Bow Valley College Reviews

Updated August 9, 2015
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  1. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bow Valley College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally a good place to work. Exciting projects on the horizon within the PMO office.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with employee and daily tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Would be great to have management take more risks.


  2. Instructor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nursing Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Nursing Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good teamwork and generous vacation days

    Cons

    Mostly a conservative workplace, that can be good or bad depending on employee's personality


  3. Good place to work, but keep in mind that every department is different

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, great sense of teamwork within the department. Salary is okay for an educational institution. Great opportunity to work with people from very diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    Collaboration with other departments is not the best. Many, many instructors are hired as casuals, so there is not a great sense of job security. Sometimes it seems that Human Resources and management policies are not in tune with the specific needs of different departments. It can feel too bureaucratic at times.


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  5. Frustrating and buffeted by internal politics, and power plays

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I've been a contractor for a bit over five years with this organisation. The first three years were great: the people coordinating my work (for external client) were great, paid close attention to detail, made sure the clients' needs were understood and met. Then, there were two re-orgs I knew about, and possibly three; two of the coordinators left and one was moved to a different department. There wer

    Cons

    Politics, in-fighting, lack of coordination, a rumoured refusal of the deans to collaborate, share information, streamline processes - meaning each department has its own way of working. This makes for MUCH frustration for contractors, in that it's hard to know who one reports to - as things are constantly changing. I have worked in both full-time courses and for external clients with this organisation. There have been at least three reorganisations (for why). Departments do not share information so if you're with one department, and they reorganise, and you become part of another department - even without knowing about it, because they don't tell you - you have to reapply for your position! I've been there five years and have been working with one specific client for that time, and I was just told I have to submit a resume and reapply for a job, one the CLIENT is specifically requesting me for. It's a mess. Add in a clunky, hard-to-use interweb system, and a vastly unresponsive management team....

    Advice to Management

    The ship is vastly off-course and is being steered by many who not only don't know where they're going, but don't care beyond their bi-weekly pay cheque. This institution does not have a real focus on its internal workings. Apathy is a key feature. Add to that a certain level of territorialism with some "lifers" and it can be a hellish experience for in-coming, bright-eyed newbies. The institution has expanded a LOT but may have done so one a pretty unstable - somewhat rotten base.


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    Good vision for the future but their ability to do this without an army high priced consultants is questionable.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bow Valley College full-time

    Pros

    A good road map for future development (Vision 2020). A good location in the city, convenient on the train line. There are some good employees whose idealism and hard work is tolerated.

    Cons

    Painfully unproductive, petty power politics, cronyism and nepotism. Little regard is given for deadlines or quality output. Very old-style government outfit that promotes not on merit but on connections. Desperate for more dynamism and caring people.

    Advice to Management

    The president has to move on. She has entrenched the bad behavior and low productivity of the faculty of staff. With private sector nipping at the heels of this college's market share, they will lose the good students without a leader that is sincerely focused on the students. Why are our tax dollars supporting this white elephant?


  7. Unfortunate situation that never resolved

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Accounting Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Accounting Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bow Valley College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - constant busy work environment - overall college emphasis on student practical education is strong

    Cons

    - very poor training system: individual is required to train self in systems, but is not allowed the opportunity to train due to audit/ work requirements

    Advice to Management

    - delegate projects with direct reports to the director; allow your staff to show their abilities


  8. Good Compensation and Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Institutional Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Institutional Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The College provides good work/life balance, and great compensation and benefits. Most of the people that I have worked with are very nice.

    Cons

    There is not much space to move up. Lack of sound business processes, and lack of good leardership.


  9. Public Service Stereotypes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bow Valley College full-time

    Pros

    Educational discounts on products, one week off at Christmas

    Cons

    Poor work ethic of staff. Like the old days of the government job. Friends and family get precedence. Low productivity, lack of integrity, heavy office politics.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a cleaning of the house. There is a serious lack of dynamism in here and the tired leadership needs to be pushed out if this school is serious about succeeding in the ever competitive world of delivering education.


  10. Good place to work, bad management in the English Language Learning Department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bow Valley College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues, benefits (if full-time), vacation time is outstanding for instructors, the culture (within departments) is positive, overall, but communication between departments is not great.

    Cons

    Very corporate, lack of imagination in the English Language Learning Department, senior management at times appears to be more concerned with public image than with student experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Let the instructors do their jobs without micromanaging


  11. Good employment experience.

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Communication Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Communication Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Bow Valley College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people willing to work to make things better. Fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Salary not terribly competitive but to be expected in this industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on documenting and improving processes. Learn from industries other than post-secondaries.



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