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Great Place to work!
Transit Operator (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC10 August 2018
If you are looking for a life long career, love driving, don't get stressed out easy, and don't mind shift work, then this place is for you. Management at BCT Victoria are truly great people. The new CEO is young, modern, and such an out going genuine person. Everyone is there to help you, from other operators, supervisors, controllers, dispatchers, trainers, and managers. The only thing that is a bit on the down side, is the wage compared to other cities, and the 5 years till top rate. So if you want a job that you are one big family, love driving, and there is never a closed door, then apply here!
Pros
Great management, amazing co-workers, stable career
Cons
wage and the 5 years till top rate.
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3.0
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Needs an up lift in Managers
Anonymous (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC8 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.
Pros
Close to amenities, free bus passes, Stay on Board
Cons
no parking, work environment, performance reviews, no relationship with executives
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Job for life if you want it !
Transit Operator (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC3 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.
Pros
Job flexibility
Cons
Starting wage and 5 yr to top wage
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Real support from management
TRANSIT OPERATOR (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC6 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.
Pros
Great people
Cons
nights or split shifts to start
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3.0
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none
Transit Communication Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC8 May 2018
I do not wish to provide any opinion regarding my term of employment at BC Transit Victoria. All relevant facts are publicly available. My opinion is not relevent.
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Caring culture
Project Manager - ERP Vendor (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC26 April 2018
Good team atmosphere.
Due to the reach and mission of this company, there is a large functional reach and hence variety of solutions needed.
Good location to live in - Victoria.
Pros
good life quality
Cons
a bit slow paced
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2.0
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Not the worst, but not a good choice
Admin Position (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC14 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.
Pros
Flexible working hours. Decent gym available.
Cons
Low salary. Poor management.
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Would never recomend this work to a friend
Transit Operator (Driver) (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC26 February 2018
Always fun to drive such a large piece of equipment on city streets. Very stressful job in many ways. Poor shifts, long days, faulty equipment and stressful conditions.
Pros
great pay and bennifits, 5 weeks paid vacation to start.
Cons
long days, poor shifts, poor equipment and stressfull work
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Not rewarding
Project Engineer (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC28 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.
Pros
Great fitness facility, good benefits
Cons
Advancement internally isn't close to as good as they say.
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Excellent for various available shift times/exciting job/excellent benefits/room to advance within company
Bus Operator (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC28 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 regulations
  more... 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.
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Pros
Excellent training, fun job, awesome benefits
Cons
Traffic congestion, possible dangerous conflicts onboard the bus
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They don't walk the talk
Transit Driver (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC3 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.
Pros
Training, uniform, union
Cons
longs hours, less than 9 hours between shifts, management, lots of values and mission statement but only for looks.
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Must be a patient person
Transit Operator (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC30 May 2017
Tough place to work if you feel you need acknowledgement from the employer. Good work life balance. Constant focusing, being able to maneuver through tight areas with tighter time constraints.
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Good Government Department
Transit Operator (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC12 April 2017
BCT in Victoria, BC is still operated as a government agency. The pension/benefits etc are exceptional. Like any large Corporation the management is out of touch with its front line employees.
Pros
Benefits, Vacation Time
Cons
Management
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typical day of work
Class 2 Operator/Maintenance (Former Employee) –  Kamloops, BC27 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
Pros
working in town and home every night
Cons
being a casual driver
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4.0
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Great place to work!
Operator (Current Employee) –  Langford, BC28 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!
Pros
Wage, scenery, fellow employees
Cons
Ceo, tight work
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Previous Middle Management Employee
Position not important (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC14 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

Be Careful
Pros
none
Cons
Don't work here if yiou are wanting long term employment!
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Golden handcuff
Grunt (Former Employee) –  Vancouver Island, BC11 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...
Pros
Decent benefits
Cons
Poor hourly wages to start
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Incompetent management, awful working environment
Grunt (Former Employee) –  Victoria11 May 2015
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.
Pros
Decent salary
Cons
Terrible leadership, everything else
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Exciting at times
Fleet (Former Employee) –  BC28 June 2014
High stress environment with low pay but good benefits and RSP. Rules are fairly lax and environment is not strict which leads to generally high morale. Ability to modify schedule is a perk
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Diversified Employer
Administrative Relief Clerk / Assistant (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC29 July 2013
As a Floating Administration Clerk, I was trained in 8 different jobs and was the one person that would fill in for these positions when required
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