Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd.
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Treated with respect and people were helpful when you had questions. They run older model trucks because it’s been hard to replace the trucks during the truck shortage.
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A good career

Busy terminals with lots of diverse customers and projects. Lots of customer dependence which means lots of work to keep them satisfied, so some high pressure situations to handle the volume and the last minute customer emergencies. Plenty of OT, good equipment, some older, with more and more new stuff. Management puts lots of effort into getting you the tools to do your work better and easier. Advancement for those who can perform and there are always efforts to improve and noticeable changes. Big difference in the past 6 years!
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Based on 25 survey responses
What people like
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Support from manager
  • Time and location flexibility
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  • Energizing work tasks

Excellent company to work for

The best company Ive ever worked for, this is the only job that i really enjoyed coming to work everyday. The culture at prince george has changed to more of a positive/ respectful manner in the past few years. Everyone is treated fairly and with respect.

Pros

Great composition, Great culture, Respect, You have a voice.

Cons

Work life balance, ultimately it can be managed by self managing.
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A typical day at work

Great company to work for. Always shows appreciation for your work and always there when you need help or assistance. Great RRSP plan as well as benefits, as well as full time hours and flexibility for time off.

Pros

Great RRSP plan/benefits

Cons

None
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Excellent opportunity for training and carrier growth, industry leader in BC

Good team culture where people take pride in supporting others. Newer equipment and good maintenance department. A variety of Class 1 work weather long haul or local preference.

Pros

Lots of work and good attitudes
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Best Shipping Company in Town to work for!

Good Wages, Decent benefit Package Management is easy to talk to,Lots of work and hours, Only Full time positions.

Pros

Easy to talk to Management, Friendly Employees and Management, Free Coffee, Christmas Party (Pre Covid was in my opinion the best).

Cons

No Nap Pod
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Great company that has values and cares about the people who work for them

Primarily office work that provides daily challenges and learning opportunities. Company is well respected and has a great team that works together. I have seen many instances where the company has shown how dedicated they are to their employees well being.
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Good comradery with most people at work

Good work environment in office/warehouse. Lots of room for advancement. I moved from P&D to Class 1 driver to office staff(dispatcher) with Bandstra

Pros

good benefits/work is stable

Cons

long hours
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Great place to work with great management and employees.

A typical day at work can vary being a trucking company. Each day presents different challenges and with the great management team and devoted employees makes it easier. Culture is awesome as everyone interacts with one another(management, and employees) very well and are able to complete daily tasks at a high standard. The most enjoyable part is leaving at the end of the day feeling good about what was accomplished with co-workers/management.
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A growing leader in the transportation industry.

Bandstra Transportation is a company that shows its quality of work environment with a large, long standing workforce. There is a great sense of belonging within Bandstra and with a huge diversity of employees, everyone is welcome. The senior management team is always support of new initiatives and new ideas that employees may come up with. Creativity and a strong sense of pride are commonly found values in the employees.
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Avoid bandstra

Poor management. The worse union ever,only for the company not the worker the company will treat you like like you are nothing. High turn over of staff and poor equipment

Pros

Perfect place for drivers with no experience
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Great learning experience, diverse tasks and you get to explore your community while you work.

The good: Lots to learn and training is starting to become a thing, which is nice. Great job to learn where every street and business is in PG. There's a staggeringly huge amount of freight that goes through the PG branch. Some pretty good people employed here. Overtime hours are plenty.The bad : There's a couple employees locally both in the union and in management who aim everyday to escalating anxiety and make your job needlessly difficult. You are often coerced into participating in Overtime hours. Forever short handed.
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Friendly workplace

Everyone is very friendly and has a small business feel for a large company. I came into the company with minimal experience and have gained so much knowledge through training and support from management.
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Excellent place to work. Diverse team, honest leaders, great culture.

Bandstra is a great blend of professionalism and a family atmosphere. You will feel a part of a team that is working together. Facility in Abbotsford is easy to get to by car and parking is provided. Public transportation is also nearby.

Pros

Office is clean and safe.
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Professional, business oriented, fair, ethical, competent.

Rock-solid, character team of professionals. A great time to enter the organization as the business evolves and grows. Lots of learning and advancement opportunity for all.
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Management lies.Poorly run and operated.

At my interview things were promised and terms of hiring agreed to. I accepted the job when offered on this basis. Over the next year everything that was promised was forgotten about. Advancement in the company, exact job description in original hired position. Job description didn’t change while I was there they just denied everything that was said in the interview. I did get a raise early on but shortly before I left my hourly rate was dropped by $2/hr. Management denied that I had ever gotten a raise and that I had been collecting the higher amount for almost a year with out their knowledge. Seniority means nothing to them. Junior driver gets the nicer truck and first choice on shift times.For a while I was driving highway. They pay by the mile. The rates they pay, coupled with all the stipulations about what is “included” in the mileage rate, guarantee you can never make more that $18/hr on the average.

Pros

Some comradeship with warehouse workers and local drivers, The constant farce in the office ensures endless amusement.

Cons

Poor wages, Long hours, Employees are treated with little respect, Employees are blamed for dispatch’s mistakes.
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Good equipment..job satisfaction is driven out of you by Dispatch and management alike, Not a good experience....

Money is Industry standard, benefits are ok,their version of a union sucks. Would recommend that you really pay attention in the interview and ask questions up front.

Pros

Weekends and time off, ok wages

Cons

So many that I don't know where to start...good luck
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Terrible management and responsibility at this Edmonton depot

This is a poorly run terminal,management at this place has no care for you or your safety. If you’re a non smoker, guess what,you’ll be driving a smoking truck that has strong cigarette smoke in there. Medical benefits were cut back to 85% thanks to management. Hopefully you don’t break down on the road, their main concern is the freight,not you.

Pros

Pay is fair

Cons

No company events at this terminal
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Great Culture Good People

Wonderful people always working to make sure the people are taken care of. Good to all people from the dock to the drivers. easy to talk to management and owners.

Pros

People oriented

Cons

trucking is not the easiest business
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Not a bad place to work If you want to be gone lots for not the greatest pay

Overall good place to work, work environment is good, management and dispatch are helpful when needed. The pay could be better for being gone from home so much as you are on the road daily

Pros

Lots of sight seeing

Cons

Long hours being away from home, poor pay
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Smithers Location is great

I would highly recommend the Smithers, BC location to anyone. The branch manager is a down to earth man. There are many highly experienced dockworkers and drivers here as well as office staff that is very helpful. Everyone tries to have a good and helpful attitude towards every job that needs doing. Many people voluntarily take initiative and go the extra mile to make sure necessary things are done right. The crew is friendly and easy going.

Pros

Family events, Christmas bonus

Cons

A few grumblers
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Overall rating

Based on 36 reviews

Ratings by category

3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.7 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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