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    Love my job, but frustrated by barriers to improving the organization.

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    Current Employee - Exempt (Non-union) in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Exempt (Non-union) in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time


    * gym membership
    * excellent / flexible work hours, good vacation time
    * good pension plan
    * friendly community
    * free courses for staff if you aren't displacing a paying student


    * complex union environment, along with all the disadvantages that brings ("superhero" model, where some staff do the heavy lifting, while others coast)
    * management is at the mercy of the unions, labour relations department is not effective
    * inadequate training budget (which is one of the few rewards management can provide to the effective staff in lieu of a bonus)
    * poor approach to strategic planning (plan published a year late, after the budget submissions were due)
    * resistance to improving business processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a long time employee of the organization, I can agree with many of the good AND poor reviews. The single biggest impediment to BCIT is its unions. If management could reward staff and conversely choose who was laid off (based on job performance, ability to do their job, or even for blatant lack of desire to contribute), most of the organization's pressures would disappear.

    Realistically, a more strategic approach to building and/or reducing the organization's budget would help. The current method encourages silo behaviour. Since windfall revenues aren't going to magically appear, a commitment to openness between departments/schools with the intent to share best practices, improve business processes, and identify opportunities to reduce costs would be beneficial.

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British Columbia Institute of Technology Interviews

Updated Jan 7, 2015
Updated Jan 7, 2015

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Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Administrative Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at British Columbia Institute of Technology.

    Interview Details

    Good, organized process; called me to schedule an appointment. Followed up when they said they would. Had 3 separate interviews with different people. Asked to contact references. Made offer by telephone. Were not willing to negotiate on salary, made it clear there is a fixed salary range for every job and need to work up the salary range.

    Interview Questions
    • All expected interview questions for this type of job. Had to do computer and typing skills tests.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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Headquarters Burnaby, Canada
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type College / University
Industry Education
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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