who have been working for 20 years. Spending money to do staff surveys but not really helping your staff is useless.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not as safe as it appears"

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

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

    Pros

    WorkSafe BC offers really good benefits, better than most of the public sector organizations not to mention the private sector.

    Cons

    Risk-adverse and stale environment with lots of people disengaged and working for their pension. It's worse in the IT division where its inability to keep up with technology changes leads to various attempts to outsource.

    Advice to Management

    Put more focus on your people. Good benefits keep them there but don't engage them.


  7. "Good place - a little boring"

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Good benefits
    Easily get time off
    Okay pay
    Easy days
    On-site gym and massage

    Cons

    Boring work
    Scope of job is small because of union
    Seniority over skills - not ideal for college grads


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Role Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on, fast paced, very friendly environment, there are courses available and very good work life balance, gym facilities available

    Cons

    Hard to move up, hard to get promotion, have to obey union rules, hard to apply change management, lots of policies

    Advice to Management

    better promotion option for employees, letting everyone to speak up, be open to change management, encourage employees to learn more


  9. "Sr HR Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Team Orientated, Excellent support, great relationships with many employees at various levels.

    Cons

    none that I can think of


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Software developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WorkSafeBC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability and job security. Good salary, benefits, health insurance, retirement, generous vacation and sick leave.

    Cons

    Lazy, under-performing workers. Incompetent management. Bureaucracy and inefficiency. Outdated technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Rate people in order of performance. Don't be afraid to have "difficult conversations" with lazy workers. Dismiss under-performing staff and hire young, well educated, competent people.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Case Manager Job is Very Stressful"

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    Current Employee - Case Manager
    Current Employee - Case Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WorkSafeBC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have nothing but good things to say about this company in the sense that I feel they hire really good quality employees and offer a lot of support, excellent pay, and a great benefits.

    Cons

    I find the Case Manager job incredibly stressful. Yes the pay and benefits are great, but it takes a certain type of person to do this job and it would probably be someone who would excel as a social worker and does not mind a LOT of contention in the job. I found that management was not completely upfront about how stressful this position is when I was hired. Essentially you have to be OK with a very heavy caseload, taking between 20-30 calls a day, have a lot of angry people yelling and complaining to you, and work that never ends. Literally there are not enough hours in the day to complete the job. I was also told that no one ever leaves this job, but in reality I would not be surprised if the attrition rate is close to 50%. Management also presented the job as doing basic adjudication, but it is more of a disability management role, getting people back to work, and dealing with psychologically fragile workers.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest management focus on hiring staff that would excel in this position. The high turnover rate is indicative of issues with hiring the right type of people. I would also suggest that they be more transparent about the realities of the position or at least work to lower the caseloads so the job is more bearable.


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