Research Assistant for the Dean of Humanities (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 11 March 2018
Doing research for the Dean of the Humanities was a phenomenal experience. I was able to research, study and learn about topics that would normally have to be sought out on a recreational basis. The text I worked on was later published, with two other authors and the sense of fulfillment still exists today.
Painter (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 26 January 2018
The management treats employees like this is the only place in town to work. The managers will say anything to get you there like promising you that they have lots of work and telling you they will be posting full time jobs in the near future . They will then lay you off before Christmas so that they don't have to pay you for the few days in between Christmas and New Years that the university is closed. Then they finally post the jobs a full 7 months later and you get passed over for the shop brown noser. Your time is better used looking elsewhere for employment.
Tutor (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 30 December 2017
A typical day would be spending an hour or two waiting for students to come in and ask me for help. Then I would answer their questions to the best of my ability and make sure they understood.
I learned different ways of thinking and gained a stronger understanding of what I was tutoring.
It was easy to talk to others in the department, the ones who hired me and the ones who helped me with payroll. Everyone was always friendly and excited (many in that department are also professors that have had me before).
Workplace culture does not apply to me because I worked by myself, though if I needed any help at all I was free to ask anyone in the department and they would point me in the right direction. Since I am only a student and did not work more than 5 hours a week generally, I cannot say much for benefits or policies and so on.
The hardest part of the job was giving out the correct information to students who were asking for help, and trying to make it as clear as possible.
My favourite part of the job was helping the students understand something they didn't before. Their excitement or the click in their heads once they get something is one of the best experiences to have.
Teacher Assistant (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 26 October 2017
I like working at Uvic. It is the best place I have ever worked in. Colleagues are usually students which makes the workplace more fun. There are people from different countries and you get to know different cultures as well.
Resident Assistant Community Leader (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 23 October 2017
Being a CL in Uvic posed a great place for me to become a person that understands their impact on their community. It was a place that helped me realize the importance of being a good listener and creating a positive university experience on young incoming freshman.
Houseworker: fairly easygoing workplace with kind but firm management
Housekeeping (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 10 October 2017
- the management is very friendly and receptive to suggestions on how to improve the workplace.
- the workplace culture is generally supportive; workers and management often look out for one another.
- the work can be physically demanding, but work hours are a bit shorter than the usual 9-5s so it helps balance that aspect out.
- micromanagement is slim; generally you were given a series of tasks for the day and if you followed your list, managers put faith in you and didn't come to micromanage you.
The bad: - the wage: hourly was barely above minimum wage, which I suppose could be expected of a summer job. This is somewhat mitigated by shift differentials on the weekend, but only marginally so. The pay definitely could be better because...
- the messes you dealt with: granted, our job did not include cleaning washrooms but was limited to the bedding aspect of the residences. HOWEVER, because we dealt with bedding we were sometimes (but not often) exposed to blood, urine, fecal matter and other 'pleasant' things. I feel dealing with these kinds of materials warrants even just a slightly higher wage than what is currently given.
Reasonable work hours, good management
Mediocre pay to deal with some frankly disgusting stuff
Busy, growing, innovative and dedicated to community.
Acting Human Resources Associate (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 4 October 2017
Focused on Faculty and Staff providing guidance and assistance for a myriad of employment situations. Referencing collective agreements, terms and conditions and University policies and guidelines, a very busy office. Great inter-department connections as well as Union associations. Something to learn and someone new to meet every day. An employer dedicated to community.
Archivist (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 4 August 2017
Work is demanding and opportunities for advancement are not dependent upon good performance. Little infrastructure in place to support employees, though you have a lot of freedom to direct yourself in your work.