British Columbia Institute of Technology
3.8 of 5 11 reviews
www.bcit.ca Burnaby, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Feb 6, 2014

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    Better than a lot of places

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsJob security, decent wages, good benefits, a lot of really great people work here, flexible and understanding when it comes to creating a work/personal life balance, free gym access.

    ConsIt is very easy to get stuck in a position, hard to move up to different positions, upper management tends to play favourites in certain departments, making it difficult for people who don't "play the game" to move up, or into different positions. HR is not very helpful. The food on campus is awful and expensive for the most part.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The institution is in dire need of new outside funding to refresh brand

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent benefits
    Flexibility
    Fair salary
    Location
    Ease of transit

    ConsLeadership questions
    Aging building infrastructure
    Aging work force

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Some good benefits and flex time, but poor relations with management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    ProsFlexible working hours. Some benefits are good. Good co-workers. Union protects workers from arrogant management.

    ConsHR department is terrible. Arrogant and worse than useless. They serve no useful purpose and job selection committees do all the work, including filtering of several dozen resumes.
    Poor working relationship with unions. Recent strike settled nothing and only worsened relationship. No collective agreement in over 4 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix HR department. Work on better relations with unionized workforce.

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    Good compensation but no room for growth

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRelatively good compensation for the amount of work load.

    ConsToo much politics within this organization, other than that it is not a bad company.

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    Great people with flexible schedules

    Lab Proctor (Current Employee)
    Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    ProsIs a government run institution, so you get all the benefits of public sector employment.

    ConsDepending on which building you working in, cell phone coverage can be difficult to receive, especially first level SE12

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work.

    Instructor (Former Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsBCIT is an excellent place for self directed adults who want to be treated as such to work. Aside from actual class schedules, there is quite a bit of flexibility in how, where & when you do the rest of your work.

    ConsThe union is strong, not everyone will thrive in a union environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are some disgruntled employees who have been around a long time and can mislead new employees with their bad attitudes & cynicism.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Comfortable but stagnant environment

    Instructor (Former Employee)
    Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    ProsRelaxed work environment, good hours, good benefits, good opportunities for personal development

    ConsNot unexpected for an educational institution, BCIT is very bureaucratic and static. There's little overall excitement nor incentive to excel; it's easy to look around and see colleagues young and old who are simply managing their days to retirement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to get more involved in the direct classroom experience and the faculty that create that experience. The focus seems to be on creation of a grander institution with a broader mandate, e.g. applied Masters programs, but BCIT's strength has always been, and should remain the delivery of applied hands-on instruction for job-ready skilled employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A Typical Large Institution

    Program Assistant (Current Employee)
    Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    Pros* Good Benefits/Pension
    * Job Security
    * Education fund (limited for support staff and managers, best for faculty)
    * Free Gym membership and various excersize classes

    Cons* Very little encouragement or reward for good service or extra effort
    * Hirearchal environment with cultural spread and divisions between groups
    * Hard to move up
    * Policies and size of institution make change very slow

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter educational incentives for support staff so they can move up rather than out of institution. Recognition and reward for more employees rather than "the 5" employees of the "year" awards.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    Prosgreat team great options great work

    Consgrowth oppurtunities, limited, managment could be better

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep it up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very satisfied working on contract with BCIT

    Contract Business Instructor (Current Employee)
    Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsFlexible, lots of programs available to teach once you get on staff as a contract instructor.
    Full benefits after teaching 250 hrs in one year, then 150 hrs per year to continue your benefits.
    BCIT has a great reputation in the industry.

    ConsCan be difficult to get substitute instructors if have a conflict with other work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPart-time instructors aren't included in the policy development of the organization, yet many have been around as long as the day instructors. Status of Part-time instructors can feel inferior to full-time instructors, yet we do the same work under different employment contracts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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