Terminal Attendant (Former Employee) – Tsawwassen, BC – 20 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
Warehouseman (Current Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 14 July 2017
Try to get enough hours or take opportunity for advancement. good benefits if you can get the hours in. Cross training and multiple sites location is great way to get more time in. Try to get on fulltime, start as a casual on call basis.
Deckhand Bridgewatchman (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 12 June 2017
poorly trained line managers with little or no supervisory skills. Human Resources are based on a 1930's US vs THEM style which leaves little on no ability to work in harmony with rank and file membership.
Great place to work and great pay but hard to have a social life while working there
Ticket Agent (Former Employee) – Horseshoe Bay, BC – 8 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.
Terminal operations (Current Employee) – British Columbia – 14 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!
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, BC – 29 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.
Four day work week, No shift work, Lots of vacation time
Customer Service (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 6 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.
Customer Service Attendant (Current Employee) – Delta, BC – 30 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.
enjoyable work, beautiful location
on-call/casual employment made it hard to have a social life
Marine Engineer/Mechanic (Former Employee) – North Vancouver, BC – 18 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.