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BCE is a great place to work for someone who loves to learn about technology and is flexible in the work that they do.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Business Intelligence Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Senior Business Intelligence Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I have been working at BCE

Pros

Being such a large and diversified company, there are lots of opportunities to expand your horizons if you are willing to learn, put in some extra time to pick up new skills on your own and who can develop relationships across business units. Being flexible is definitely a plus and is rewarded. There are always special projects to work on and you are only limited by your ability to learn.

Benefits packages are competitive and complete including medical, dental and vision at no cost to the employee for individual coverage.

The stock purchase plan, currently under review because of the privatization underway is pretty good and offers a way for employees to save money while kicking in an extra bit from the company.

The tuition reimbursement program has enabled me to continue my education at university and my bosses have always recognized my extra effort on my own time.

Cons

There is a culture amongst management that you have to work unpaid overtime or you will be seen as "not committed" to the company.

Being a large company, getting the right amount of communication is difficult. You either get too much or too little. You have to dig some times.

Further, getting all the required approvals is an exercise in bureaucracy that is not seen in smaller companies. There is a governance model required for everything and you lose a lot of time and effort just jumping through hoops.

Lastly, the business unit structure encourages infighting and battles for money that do nothing for the bottom line, but only the performance rating of some Vice President. Doing away with funding other business units with funny money would do a lot to improve performance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be open and honest with your employees. They are smarter and more able to handle the truth than you think. Be accepting of challenges and don't be afraid to meet all your employees and let them get to know you. It is only by knowing what kind of person you are that they will grow to trust you.

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7 Other Employee Reviews for BCE (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Advise: Junior role pump and dump

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Insights in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Market Insights in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BCE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work. Depending on the role, it's a great opportunity to learn a lot in a short amount of time. 95% of the people are great to work with (worked in marketing analytics) at Bell HQ in Mississauga. Advice would be to get in, give completely of yourself for 4-6 months, then get the heck out of there before you drink the Bell-blue Kool-Aid.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours. The place is a meat factory (super-high turnover)....and there is a reason for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more heavily in the people you have hired, instead of all of the people that you can hire. Take some of the resources from the HR function, and invest it in employee onboarding. Take some of the absurd amounts of money invested in hardware (that just ends up sitting on shelves and depreciating), and invest it in people instead (performance bonuses, perhaps?). If more new-hires felt that Bell was investing in them instead of investing in their prospective replacements, perhaps Bell would see a higher ROI on its HR function.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing corporate culture

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay, and work environment

    Cons

    Slower to promote, miscommunication between different departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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