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A fun place to work

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I did something new every days. The work was easy and the people that I worked with were friendly and helpful. My supervisor at BCIT was very nice and suggested for me to apply at BCIT to get full-time work

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Good pay, good working enviroment environment and conditions

Cons

Some heavy lifting
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Dedicated Staff but an Institution that is Difficult to Make Change In

I was fortunate in my role to meet many that are dedicated to teaching and learning. Not all embraced bringing forward ideas and experiences of an outside institution which made change very slow to impossible. Excluded from key meetings/discussions, making it impossible to meet expectations.Frequently expected to work late evenings, weekends and on vacations to meet multi changing deadlines.

Pros

Salary and some amazing dedicated staff

Cons

Strong stance on how it was - not how it could be
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Fun place but challenging

BCIT is a great place to work. Lots of opportunities to grow academically and socially. Work can be challenging but in the end it is always rewarding.

Pros

Lots of upgrades

Cons

Parking
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Amazing business to work for

I have nothing bad to say about working at bcit. Amazing place of business. Work politics were no drama and everyone lent a hand. Always came to work glad I was there.

Pros

Caring management

Cons

Parking
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Diploma Mill

BCIT caters to students who do not want to study and have entitlement issues. I actively tell employers not to hire because students have not earned grades. It is very much a starter school for students who are unable to earn spots at UBC and SFU. BCIT is one of those university-college mills like Capilano, Kwantlen, Langara.

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None

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Entitled Students
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Overall Experience

Company was undergoing major changes with some political undercurrents this was not the best working environment. Minimal assistance to deliver content , minimal assistance to orovide excellent resource based education.
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School of Health Sciences

People quit their manager, not their job and nowhere is this more the case than the BCIT School of Health, Manager; Diagnostics. This manager rewards, promotes and supports those with a poor work ethic and lack teaching credentials, those who complain and are the source of creating a toxic work environment. This manager casts aside, undermines and disposes of instructors who work hard and are loyal to the organization with documented positive student feedback. I have personally witnessed colleagues crying in meetings with this manager present, verbal abuse and harassment both in-person and online. All this behaviour goes on under the watchful eye of the Dean of the School of Health and senior leadership who do absolutely nothing to address the issues. The School of Health Sciences is the most toxic work environment I have ever been a part of. On an organizational level, BCIT is incredibly resistant to change and more often, change is obstructed. Idea sharing is discouraged. The BCIT learning environment has not changed in decades. How this toxic culture continues in this time of change and awareness of workplace bullying and harassment boggles my mind.

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Students

Cons

Soul crushing, toxic environment
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Official response from British Columbia Institute of Technology

28 August 2020
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. At BCIT, we value our people and are always striving to improve our employee experience. We welcome further feedback to identify possible solutions to address the concerns you may have. Please feel free to email us at recruitmentassistant@bcit.ca if you would like to provide additional feedback.
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BCIT is a great trades school

BCIT is a great trades school, the most enjoyable part of the job is being a mentor to keen apprentices. The hardest part this job was the ongoing lesson planning as a result of curriculum revisions
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Fun and active workplace

Nice place to work. Plenty of support. The campus in Burnaby has all the amenities a worker would need. Fun place to work. Lots to keep you busy. Days went by quickly. Free coffee.

Pros

Plenty of time to get things done. Multiple campuses to meet students and staff.

Cons

Contracts only.
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Awesome hand-on working experience

Great program for gainning continuous improvement skills such as project management, process design and improvement, and change management to ensure the business can respond to evolving customer demands
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Found a wonderful family here

Helped me better develope my skillsets as a person. Better able to utilize assessment techniques. Gave me an opportunity to become a better speaker. Mentoring and self development opportunities were great. Provided me with rewarding challenges.
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Recreation Services Assistant

Slow paced environment. Flexibility and vacation perks are great. Not much work to do. No possibility for advancement. Team is great but management does not take into fact that the decisions they make are what is best for the department and how they affect the staff that deal with front line situations.
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Great workplace

- answer phones - student services - great people - good managers - good co workers - fair salary - nice vibe - student culture - lots of amenities around campus
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Toxic environment where new ideas are highly discouraged

BCIT School of Health Sciences was hands down the worst employer I have ever had. In the beginning I was thrilled to get a job offer from BCIT since they promote themselves as one of the top 100 employers in British Columbia. However within the first month of my employment it was clear I had been mislead on what they wanted out of my position. Instead of bringing new ideas to the table as a manager, I was expected to continue on with the usual inefficient method of doing things despite knowing faster and more cost effective methods. HR is terrible at BCIT. The job description provided by HR did not match the duties I was assigned by my supervisor. I witnessed instances of bullying, sexism, and passive aggressive behavior between my colleagues. I attempted to formally report this but was ignored for months. HR informed my supervisor of my complaints and I was then reprimanded as being "disruptive to the culture of BCIT and that I should be careful not to upset the the wrong people". There is a very high turnover rate with management and HR. The goals of one manger could be completely opposite of their replacement. Deans and Directors are easily fired or quit. So setting long term goals can be challenging. If you are a young person with fresh ideas, BCIT is not the place to work. Take your talents someplace they will be appreciated.
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28 August 2020
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. At BCIT, we value our people and are always striving to improve our employee experience. We welcome further feedback to identify possible solutions to address the concerns you may have. Please feel free to email us at recruitmentassistant@bcit.ca if you would like to provide additional feedback.
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Part time instructors have very little connection to rest of school and staff.

I love teaching. But after years of working for this school, you get burned out over how many unpaid hours you end up working in order to get the marking and prep done. The hourly wage is great, but that is all you ever get paid. I think the students suffer then as instructors stop wanting to put the extra time in to modify or update their courses as it means more unpaid work.
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Productive and fun place to work

helping people and putting weights away I have learnt how to be punctual and more polite, with regards of management was really good, easy and fun to work, the people were always kind and they helped me all the time when I could not attent to the job because of school
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Fun to work

Excellent staff, amazing security team to work with. A lot of things to learn and the hardest part is to manage all the phone calls with different inquiries.
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Reputable Organization

Great organization to work for. Good for resume building. It is a large organization so it was often difficult to get projects done within a reasonable time as their systems are beaurocratic and inefficient.

Cons

Beuraucratic
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good experience

working at bcit gives you good teaching experience plus you get a chance to work with students and teach your industrial experience, i recommend if you want to gain some teaching experience
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Poor/toxic work culture

High turnover at the management/leadership level, many people fired during my time here. BCIT has an aging workforce that obstructs change, they are not open at all to new ideas. If you are young and have new ideas to share, this is not the workplace for you.

Pros

Education/professional development fund

Cons

No time to use fund for professional development, not open to any type of change or idea sharing
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Official response from British Columbia Institute of Technology

28 August 2020
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. At BCIT, we value our people and are always striving to improve our employee experience. We welcome further feedback to identify possible solutions to address the concerns you may have. Please feel free to email us at recruitmentassistant@bcit.ca if you would like to provide additional feedback.
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Terrible place to work

Terrible HR leadership. No HRIS system in place and there are no universal HR business processes in place which lead to continual manual mistakes. The other departments all have a negative opinion of HR at BCIT. Horrible office culture with bullying and no cohesive group and no accountability for actions because of awful leader. The VP HR rarely shows herself in the main HR office and has had a revolving door of employees since she came on board.
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28 August 2020
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. At BCIT, we value our people and are always striving to improve our employee experience. We welcome further feedback to identify possible solutions to address the concerns you may have. Please feel free to email us at recruitmentassistant@bcit.ca if you would like to provide additional feedback.

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