Autocratic management by immigrants with no knowledge of Canadian culture or respect for it, and no formal Canadian training or credentials in their field. Also no background as educators themselves except within CIES. Buildings are dirty and supplies limited and hoarded. Daycare is filthy and primitive. Teachers have not received a raise in years and are told to be grateful to have a job. Pay is significantly less than other schools. No paid sick days or vacation time. Long “volunteer” hours expected and not rewarded . Teachers are nice but worn out. Would never recommend working here!
English as a Second Language Teacher (Contract) (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 13 February 2017
CIES is a wonderful place to work because the people are amazing. The pay is better here than at some other schools, but technical issues are a challenge, like when laptops don't work or the photocopier is down. Staff and volunteers are constantly trying to make programs better and more efficient, they support each other in their personal and professional milestones, and I have always felt like I belonged.
Instructor (Former Employee) – Calgary – 18 July 2015
CIES needs to be developed in all areas whether it is staff development, client relations, promoting a healthy work environment. Too many oversights and not a balanced or positive environment. Would not recommend.
Acting Program Manager (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 16 October 2014
Everyone compassionately working to help those in need. Very friendly environment. Management style is effective and employees are given opportunity to make decision and provide innovative ways for improvement.
An essential service for immigrants preparing for job advancement or entry into gainful employment.
Teacher (English as a Second Language) (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 4 August 2012
This is one of the many associations that has been highly instrumental in removing the barriers to a better life in the way of the immigrant/refugee population in Calgary. The teaching teams provide a very productive atmosphere. Mutual help and cooperation is much in evidence. Although some problems exist in the area of communication between staff and management, this does not appear to affect the quality of the teaching delivered - and the students do not hesitate to show their appreciation.
considerable autonomy in planning curricula and lesson plans, well equipped staff room, computer lab and self-study facilities, good choice of teaching materials available.
as with most esl schools, there is generally only part time work is available, on a contract basis, very little job security