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Great Career Choice
Deckhand/Bridge-Watchman/Engine Room (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC12 June 2019
Although you are required to have certain marine tickets in advance, BC Ferries is a good career choice. Working in a beautiful environment, with excellent pay and benefits, BC Ferries was the best job I ever had.
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1.0
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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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5.0
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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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5.0
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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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4.0
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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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3.0
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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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4.0
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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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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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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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2.0
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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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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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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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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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4.0
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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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3.0
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Good place to be if you are willing to move around
Senior Chief Engineer (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC21 April 2016
It is a good place to work, the hardest part is to move from one station to another which upsets you routine and disrupts your home life.
Pros
Good benifits
Cons
Rotating shift and out of station
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5.0
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A Great 20 years of my life!
Engine Room Assistant (Former Employee) –  Salt Spring Island, BC24 January 2013
This was a fantastic career in which I spent twenty years of my life. It provided me with disposable income, flexible schedule, and upward mobility.
Pros
discounted meals, overtime, comradery
Cons
running behind schedule in the summer due to passenger overloads
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3.0
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fast-paced environment with good pay and long hours
Customer Service Attendant (Current Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC25 August 2012
Great opportunity with good pay seasonal opportunities. Takes a long time to advance in the company. The days are long and very busy during peak seasons. Learn a lot about the safety systems on the boats and safety precautions. Most of the co workers are great people to work with and easy to talk to
Pros
free ferry pass, great experience, good pay
Cons
long hours
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4.0
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Manage cmms ( maximo ), maintain a manage back logs.
Maintenance Planner (Current Employee) –  West Vancouver, BC7 August 2012
Review s/r's from customers, screen for abnormalities. Prioritize, classify and add tradesmen, ensure correct equipment &locations. Ensure warehouse materials are available and added to work order, coordinate with dept buyer for contract purchases. Compile and store historical data, meet with trade supervisors to discuss backlogs and safety plans.
Pros
cmms maximo, asset mgmt, job plan building
Cons
benefits
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