Driver's Helper (Current Employee), Dartmouth, NS – June 23, 2015
Pros: Good pay, workout
Cons: long drives, long days
My typical day started at around 7:00 AM. The workload included lifting large steel drop boxes and placing them at certain locations. also moving thousands of pounds of clothing, furniture, and misc. items. The workday didn't end until the job was done but no longer than 14 hours.The work was honest and physically demanding.
OFFICE ASSISTANT (VOLUNTEER) (Current Employee), Kelowna, BC – May 12, 2015
Pros: Learning a lot from being an office assistant
Cons: Slow network making it hard for data entry hard
Although my job as an office assistant at the Canadian Diabetes Association is a volunteer work, this job has taught me to be patient and to love my job even if it is not paid. The management and my co-workers – more... are such nice ladies that they make me feel at home and important whenever I go. The most enjoyable part about the job is knowing that you have helped the organization and the CDA branch with their needs in the simplest way possible. – less
customer service rep (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MB – February 5, 2015
Pros: work from home
Cons: communication from supervisors was not handled properly.
I found that when I reported a problem/concern from some of our clients who were kind enough to donate to us were not taken seriously. I also felt the company wasnt to worried about the customer as much as the all mighty dollar.....
PROGRAM ASSISTANT (Former Employee), regina sask – September 16, 2014
The position is very self-determined, and hardly monitored by supervisor. Must do a lot of your own, develop your work schedule for presentations and work around the organization. Very enlightening and fun.
Communication Officer (Volunteer) (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MB – February 4, 2014
Pros: friendly environment, understanding staff
I great experience, that gave me valuable insights to Canadian work force and help me gain the confidence that I can fit in this work/office environment.
I touched my heart out to be able to give to an – more... organization who value and commence a lot for the local community. It is not explainable in words how dedicated the staff and board and the executive members are. If I have employment or advancement opportunity, I would love to stick with them. Moreover, I learnt a lot about diabetes.
I my work was also study related, given that it is still a volunteer position but I now have to education and practical experience in my field of interest and study, – less
Flexibility with work hours and great team environment
Accounts Payable Coordinator (Current Employee), Toronto, ON – January 18, 2014
Pros: team spirit
Cons: lack of growth opportunities
In my role as an Accounts Payable Coordinator, I have the opportunity to work within a team environment that allows me to learn from and motivate my team members, whether it comes to dealing with daily – more... volume of work or just a moral boost in order to achieve our targeted goals and objectives.
This role has helped me improve my skill in prioritizing tasks more efficiently and foreseeing volume and taking measures pro-actively in order to work through the volume of payables smoothly. – less
Driver (Former Employee), Calgary, AB – January 16, 2014
Pros: driving alone.
Cons: heavy work loads. wage doesn't match your pay. management plays favorites
I worked here over 3 years part-time and full- time when it was actually owned and run by the Canadian Diabetes Association. For over a year now it has exchanged ownership and calls itself National Diabetes – more... Trust. Drivers are unionised, rules are not followed and management plays favorites with routes and scheduling. Logistic and people skills are weak on side of management. Names are commonly whited out on route sheets to favor other drivers. Work loads have increased considerably since the take over by NDT. Perks drivers had before are now gone now. No incentive for doing routes quickly. You will be expected to finish your routes or you will be in trouble or treated indifferent. Severe weather conditions are ignored. Routes are made up in Toronto and sent to Alberta, each province has different pickup rules. Be prepared to have your spiel ready for disgruntled customers you can't pick up, you will be using it a lot. The trucks are all rented with maintenance being very poor. eg. Tires falling off, brakes and engines failing. Be prepared to spend time taken away from doing your route wasted at the front desk of the rental and service desk. You will be filling out service reports and renting different vehicles. You must also fill out a separate truck inspection report after. Depending on the office politics at that time you could be blamed for what goes wrong with the truck you were driving and your report scrutinized. If you are a driver a typical day starts unloading donated bags of cloth and miscellaneous boxed items weighing anywhere from 10-70 lbs off of a 4-5 ton truck, by