British Columbia Institute of Technology

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British Columbia Institute of Technology Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
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  1.  

    Very supportive community

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    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology

    Pros

    It's a great to work at.

    Cons

    the hours are limited and pay is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good employer

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

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - free tuition for BCIT courses for staff
    - supports work-life balance
    - free gym membership, access to health programs, training & development
    - generally good work colleagues

    Cons

    - union mentality of some staff hinders growth, progress, innovation, and can create a sense of entitlement
    - can be a frustrating workplace for highly driven, performance-oriented employees.
    - Set salary brackets, so do not get any additional compensation for high performance or delivery of outcomes.
    - pay is lower than working in private sector, which may attract less qualified employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create and implement a performance driven culture
    Train managers to be better managers
    Better recruitment tactics needed to attract more qualified employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    It was a great place to gain experience

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology

    Pros

    Laid back culture. Friendly people

    Cons

    Unionized work force led to strikes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Amazing, fruitful experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Services in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Services in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at British Columbia Institute of Technology as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible. Friendly environment. CTO is a super helpful person. Fairly straightforward work. Lively workplace. Union.

    Training was more than sufficient, you learn how to deal with more than you encounter.

    Cons

    Occassional bad apple employee who never seems to do anything.
    Low pay for industry, high for internship.
    Large work sites, can get dangerous when you're in a trades building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Coordinator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Development Coordinator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Nice people to work with
    - Environment is also nice
    - Stable job

    Cons

    - Salaries, if compared to other educational institutions, is below average
    - Not many opportunities to grow within the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Convenient place with some workplace politics

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I work part time with the flexibility of it, but it is also less stable.
    There are very many great departments at the institution.
    Development stipend is provided if you work full time.
    As a public institution BCIT has good perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Big institution with all the cons. Slow, everybody is trying to glue themselves to the chair to save their jobs.
    BCIT not hires instructors to reduce the expenses though they perform the same duties as other people currently working as full time regular faculty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    British Columbia Museum of Technology !! Horrible Place to Work!!

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    Former Employee - Learning Technology Specialist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Learning Technology Specialist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of anything positive except maybe some free training classes if your interested in taking a class that's not popular because they won't pay for it if the class is full

    Cons

    - Horrible management... Especially in the LTS.. Learning and Teaching Center
    - weird dynamic with two separate Unions... And one is much better than the other....
    - only 6 sick days per year or 18 if your in the better union... Wtf?
    - beware... The LTS will hire you for one job and then 3 months later train you as a phone tech support person wether you like it or not!
    - most of the employees within the LTS have a long history of being unhappy and many have deep rooted resentments
    - management is afraid to do anything due to fear of people filing grievances with the unions
    - some senior employees / instructional design consultants (mostly) and a few others in the better union will constantly be going on vacation while you are left slaving away and faced with unrealistic deadlines
    - they have no sense of project management
    - they do not care at all about their employees or their employees talents and strengths,
    - they don't listen to any suggestions from employees
    - lots of gossip going on all day
    - lots of employees getting paid a lot and doing very little while others are slaving away doing all the grunt work
    - incompetent management
    - technology here is severely outdated and there is no budget for anything except for your bosses iPad and Mac Pro laptop
    - there are people leading entire departments here with zero experience in that area
    - run away from this depressing place!
    - HR will not help you.... They are there for management only... Don't trust them
    - unions are stressful to work with and filing a complaint with them will put a target on your back
    - this is the most rigid, inflexible place I have ever worked.... It's shocking how inflexible they are!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually do something .... Take action..... Respond to employees concerns...
    Make both unions benefits exactly the same so it's a fair place to work
    .... Update technology and stay current.... Listen to your employees...
    Question existing management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Better than a lot of places

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job 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.

    Cons

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Flexibility
    Fair salary
    Location
    Ease of transit

    Cons

    Leadership questions
    Aging building infrastructure
    Aging work force

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    HR 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fix HR department. Work on better relations with unionized workforce.

    Neutral Outlook

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