North Island College
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Uneducated management makes for an unhealthy workplace

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Top heavy with uneducated management leads itself to a very stressful, unorganized, unhappy workplace. Lack of communication between departments also creates a sense of unease and untrust.
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Good place to work if you can "break in"

My job is sessional and very part-time, but pays well and is rewarding work. Great and supportive coworkers. HR moves at a snail pace at times and information is often lost or not transferred to the necessary departments for quicker hiring process or effective start-up when recalled.
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What people like
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Fair pay for job
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
Areas for improvement
  • Energizing work tasks
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Sense of belonging

Administration Needs Some Review

This institution has had a history of terrible administration. Since the current president has been hired, there is an increase in transparency, which is appreciated. Unfortunately the ones making decisions typically seem to be in a reactionary state rather than proactive state. Faculty that are regular are treated well, but sessionals have a long road to go. There seems to be issues with support staff, due to the mass exodus that’s been happening. Salaries need to go up - the cost of living does not match the pay and is becoming very problematic. I wish there was more incentive for workers to do more, which would better the college as a whole.


Good work-life balance, location


Poor administration
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Do not work here

This is not a good place to work. The new senior management team is worse than ever. Cronyism at the top level means that unqualified people are making the decisions and making significantly more than they should. Morale has never been worse and the toxic environment worsens is driving good people away.


Pension plan
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There is potential for this college to be a wonderful workplace, however it generally falls short. Recruiting is a challenge which often leads to increased workload for those remaining. Management seems to thrive on working angles around policies and people, which leads to significant distrust. In fairness, it is a small college with limited budget. Where the challenge lies, in my opinion, NIC tries to offer more that it can support or provide. Core values are overwhelmingly non-existent in its efforts to provide everything.


There are a great number of extremely amazing staff.


Long hours, interrupted holidays.
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you get paid to do your homework basically. Aside from making sure everyone left the studios there was no problems.its only evenings but its not a problem for most students, also not much hours but its decent pocket change for a student


paid to work in the studio


evenings only
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Worst workplace

As someone who shelved a professional career and took a 50% pay cut to teach at NIC, I couldn't be more disappointed with my decision. Professional experience is rarely appreciated or valued by administrators and peers, who have no real-life experience in the field. Men in the trades are typically hired at the top of the pay scale while women are hired at the bottom. Like others have said, toxic barely sums up the work environment. It's much worse than that. The college administration's mandate is to keep as many contract faculty in unstable positions at the bottom of the pay scale as possible -- barely scraping by. Suggestions of becoming a regular employee are a misleading recruiting ploy. Keep in mind that the college let go of 30% of its faculty last year, which included some who had been teaching there for the last decade, plus nearly all of the contract faculty. I would describe my experience working at NIC as nothing short of horrific.


The campuses are located in beautiful communities


False promises, toxic workplace, disrespectful of real-world experience
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THE worst place to work

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
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This workplace needs TLC

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


Terrible management
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Needs new management

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.
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A typical rural community college

This is a typical rural community college, staff are excellent and the educational standards are good. Campus facilities are very good. I would recommend them as an employer
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Good job, good pay

Decent place to work but not a lot of formal training ... more on the job training style... work life balance a slight struggle but better than many other jobs
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Amazing company and post secondary institution

NIC is a wonderful place, both to attend as a student and to work as faculty. They are well organised and accommodating to the needs of their employees.
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Work/life balance

A great place to work and enjoy work/life balance. 4 campuses to choose from on beautiful Vancouver Island. A unionized environment has it's plus-side...good wages, great benefits, and reasonable hours.
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A huge waste of taxpayer money

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.
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Best co-workers

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.


Supportive co-workers
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nice place

good to work indoors,placing books on shelf helping students.


flexable hours


short term
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Based on 18 reviews

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2.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.2 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.1 out of 5 stars for Management
2.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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