CDI College Employee Reviews

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Professional and Fun
Employment Specialist (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON21 January 2019
This is a team of very positive and supportive people. Everyone is always working hard to help thousands of students become better educated for different types of jobs. Great place to work!
Pros
Meaningful work
Cons
work within tight budgets - but manageable
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Dont be fooled bu the Job title
Assistant Director of Admissions (Former Employee) –  Vancouver28 December 2018
All for profit, work for min wage , commissions sales job hiding behind a "compensation plan" to avoid the PTIB , ministry of advanced education that recruiters not be paid commission or incentive. like the other 1 star review ADOS aka of Assistant Director of Admissions are salesperson to trick the stduent that they are "speaking" with a Director. A sales based boiler room technique .
Pros
Insights on how students are conned
Cons
Did not leave earlier
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Terrible company to work for
Assistant director of admissons (Current Employee) –  Surrey, BC27 December 2018
CDI stands for Control Data institute. IT was shut down by the feds in the 90s and now moved its assets into Canada. All for profit with no regards for students success. The assistant director of admissions is aka salesman. Job is 100% commission from the 2nd year. First year you are safe only if u make enough to your baseline. U better off working for a min wage job more security
Pros
Promises of earning potential
Cons
Empty promises of earning potential
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Network administrator/Instructor
Network Administrator (Current Employee) –  City of Edmonton, AB7 December 2018
Nice work environment. Great team to work with.Very helping people around.Will get different things to learn.New experience with different type of students.
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Good company to work for overall
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 October 2018
People are nice, co workers help and support each other. Could have been better to have some formal training as i was left to learn by myself, which is ok, but doesn't work for everybody. The job is financially rewarding as long as you perform.
Pros
Great work life balance, working hours, benefits
Cons
Weird compensation structure for admission reps
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busy and challenging
Learning Center Instructor (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB22 October 2018
Busy atmosphere
How to face challenges head on
Most enjoyable part is dealing with the general public, eg. my students and the different dynamics.
I have worked here for almost 10 years and have enjoyed the different student dynamics. My students range from age 20-65. Watching them face the challenges of being a student and the joy when they graduate with a diploma in their chosen career path is rewarding.
Pros
Yearly events
Cons
Na
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Being an Instructor at CDI is Challenging
Instructor (Part-time) (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB29 September 2018
Being an instructor at CDI is challenging and not in a good way. CDI is always updating their curriculum and the way it is delivered, and yet they neglect to communicate these changes to instructors, which results in lots of "surprises" for the instructors and stress for the students. For example, students needed to view some videos for their assignments but we were told these videos were "no longer available because the supplier is no longer supporting that version". The curriculum platforms are not consistent which makes teaching ridiculously challenging and the LMS platform crashes a lot, or doesn't load properly, and is very frustrating for the students. As a new instructor, I wasn't offered any training on all of the different platforms and "versions" that CDI uses. I just had to figure it out on my own through "trial and error".

Most CDI instructors are part-time so you will be expected to do course prep and some marketing on your own time, and you don't qualify for health benefits. And they tell you that you will get a certain hourly rate, but they actually deduct vacation and holiday pay from your hourly rate, so you are actually paying for your own vacation & holiday pay and make less than promised. The campuses don't have the resources they need (i.e. a shredder for confidential documents). Our Campus Director often pays for things the staff needed or marketing needs out of his own pay. In my personal opinion, I feel the CEO is more interested in making a profit than investing in its instructors or students.
Pros
Mature students are great to teach!
Cons
Prep time will be needed, but it will be unpaid. Not paid what you were offered.
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This is a college; no salary
Accounting and Payroll Administrator (Former Employee) –  Abbotsford, BC20 September 2018
Hard work and lots of homework if you truly want to be successful. Ask the questions you KNOW you will need to understand that are NOT in the books and/or in the tests. This is your chance to be ahead of those that only want to pass the tests and get their certification.
Pros
Quick
Cons
The usual, some folks here are not really there to "learn".
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Fun place to work at
FINANCIAL COORDINATOR (Former Employee) –  Edmonton,AB16 September 2018
Had a pleasure time spending there with nice employes.
