Central 1 Credit Union Employee Reviews

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Technical Support Analyst (Current Employee) –  Union, ON8 August 2017
Credit unions have to work with less to compete, so you are exposed to a wide variety of work. They emphasize a 'lean' culture and provide training to all employees to get exposure to lean and how it can benefit your group/department
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Intresting work but slow to adopt with current trends
Senior Web Developer (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC6 July 2017
The work can boring or interesting, depending on the team you are on. However, current, management is slow to respond to feedback or even at all, changes take time. Depending on the team, you can be given alot of freedom to implement something new and work on exciting projects. Friendly people (mostly).
Pros
Cookie Time (Once a month-ish), short hours 35h week
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Tech department poorly run
QA (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC13 June 2017
Management is an impediment, and covers up their incompetence by scapegoating employees.
Many easily threatened insecure middle managers.
Dead end for anyone with too much ambition
35 hour work week, and some friendly colleagues are its only saving grace.
Culture of obedience. Dont ask too many questions outside of your very rigid role if you want to get ahead here.
Pros
Work life balance
Cons
Management are prohibitively incompetent
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Standard government like organization
Support (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC30 May 2017
The work environment was very 9-5 which is nice, but I never spotted an interesting project while working there.
There are many opportunities for climbing the corporate ladder.
It also seemed like a very stable place for tech professionals and gave really good benefits to the more senior employees.
Pros
stable with good benefits
Cons
boring
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Cookie day every month
Securitization Officer (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON31 January 2017
It was a great place to work, friendly people and good management.
Courses available and smart people to help you advance in your career.
They have frequent fun events, BBQs and Cookie days
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Friendly ans Supportive Environment
Business Analyst (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC22 December 2016
I worked in the Risk Management department for a year. The people were very friendly and supportive. My understanding is that though all organizations want to employ highly skilled people, Central 1 places alot of weight on personalities that will fit into its current culture. For example traits where people are willing to learn, stay engaged and add to the supportive and friendly corporate culture.
Pros
Group activities
Cons
Location can be far if you are commuting from the suburbs by public transportation
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Great work life balance and some amazing colleagues
Manager, Operational Risk and Business Continuity (Current Employee) –  Union, ON13 November 2016
Excellent coworkers and great work life balance. The role of Central 1 as part of the cooperative movement in Canada and within the Credit Union system is pivotal and its great to be part of this team that is making a difference in the local communities.
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A great place to gain knowledge and experience
Settlements Offiver (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC25 July 2016
At Central 1 I was given the opportunity to learn many skills and look in depth of the various roles in a credit union. Beginning at the clearing department, I was able to leverage my skills and work my way up to the settlement department within 5 years.
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What to expect during a regular work week.
Client Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC9 November 2015
Pleasant to come into work daily. Co-workers are fun to work with. Great team work. Sometimes there are treats for staff from management. The hardest part of job is the pressure of meeting deadlines. But with teamwork and focus, everything works out. The most enjoyable part of the job would be food day. The occasional pot lucks are fun. Excellent in getting to know your fellow employees and experiencing different cultures and food.
Pros
Free lunches offered during team meetings.
Cons
Occasional overtime just to make sure work is caught up.
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Productive
Financial Analyst, Financial Planning & Analysis (Current Employee) –  Union, ON26 October 2015
It is great working here with supportive management. But I need more challenges, currently there are no positions open here in this company.
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Everyone just waiting to retire
Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC23 October 2015
Worked there for 15 years. At first it seemed like a great company and the hr department was very well run. Then over time new hr management came in place and the entire company started to go downhill. The company itself is struggling to stay relevant as credit unions merge and become bigger they are in less need of Central 1. I don't see this company lasting much more than a few more years. They have already outsourced their pension and benefits department, closed down central risk insurance division and most employees are concerned for their future jobs.
Pros
Hours of work
Cons
Human Resources Department is not well liked
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Stressful work environment but good gratification from clients.
Team Lead, Paper Payment and Operations (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON18 October 2013
On a typical work day I would received email and phone messages from clients requesting various types of information. For example, regarding the previous day's submission of deposits due to balancing discrepancies, which must be resolved within 24 hours.

I also had to resolve staff issues, train new staff members, provide backup information to other internal departments and open and close accounts as required on a daily basis.

The hardest part of my job was at the end of the month, when all revenue and expenses had to be in on the first business day of the new month. More often than not, all the required information was not forwarded within a timely manner.

The most enjoyable part of my job was resolving a clients issues and hearing the gratitude in their voice and hearing them say that they appreciate the work I had done to help them.
Pros
Great co-worker, good compensation/ benefits, rewarding work.
Cons
Stressful, inconsiderate manager, a dictatorship, micro manager
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Chaos central
Chief Imagination Officer (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC26 August 2013
You have responsibility without authority
Get told to do different things by different people
Minimal assistance
Complete chaos
First thing you hear every monday is, "Is it Friday yet?"
Horrendous work place.
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Friendly people who value what they do.
Communications Specialist  (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC4 June 2013
-the most enjoyable part of the job is working with internal clients and knowing you've met their needs
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