George Brown College

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George Brown College Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Tremendous work life balance

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

    I have been working at George Brown College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility - great benefits- summers- teaching. It's like not working in Toronto but you are in downtown Toronto. Work life balance. Every day is different. Strong union. Fresh talent in teaching pool with recent real work experience.

    Cons

    Marking papers time consuming- some people slack - take advantage of a strong union. A lot of fresh talent and a lot of curmudgeons who have been mailing it in for years, makes for a dynamic work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generate additional revenues from beyond tuition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Opens doors, but run by people with no integrity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at George Brown College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - good work life balance
     - the work I was doing was amazing, meaningful and exactly what pI wanted to be doing. I was very passionate about it

    Cons

    - My VP and direct manager would step over their own mothers to get ahead. No integrity and they definitely didn't care about students. Just the bottom line. This seems to come from the President down.
    - Like most HR departments, they will turn on you if your manager wants them to, despite saying, they're there for you.
    - I was partial load but often asked to work unpaid overtime, violating the collective bargaining agreement for unionized staff.
    - I was asked to alter professor's content without their consent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that you're an educational institution. eLearning is the way the world (and students, meaning MONEY, the only thing you understand) is moving and you've put people in charge of it who want to slash resources to the bone. These people have forced out some of your most valuable people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Expediency in hiring hampers students best interests

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    Current Employee - Part Time Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Part Time Instructor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at George Brown College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management trusts instructors to deliver, getting involved only in very extreme situations. Instructors are very supportive, sharing materials and best teaching practices quite freely. The college maintains integrity in academics, learning and evaluation is challenging, and student needs are supported outside the classroom. The college is continuously expanding into new buildings and programs, and planning ahead for growth.

    Cons

    Investment in hiring full time instructors has been in rapid decline for about 5 years. Same holds true for lab equipment and technology. The results are being felt in many departments. Part-time instructors are hired with days to spare and cannot prep for classes adequately. Management prefers to rely on a pool of talent they can call on, and not commit to instructors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved in the people you believe are the right ones. Begin with annual reviews and evaluations of instructors, suggest training and development towards improving existing staff rather than being so expedient in hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not bad, depends on who you report to.

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at George Brown College full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good to work with students, good culture, paid sabbaticals.

    Cons

    Can feel like not a lot of support, the space isn't always great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more support/training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Researcher Academic Programs
    Former Employee - Researcher Academic Programs

    I worked at George Brown College part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A job's a job and the cookie crumbles thusly.

    Cons

    -- Horrible management
    -- Bad communication protocols within deparmtnets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more willing to communicate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at George Brown College full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - great pay and work environment
    - lots of room for growth
    - excellent work-life balance
    - upgraded fitness centre and gym that is free for staff

    Cons

    - inconsistent work load
    - slow to make structural and administrative changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize staff more effectively, decrease the ridiculous hiring requirements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Peer tutor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at George Brown College

    Pros

    Get paid while studying

    Cons

    To teach students with mental disability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make process simple, it's too complicated

  9.  

    Working with students is a lot of fun

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at George Brown College part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to know a lot of new people every once a while. Very dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Occasionally you see a few jerks among students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire your best graduates to replace those faculty members who know less than their students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    student association jobs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at George Brown College part-time

    Pros

    great exposure and good working atmosphere

    Cons

    the limitations are sometimes difficult to overcome

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make to do things more for the students

  11.  

    Good Experience for students.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at George Brown College as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good organisational structure.
    Great opportunities for students to gain hands on experience and apply theoretical/practical skills learned in school.

    Cons

    Average wage, could be increased just a little bit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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