Learned more challenging role
Took more responsibilities
Most enjoyable part was dealing with students and helping them
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Beats the food bank, but not by much!!
Campus Director (Former Employee) –  Edmonton31 August 2018
CDI is the home of low pay dead end jobs. My co-workers were GREAT, the company is equally TERRIBLE!
The staff is taken for granted and considered disposable, no one stays more than 2 - 4 years because no one gets a raise and advancement will not happen.
No training, low pay, no future! This could all be yours!!!!
Pros
Fire Exits clearly marked
Cons
Pay, opportunity, management
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You will be replaced. No concern for students..
Assistant director of admissions (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg Manitoba25 July 2018
Management is very deceitful. Put a lot of stresses on employees with no support or training. Allows for extreme nepotism with no diversity amongst employees.
Pros
Students
Cons
Working environment, dishonest management
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Great School
IT Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 May 2018
Lots of courses to get your career on track. All is done using computer based training, and there are other people with more experience there to help you.
Pros
Courses, Career Goals
Cons
Over Priced tuition.
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A fun and rewarding place to work.
Instructor (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB25 May 2018
I truly discovered my passion for teaching at CDI College and will be forever grateful for that.
Other than the pay, it was a great place to work. I left to work for TELUS, where most of my students were being hired.
Pros
flexibility, positively challenging, recognition, support
Cons
low wages
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no integrity
Assistant Director of Admissions (Former Employee) –  Downtown26 February 2018
I enjoyed going to work every morning but its the office drama I was not impress by. It seemed that the more drama you created in the office, the more they were supported. These individuals had more permission to do what ever they wish. Rather than focusing on their job and maybe minding their own business of the other staff members, and let everyone do their jobs that they were hired to do. I had a great relationship and rapport with the adult students. Because I understood where they are because I too was a student and understand the uncertainty of the work force. I enjoyed coaching the potential adult student to make sure that they were ready to go back to school and pursue a career that was best suited for them.
Pros
coaching and creating a safe environment
Cons
lack of communication, support and no integrity
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Dead end employment
Admissions Representative (Former Employee) –  Canada2 February 2018
Think twice about working here. Lots of promises for change, but nothing ever does.
The direction of the company is non existent and so is the communication from management. Management aren't leaders but there to micromanage your daily performance in some areas, and no support for when you really need the help. You better be on the ball as one day you are a star and the next you are one foot out the door as they are always pushing for student enrollments and don't care about the quality of students that will be attending. Compensation is low unless you are a superstar and the benefits are low too- 2 weeks vacation and No short term disability. The work culture is virtually non-existent and everyone is out for themselves.
Pros
helping people that want to increase their education
Cons
low pay, low benefits, low chance of advancement
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Think twice before accepting a position at CDI
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC15 January 2018
The direction of the company is non existent. Department heads don't take advice from the people who really see things on the ground level. The compensation is okay, but you really need to be on the ball as one day you are a star and the next you are one foot out the door. Stressful environment in which you can't even trust your own team, as they are under the same situation and will steal a client away from you if they have a chance.
Cons
weekend and evening calls. no direction. stressful.
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Private career college
Admissions Representative (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON18 December 2017
This industry has changed over the last 10 years since I started working as an admission advisor. The financial benefit of a student loan has become the priority of most applicant. There is still others who has a genuine goal of career advancement and life-changing plans thru career trainings. This, possibly has to do with the Canadian government and its immigration program and policies.
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A great source of extra eduaction
Student/Volunteer Secretary (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB28 November 2017
Along side studying to be a massage therapist, the student secretary program also educated on the book keeping aspect of the career. Learned important office skills such as Microsoft Office, file keeping, booking, and customer service (phone) service.
Pros
extra education, extra credit, extra job training
Cons
late hours
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interesting
LPN and HCA Instructor (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB19 November 2017
good place to work initially.
staff were very much friendly and family-like.
lots of extra work after hours with marking papers, planning lessons.
had to be super organized which was great!
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great place
Lead Health Science Instructor (Former Employee) –  Surrey, BC20 October 2017
it was a fast paced environment that required a great deal of creativity and determination . teaching a variety of courses paved the way for curriculum development and branching into nursing education collaboration as well.
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