The following is strictly from my experience with the GVA branch (Vancouver BC and Langley BC branches).
The supervisors and upper management were more interested in playing office politics and showing off their little-to-non powers to the road employees. Obviously this does not apply to EVERY supervisor and/or management personnel. But you have supervisors who like to threaten to get road employees in trouble, do not work their full shifts (because they are on salary), have extremely limited knowledge of what the road employees actually do, etc.
The job itself is very easy (for those who have brains), but the management like to get their relatives who are unable to follow simple logic to complete tasks into the company. Those who are able and competent get loaded with more work and responsibilities, all while those who are lazy and incompetent get tasked with the simplest jobs that require no effort.
Working for them will hardly feel self-rewarding as you watch your lesser colleagues get paid the same, if not more than, as you while doing significantly less work than you. Management likes to play favorites. They also cannot do what is best for the company. For example, they let two of (very rarely I mind you) fully trained employees go by giving them the stay-full-time-or-quit ultimatum, simply for wanting to step down from full-time hours to part-time. They were both going back to school to better themselves. There is NOT A SINGLE supervisor who is even close to b
ProsUnlimited amount of OT, if you can be fully trained, because most others, are either too lazy, or unintelligent to do them
Allright job depending on your position and what you do.
Been with Brinks for almost 10 years. Work/life balance is based on your lifestyle, don't make plans after work because the end time isn't guaranteed, most full time is **night shift** so if you don't like the idea of working nights then its wise not to take a full time spot if it ever happens.
A lot to know about the job but once you know it the job is straight forward and if you have a good partner it can be very enjoyable even at the worst of times.
Part time get overtime after 8hrs and can pick their availability on a weekly basis but if they're short staffed management try and pressure you into working when you cannot. Full time schedules are picked in order of seniority and it can take years to move up to a decent schedule because of constant cuts and contract losses. The union CBA is a double edged sword, full time have to take vacation in weekly blocks (which is done in order of seniority), cannot take individual days until you have 4 weeks of vacation which is rare to get to.
A lot of truck issues, breaking down, electronics not working sometimes, even security equipment fails at times.
Poor communication a lot of times.
Prosdecent pay, benefits (for full time only), some good people and paves the way for other jobs
Conspart time don't get guaranteed hours or benefits, full time is *NIGHT SHIFT* major impact on social life, poor communication with management/staff, jobs always being cut.
Mailroom Clerk | Dartmouth, NS | May 2, 2013
Cash Room Clerk
I started working for Brinks In 2009, I had a little girl that was not in daycare and a husband who lost his job due to being laid off. So when i started i learned alot about the aspects of money, being in a security building, having been cleared to work for such a demanding job, i was happy. As the year went on i was trying to do my best with keeping up but with home life, my husband finding a new ft job working almost 50 hours a week and no daycare it was hard so i did end up talking to them and explaining the situation and with hours already being cut back they laid me off in 2010. The business was good, the people were good just management and company background was not the best and once you are in working you realize more and more. I did like working there tho, i took pride in making sure all was right when it came too deliveries and making sure all money added up properly. The hardest part of the job was just knowing how there system was when it came to disbursting the money to different offices, i would have to say the most enjoyable part would have been the co workers, all were down to earth and took me in like there own and helped me learn all that needed to be known about Brinks and how there company worked.
Prosgood people, excellent atomsphere
Consmanagement was a little backwards and hard to understands sometimes
Messenger | Edmonton, AB | Feb. 7, 2019
Very average career choice
I worked in the Guard/ Driver/ Messenger position. The Union will eventually be of benefit to you, but the job as a career is very unsatisfying. Without the union this job would be intolerable as Brinks will seek out every opportunity to reprimand you in one form or another as they attempt to keep you strictly under their thumb every minute of ever day. Because of the nature of the job there is a tremendous degree of mistrust directed upon its employees even though the screening required to get the position is over the top. If you are a driven person you will very quickly become bored and unsatisfied working at Brinks. The work is repetitive and unexciting. Its a delivery service with a gun. The daily time lines are to tight every day to deliver a quality of work that one wishes to deliver. Brinks is all about Brinks and the employees are treated more like drones then an asset. If you want nothing more in life but to preform a menial days work for very average pay, this job may be for you.
ProsNot strenuous work. Not overly dirty work.
ConsPoor pay. Just to much"Stuff" for what essentially is a very simple job concept.
Messenger | Vancouver, BC | Oct. 13, 2019
Dead end job with no room for advancement
ONLY good part about this place is the hourly wage with no education or specialized training
Negative aspects- the list goes on
- people are racist ( Vancouver area is mostly Indian people)
- unionized place which means people are lazy and stupid
- management are clueless and play favorites all the time
- Managers have double standards and say one thing but mean something else and changes their mind all the time
- not enough hours each week if your willing to work night; which is not worth it for a part timer
- morale is the worst
Very little to no training and is expected to perform the same as people that have been there for years
- all except one supervisor know whats going on in the company as most supervisors are dumb and dont' know whats going on
- Punjabi is used more than English in the GVA branch.. and its totally fine. But if other languages are used, then you get yelled at
- work schedule is changed multiple times as the supervisors keeping screwing up or people calling in sick to get extra day off
HIGH turnover, people don't even last 6 months
Armed Guard | Kelowna, BC | Jul. 22, 2018
Treats employees like garbage, low pay, high risk.