yourself. Each loaded truck can weigh from 3,500 to 8,000 lbs. The times it will take you to unload the truck at one of the 3 store locations will be anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Most store locations where you will off load are staffed by slow and underpaid employees who do not care or hurry to help and assist you to unload the truck. After off loading your truck you will have a route sheet to pick up from 30-110 houses and bins, each house can have 1-50, or more items. Clothing bin locations within and outside the city can house anywhere from 1-100 garbage bags full of cloth and sharp items with added garbage dumped outside of bins. Hoarders at many locations reach into the bins with clothes hangers and rip open bags to steal cloth and you can expect to spend 5-60 minutes rebagging loose cloth and garbage. All donation bins are beacons for people to leave their garbage beside the bins. It will be your job also to remove and haul the garbage off to the dump. Garbage from these locations can be broken glass, dishwashers, wall units, tv's , mattress's, etc. It will also be your job to hand out "Thank you" and "Sorry we missed you cards" at each of the 100 or more houses they will send you for pick up. It will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling knowing your helping leaving a "Thank you card" at the house that just left you a driveway full of 100 boxes and bags in sub zero or extreme heat temperatures. Handing out these cards is part of the job that will get to you eventually. To this date no driver has made it or could ever make it to collect the pension that is offered to you after two years of full time employment. Injuries are high at this job because of the dangers you will regularly run into, so you must be extremely careful to look after yourself. You do not want to have to make injury claim here. Broken ankles, shoulder, knees, tendonitis, elbows, back injuries, hernia's, heart attack or stroke are to name a few and can happen doing your duties. You must like to work and be fit lifting heavy objects in extreme heat and or freezing cold temperatures and you will be getting in and out of a truck over 200 times a day. The exercise is great but tainted with overwork and the recovery is minimal with only 2 days off. You will always be sore. You will be also be responsible for any tickets incurred (eg.distracted driving) if you are caught by law reading your map and or doing paperwork that is required by management to do your job properly. This job is not for the weak of heart. Many of the drivers miss bins and houses and you will have to pick up what they didn't because of their attitude. Only 2 swampers for over 9 drivers who are only sent out with complaining favorites and the injured. Money is ok but the wage is capped because it is a charity. It does not match the work they want you to do. I'm glad I no longer work there and now feel much healthier.I suggest part time to see if you like it first. Dynamics will change as soon as your full time and work loads will increase. – less
Branch Assistant (Former Employee), Cornwall, ON – October 21, 2013
Pros: my boss was very positive and trusted me with the office work
Cons: it was only a summer job
It was a summer job. My supervisor was great and I was always productive and had work to do. The co- workers were positive, and the most enjoyable part of the job was running the office as my supervisor was out some of the time in meetings. The environment was overall interesting because I learned the behind the scenes work of the office and all the things that go into the annual events.
Community Events Assistant (Current Employee), Toronto, ON – January 26, 2013
Pros: downtown, great people, great values, opportunities to work with other departments
Cons: small confined space, little personal connection
Working at the Canadian Diabetes Association has been an amazing experience. On an average day, I would come in and prepare packages to be sent out to various health fair locations. I would also send out – more... volunteer reminders for the week. I would then enter in events into the Onyx database, and follow up with volunteers via email. In addition, there is usually something at the office to sort or do at the drop of a hat, like visit one of our health fairs, a meeting, or helping out one of the coordinators with whatever project they're working on. I mostly worked under the Community Events Coordinator, as well as aiding the Public Programs and Service Coordinator when needed. I feel welcomed here, even if I may not have a lot in common with my fellow employees, I always look forward to coming in. In my opinion, the hardest part of my day is trying to time what I need to do throughout the day. Working in the events industry, you're never sure as to what will happen in your day. My favourite part of this job has to be the amazing opportunities I can be a part of. I've learnt a lot about myself in this position as well as learning how a large not-for-profit organization works. – less