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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beware... Turn Back!! Stop!!
Terminal operations (Current Employee) –  British Columbia14 November 2016
Benefits suck, Pay does not equal cost of living, pension is okay, union is horrible no strength. Crewing a horrible inconsiderate nightmare; you're a pawn. Management bullies staff, shift work takes years off life, BC Ferries own you, family is second. << Want that? Go get it!
Pros
Pension
Cons
Read above
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4.0
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If you want to work in a company that gives you plenty of time to pursue your own interests this may be the job you looking for.
Industrial Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Horseshoe Bay, BC29 October 2016
If you are a tradesman and looking for a low stress, secure working environment this may be the job for you. Terminal Maintenance works a 4 day 34 hour work week with no shift work. Although our hourly rate ( +/- $ 36 per hour) is on par with industry the 34 hour week could be the deal breaker. Our work day can be very disjointed, because we work around ship schedules. So if you are someone who does not like disruption when working this may be something to consider. Also a lot of our bigger projects are done at night after the ships stop sailing. Like in any large union company when asked about management the response can vary from person to person. In my personal opinion I think we have it pretty good. Keep in mind my review pertains to Terminal Maintenance which consists of Millwrights, Welders, Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Bridgman and Painters. If you are someone who is looking for a job that gives you more personal time or are wanting to finish your career in a secure slower paced environment, this may be a job to consider.
Pros
Four day work week, No shift work, Lots of vacation time
Cons
Politics, Night work (At times) work variety
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Fun place to work. Good Management
First Aid Attendant/Customer Service (Current Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC4 October 2016
Fun environment. Not much room for advancement. Good training. Amazing people to work with. Pay minimal. Good management.
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Excellent teams of driven people, low company cohesion
Junior Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC20 June 2016
Excellent co-workers; friendly and ideal teams.

Management was friendly and cooperative, but very out of touch with the frontline.

Hardest part was reporting to management in terms they would appreciate and understand.

Most enjoyable part of the job was the people I met along the way.
Pros
Free lunches, friendly people, excellent teamwork
Cons
unappreciated overtime, poor resource allocation and acquisition, friendly but poor management
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good place to start a career
Passenger Services Agent (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC22 January 2016
Great people to work with. High demand to make sales. I found that guys got promoted faster than women even when the women had more education.
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excellent workforce
Title - Site Safety Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Richmond, BC22 September 2015
1. Knowledgeable tradespersons.

2. Corporation is working toward a high functioning safety culture.

3. Learned about Fall Protection, Confined Space, Hazardous Materials Handling and Abatement, Emergency Response.

4. General Manager has only been in the position for 18 months or so as compared to my 23 years with the corporation. He seems focused on improvement and has included the Safety Department under his direct management. I find this to be commendable.

5. The department is understaffed and the workload can be very demanding both physically and mentally.
Most enjoyable part is "making a difference"
Pros
short commute
Cons
hours of work
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A very supportive organization and good place to work
Team Lead, Finance & Payroll Applications (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC, Canada10 September 2015
The #1 reason i would recommend BCF is the people, especially the management team. All-level of management teams are very supportive and the work environment is super enjoyable.

A strong team culture is also a remarkable memory for anyone who had been worked at BCF, long or short.

It is also a best company I have ever worked for in terms of work/family balance. The company cares the people very much.
Pros
Good benefit, good support from company management
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Ship Maintenace
Electronic Systems Technician Swart Bay (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC1 April 2015
Not the best place e for skilled electrical persons.. Unable to break through the engine room structure.. poor leadership. unqualified supervisors
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