IT / IM appicants :Nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there
systems analyst, Kamloops BC - August 18, 2014
My comments are targeted towards IT applicants.
Good IT staff. They're really earnest in wanting to do a good job. And like many places they're friendly.
Poor management. Generally they don't see staff as partners, more like a commodity. Which wouldn't be bad if they paid commodity prices.
Given that it's crown corporation it has a hard time finding direction. One week it's "let's googlefiy this place" to "you need be careful with your office supply budget". The provincial government is too attached to the profits from gambling and can be impacted by the party in power.
Most of the revenue from BCLC comes from casinos, not lottery tickets. You have to be comfortable working in the gaming/gambling industry. After leaving I had a sense of relief about not contributing to problem gambling, I was surprised how I saw that as benefit afterwards. If you really like gaming/gambling you're not allowed to play at any casino in BC as this would be perceived as a conflict of interest.
Being a small to medium sized company there aren't a lot of opportunities to move around if you find that your job has become stagnant. Role changes general come from reorganizations, applying for a different job tends to not to work out for internal IT employees as BCLC has hard time getting external applicants and they really want to bring in people whenever they can.
If you are in IT you will have to live in Kamloops. The city is OK but it's small and remote, 4 hour drive to Vancouver and nothing else in between. if you aren't happy you will have few options within the city, there is a good chance you'll have to move if you feel it's not right for you. If you're from Kamloops this isn't a issue but its a risk for those not from the city.
If you're an experienced IT professional outside of Kamloops I wouldn't recommend BCLC to you. Not a lot of lateral movement if you want to change up you're role, and limited opportunity if you want to change companies.
I would recommend to those with no opportunities or are already a resident of Kamloops.