Class 1 driver (Courtenay, BC)
Unless your semi retired, stay away. Very poor management from scheduling to simple pay corrections. Many of the shifts have long splits 4-6hr equipment are hand me downs from other cities so good luck with having heat or a/c. The mechanics try but it’s understandable with so much red tape from BC Transit. Benefits happen only if you get a permanent position which is an easy 3-5 years from when you start as a spare or those at top finally retire. The union is decent, the union reps are…interesting. Pay is pretty good for the amount of effort that’s needed. But starting pay is a joke but that advances quickly. Great job for semi retired or want a decent part time to fill in when others can’t work.
Bus Driver (Campbell River, BC)
Terrible management and culture, toxic work environment, be weary of accepting a job here.This company is unfortunately a true example of a company where you are just a number. Empathy towards public is discouraged Core values seek great from the banners and books they give out, but are not practiced. Recognition for job well done never happens.Drivers are always asked to work overtime but never paid overtime wages that are outlined in the collective agreement.If you are looking for work life balance unfortunately this company will tell you that can provide it, but will guilt you into working your days off. They are always stuck for drivers and spare drivers are not alowed to have a life or turn down a shift if they have prior commitments.No room for advancement at this location.Unfortunately some drivers have been here for for too long and are bitter and rude to other drivers and the public they transport.Looks like a great company to work for initially but after a few months you can really see that you are no more than your employee number. Drivers would rather see young mother and child standing in the rain than give a ride to them if they are short on change. The company needs a major overhaul from the top down.Highly recommend you don't apply if you value your personal life and being treated with respect and equity.It can take years of having to be on call every day and never being able to turn down work before they offer you a permanent position.Only way to get a permanent position is when someone quits or retires