Great work/life balance but management is uneasy and there is high turnover
Communications Officer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 1 February 2018
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Bow Valley College. My colleagues were talented and driven. There is a lot of office politics and bureaucracy which take away from the office culture. There is a lot of turnover in certain departments which leads to uneasiness.
Job stability, good benefits, great work/life balance
Instructor (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 25 December 2017
For the most part, nice people, always willing to help. Students come first all the time, which is great. Working on-line with students can be a challenge at time however, very rewarding and you always feel you have support from management to try new things.
Admission Officer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 20 October 2017
Excellent place to work on a smaller college. Job competition is tough but once you settle into a position you'll like it for sure. BVC is coming to a time where some do question job security but still its a great place to work.
Support Staff (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 20 October 2017
I have an incompetent director, who also bullies people. There have been at least 10 departures from one department in as many months. HR is absolutely useless. Their hires continue to be questionable and they will not remove the incompetent director. I've worked for a number of different organizations in Calgary. Different sizes, different challenges and in different sectors. However, this is the LEAST cooperative organization that I've worked for in almost two decades in this city.
Some departments can be good to work for and are more functional.
Highly dysfunctional. Very low standards. Many people in leadership roles who should not be.
Volunteer Work (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 17 July 2017
I was a student here from 2014 to 2016. I have learned knowledge about justice studies and especially correctional studies. I have completed all the courses successfully here. and I participated in the volunteer activity in the last year of my study here
Instructor (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 19 June 2017
I was let go as an instructor at BVC after more than five years for no reason and no cause with only two days notice. Unprofessional management was the norm during my time in my department, as they didn't promote people to supervisory positions according to management skills.
Good pay, great benefits if you get full-time work
Limited chances for advancement, poor middle management, staff so big that you are a number.
Excellent work experience and supportive environment for learning.
Hospital Unit Clerk (Former Employee) – Work Experience – 21 February 2017
My work experience through Bow Valley College was at the Rockyview General Hospital.
A typical work day is very busy. I learned to multi-task more effectively. Hospital workplace culture. Managing the busy extra busy times during the day is the hardest. Working in a healthcare environment is most enjoyable.
College Instructor (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 4 February 2017
Bow Valley College was a wonderful place to work. The people there were fantastic and most of the management team is incredibly approachable. Many members of the management trust you to get your job done and trust that you are capable of completing work with little or no supervision. The most frustrating part of working at the college is its downtown location. Calgary transit can be incredibly unreliable and shuts down more than is acceptable for a large city. Parking is very expensive and the traffic is ridiculous. The people that you work with and the students make up for this. The students are incredibly appreciative and hard working. Bow Valley College has a high standard and demands excellence from its students.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 23 January 2017
Bow Valley is a great place to work, because it is a place where people come to follow their dreams. I am pleased to be a part of the process, and love to see all the students come through the Iniikokaan Aboriginal Center.
Clinical Instructor (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 2 December 2016
As a clinical instructor you get to look forward to working really early shifts starting at 0600-0630, and lack of job security.
Word of advice if your going to get a job as a clinical instructor keep working somewhere else because there's long gaps in-between clinicals, no guarantees you'll have a group in the future and you can end up working all over the city. In addition their always hiring new clinical instructors and your all fighting for spots, it's outrageous.
BVC might have some good positions but this is the bottom of the barrel. All I can say is don't take a job as a clinical instructor if you have bills that need paying.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 16 November 2016
At the time I was working there, new programs were still being developed and therefore work loads were not very well distributed. This caused stress for those who had tremendous work loads. Not all management was supportive or accommodating.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 2 November 2015
I was involved in volunteering at BVC and we were all together to help people or guide them and also gave presentations. Its a good place to gain experience and learn how to communicate with other people.