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The college has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it's squandered by unimaginative and barely competent administrators who talk a good game, but never follow through. There's little emphasis on collaboration with staff and virtually no process for cultivating leadership or harnessing talent. Poor decisions have undermined the College's reputation locally and threatened the quality of education offered. It's a demoralizing place to work. I would leave if not for my family's ties.
Looks good on the surface but this is a fiefdom run by one or two individuals who are completely self-interested and who will do anything to maintain power. The internal politics is never ending. Qualifications and performance mean absolutely nothing. While there are good people trying to bring this institution up to a respectable level, (instructors and admin) overall it is a truly TOXIC WORK ENVIRONMENT. Just check the levels of turnover and the amount of people who have left on stress leave. This is about the worst place to work in the Comox Valley (or anywhere) and really has no business as an accredited post secondary institution. Interesting to see that another well intentioned president is now leaving, in all likelihood run out by those wanting to grab even more power for themselves. Horrible, horrible place to work. Avoid at all costs.
Good benefits package
Highly Toxic Culture
Teaching is fulfilling and the courses are great quality. Unfortunately, the internal culture is toxic. Contracts are weaponized to overwork instructors without regard to the consequences for student learning and success (never mind faculty members' wellness). There are far too many administrators and several are so incompetent that they harm the institution. Even among those who are skilled, their communication is abysmal and decision-making is opaque & reactionary. This organization's management desperately needs a reset with fewer 'leaders' and better processes for engaging faculty & staff in all matters. The best ideas & strongest leadership is coming from the ranks.
Great staff; beautiful location
This is one of the worst examples of government waste I've ever experienced. Too many unmotivated employees, completely bullied and frightened by entrenched admin and management. Easily the worst culture of any place I've ever worked. Fear, mistrust, waste all over the place. This organization needs some serious review and clean up. Very sad example of what our public institutions have become. Not somewhere you'd want to work if you have any talent or desire to grow professionally. Perfect for those just passing time, with no eye on the future, or real care for the power of education, other than to get a pay check.
Excellent benefits package
Terrible mismanagement, overly political, no room for innovation, mediocrity (at best) rules.
A typical work day involved stalking returned books in shelfs, processing new books. Making calls to students and instructors on requested books and articles from other libraries and filing them for pickup. Ensuring that books in shelfs were arranged in order and maintaining order and cleanliness in the library was also part of my responsibility. I learned a lot from working at the library, including problem solving especially with students and management. Organizing events being my favourite, we had monthly themes and it was my responsibility to organize them. I improved my interactive skills from dealing with both the faculty and the students. I couldn't ask for better co-workers, they were professional, supportive and made the working environment homely and what would have been challenging was made easy.