Centennial College

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Centennial College Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    good opportunities to make connections

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Banquet Captain Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Banquet Captain Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Centennial College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Can work when study and then can offer you a job
    excellent chance to make connections

    Cons

    to become full-time need to work around 10 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Centennial College - Continuing Education Programs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professor, Adult Continuing Education Business Program in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professor, Adult Continuing Education Business Program in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Centennial College

    Pros

    The institution is open to students of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and skill levels. It is a good place for new immigrants to learn about the Canadian culture and social mechanisms. It is also a safe place for those who are not clear on their future goals and capabilities to find their way. The professors in the various continuing education programs have 'real life' experience.

    Cons

    Not sure if the certification programs have the necessary support and required discipline from the leadership in the faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure the Faculty has opportunity to communicate and collaborate with one another when varied professors are teaching a certification program. Students have complained that there is a lack of cohesion between the courses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good environment depending on the department.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Centennial College as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    - offer benefits (only if you're full-time permanent)
    - offer various PD programs for all employees
    - my department (Athletics) has a great atmosphere but others can be fairly drabby and boring - really depends on the people you work with
    - manager doesn't micro-manage - huge plus
    - competitive compensation package

    Cons

    - sometimes there are office politics/favoritsm
    - don't receive benefits on full-time contract (which account for a lot of positions)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have issues with your employees, I suggest speaking with them directly versus discussing the issues with others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sessional Instructor: a disappointing education in education

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centennial College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Though not academically impressive, the diverse body of students leads to a lively learning environment. They're passionate, friendly, and bring a varity of experiences to the classroom. Many of them like to be challenged, even if often their programs do not challenge them enough. Some of the teachers here are very dedicated to their work and work hard on behalf of these students.

    A lot of money has been invested in improving the campuses in recent years, and this has lead (in most cases) to improved spaces for teaching and, for students anyway, socializing. Better classroom technology than most universities that I've taught at.

    Cons

    HR and upper admin have actively adopted policies that make it clear they'd like to pay instructors as little as possible for as much work as possible; in 2014 alone, many instructors learned that they'd be subject to at least two seperate pay cuts, but these changes were both presented in insultingly indirect and manipulative ways--once by eliminating a week of work from the semester and a second time by eliminating a salaries for full-time sessionals.

    Though many of the teachers I've encountered have been passionate, students often complain to me about the indifference and laziness they meet in their programs. This is not universal, but many programs that bring in professionals instead of training teachers seem to suffer from this problem. Some professors, especially full-time, also seem more concerned with pedagogical abstractions and curriculum development than actually building the kinds of relationships necessary for learning to occur.

    Despite recent improvements, campuses are overcrowded concrete jungles. It's unlikely that a contract employee will get her own desk--let alone an office--in most departments. Rows of lockers give the campus a "high school 2" feel and the pedagogical philosophy of the school as a whole, situated around a "global citizenship" initiative, is also questionable in the ways it inculcates a fairly propagandistic and unquestioned view of Canadian life. Often the experiences of students don't match either the real world or their professional goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR and upper admin need to seriously consider the long-term consequences of paying qualified instructors far less than they are valued--burnout, laziness, high turnover all dramatically effect the quality of student experience.

    Some programs need to be re-evaluated and more transparency about placement rates so that students, many of whom come from low income families, don't end up getting worthless degrees.

    Instead of renovating bathrooms and building fancy frontages for decaying buildings, admin should bulldoze portables and dilapidated classrooms in favour of spaces more conducive to learning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A stable place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MArketing CoOp in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - MArketing CoOp in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Centennial College as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are very nice and friendly around the office.

    Cons

    Hard to get a full time job. Too many people in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
  7.  

    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Lecturer in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Lecturer in Scarborough, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Centennial College as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The environment, the people, the multiculturalism.

    Cons

    Not a lot of training relevant to the field of study, benefits are limited for contract people even if you have been working there for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to send your professors to conferences, courses and other activities related to their field of study.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Centennial College

    Pros

    Managers were great to work with and lots of hands-on experience to be had.

    Cons

    Human Resource took almost two months to process first paycheque.

  9.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tutor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Centennial College as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As an international student is an easy access to the labour market in Canada. It is a friendly environment and easier to do all the daily activities in the same place.

    Cons

    The payment is minimum wage and only a maximum of 10 hours a week, and if the student to be tutored don't show you only get paid for 15 minutes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tutors should be paid for hour reserved even if the student don't show.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Assistant in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Admissions Assistant in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Centennial College full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the well renowned colleges/universities of Canada

    Cons

    Nothing really as Cons' or Pros' (:

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop criticizing people at work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Unsatisfactory HR practices

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Centennial College as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good location within Toronto and easily accesseble by public transit. Has multiple campuses. Large, diverse and vibrant student community. Offers a varied selection of academic programs.

    Cons

    Upper management are not sensetive to student needs, both academic and social. Profile of management does not represent the diversity of the student body. Large proportion of faculty and staff are dispirited by the lack of progressive HR practices. Overall ranking is the lowest among the GTA community colleges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct a well structured, meaningful and relevant survey of student and staff to gauge satisfaction levels across key areas, assess the feedback without bias, and above all implement policies and practices that address the shortcomings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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