BC Liquor Distribution Branch Employee Reviews
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If you're willing to tough it out for the first few months being on call, it's well worth the wait. It doesn't take long to get full time hours but I'd recommend working two jobs including this one until you build up enough seniority to get full time hours.
Decent pay and benefits. 7.5 hr and 5 hr shifts. No overtime, good work life balance
Being in call sucks but it doesnt last forever
They will training and promote you and then without warning and for no valid reason, cut your hours to nothing and start traing another person. This pattern seems to repeat itself monthly and as a result, staff morale is low.
You are at their beck and call daily
When you're coming from the outside, there's a stigma attached to you, you're seen as an enemy that has stolen a job from someone from within. There is very minimal training given to you, which will always come back to bite you in the rear as they'll always hand to tasks and assignments in the Store that required training on systems, which then you are training yourself to complete those tasks. It's also against the rules to defend yourself when customers attack you physically, you are verbally abused by customers and if there is a complaint, never expect the company to be on your side, actually don't expect that at all. BCGEU will back you though, fantastic Union.
Auxiliary position is ok, if you can afford not to work very often or have a secondary source of income. Very little opportunity for advancement.
Overall a beneficial learning experience and safe place to work. A lot of customer theft. Majority of the work is working freight deliveries. Not very much opportunity for advancement. Very small raise increases.
Heavy lifting. Customers trying to distract & scam you all day, while on till.
I was given the auxiliary position, basically a call in if they needed extra people to work that day, I would wait 5 days a week from 8:30am-10:00am to expect a call from them, none, and then I would have to wait again at 2:30pm-4:00pm for them. You could go weeks or months without getting a call so that would mean no income or barely income at all, if you don't need that much income, this job is for you, but if you do, I would not recommend this job.
You don't get shifts for many weeks or sometimes even months
Temporary roles don't get as much respect as those employees that are permanent. It is difficult to be taken seriously and have your input considered if you are not there long term.
Nice co workers, good work environment, staff parties
You will have no hours to start. They will use you like a slave at Christmas and holidays, and then leave you to starve (literally and figuratively) for the rest of the year. You have no rights, and no help from a GUTLESS, UNION...until you hit 210 hrs.....which will take you 2 years to hit.....at their slowly given hours. Pay is good enough to get out of bed for, but you provide boots, clothes. Training tough.
It pays money, easy to pick up a drink after work!
Forever to become union, you pay for all clothes equipment.
BC LDB is a great place to work and the management is also great to deal with. A typical day is where you would grab a pallet mover and grab a slip from dispatch where then you would start your day to grab whatever is on your slip. Very job repetitive.
Typical work day is hard breaking down palets of booze and putting it away. I am not management but have worked there 6 years with seniority. I have 30 years management experience, but do not want it here. Fellow workers are great.
Pros - Benefits - Roles are delegated - Good wage Cons - Advancement based on an interview. They use the STAR example for all of their questions. They interview as if they have never met you to "keep it fair" but it's a flawed system if you're actually a good employee and have a poor short-term memory, nervous or humble. They recently promoted 2 external employees to a temporary supervisor position. They made rookie mistakes (ie. losing temper / incompetent computer skills or doing all of the work). Then when their 3 months as a temporary supervisor is up, they show their true colours and slack off. And you work as a supervisor without the supervisor position and pray for karma. - Biased leadership. You could be yelled at by a different employee. Report to supervisor and be asked to engage and have 1 to 1 with idiotic employee. At the same time, you could be given a 1 to 1 by supervisor about raising your voice to someone who generally raises his voice to prove a point that he is constantly raising his voice. Then this experience is used against you for advancement and you have to prove yourself a second time, and you do so while keeping a cool and calm demeanor. Really idiotic experiences with management. - Employees with tone issues can get away with a lot. - First aid attendants get paid a little bit extra and do nothing + a week of class room work. I asked for a bandaid, didn't get one because he was "busy." I reported it to the manager. Manager asked me to report to my supervisor. Supervisor goes to the first aid attendant and asks why. Then there is zero - more...
Very little to no support for new store managers. I had no formal training for daily operations or being new to a Union environment. This being said it was unfortunate that this was my experience. Would have loved to have stayed if not endured so much unfair treatment within my first year. There are great quality people in this organization but unfortunately are a minority.
Management is very understandable, and flexible. Its only a matter of time until you receive a raise and promotion. Its government work so its stable and secure. A wide range of people so you're sure to find people you get along with. Work is physical, but worth it.
BCLDB is a great place to work as long as you have a flexible availability, and don't mind working shift work. Many locations within the Okanagan are awesome, however I would steer clear of the Orchard Park Branch, as management needs some work.