Management was unfortunately not very good at communicating and was not visible.
Sr. Financial Analyst (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 30 April 2018
The organization has an excellent reputation which I completely agree with, however, the administrative leader who I reported to was not a good communicator (not visible on site, cancelled meetings, was not responsive to change/improvement).
Great healthcare, great reputation.
Little flexibility and very heavy workload (not evenly distributes)
Child Life Volunteer (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 21 April 2018
I worked as a Child Life Volunteer within the hospital's play park, organizing and participating in activities with the children, offering respite for parents, and generally creating a positive environment for the kids to relax. It was the most fulfilling volunteer experience I have ever had.
Billing Clerk (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 15 January 2018
The Hospital for Sick Kids is a very well known health facility that brings a sense of hope and wonders to the life of children with different health risks and issues. It is easily accessible, clean and organized working environment for staff, patients and patient families. Everyone is helpful and kind.
Analyst (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 11 December 2017
The Hospital for Sick Children has a longstanding brand and reputation that makes it one of the most sought-after employers to work for in this country. Once you're there, however, there is little opportunity for advancement and they have everybody that's new on contracts. They typically do that for those who hard hired as "externals" and there is some stigmatization with being one, given that the majority of people working there have been working there for some 20+ years. There is no problem with having a workplace with longstanding staff, but as an "external" it just doesn't seem that your views and contributions are valued as much. For an organization that says they value "accelerating impact", it is not an environment that fosters innovation from my experience. Clearly, this would all depend on your role but I get the sense that no one gives two hoots about what your views are as a newcomer. That is unfortunate but I don't think that's going to change anytime soon. I know this seems overly negative so I'll add the main "perks" of being a Sick Kids employee.
ADVANTAGES: - location, easy to access through public transportation. - working there is a work experience resume builder.
What could be improved: - Mandated annual salary increases (as a contract worker, apparently you aren't even "entitled" to salary increases above the rate of inflation unless you ask your manager for it. Imagine how nervewracking that can be if you don't even know whether or not they will keep you on the job. - Feeling "valued" for your contributions - Increased opportunities to meetmore... with other department staff and network.. would be nice.less
Senior Systems Analyst/Systems Administrator (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 27 October 2017
I will miss Sick Kids. I met my wife there. It has been good to me throughout the years. It is great to be part of such a place; where children are tirelessly looked after and medical marvels happen on a daily basis.
Patient Information Clerk - Plastic Surgery Clinic (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 14 September 2017
Busy day and the hardest part is not being recognized for the job you do. Not everyone is viewed in the same eye, the best part of working there is seeing a smile on the children face and the family at the end of the day.
Co-op Student (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 1 September 2017
While doing my Co-op placement at Sickkids, I not only learned so much about what i want to do in my future i learned a lot about myself. It was such an amazing experience as i got to experience my possible career choice all up close. The people there made my time there absolutely amazing. I worked with kids ages of 0 days old to 18 years of age. I didn't get to tend to their medical needs but i did get to help the patients and their families get used to a hospital environment, as well as played with the patients and gave the parents a break if needed. I hope to work here in the future, my time here was amazing and i can't wait to be back to volunteer.