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Vancouver Island Health Authority Employer Reviews

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Overall a challenging and fullfilling employer with very good job satisfaction
Revenue A/R Supervisor Clerk 5 (Former Employee), Royal Jubilee Hospital Victoria BCApril 21, 2014
Each day was very full with a variety of duties which made it very satisfying. There was always something new as we were constantly upgrading and changing our accounting systems. Learning and training was what kept the job fresh and interesting. Working with a wonderful group of co-workers added to the enjoyment of the job. The job was very fast paced – more... and deadline oriented with a need to follow policy and procedure to be successfully effective. – less
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Great experience
Human Resources Intern (Former Employee), Victoria, BCMarch 14, 2014
Learnt a lot about the systems and practices of the Canadian market
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Health Care in today's economic (and political) environment is continually re-organizing itself in attempts to get more for less.
Occupational Therapist (Former Employee), Victoria, BCFebruary 11, 2014
Continuing education funding has been decreased, management support for front line staff is dictatorial and peers back stab and "eat their own".
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A very busy and productive work environment
Registered Nurse (Former Employee), Victoria, BCJanuary 20, 2014
Pros: great team work
Cons: shift work can be exhausting!
I've been away from working with this company
for a little while. The company is undergoing many
changes.
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Nice place to work if you are related to clinical job.
Project Analyst (Current Employee), Victoria, BCAugust 28, 2013
Pros: flexible
Cons: highly political
Salary: Excellent
Culture: Good
Job Security: Depends, Good if related to clinical/medical
Management: Good
Work/Life balance: Good
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Great company with growth opportunity
Scheduler (Current Employee), Nanaimo, BCAugust 3, 2013
I've only been working for VIHA for a few months but knew I wanted to be a part of this great company for much longer. Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has a great reputation for its care of patients and clients and also for the amazing opportunities and benefits given to employees.

I am very proud to be a part of the VIHA family and am looking – more... forward to finding out just how far I can grow within this company! – less
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Great breaks and lunches with lots of friends from different departments
Med. Office Assistant (Former Employee), Victoria, BCJuly 1, 2013
Pros: 4 weeks holidays
Doing rounds in hospital to ICU, Catlab, and pacemaker clinic to pick up reports for me to type. I shared a two person office with a very nice lady who typed the graphs from catlab procedures. I was the BC registry clerk and registered openheart surgeries and pacemaker, ICD's. The hardest part of the job was to transcribed for one particular Doctor – more... with very bad handwriting but after searching to net, I could always figure it out on my own and sometimes help from a supervisor. The most enjoyable part of the job was that I always managed to get things done and the sense of pride that went with it. – less
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Great place to work
Hospitality Associate (Former Employee), Vancouver, BCMay 21, 2013
Was a great place to work but it does require long hours as shifts were 12 hours.
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Casual, On-call
Casual On-Call Worker (Current Employee), Victoria, BCJanuary 16, 2013
Pros: salary, culture, benefits
Cons: no hours and limited advancement
Started working as a casual, oncall worker for VIHA in November of 2011. Great company and wonder people to work with. VIHA has a great corporate culture with wonderful values that are felt. You really sense the sincerity with middle & upper management teams too!

My biggest beef with VIHA is the length of time with which one has to put in as a casual, – more... oncall worker; it is extremely hard to get hired in the first place; then you have to start as a casual worker. This wouldn't be so bad if there were enough hours to live on. You can get near full time during some of the winter months, but even this at times can fluctuate from year to year. Mostly get hours during March, June, July and August with a few weeks here and there in December. – less
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Productive, creative, process oriented, hard worker and fun to work with
Project Manager (Former Employee), Victoria, BC, CanadaJanuary 4, 2013
Pros: nice office
Cons: long hours
- Working from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm every day, 5 days a weak.
- Involved with more than 15 different people in the project.
- Involved in the implementation, testing and training.
- The first and the best project cross BC Province.
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Happy enviroment, amazing residents.
Residential Care Aid (Current Employee), Nanaimo, BCJanuary 2, 2013
Pros: amazing work feild
Cons: people who didn't wanna work as team players.
A typical day at work for me was getting my resident chart finding out who I had for the day. Go in say good morning to each one of them, start off whoever shower and bath day it was. Get my residents ready for there day.I did a lot of personal care with my residents. I think the hardest part of my day is when I see a resident who is down and I can't – more... make them feel better.
I have amazing co-workers who I can count on if I need them, we worked a lot as a team and we became a family. The most enjoyable part of my job is when I see the smiles on my residents faces when they have family and friends who come to see them. – less
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Productive and intense workplace with flex-day every third week
SQL Server DBA (Current Employee), Victoria, BCDecember 31, 2012
Pros: flex-day every third week, well endowed benefits package, pension
Cons: intense work environment
VIHA has an enormous data platform environment to care for. There are too few resources to accommodate all the demands of both operational requirements and project collaboration. You perform knowing that you cannot keep all clients satisfied. This pressure underscores the priority setting that is required to be productive. The parachute at VIHA is a – more... flex-day every third week, and very generous benefits package. – less
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No Respect for Frontline Staff
Resident Care Attendant/Health Care Assistant (Former Employee), Victoria, BCOctober 19, 2012
Pros: the residents, they always made my day
Cons: no benefits, no commitment to worker safety, poor management, short-staffing
You are probably hired as a casual. Then you are hounded by staffing to work at locations you didn't say you are available for or shift times you're not available for. Internal hiring is based on seniority- so you're probably going to be a casual for quite some time (I was for FOUR years). There is no respect for care aides, and your coworkers are also – more... burnt out and can be hard to be around. Casuals have to pay for benefits, get no sick time, and no vacation time. The system is very badly broken, but don't expect your manager to be on your side. Also, when you inevitably injure yourself due to the unsafe working conditions and absolutely ridiculous caseload, VIHA will most likely have their lawyers that are on retainer fight against your WCB claim, and win. The one single thing that I loved about my job was working with the residents, and with the caseload (anywhere between 8-15 residents if you are short-staffed) you barely have enough time to ask them how their day is going. My biggest regret is not quitting sooner. – less

