Anonymous (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 8 July 2018
I find that the work environment is ok if you are an older employee. But it is hard to fit in otherwise. The employees are given a performance review annually or every six months. It is no different then getting your report card in which makes you feel like a child. I think they can come up with a different and more productive ways to reviews and effectively criticize employees. Like training there managers in effective managing. Some managers are very old school and do not look at the process but point fingers at employees regarding processes and performance instead. So managers do not even care to effectively eveluate there employees. These processed are not changing anything but stressing there employees out and not effective criticizing them. Executives do not have to go through this process either. Employee should be able to give constructive performance reviews to Executives IMO. I do have to say that the Stay On Board is a positive program that they have started.
Close to amenities, free bus passes, Stay on Board
no parking, work environment, performance reviews, no relationship with executives
Transit Operator (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 3 July 2018
Very supportive culture from the admins, training, managers and supervisors. Most worked their way up so can relate. It’s a multi Union organization with great work rules, benefits, wages and top shelf government pension. Once training is completed (9weeks) you are sent out on your own “to figure it out”. They give you the tools, it’s up to you to use them. Very autonomous work environment. Kinda lonely at times. Always moving. You will drive 50 mins out of each hour. Lots of ability to work overtime, give away shifts, banked ot and stats.
TRANSIT OPERATOR (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 6 June 2018
While it does take awhile to get the better shifts but everyone is there to help you. It is a job you can do that allows the smallest of consideration from you that can have a Hugh impact on someone in need.
Admin Position (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 14 April 2018
Typical government organization that lacks proper management. High turnover in a lot of places usually losing the good staff. The people that have been around for a long time have learned to not make waves, so they exacerbate the issue. A lot of promotions are based on popularity rather than qualifications. This leads to decisions based on keeping their supervisors happy rather than what is best for the company or the taxpayers. This also leads to decisions changing quite a few times. The pay is better than Ministry positions, but lower than the private side for most positions. No bonuses. Basically no overtime for exempt employees.
Project Engineer (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 28 December 2017
Transit is a great part of every community, and I firmly believe in adding more public transit. However, there is a huge disconnect between what every staff employee does day-to-day and what is actually happening on the ground. It is hard to feel any satisfaction when most jobs are just pushing bureaucratic nonsense.
Great fitness facility, good benefits
Advancement internally isn't close to as good as they say.
Excellent for various available shift times/exciting job/excellent benefits/room to advance within company
Bus Operator (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 28 October 2017
Driving for BC Transit was an excellent career. I don't think its a job for everyone as you are the front doors to the public, good or bad. I enjoyed the interaction with people and it taught me how to deal with personalities of every walk of life. Knowing the streets was an asset as I was able to send people off to their destinations the quickest way possible. Working for BC Transit offered a variety in working shift hours. From early morning straights, split shifts and night shift, there were many options to choose from. My "office" atmosphere changed every moment and quite different from that 9 to 5 stuck in one place feeling. Being a responsible driver is like being the captain of your ship. There is no supervision for the most part. No one to look over your shoulder as you drive the city limits loading and unloading your passengers to and from their destinations. I found mostly that by caring for your passengers, it comes back to you through their appreciation and other small various ways. The hardest part of the job was to deal with traffic and problematic people who get onto your bus. Diffusing situations is the best way to deal any problem and something that is learned through experience. Impatient car drivers on the road is part of the job but the six week accident preventative training program does an excellent job to ensure the drivers know how to prevent accidents. The road supervisors are there to ensure the buses running smoothly and on time and to assist any driver who may need their help. As long as a driver maintains the safety regulationsmore... and keeping the bus on time within reason, there is no issue with management. I was honoured to learning the trolley system. Driving a trolley bus requires attention to the wires above and roadway ahead. I enjoyed it and not many people have the opportunity to learn it.less
Excellent training, fun job, awesome benefits
Traffic congestion, possible dangerous conflicts onboard the bus
Transit Driver (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 3 July 2017
You are a work slave to the company. Low to no support and the money is not worth the price on your body or health. High turn over in employees, and staff all live in the early 1900's as still working in the industrial ages with shift work. Seats in the buses are not as good a quality as the seats in the offices, and not kept in prestine condition so it will effect your back, legs and health. Over all, unless you kept your head in the sand and do nothing to improve the quality of the work environment, you will do fine.
Training, uniform, union
longs hours, less than 9 hours between shifts, management, lots of values and mission statement but only for looks.
Class 2 Operator/Maintenance (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 27 January 2017
started times and locations were various learned to interact and greet customers in a friendly manner management was ok diverse workplace culture, they were good people The hardest part of the job was being on the casual list and waiting for a full time position to open up the most enjoyable part of the job was my co-workers
Operator (Current Employee) – Langford, BC – 28 September 2016
I currently work at BC Transit as an operator. It's a pretty good place to work, but has it's demands. You get verbally assaulted quite often, the work is tight, and can be stressful dealing with other motorists on the road. The CEO is awful, and you're always being asked to work overtime. However the pay is very good and there's always a washroom nearby at the terminus. Compared to other jobs in Victoria, BC Transit isn't a bad choice!
Position not important (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 14 July 2016
Unfortunately the management of this operation is full of self-serving management executives only interested in complete stability in their positions and only offering an overworked and under paid environment for subordinates.
My experience is there is no commitment to employee personal growth and I witnessed a continuous revolving door of new hires and long term employees.
Many circles with spin in your head with improper guidance on objectives and there will be no commendation when you do a good job.
Don't let this organization pull you in with "Best Pension plan", "good work/life Balance" promises.
If you take a job here...... Keep looking and consider only transition employment
Don't work here if yiou are wanting long term employment!
Grunt (Former Employee) – Vancouver Island, BC – 11 March 2016
Horrible mangement, watched good people become totally changed...because of their drive for the top..most were the lazy ones...watched them destroy long term employees, and watched them destroy good union leaders, as they gave away the farm for management positions. (look at the pay now??). Hired foriegn workers from England over qualified Canadians because of the Double Decker program...lied about camera operations to the public and employees on transit coaches...
Totally clueless managers and an operation that clearly has no idea what it takes to be a well run service. Sad that the people that are impacted the most are often societies most vulnerable. No oversight and no accountability. I've never worked in a more dysfunctional environment and hope to avoid similar situations in the future.
Good working relationship with regular staff dispite I was filling in only for a month or so
first aid attentant level III (Former Employee) – Port Coquitlam, BC – 10 July 2013
I was only filling in for a month or so ; and did only first aid duties so for once I was always ready and able to help immediately. I performed mostly incidental duties however I did make out the proper forms so one man could get WCP payments for a back injury sustained at the workplace.