BC Ferries Employee Reviews

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very good company to work for
Dishwasher/Prep Cook (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC22 February 2017
very good company to work for and the work place was fun and hard eviroment very fun and easy is working with nice staff and the hardest is lifting heavy stuff
Pros
fast pasted
Cons
getting hurt on job
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worked with some good people.
Maintenance Worker (Former Employee) –  British Columbia22 February 2017
busy work, sometimes greasy. Good benefits package. Some changes with management that went awry, Sometimes a poor morale as a result. Odd shifts that sometimes played havoc with sleep, home life.
Pros
free ferry passage
Cons
shift work
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Great place to work and great pay but hard to have a social life while working there
Ticket Agent (Former Employee) –  Horseshoe Bay, BC8 February 2017
I was a cashier and a typical day was either selling the tickets for walk-ons or selling tickets for cars. It was great having a full time job and HR was very nice but since you are on call it's hard to have a social life and even if you get a schedule it is subject to change-and it does.
Pros
hour lunches
Cons
on call
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People make or break any organization
3rd Engineer (Current Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC1 February 2017
People make or break any organization and BC Ferries is no different. There are some extremely hard working dedicated people working there and it has as such been a pleasure to be a part of that.
Pros
50% off food, travel pass.
Cons
Engineering is 24/7 show hence shiftwork, challenging 12/6 3 shift rotation.
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Beware... Turn Back!! Stop!!
Terminal operations (Current Employee) –  British Columbia14 November 2016
Benefits suck, Pay does not equal cost of living, pension is okay, union is horrible no strength. Crewing a horrible inconsiderate nightmare; you're a pawn. Management bullies staff, shift work takes years off life, BC Ferries own you, family is second. << Want that? Go get it!
Pros
Pension
Cons
Read above
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If you want to work in a company that gives you plenty of time to pursue your own interests this may be the job you looking for.
Industrial Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Horseshoe Bay, BC29 October 2016
If you are a tradesman and looking for a low stress, secure working environment this may be the job for you. Terminal Maintenance works a 4 day 34 hour work week with no shift work. Although our hourly rate ( +/- $ 36 per hour) is on par with industry the 34 hour week could be the deal breaker. Our work day can be very disjointed, because we work around ship schedules. So if you are someone who does not like disruption when working this may be something to consider. Also a lot of our bigger projects are done at night after the ships stop sailing. Like in any large union company when asked about management the response can vary from person to person. In my personal opinion I think we have it pretty good. Keep in mind my review pertains to Terminal Maintenance which consists of Millwrights, Welders, Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Bridgman and Painters. If you are someone who is looking for a job that gives you more personal time or are wanting to finish your career in a secure slower paced environment, this may be a job to consider.
Pros
Four day work week, No shift work, Lots of vacation time
Cons
Politics, Night work (At times) work variety
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Productive and Fun workplace
Customer Service (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC6 October 2016
I have had an amazing time working for the BC Ferries and look forward to continuing with seasonal employment. The ferries is an amazing place to work whether you are a student looking for seasonal work, or someone looking for career opportunities.
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Fun place to work. Good Management
First Aid Attendant/Customer Service (Current Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC4 October 2016
Fun environment. Not much room for advancement. Good training. Amazing people to work with. Pay minimal. Good management.
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Fun workplace with awesome location.
Customer Service Attendant (Current Employee) –  Delta, BC30 August 2016
As a Customer Service Attendant, I could be working in the cafeteria, buffet, galley or cleaner. I enjoy having the difference opportunities that comes with each job. Working at the ferries was never repetitive, and I got to make a lot of great connections and friends with my co-workers. I learned the safety regulations mandated by Transport Canada, and recently helped in an actual emergency on board. I also learned about how a large corporation works keeps their employees organized. One of the most enjoyable parts of the job was working with such awesome co-workers and seeing the beautiful Gulf Islands every day. Seeing orcas from time to time was also a plus.
Pros
enjoyable work, beautiful location
Cons
on-call/casual employment made it hard to have a social life
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Excellent teams of driven people, low company cohesion
Junior Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC20 June 2016
Excellent co-workers; friendly and ideal teams.

