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Excellent for various available shift times/exciting job/excellent benefits/room to advance within company
Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC28 October 2017
Driving for BC Transit was an excellent career. I don't think its a job for everyone as you are the front doors to the public, good or bad.
I enjoyed the interaction with people and it taught me how to deal with personalities of every walk of life. Knowing the streets was an asset as I was able to send people off to their destinations the quickest way possible.
Working for BC Transit offered a variety in working shift hours. From early morning straights, split shifts and night shift, there were many options to choose from.
My "office" atmosphere changed every moment and quite different from that 9 to 5 stuck in one place feeling. Being a responsible driver is like being the captain of your ship. There is no supervision for the most part. No one to look over your shoulder as you drive the city limits loading and unloading your passengers to and from their destinations. I found mostly that by caring for your passengers, it comes back to you through their appreciation and other small various ways. The hardest part of the job was to deal with traffic and problematic people who get onto your bus. Diffusing situations is the best way to deal any problem and something that is learned through experience. Impatient car drivers on the road is part of the job but the six week accident preventative training program does an excellent job to ensure the drivers know how to prevent accidents. The road supervisors are there to ensure the buses running smoothly and on time and to assist any driver who may need their help. As long as a driver maintains the safety regulations
  more... and keeping the bus on time within reason, there is no issue with management. I was honoured to learning the trolley system.
Driving a trolley bus requires attention to the wires above and roadway ahead. I enjoyed it and not many people have the opportunity to learn it.
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Pros
Excellent training, fun job, awesome benefits
Cons
Traffic congestion, possible dangerous conflicts onboard the bus
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They don't walk the talk
Transit Driver (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC3 July 2017
You are a work slave to the company. Low to no support and the money is not worth the price on your body or health.
High turn over in employees, and staff all live in the early 1900's as still working in the industrial ages with shift work. Seats in the buses are not as good a quality as the seats in the offices, and not kept in prestine condition so it will effect your back, legs and health.
Over all, unless you kept your head in the sand and do nothing to improve the quality of the work environment, you will do fine.
Pros
Training, uniform, union
Cons
longs hours, less than 9 hours between shifts, management, lots of values and mission statement but only for looks.
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Good Government Department
Transit Operator (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC12 April 2017
BCT in Victoria, BC is still operated as a government agency. The pension/benefits etc are exceptional. Like any large Corporation the management is out of touch with its front line employees.
Pros
Benefits, Vacation Time
Cons
Management
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Great place to work!
Operator (Current Employee) –  Langford, BC28 September 2016
I currently work at BC Transit as an operator. It's a pretty good place to work, but has it's demands. You get verbally assaulted quite often, the work is tight, and can be stressful dealing with other motorists on the road. The CEO is awful, and you're always being asked to work overtime. However the pay is very good and there's always a washroom nearby at the terminus. Compared to other jobs in Victoria, BC Transit isn't a bad choice!
Pros
Wage, scenery, fellow employees
Cons
Ceo, tight work
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Previous Middle Management Employee
Position not important (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC14 July 2016
Unfortunately the management of this operation is full of self-serving management executives only interested in complete stability in their positions and only offering an overworked and under paid environment for subordinates.

My experience is there is no commitment to employee personal growth and I witnessed a continuous revolving door of new hires and long term employees.

Many circles with spin in your head with improper guidance on objectives and there will be no commendation when you do a good job.

Don't let this organization pull you in with "Best Pension plan", "good work/life Balance" promises.

If you take a job here...... Keep looking and consider only transition employment

Be Careful
Pros
none
Cons
Don't work here if yiou are wanting long term employment!
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Golden handcuff
Grunt (Former Employee) –  Vancouver Island, BC11 March 2016
Horrible mangement, watched good people become totally changed...because of their drive for the top..most were the lazy ones...watched them destroy long term employees, and watched them destroy good union leaders, as they gave away the farm for management positions.
(look at the pay now??).
Hired foriegn workers from England over qualified Canadians because of the Double Decker program...lied about camera operations to the public and employees on transit coaches...
Pros
Decent benefits
Cons
Poor hourly wages to start
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Incompetent management, awful working environment
Grunt (Former Employee) –  Victoria11 May 2015
Totally clueless managers and an operation that clearly has no idea what it takes to be a well run service. Sad that the people that are impacted the most are often societies most vulnerable. No oversight and no accountability. I've never worked in a more dysfunctional environment and hope to avoid similar situations in the future.
Pros
Decent salary
Cons
Terrible leadership, everything else
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Exciting at times
Fleet (Former Employee) –  BC28 June 2014
High stress environment with low pay but good benefits and RSP. Rules are fairly lax and environment is not strict which leads to generally high morale. Ability to modify schedule is a perk
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Diversified Employer
Administrative Relief Clerk / Assistant (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC29 July 2013
As a Floating Administration Clerk, I was trained in 8 different jobs and was the one person that would fill in for these positions when required
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Crown Corporations
Senior Project Analyst (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC7 February 2013
BC Transit is a good place to work, as long as you can handle the delays and red tape that comes with working for a Crown Corporation!
Pros
great exercise facility for staff, secure employment
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Stable crown corporation with excellent benefits
Senior Project Analyst (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC14 August 2012
BC Transit is the provider of transit services for the Province of BC, with the exception of the lower mainland (serviced by Translink). I have had the opportunity to work on numerous capital projects during my tenure, ranging from conceptual light rail projects to actual builds of Operating and Maintenance facilities, Transit Exchanges, local bus shelter installations, and long term planning exercises. The Fixed Asset Construction team at BC Transit is comprised of enthusiastic young professionals, who drive change and lead by example!
Pros
good pension plan and benefits
Cons
bureaucratic
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