The most enjoyable part of the job is the opportunity to learn about different medical centres while working there. The lack of a union for administrative support staff is not a good thing. The time it takes for a recall employee to find a regular position can be quite long, and recall work does not provide for a stable income. Many staff are helpful, and you have to be efficient to work as a recall employee, and to adapt to the different personalities of your co-workers. Helping the patients and the administrative tasks are not the most difficult aspects of the job. Working with difficult colleagues sharing a work space was, and less competent ones also. Recent overall restructuring and cutbacks to funding by the Minister of Health does not make it easy to work in health care if you are expecting a regular non recall position within a short time framework. It can be worthwhile from time to time, overall I would not recommend this position for a person expectating a rewarding administrative position if you do not have a skin as thick as a rhinocerus.
Variety of locations to work at in the hospital. Pension funds available for employees.
Sometimes you have rude co-workers, non-unionized environment, irregular income
Management poor,employee benefits unless your permanent don't exist even after many years of service. conditions in some areas are good others can be very difficult to deal with, loys of people on burn out or sick leave because of the pressure
Challenging yet you feel a sense of accomplishment
Administrative agent class 2(unit agent) (Current Employee) – Montréal, QC – 24 January 2017
Working in the Emergency, it is very fast-pace all the time. On a daily basis, your patience and tolerance is being tested whether by your fellow colleagues or the patients you are responsible for. Unfortunately management isn't the greatest in the sense that alot of things with the employees get overlooked but our superiors do try their best to accommodate the majority. We are a very diverse and cultured emergency where we go beyond to aid patients and their needs.The hardest part of this job is having to be the one patients complain and aggressively harass first but when I come across that one patients who is extremely thankful, it definitely makes my day!
Internship (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 25 July 2016
I enjoyed working at the Pathology Department, I learned how to work sometimes independently, respect my colleagues, prioritize my work, be accurate and organized. My co-workers were so nice and helpful, and the management as well. The job was not hard, but there was a lot of work to do everyday. I liked the work place. In addition, I enjoyed doing the secretarial work that i love.
The place is very organized, and each one do his work with love and passion.
Worked in the ICU, where I was responsible for mobilizing patients to prevent deconditioning and getting them back to their baseline level post cardiac surgery. Learned a lot regarding the care of patients and their safe mobility. The staff in the ICU is exceptionally friendly and helpful. The hardest part of the work was dealing with different lines that the patients were attached to in the ICU and ensure their safe mobility. The most enjoyable part of the work was seeing the good progress of the patients and the team effort for an optimal patient care.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 26 April 2016
I volunteered at this hospital and the doctors and nurses from the different departments are really nice and sweet to work with. I learnt how to act around certain patients who need more care and that we have to be patient around them. I learnt alot on different diseases because we had lessons on some nights during the time that i volunteered.
Good opportunities for students looking for Internships
Logistics and Material Intern (Former Employee) – Montreal, Quebec – 21 April 2016
I got some experience from this internship. It gave me, not only a greater understanding of what I’ve learned from school happening in a real life, but also the ability to quickly adapt to new environment.
A typical day included booking appointments, document transcription, dictations, helping to fill insurance documents, etc. Dealt with clinics, management and co-workers.Hard part was dealing with the bureaucracy and red tape. The most enjoyable part was knowing that patients were being helped.
I great place to work. Staff are helpful and supportive. The hardest part is shift work which is typical of being a nurse but its nice to be able to work 50 % day rotation. I would recommend it as a good place to work.
Good colleagues and interesting learning opportunities
Medical Secretary (Current Employee) – Montreal, Quebec – 22 September 2015
The hospital is under heavy budget cuts and it takes a toll on support staff. There are layoffs, forced early retirements, demotions and more. We can't even order letterheads for the Doctors anymore because they are too expensive. We cannot send mail to other doctors, fax only, to save on stamps. Pay is capped and there is nowhere to be promoted to when you are an administrative assistant, only nurses. Management comes from outside of the hospital and did not grow within. All of the clinics are overbooked, there are more patients than doctors and everyone ends up working through lunches and overtime even though we are not paid for the lunch hour and not allowed to clock overtime. Salaries are pre-determined and you can never receive a raise, only a few cents each year due to inflation.
4 weeks vacation
No room for advancement, static pay, unpaid overtime