Conestoga College Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
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  1. Good place to work...

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Conestoga College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good management
    PD Opportunities throughout the year via PD Department

    Cons

    external PD opportunities limited
    some full time professors reluctant to share / change

  2. It has been a good experience working as a part time professor at the College

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Professor in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Professor in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Conestoga College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and hourly rate isn't bad. The pay scale for professors favors PhD holders. Part time employees have additional benefits.

    Cons

    The college relies on many part-time professors. Often, they get people in who are not reliable.

    As per students... Having thought at two Universities, the academic quality and attitude of first year students in IT can be greatly improved. The students want to be spoon-fed unlike in the Universities where students take on more responsibilities for their learning.

    Advice to Management

    I think the management is doing okay.

  3. Overall, good work/life balance, excellent pension and benefits. Salary and growth are limited for 95% of staff.

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

    I have been working at Conestoga College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pension, benefits, and stability.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks external experience, limited room for growth for many people, union environment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to create room for innovation.

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  5. Instructor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partial Load Instructor in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Partial Load Instructor in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Conestoga College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good school for degree & non-degree program

    Cons

    Majority of the students don't have strong academic background

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of courses that students must take every semester to about 5 courses instead of 6-8 courses/semester.

  6. Nice relaxing workplace.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Support in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Conestoga College part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was a good job while i was studying there.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say.

  7. This is a fantastic, supportive and top notch school!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Clerk in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Development Clerk in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Conestoga College part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The community feel to being on campus, surpasses any other campus I have been on.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any

  8. Amazing Internship Opportunity!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Database Clerk
    Former Intern - Database Clerk

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I worked as a student at Conestoga College in the Career Centre. I learned amazing things from some amazing women! It was my best work experience. Very flexible with my scheduling.

    Cons

    Absolutely nothing-pay was to be expected as a student.

    Advice to Management

    Great job!

  9. Helpful (1)

    There are major trade-offs to work here

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

    I have been working at Conestoga College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Autonomy, control over day to day work. Working with adult students is very rewarding. An opportunity to truly help others.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is extreme. There is a negative culture. People are afraid to speak up and share good ideas, no one wants to be found at fault so there is a tendency to blame others.

    Advice to Management

    The organization needs to listen to those who work there. I would recommend conducting employee engagement surveys.

  10. Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Instructor in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Instructor in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Autonomy
    - Control
    - Supportive Management
    - Opportunities
    - Affords employees with opportunity to customize/grow their roles.

    Cons

    No cons serious enough to note.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinators: Keep up the great work!

    Management: Listen to the program coordinators and afford them the power to make program decisions efficiently and effectively without too much bureaucratic 'red-tape.'

  11. Rapidly growing

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The college is growing rapidly so there is good job security

    Cons

    Because of the rapid growth, workload can be overwhelming at times, but not likely that much different than any other industry.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff and understand most employees are there because they are committed to the client. Don't paint everyone with the same brush if you do have a few poor performers.

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