Receptionist/Clerk (Former Employee) – Port Coquitlam, BC – 13 June 2017
I believe in CDA. I have a daughter with diabetes and had used some of the services offered. I answered the phone and booked pickup appointments. It was at times difficult dealing with rude people, but overall I enjoyed helping out this organization.
Driver (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 10 July 2017
I applied and got a job promising part time hours and a "bit" of lifting. I ended up doing 15 hours a day filling a big truck a few times a day. I left before my first week was done because I was scheduled for every day of the week at 15 hour days. The pay was good but it's more work than it's worth.
Truck Driver (part time) (Former Employee) – London, ON – 4 June 2017
The only good thing I can say is the money was good, but you had to work for it. As a part time employee a 14 hour day was not uncommon. It would be a great place to work if upper management would let the office managers do the managing.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 19 May 2017
In the workplace I would want to enjoy my time while working, helping customers, and most importantly getting the job done while being safe wherever I work. I would also make sure that the customers are happy and are dealt with first. If I have any questions, I would ask for help.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Fredericton, NB – 27 March 2017
I go once or 3 times a week to help with basic duties, such as building kits for canvassing, stuffing envelopes and postage stamping the mail. The hardest part of the job was slowing down when working. The most enjoyable part of the job was getting the job done.
Summer Clerical Assistant (Former Employee) – Saint John, NB – 22 March 2017
If sitting in a desk all day isn't something a person likes to do, I don't suggest it. It was fun, but it was long hours of not doing much at my computer and not having the best relationship with my employees. The hardest part was learning how to complete my own tasks when I had them.
A very nice part time job. I love the independence while driving. Management is bad.
Route Driver (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 16 February 2017
This is an awesome part time job. Work is hard and driving can be long ang boring but worth the effort. Management however is a different story. The supervisor/route coordinator does not know how to manage people. Reeks of favoritism. Is not responsive to change and improvement and does not know the routes well. There are problem bins which have been reported as damaged but problems have never been fixed. Bin conditions atrocious sometimes and very unsafe (needles, broken glass) but when you report it the report goes into one ear and out the other. All they care about is quota!!!
Truck Driver / Site Supervisor (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 1 February 2017
Excellent organization. Growing pains like any other charity. However opportunity to work with flexible management and understanding staff. Overall an intense work schedule with little room for personal life. Not a career I would recommend to anyone unless they have the same workaholic perspective. Good fit for individuals that seek a business oriented goals driven environment and need little acknowledgement or reassurance.
Was Volunteering for Canadian Diabetes Association and working as administrative assistant. Typically day at work includes checking with the supervisor what needs to be done first and then following activities including listings , data entry, cash and credit card transactions, filling up data and other small admin jobs
Truck Driver road side pickup (Former Employee) – Windsor, ON – 14 June 2016
driving around picking up good used furniture and clothing hardest part was meeting the quota required for the day physically taxing the body most enjoyable part would have been the opportunity to be out driving throughout the city and/or county
"Drivers Wanted" permanently printed on each truck – wonder why?
Driver (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 18 May 2016
The following paragraphs are based on my own experience as a part-time, on-call driver for the Clothesline Programme, and are meant to prepare prospective employees for this position:
– Workweek regularly exceeds 50 hours, where 12-hr shifts are not uncommon. This, while being classified as a part-time worker (i.e., no benefits; no stability); – Frequently, two or three truckloads of garbage bags full of used clothes, shoes, etc. (totalling 8000 Lbs or more!) need to be transferred in the course of a day as a matter of course; – Goods are generally dropped off at various Value Village stores in Ottawa, where store managers' attitude towards drivers is unbelievably disrespectful; – The clothesline operation seems to be based on the presumption that no one would stay in this position for long, and that there would always be a hundred fools out there vying for it for anyone who quits or gets fired, hence: – Drivers are regularly fired, instantly and callously, with no warning, for any minor incident, however trivial and however irrelevant to the driver's attitude towards safety; – Dismissal of drivers is conducted according to a protocol which seems to be based on the notion that drivers are simple, potentially violent individuals. It is a humiliating, degrading experience that would haunt one for a long time.
Customers are generally pleasant and respectful.
Work terms and conditions for drivers, and management attitude towards drivers.
Manager (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 19 February 2016
I worked here for 4 years and I have to say in my 30 years of working I have never worked in an environment that is soooo toxic and full of political games. The organizations is full of people either trying to fly under the radar to hold on to their jobs or kissing as much butt as they can to hold there jobs. The staff are all grossly under paid and have completely unrealistic goals forced on them. The most assuming part about this is the CEO likes to send out emails to all the staff calling them family....... If this is how you treat your family well good luck to you. IF YOU HAVE ANY SENSE STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!!!! Trust me you will be used and abused and tossed out the door
Operations Supervisor (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 27 August 2015
Unless you get a job with the head office crew, you'll likely be overworked, unpaid, and go completely unappreciated while getting daily emails about how the folks upstairs are so awesome they're getting another half-day off.
Job Security, Joy-joy Feelings from being a Do-gooder
Absurdly Long Hours, Sub-standard Pay, Benefits that cost more than they do for you, Zero Appreciation