Zella – January 14, 2013

Worked in this so called: "Caring" enviroment for 18 years and I am so happy to hear that;- I am not the only one who feel this way... I agree this work place is unsafe to work for workers and residents, because we are Caregivers and CAN,T look after 8-18 people and work 24/7 all the time- because We Are People! I can't believe why NOBODY DO something about this Unhealty Workplace...? Oh yes! It is a shame.

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director worst boss ever,
PLANT OPERATOR / POWER ENGINEER 5TH CLASS (Former Employee), victoriaOctober 14, 2012
Pros: fellow employees like family
Cons: dirty tricks
would never recommend . treated poorly on my way out after 21 yrs. sworn at - reported ,then laid off. used to be great place to work . Union also lame especially for skilled labor.
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Great security with no future
Administrative Assistant (AS4) (Current Employee), Nanaimo, BCSeptember 6, 2012
Pros: good pay & benefits
Cons: no future advancement opportunities
I have been an Admin Assistant with VIHA for almost 10 years. I appreciate the security, good pay and benefits. I have enjoyed various opportunities to learn and create my own work, such as creating archiving systems and databases to support them. However I feel I have reached the peak of how far I can go within this organization and wish to seek other – more... opportunities to fulfil my potential. – less
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Great Security but no Future
Administrative Assistant (AS4) (Current Employee), Nanaimo, BCSeptember 6, 2012
Pros: great benefits
Cons: no future advancement opportunities
I have been an Admin Assistant with VIHA for almost 10 years. I appreciate the security, good pay and benefits. I have enjoyed various opportunities to learn and create my own work, such as creating archiving systems and databases to support them. However I feel I have reached the peak of how far I can go within this organization and wish to seek other – more... opportunities to fulfil my potential. – less
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If you work at a job you love you never have to work again.
Patient Service Aide/ RCA (Current Employee), Victoria, BCAugust 15, 2012
Pros: new facility well thought out for patients and staff
Cons: i would like more hours, i get to the end of a shift and ask "is that all?"
The new Royal Jubilee Hospital should be the blue print for all hospitals, utilizing support workers for RNs and LPNs for help with ADL's and other patient needs, thus freeing up valuable time for the nurses to do their jobs. I truly feel I am helping and I am their eyes and ears. Every day I am told how much they appriciate my help and training and – more... this gives rise to a desire to do my very best at all times. – less
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It was ok
Certified Nursing Assistant (Former Employee), Bainbridge Island, WADecember 1, 2012
Pros: safeway around the corner
Cons: short lunch
Not much to say since I only worked there for a few months. Co workers were nice. Nurse I worked with was not. Im sure she is gone by now. 3 NOCs, part time. I liked it. It was peacefull. Hardest part was seeing that nurse and her talking to me like I was a child. Most enjoyable was meeting nice people. Driving from Silverdale to the Island was a nice – more... drive at night but also dangerous. – less
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Good people
Medical Laboratory Technologist (Former Employee), Saanichton, BCApril 10, 2012
Pros: good people
Cons: little chance for advancement or full-time work
Lovely people at VIHA, but little chance for advancement. When I started I was promised a permanent full-time position soon. Two and a half years later they were still saying 'soon'. I really liked my boss and co-workers, though.

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