BC Ferries Employee Reviews

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Low calibre management
Chief Engineer (Former Employee) –  Nanaimo Harbour, BC15 March 2019
I was a senior officer for a number of years having joined from a well known shipping company. What I walked into shocked me and after couple of years I realised I'd made a terrible mistake but got stuck in a comfortable rut .
In fairness, I was warned to stay away from them because of the toxic working environment and substandard management, but there you go. Incredibly poor decision making by the Management would have to go unquestioned otherwise they would simply threaten you with your job.
The culture of bullying and blame was extreme . The crews attitude was almost childlike and troublesome. Much of the Management was completely out of its depth.
No one would run a Shipping Company as poorly as this and seriously expect a harmonious work force, efficiency and profits. A bloated beaurocracy and box ticking culture replacing any real talent.
Pros
Reasonable pay and benefits
Cons
Toxic, troublesome working enviroment, bullying and extreme blame culture, inadequate management, complete lack of accountability amongst crew fully endorsed by Union.
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loved working there
Terminal Operations Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Powell River, BC13 January 2019
I've done a lot worse for a lot less. It is what you make it. If you are willing to do a good job and support the company even when perhaps you don't personally agree you will be rewarded well. It's a good place to work
Pros
salary inside and outside work
Cons
wet windy weather. people that complain or are entitled
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A Really Great Place to Work
Manager (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC6 January 2019
This is a really great place to work. There are many opportunities to advance, continuous learning is supported, and it is a very busy environment. The safety culture is exceptional. The people are very dedicated to providing the best possible service and value to BC Ferries customers.
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Amazing Job - Loved it
Cleaning Staff (Former Employee) –  Richmond, BC30 November 2018
Amazing job. Couldnt get there anymore - Too far away.
I was sad to leave. Great Pay Great Benefits lots of overtime. It's amazing.
It's too bad I had to leave the way I did.
Pros
Annual Free Meal. Decent Pay. Lots of hours.
Cons
No work all summer long. Boss has short fuse.
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Not great
Terminal Service Agent (Current Employee) –  Vancouver Island, BC6 November 2018
Stressful position due to the Hours.Long shifts, working in dark and rural places with no security agents on site. Safety concerns never addressed properly. Not a job if you have children.
Pros
pay
Cons
hours, safety issues, working every holiday, cant have kids and work here
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years of working as a casual
Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  West Vancouver, BC1 October 2018
tough to succeed in this over managed system. years on call as a casual, being mislead by crewing officers and management in order to skirt the collective agreement.
Pros
decent pension
Cons
on call for all shifts
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An great place to work if you enjoy people.
ERA, Marine Engineer, Maintenance Planner (Former Employee) –  Different locations.22 September 2018
BC Ferries is a great company to work for. Plenty of opportunity for advancement if you apply yourself or are interested. The company offers reasonable wages and good benefits. As a retiree I've enjoyed the years working there.
Pros
Benefits, Friendships.
Cons
Depends on the job but can be shift work.
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Terrible management
Catering Chef (Former Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC21 September 2018
Bullying managers and bad moral because of union it is not best workers who move forward it is based on seniority . Had a great 17 years until I couldn't handle the disrespect of managers and watching them select friends and family to be next managers
Pros
Security and wage
Cons
Union and bad management
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Great... formal and structured enviroment
Casual - Deckhand/Engine Room Assistant (Current Employee) –  Bc20 September 2018
The work environment here is good and the people are mostly great. Starting as a casual its hard to make ends meet, but if you can put the time in and get a full time position it can work into a great career with good benefits.
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Poor ER and arrogant management
Driver (Current Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC17 September 2018
Employee Relations staff at Nanaimo terrible! They need to remember that employees are their customers not their slaves! People go out of their way to avoid ER particularly at the manager level. Provincial organization and not a local company - stop treating it like an individual kingdom. If you can stay away from the ER politics it is an okay place to work although other terminals are way better than this one - can't wait for my transfer to come in and get out of this place. Heading further south for the winter.
Pros
Good teamwork on vessels
Cons
Some BAD managers
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Responsibility
Ship Master / Senior Officer (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC17 September 2018
The captain is responsible for its safe and efficient operation, including: ship's seaworthiness, ship's safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, passengers and Crew management and ensuring that the vessel complies with local and international laws, as well as company and flag state policies.
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Great summer job for students
Customer Service Attendant (Former Employee) –  Tsawwassen, BC5 September 2018
Hard work and lots of training but pays well and is a good way of saving money. Can be hard for certain people but I found most people will stay for their university career
Pros
Well payed
Cons
Long hours at very early and late hours of the night
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It’s an all right place to work
Deckhand (Current Employee) –  Comox, BC29 July 2018
It can be hard to get time off in the summer most of the shifts aren’t bad you get sea time on most runs the wage is good as well as benefits starting out as a new employee can hard as you don’t get a lot of work right away
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Great place to work
Terminal Manager (Former Employee) –  Langdale BC27 July 2018
Great place to retire from.
Lots of advancement opportunities. A diverse workplace. A union environment so management changes when the bargaining unit has elections.
Pros
good money for female employees
Cons
hours do not fit with rest of universe
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Shift Work
Marine Engineer (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC7 July 2018
exhausting shift work schedule with good benefits and learning capabilities. Management is willing to provide help and guidance when required. Work place culture needs some fine tuning but is OK overall. Hardest part of the job is the 4 AM , 4 PM, 4 GY 12 day cycle which does wear on you quite hard. Most enjoyable part is the help you can provide in regards to solving engineering issues and assisting the Public when requested
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Productive place of employment, training was excellent and advanced was satisfactory.
Sander; Skill saws; Table Saw; Chop Saw; Drills (Former Employee) –  Earls cove, BC30 April 2018
I was at this job for 23 years and retired in 2011. I miss working for this company, as in general it was a great learning experience where I was taught such things as traffic control, seamanship, public relations, problem solving and working graveyard shifts.
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BC Ferries are evil
Deckhand/Bridge-watchman/Engine Room Assistant (Former Employee) –  Powell River, BC24 April 2018
Cruel and uncaring management ruined this job for me. They were trying to break the union and inflicted stress upon the employees as a means of doing this. You family and happiness means nothing to them.
Pros
The job itself was great
Cons
It was like working for the devil
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Not supportive of new hires
Ticket Agent (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC17 April 2018
You sign your life away and when things go south you have no support from the union or management. I didn’t find that they respected the customers as employees would speak horribly of those that came through and didn’t “behave”. Really think about it before applying
Pros
Pay is okay
Cons
Work many days in a row up to 14 days
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You will sign your life away
Ticket Agent (Current Employee) –  West Vancouver, BC12 February 2018
Once you become a casual, your social life will go out the window. There are a lot of pros and cons but the only pros I can think of are the benefits and good pay. Have worked there for a few years and have seen hundreds of employees come and go. My advice to the company is get rid of on-call and give the employees a schedule.
Pros
decent pay, benefits
Cons
can work you two weeks straight, schedule is never consistent, company doesn't care if you are exhausted from working so much, poor management, lots of micro managing
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Long shifts ahead!
Customer Service Attendant (part-time) (Former Employee) –  West Vancouver, BC29 January 2018
Great company to work for, the training was impeccable. Days are always different, you could be serving, cleaning, working on cash, or clearing tables. You have to be ready for different tasks each day!
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