Algonquin College Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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  1. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Contractor - Systems Technician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Systems Technician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Algonquin College as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good Place to Work, Good Salary and People

    Cons

    The contract Position is without benefits, No training Provided.


  2. Great atmosphere, good work, little pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Algonquin College as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, wonderful students, interesting programs

    Cons

    Hard to get a full time job, part-time instructors are not paid well


  3. Workshop Designer and Facilitator - Corporate Training Division

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Consultant - Facilitator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Consultant - Facilitator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Algonquin College as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I felt they may have missed opportunities to solicit more private sector organizations for potential workshop attendance.

    Cons

    They were great to work with, allowed me to determine the curriculum of my workshops, extremely collaborative, and the set-up for their corporate training facility is fabulous.

    Advice to Management

    Expand to more private sector opportunities and adult education options for the corporate training division.


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  5. Great people to work with

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Algonquin College (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment where every faculty is willing to work together and explore new solutions.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get full-time, contract work.


  6. Collaborative, Innovator in their space

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Algonquin College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Algonquin is a leader in its sector, with a purposeful bend towards innovating education and its delivery through technology and teaching pedagogy

    Cons

    HigherEd is glacial compared to the private sector. Forget all you know about expectations of time, double it and double it again then you might be close


  7. Part time Partial load prof

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    Current Employee - Part Time Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Part Time Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Algonquin College part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Despite what others are saying about part time pay not being good, I know that my hourly rate is much higher than that of my full time peers. This is explicitly to help compensate for the additional hours that we do spend marking (which I should be doing right now) and preparing for courses.

    Cons

    There are a number of meeting that it would be nice if we were paid to attend. Things that are relatively important for the students. We're told that attendance is optional, but we won't get paid. While I try to attend most of these anyways, most of my fellow part time profs do not.


  8. Great for government

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Algonquin College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people, inspiring work, lots of fun!, plenty of opportunity if you know where to look

    Cons

    Backwards and out of date processes, HR is unhelpful, union is useless and actively harmful, few too many soon-to-be-retirees

    Advice to Management

    Create processes that lift up, not tear down
    Push people harder - more accountability


  9. Working as a Part-Time Professor/Instructor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part-time Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Part-time Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Algonquin College (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a leading edge institution with outstanding support services for students. Many of its programs are very competitive to gain entry and the students leave with a high level of employability. As a part-time professor, you can engage with vibrant, young people and keep a flexible schedule (i.e. you manage your own time outside of the classroom).

    Cons

    As a part-time professor, you really need to do it simply because you love it. You are paid only for the hours you are actually in the classroom -- not for lesson preparation, marking, and the many emails you will receive from students at all hours of the day and night. Oh, and you need to pay for parking too (!). The ability to move from part-time to full-time is extremely limited as very few full-time positions are available and the union anticipates this trend will continue.

    Advice to Management

    Management are in a tough position because they are juggling a staff of instructors comprised of 2/3 part-time (many of whom give up the grind after a semester or two). However, if changes can be made at the upper executive level to pay rates to include some time for at least marking and communications with the students, it would go a long way to being a viable part-time employment option AND attract the best talent for their students.


  10. very good organisation and structural leadership

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    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Algonquin College part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for expectant degree holder.

    Cons

    huge bureaucratic leadership process. Things almost took 1- 2 years to get done. Management also have favourites in the building which frequently caused unnecessary rift amongst workers.

    Advice to Management

    Create a department within a department system and reduce the level of bureaucracy in the department.


  11. Employment at Algonquin

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    Former Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Algonquin College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic & collaborative environment, good self improvement opportunities, supportive of employees

    Cons

    convergence of academic and administrative priorities can create difficulties

    Advice to Management

    Strong people skills are required to attain consensus for action. As a large, bureaucratic environment initiatives require support from many factions. The College is continually looking for improvements to services and programming and is very dynamic in this regard. It is an environment that encourages continued self-improvement and offers opportunities to do so.



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