Management purposely goes out of their way to try and get employees in trouble. Makes unreasonable deadlines to get work done and then writes you up for not getting it done "on time" . Unsafe work conditions. The vehicles had over 1 million kms on them and were literally falling apart. No brakes, mechanical issues because they would refuse to fix them. Low pay for carrying a firearm and millions of dollars in money. Long shifts on dangerous roads with no reception to call for help if needed. They said there was a satellite phone but never let us have it.
Staff was unhappy and trying to backstab each other.
Company wouldn't even pay for ballistic vest unless you were full time but never hired full time because they would have to pay benefits. Instead, part timers were expected to work fulltime hours anyway.
Honestly, the worst place I have ever worked in my life.
ProsYou get to carry a gun
ConsPoor working conditions, low pay, dangerous vehicles, awful management, long hours, poor morale
Messenger | Vancouver, BC | Apr. 5, 2019
Please do yourself a favour and just dont bother.
Where to even begin.
You will only receive part time work which can be anywhere from 1 shift every 2 weeks to management constantly calling you through out the day asking if you can come into work that very minute. Schedule changes by the hour, low pay for part time employees and management couldn't care less about you. There is absolutely 0 chance for advancing, people quit each month then new hires last a few months and so on and so on. Management always tries to get you in trouble and in my opinion are very very immature. Its sad honestly. This company has a lot of potential yet constantly throw it down the drain every chance they get. Please take my word and just save your time and gas and money for training.
"Welcome to brinks."
Pros- you feel like youve accomplished something when hired ( but u havent.)
Tech.driver | Vancouver, BC | Oct. 18, 2019
worst company ever
Most managers and supervisors are clueless and not capable of their job. Some work 6 hours while some work 12 hour days.
Union environment with stupid and dumb shop stewards as well as unit chair. They don't provide support to new employees as they only believe in the senior people. Company forces you to work nights if you want shifts and expects all the employees to be trained in all aspects when the trainers are always making mistakes.
Schedule and shifts are constantly changing by the hour. New schedule for the new week gets done multiple times with revisions as something always gets missed and people suffer as a result. High turnover as most people in my same training class leave or quit within 6 months.
Company making promises for full time positions but can't fulfill.
Crew Member | Edmonton, AB | Oct. 2, 2017
Not worth your time.
I thought this would be great job. But was wrong. Management doesnt give two craps about you. They blame everything on employees if something goes wrong, never managements fault. Will lie to your face. Youll be going back and forth from part to full. Usually just before Christmas. Will be working over 40 hours on part time, but you wont get full time because "they can't afford it".
Prosco-workers are friendly and awesome to work with, Decent work when you are treated fairly but thats only 5% of the time
ConsHorrible management They dont care, Long hours, Barely any breaks, Treated not well, Something goes wrong within management its your fault, Should be same pay for full and part time because its the same job, Could be lot safer, List could go on
Cash In Transit Worker | Canada | Feb. 20, 2021
Hard To Explain
I worked at a Branch in Northern Canada and we had a manager at the best of times was agrivating. The job is EXTREMELY SIMPLE to do, but the drama and infighting between employees and management is so toxic, its hard to remain there for much longer that a year. If you're near big metro's (Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, etc) there are lots of advancement opportunities and there is more career progression and more competent managers. If you apply to small Northern branches, just be aware that it may stupid with the drama and the trucks that you also drive in the North are questionable at best.
ProsDecent Pay, Some Advancement Opportunities, Benefits
Questions and answers about Brink's Canada Limited
If you were to leave Brink's Incorporated, what would be the reason?
Asked Mar. 23, 2019
I can only speak for my branch but it would be constant loss of work and being stuck on the bottom of the seniority list working 5 nights a week. I don't mind night shift if its a 3 day work week but 5 nights a week for months at a time takes its toll on you and your social life.
Answered Oct. 21, 2020
Too stressful of an environment to work in.
Answered Feb. 2, 2020
What is something we could say on the application to get their attention for an interview
Asked Jun. 27, 2018
I will rat on co-workers. Say that and your in!
Answered Feb. 12, 2019
A pulse and willing to be a sheep
Answered Feb. 12, 2019
How should you prepare for an interview at Brink's Incorporated?
Asked Jan. 30, 2018
Prepare by dressing for success and having a clean background
Answered Feb. 2, 2021
The interviews are not extremely formal but be professional!
Answered May 24, 2019
Does Brink's Incorporated allow for flexible working hours? Or are the hours set?
Asked Jun. 22, 2020
Full time schedules are picked and are a set start time. All routes have a set start time but none have a set finish time since its a courier job, you're done when the work is done or have to be off the road to comply with DOT, whichever comes first.
Answered Oct. 21, 2020
The hours are set.
Answered Aug. 27, 2020
What was the most challenging part of your role at Brink's Incorporated?
Asked Feb. 20, 2020
Driving in bad weather, trying to get your route done in a timely manner, working nights and taking a hit to my social life as a result.