CDI College
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Not a place were you wake up and want to go to work with enthusiam.

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The turnover is alarming, and management is not bothered, as they tend to always want to intimidate staff. The institution and its management are all about profit without looking at the content and value provided.
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Oui tres agreable gens tres gentils et tres professionels
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Wonderful place to work. Great opportunity to inspire student learning.

Excellent job for over ten years until a change in management & work culture. E-learning focus. Manageable classroom sizes with good tech support. Solid company.

Pros

Instructor flexibly.

Cons

No pension plan.
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Environnement toxique, non respect des étudiants et des employés

Le respect n'est pas en avant plan dans cette entreprise, exploitation financière, intimidation, le salaire est ridicule et environnement toxique.
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Productive

Nothing bad to say. Good pay. Good ppl work there. Everyone keeps to themselves. Practicum could use work. Other than that, I'm happy and wouldn't change anything
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Toxic work environment and unsupportive

This company does not have a supportive environment whatsoever and has a very toxic work environment as well. The staff and management are biased and are quick to blame subordinates for their mismanagement. I do not recommend working here.
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Very Supportive & Caring Management

The Leadership team and management created a very warm, supportive, inclusive and respectful workplace environment. The Campus Director is hands on in terms of building relationship with staff and students. The team knows how to celebrate success & milestones. Keep up the excellent work.

Pros

Inclusive, diverse team members

Cons

None I can think
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Good place to get teaching experience

The staff is very friendly, and I found management very helpful. However, the pay is low for today's standards of living. Also, you might be hired to teach a morning or afternoon class, but depending on student enrollment, you might be asked to teach an evening class instead, which is fine if your other activities allow such flexibility.
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Run for the hills

Like many have already posted, there is a great sense of job INsecurity at this place. Management constantly reminds you if if enough students do not enroll that layoffs will happen. In the years I was at CDI (4) this was constant. A revolving door of staff. Managers have power trips and a large majority are a nightmare to work with. Because of this fear and pressure myself and many were overworked and severely underpaid. I was constantly provided a workload that was impossible to complete in 8 hours. It is common for people to eat lhnch at their desk/classroom or skip lunch entirely and STILL complete work during evenings and weekends (unpaid). People start working here thinking it will be amazing working at a post secondary institute. Trust me, for the same pay (or less) than an assistant manager at a fast food chain I would rather work there and have way less stress/take at home.Pros: The students. Many instructors stay much longer before quitting because educating is a passion and the learners are wonderful. Another pro may be your coworkers (not all levels of management), but because this place is a revolving door people usually quit or get let go so often that it is emotionally exhausting.Cons: Literally everything else especially the management team at all levels.
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Zero job training, overly complicated system

Thrown to the wolves my first day teaching...zero training. Their online system is beyond complicated and very frustrating. I have a level 1 in early childhood education and teaching Level 2 & 3 courses.
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People being fired for no reason many times.

Fired more than 30 people from 1 office without any explanation, Managers, Sales, Coordinators.... No respect at all.You always feel pressured and insecure. Horrible environment. My manager was an exception. He was an amazing boss and person, but not even this could make the experience good.
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Instructor

Worked with many great people. Location was convenient, students were well vetted. No clear mission, lack of access to management and rarely positive feedback
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Awful

Working here is extremely down grading and the management is TERRIBLE. A very toxic and manipulative environment. Almost ALL employees are miserable here, it is very unfortunate. The pay is terrible as well and they do not care about your well-being whatsoever. Do yourself a favor and don't go near this place.
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All the negative reviews are true unfortunately

High turnover. Seems promising at first with the hiring paperwork, the laptop equipment, your desk, and badge. Training seems organized, then you hit the the floor and realize this is a dead end job. Cold calling. Call centre. It is amazing when one stays. Mass lay offs and mass hirings is their motto. No integrity to admissions process.

Pros

Laptop and headphones provided, benefits after 3 mos but you still pay for it, lucky if you have a good team that you get along with

Cons

Takes long to get your commission, hard to get the sale with their KPI expectations, high turnover including management.
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Toxic Work Environment with no room for advancement

Whatever you do, DO NOT work here if you value your mental health, work life balance, and want respect. Turn over is high and there's no job security. You're paid just above minimum and struggling while the founder and CEO is buying a new mansion in Vancouver for cash. Not to mention as part of your work contract they force you to pay for their benefits. Just the worst experience around and I'm glad that I didn't give even an entire year to the toxic work environment that is this scam of a college.
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Ridiculous amount of turnover

"College" is a pretty generous term. Students pay tens of thousands of dollars for education that is substandard and lacking, leaving them unprepared to enter the workforce. Programs were moved to online that were never designed for it, and not adapted to provide solid learning to students. Teachers as they call them are educated but have no idea how to teach, and refer all questions to teaching assistants, providing minimal class time to cohorts. They are overworked and understaffed, in the interest of making more money for the college. Students are promised things that are not true just to get them to sign on to a program. This is criminal, and the college should not be one of the approved educational institutions by the government. They should look forward to many more legal battles in the future.
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Unprofessional Management

There is a high turnover in the management team; therefore, procedures change constantly without being communicated properly. It is hard to find a manager or supervisor who cares for instructors.
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Could be better.

It's a performance-based role like in any other company.Commission pay is pretty good, but you get paid 2-months after the student starts. So if you sign a student up in January and start school in May, you'll get your commission by August.The most challenging part about this job is other reps stealing sales. Trying to convince someone to go to school and take out a loan for $20,000 isn't easy. It takes many follow-ups, reassurance, handling objections and helping the student overcome obstacles. Suppose you've been working on a lead for a month. You take a few days in-between before your next follow-up. You check the lead a few days later and find out your co-worker signed your student up. Guess who gets the commission for all your hard work? Your co-worker does.You tell your manager, and they do absolutely nothing. With that said, it creates a toxic work culture. You constantly need to fend off vultures from stealing your business and convince your manager to pay you a commission you deserve that someone else stole. The management could be a lot better.

Pros

Helping people get into better careers.

Cons

Other reps stealing sales and management doing nothing about it.
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Fun loving place

Love to work here I really enjoyed work here but management sometimes create a issue a task that is not required directions are not upto mark. Even issue with the holidays
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Terrible place

Doesn't invest in employees, management wants you to force a student to come to school no matter what. Very shady bosses and very shady work practices. New staff every three months as they don't want to pay benefits to employees

Pros

None

Cons

Long days, terrible upper management, horrible work culture
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Do not join this organization in any case

CDI College was awful to work for. There was no job security, empty promises were constantly made then broken and they don’t follow their contracts regarding pay; sick pay, commissions and they will try to short you with your vacation pay. I highly recommend not working with a very incompetent company. Do better.

Pros

Na

Cons

A lot
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Overall rating

Based on 281 reviews

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2.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.4 out of 5 stars for Management
2.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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