BC Ferries Employee Reviews

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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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5.0
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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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4.0
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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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3.0
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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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4.0
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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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boring and uninteresting
Customer Service Associate (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC5 December 2017
management so bad they would have run the business into the ground if it were not for government tax breaks and founding. coworkers are grumpy and hate their lives as they only live to go to work, and then complain about work. company is run so badly its outstanding only one boat has sunk.
Pros
nice veiws
Cons
everything else about the job
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4.0
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A great place to be!
Cleaner (Former Employee) –  Skidegate Landing, BC16 October 2017
Because this is a unionized job workplace advancement is a given as well as great pay and benefits. Overall working with BC ferries is a great job! For not only now, but the long term as well.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Early hours
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4.0
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Good place to work. Lots of great people
Chief Steward (Former Employee) –  West Vancouver, BC10 October 2017
Spent many years working with the travelling public.
Rewarding experiences out weigh the negative ones.
Long term career ( 40 years ) provide employment stability. A diversity of duties kept the job interesting.
Pros
Satisfying career. Good support from management & co-workers
Cons
At times demanding working with the public
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4.0
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great job
Warehouseman (Current Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC14 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.
Pros
close to home
Cons
low hours
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3.0
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toxic work environment
Deckhand Bridgewatchman (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC12 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.
Pros
being at sea
Cons
poor management, confrontational
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4.0
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BC ferries provides high paying jobs but unfortunately work is not consistent.
Customer Service Attendant (Current Employee) –  Swartz Bay, BC8 April 2017
BC Ferries is a great job I interact with people all day. I have been trained and acquired a multitude of new skills on the job. I really enjoy working there.
Pros
Great pay
Cons
Unsteady hours
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Not a great place to work
Cook (Former Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC22 March 2017
i would never tell anyone to work here. It takes a very long time to get enough hours to make money and live. As your on call for the first 4 or 5 years minimum. Don't work here EVER
Pros
no pros
Cons
to many to list
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5.0
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very good company to work for
Dishwasher/Prep Cook (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC22 February 2017
very good company to work for and the work place was fun and hard eviroment very fun and easy is working with nice staff and the hardest is lifting heavy stuff
Pros
fast pasted
Cons
getting hurt on job
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worked with some good people.
Maintenance Worker (Former Employee) –  British Columbia22 February 2017
busy work, sometimes greasy. Good benefits package. Some changes with management that went awry, Sometimes a poor morale as a result. Odd shifts that sometimes played havoc with sleep, home life.
Pros
free ferry passage
Cons
shift work
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Great place to work and great pay but hard to have a social life while working there
Ticket Agent (Former Employee) –  Horseshoe Bay, BC8 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.
Pros
hour lunches
Cons
on call
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