BC Liquor Distribution Branch Employee Reviews

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Most depressing job ever - dont waste your time
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC24 September 2018
Don't even waste your time. the most depressing job ever.
First thing the customers are not nice as their are so many shipping orders mistakes (don't blame them for being angry) then while taking call after call from angry customers , you have to finish orders and they only time you get a talking to is when you make a mistake.
No recognition for good work done.
Employees are CONSISTENTLY COMPLAINING making working there very very uncomfortable, but because they have been there the longest, nobody says anything.
Oh and that's all while you get"trained". Management is not very good as they play favoritism. Don't even try asking for help as you will just be met by the same exact question you are trying to get helped with ... after getting herded back to your desk feeling more confused than before.
All while not getting benifits until a YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT which is 1865 hours . as most "normal" non government jobs get benifits after 300 hours or after probation.
Sure pay is good but say good bye to your happy life , Happy people & nice co-workers .
DONT EVEN BOTHER WASTE OF TIME
Pros
None
Cons
Unhappy environment, Unhappy co-workers, Depressing job, Wait a unbelievably long time for benifits 1 year
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fun place to work
order picker (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC23 September 2018
everyone works hard and are there to help if need be.
Always learning something new.
Management are on top of changes and updates
Warehouse is nice and clean
Hard part of job is lifting boxes all day.
Finishing an order.
Pros
helpful co-workers
Cons
graveyard
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Productive fun workplace
Graphic Designer (Auxiliary) (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC31 August 2018
Responsible for creating in-store seasonal advertising and signs.
Created mock-ups for in-store and outside store visual presentation.
Adjusted colour & corrected photos to meet BCL standard guidelines.
Pros
good
Cons
good
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Very Poor Human Resources Department
Loss Prevention Officer (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC30 August 2018
Cronyism and Nepotism are the basis to hire people...You need connection to get a job...The BCLDB should hire a well experience HR personnel...if somebody is looking for a job please consider applying to other agency/company that really use the word competition in the hiring process...It is a complete waste of time...
Pros
None
Cons
Rampant Cronyism and Nepotism
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Like being dehumanized?
Warehouse Worker (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC22 July 2018
Typical day; line up like cattle to be told what your job is, rather than selecting by seniority. Work. Line up like cattle to go for break. Work. Line up like cattle to go for lunch. Line up like cattle for microwaves, water, food at cafeteria. Work. Line up like cattle for second coffee. Work. Line up like cattle to go home. I learned that I am a number, and that any humanizing facets I may possess are seen as negatives. Management is made up of workers too useless or lazy to actually do anything on the warehouse floor. But, they think they were amazing workers, and know all things. Due to upper management choices in promotions, we have a backstabbing, union busting, poisoned culture. The hardest part of the job is getting out of bed, knowing your plan to arrive at work. The most enjoyable part of the job is going home.
Pros
average benefits, decreasing every contract.
Cons
daily humiliation.
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Flexible and good environment to work in
Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  Langford, BC28 February 2018
BC LDB is a very flexible company that pays adequately, however, It takes a long time to earn seniority and can result in a lack of hours if you are hired as an auxiliary.
Pros
Good management
Cons
Low hours
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Don't do it
Assembler (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC16 February 2018
The only way this company can make any money is that they are a government regulated monopoly even then their is still a lot of inefficiency. Hours can be unpredictable and they expect you to have constant availability even if they give you no work for a month. The job is also monotonous and boring so overall I wouldn't say it's a life you want to live.
Cons
Everything
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Ok But Not as good as some private sector
Store Assistant Manager Port Place location (Current Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC4 January 2018
In my relatively short tenure at the BCLDB, I have come to realize I am a very small cog in a giant wheel.

medical benefits are poor compared to the Private sector job I had at London Drugs.

Salary is ok, but 35 hour work week makes it not so good
job can become mundane
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n/a
Finance Director, Shared Services (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC2 January 2018
I prefer to provide reviews in person, rather than to on-line job search tools. LDB is generally rated as an excellent place to work, with good job conditions and benefits.
Pros
n/a
Cons
n/a
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Poor place to work
Class 1 Truck driver (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC10 November 2017
Poor supervisors, highly political working atmosphere, inadequate hours, worn out/poorly maintained trucks, inadequate hours to earn an adequate paycheque.
Cons
highly political atmosphere
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good place to work
Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC6 October 2017
Great work-life balance - facilities close to amenities, great colleagues, flexible start times, flex "O" days ever 2 weeks, cafeteria, interesting project work
Pros
Flex Days
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Good work\life balance
Network Security Analyst (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC2 October 2017
a lot of changes recently, making the environment really interesting, but still incapable to keep IT talent, due to the pay limitations imposed by the government.
Pros
good life\work balance and good benefits
Cons
good pay for beginners or non IT employees
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fun work place
Canada Customs Invoice (CCI) Entry Clerk (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC18 August 2017
Good location and very accessible and great people to work with. Great benefits offered and compensation. Also a lot of room for improvement and future opportunities
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Excellent place to work
Contractor - Executive Assistant, Distribution (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC11 August 2017
Good wage, good people to work with, room for advance. Employees are very friendly and always willing to help. Ability to work independently and learn at your own pace.
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Auxiliary position
Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  Surrey, BC23 January 2017
Great people, customers. Love the job itself but being on call for the first few years is tough. Everyone starts out as Auxillary and it can take years to become permanent. It's great for those with supplement income ie: spouse, living at home. But for a single person it's tough.
Pros
Great job duties
Cons
Living on call each day
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Great job!
Cashier (Former Employee) –  Maple Ridge, BC28 September 2016
Cashiering, asking for ID from younger looking customers, bagging purchases, stocking shelves.
Everyone was super friendly and helpful.
Most enjoyable was working with the public and friendly staff.
Hardest part of the job was one drunk guy who came in waving a broken bottle around asking for a refund.
Pros
Union job, friendly staff, happy customers
Cons
Takes years to get on full-time
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A joke of a govt institution
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC27 September 2016
Managers base your performance reviews based on how well and much you suck up to them. Extremely lazy mgmt, no advancement opportunities. Good employees are not valued, do not expect to come in and wow anyone. Management is jaded are at the forefront of gossipmongering and violating human rights.
Pros
Xmas potluck, one day off every 3 weeks
Cons
No opportunity for advancement, flawed management, lack of integrity, corrupt, requests are completed based on if you're liked, competency, efficiency and intiative is punished.
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Fun workplace if you meet the right department
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC31 July 2015
There are some managers who are very personally and professionally flawed but keep their office because of seniority

Workers are good if you meet the right department.

High turnover in some department

Easy to get in, impossible for advancement

Apply, get in, get experience and transfer
Pros
1 day off every 3 weeks (unpaid)
Cons
professionally flawed management (some)
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Work Practicum Student (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC22 October 2014
I was there for about two weeks for my work practicum. I can only comment that the staff were absolutely friendly and gave me a wide variety of tasks to do in order to put my office administration skills to use.
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Fun workplace
Relief as a supervisor and product consultant (Former Employee) –  Abbotsford28 May 2014
Typical day would be unloading liqour load in the warehouse. Learned how to recommend the right wine to customers. Learned how to do schedules and payroll. Learned how to order products. Learned how to cash out a till. Our management team seems to change a lot, but they were all good managers. My co-workers were easy to get along with, a fun enviroment to work in. We are always having fun while working. The hardest part of my job was dealing with intoxicated customers. The most enjoyable part of my job was working with great co-workers.
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