Transit Operator in Victoria, BC
Crown corporation with some drawbacks!
As an operator, all your skills and the former experience will get "shrank" into a seniority number! You are a "junior" for quite some time. Teamwork is almost non-existent, some drivers won't even talk to you. With no "inside connections" you'll have no chance to climb up the ladder. The training is long and the focus is on their manuals and procedures, not on "real life" out on the road (route training is way too short). Be prepared to have shifts all over the place (mostly splits, not many nights) at the beginning. Pay is decent, but only after you manage to stay for 2 years and more. Lots of newbies are gone after training or within the first 18 months. Be assured that bus driving is not something you'll learn in their training crash course!
Administrator in Victoria
As per other reviews Senior Leadership function in their own bubble of whatever is trendy and superficial.Many managers do not have the formal education to back up the experience and it shows in aggressive and defensive management style. Requests for formal training result in watered down inhouse courses which are superficial at best which is reflected in quality of work produced at management level. Perfect place to work if you just want to call it in.
Poor Leadership / Management Style
The HR function lacks transparency and professionalism and is highly mis-aligned with their corporate values and goals. For example management has placed importance on diversity in the workplace and has offered several online learning opportunities. This is similar to all their programs and policies which give lip service to a progressive modern day organization which is in reality far from the real environment. Employees are encouraged to bring concerns forward however if management feels attacked in any why they retaliate towards employees. In summary, BC Transit management encourage a culture of doing the right thing, however when put to the test they error on the side of self-preservation.
The culture came highly rated and was touted by senior leadership. Based on being public you’d think it would be a good place to work but it’s just not. Its hard to ignore the command and control and silo’d decision making of the leadership team. If you’re not in this inner circle you’re just a minion who exists to do their bidding. Ask anyone who has been tasked with writing the briefing notes, decision documents and business cases after the fact to support a poor decision made long ago.
Bus serviceman in Kamloops, BC
Boring, day to day politics typical union / management b.s.
Place is a soul - sucking experience. Between people not doing their job and nagging about their job. Dead end job . Avoid this place. They talk about being a big happy family. They all throw each other under their buses at any given chance!! Got my class 1 out of it ( not payed by employer)