Management was friendly and cooperative, but very out of touch with the frontline.

Hardest part was reporting to management in terms they would appreciate and understand.

Most enjoyable part of the job was the people I met along the way.
Pros
Free lunches, friendly people, excellent teamwork
Cons
unappreciated overtime, poor resource allocation and acquisition, friendly but poor management
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Awesome Workplace
Senior Business Analyst Consultant (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC8 June 2016
Depending on the team, it is a very relaxed and open environment. Ideas are fostered and co-workers are friends.Knowledge advancement is support and encouraged
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Good place to be if you are willing to move around
Senior Chief Engineer (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC21 April 2016
It is a good place to work, the hardest part is to move from one station to another which upsets you routine and disrupts your home life.
Pros
Good benifits
Cons
Rotating shift and out of station
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Always very busy and on the go.
Marine Engineer/Mechanic (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC18 March 2016
A typical day would be always fixing and keeping busy and making sure all machinery is running well and up to standard. Also have to make rounds of all spaces with machinery and make sure all was well. we also look for any electrical or mechanical problems.
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Good place and people to work with
Business Analyst (Consultant) (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC12 March 2016
Good team spirit environment to work in with positive attitude and morale in the team considering the complexity of the project and timelines to implement
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excellent workforce
Title - Site Safety Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Richmond, BC22 September 2015
1. Knowledgeable tradespersons.

2. Corporation is working toward a high functioning safety culture.

3. Learned about Fall Protection, Confined Space, Hazardous Materials Handling and Abatement, Emergency Response.

4. General Manager has only been in the position for 18 months or so as compared to my 23 years with the corporation. He seems focused on improvement and has included the Safety Department under his direct management. I find this to be commendable.

5. The department is understaffed and the workload can be very demanding both physically and mentally.
Most enjoyable part is "making a difference"
Pros
short commute
Cons
hours of work
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A very supportive organization and good place to work
Team Lead, Finance & Payroll Applications (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC, Canada10 September 2015
The #1 reason i would recommend BCF is the people, especially the management team. All-level of management teams are very supportive and the work environment is super enjoyable.

A strong team culture is also a remarkable memory for anyone who had been worked at BCF, long or short.

It is also a best company I have ever worked for in terms of work/family balance. The company cares the people very much.
Pros
Good benefit, good support from company management
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Ship Maintenace
Electronic Systems Technician Swart Bay (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC1 April 2015
Not the best place e for skilled electrical persons.. Unable to break through the engine room structure.. poor leadership. unqualified supervisors
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Fun Job - Terrible Management
Deckhand (Former Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC13 December 2013
I really enjoyed this job but being on call for 4-8 years before being able to get regular hours was unsatisfactory. Crewing like to make you feel owned and could be very rude at times.
Pros
Great Job when on the boat
Cons
Crewing and Managment acted like you were property
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Envigorating work place
Terminal Attendant (Former Employee) –  Tsawwassen, BC20 September 2013
BC Ferries runs a fairly busy business, with a great variety of job options and training available at various times throughout the year.

Getting full time here is almost impossible, and having a second job to make ends meet in the meantime is not viewed well by management.

The hardest part of the job is the fact that there are far too many managers running the day to day operations. Some micro-manage the lower levels, leaving staff running in many directions in order to please everyone.

The most enjoyable part of the job is the staff that you deal with on a day to day basis. There are many long-time employees here that are really fun and helpful. There are definite learning curves when dealing with traffic control and hydraulic operations depending where you work at the terminal
Pros
decent pay- lots of breaks
Cons
no proper schedule for years!!! on call
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Woek Summary
Stoclman 3 (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC19 May 2013
Working in a food/giftshop warehouse have products that are date and temp sensitive. Lifting up to lbs,movint product with forklifts,reach trucks power jacks.Loading and un loading trucks. Gift Shop reiceving from when the product enters the warehouse to bing shipped to the vessels.See resume. I am willing to re-locate for the right job.
Pros
BC Ferries passes
Cons
Working conditions
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3.7
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