Centennial College Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. The work, if you love it, seels the place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Centennial College

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity in people at all levels
    Committed staff, focused on helping student to success
    High energy workplace with a lot going on

    Cons

    Not enough leadership transparency
    Confused priorities

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people more, and go to bat for them.

  2. English professor

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    Current Employee - English Professor in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - English Professor in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Centennial College

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

    Pros

    great diversity of students, good communication with all management

    Cons

    very difficult to acquire full time status

    Advice to Management

    promotion should be based on merit, student evaluation only -not favoritism

  3. Great work experience

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    Current Employee - IT Technician in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Centennial College full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Opportunities to grow as professional
    - Good benefit package
    - Good gym membership with a lot of training options
    - Good work environment. Very multicultural

    Cons

    - A lot of work.. Sometimes need to work overtime

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  5. Informative and fulfilling

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centennial College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good working environment and friendly people

    Cons

    nothing much. cannot complain about the lack of research opportunities as it is a college

    Centennial College Response

    Feb 3, 2015Director

    Thank you. The college is involved in Applied Research activities. If this of interest to you please check ... More

  6. 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

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

    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 Management

    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.

    Centennial College Response

    Feb 3, 2015Director

    Centennial College strives to hire the best when it comes to our professors. Our core focus, as it has always been, is on preparing graduates to enter the work force, while offering our students ... More

  7. Good environment depending on the department.

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    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Sessional Instructor: a disappointing education in education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. good opportunities to make connections

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    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 a year)

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

    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

  10. A stable place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - MArketing CoOp in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - MArketing CoOp in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    N/A

  11. ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Seasonal Lecturer in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Seasonal Lecturer in Scarborough, ON (Canada)

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

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

    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 Management

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

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