NorQuest College Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Review of NQC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NorQuest College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible Work/Life balance - Downtown location, so easy to take transit to work - Wonderful coworkers, good internal teams

    Cons

    - Pay was not competitive - Senior management terrible at engaging front line employees and middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Engage your middle level management, especially when making major decisions such as performing a re-structuring, especially with new senior management. A lot of good people were lost due to senior management's poor engagement and the resulting poor business decisions.


  2. Just an OK place

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    Former Employee - Program Administrative Assistant in Kraków (Poland)
    Former Employee - Program Administrative Assistant in Kraków (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NorQuest College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, great students to work with.

    Cons

    Not much training. Team Leaders need more training.


  3. help desk support

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at NorQuest College as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very good co workers. Nice enviornment And very good manager

    Cons

    Work load isnt evenly distributed

    Advice to Management

    Need more supervison


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  5. Transformed the Brands i managed

    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Manager in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Manager in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NorQuest College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work atmosphere was very good.

    Cons

    There was no real dwnside to working there.

    Advice to Management

    The need to create room for growth.


  6. Awful place - you do not want to work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is conveniently located downtown

    Cons

    NorQuest is a toxic dysfunctional workplace. Office culture is like a cult - drink the koolaid or else. No advancement opportunities for experienced professionals, promotions are very political and not tied to credentials or experience.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your heads out of the sand and pay attention to why all the best and brightest staff leave. Address the toxic workplace culture and realize your staff is an asset not a problem.


  7. Faculty and staff are passionate about the mission of helping students, but disengaged, unempowered, and underpaid.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NorQuest College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly; downtown location convenient, massive turnover makes it relatively easy to get an entry-level job.

    Cons

    Performance management is unrealistic. The culture is heavily political. Dozens of employees have been let go without any adjustment in workload for remaining employees. Pay is low and benefits are minimal. Career advancement opportunities are limited. The catchphrase of being "challenge positive" is used to enforce a 'smile and take it' attitude.

    Advice to Management

    There seems to be no lack of information available to you about what ails NorQuest as a workplace if you care to ask, but rank-and-file employees do not see any efforts on the part of the Executive to truly make improvements.


  8. Good entry-level position & good organization in terms of business processes,

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    Former Employee - Developer Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Developer Analyst in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NorQuest College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Downtown location - Great health benefits - public pension - Good work/life balance - School vacations - Available training for employees - Great people including managers, directors & dean

    Cons

    - A lot of politics - Expensive parking - Lower salary compared to other institutions - Outsourcing

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within especially if staff already had the training and skill set.


  9. NorQuest is a wonderful organization that is going through a significant change - for the better.

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Faculty in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people working at NorQuest are some of the best you'll find anywhere. Truly student-centred, dedicated, warm. NorQuest plays a key role in the Alberta college system. We offer much needed programming to members of under represented populations who are essential to our economy and society. Very important work that benefits everyone.

    Cons

    We are changing and trying to leave old attitudes and practices behind. There are still people here that are stuck in the old mud. They don't understand the changes that are needed or they just don't want to progress. These employees hinder what the organization needs to do and frustrate those that 'get it'.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with it! You are on the right path. But please - more focus and clarity.


  10. There are better places out there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, benefits and job security.

    Cons

    Low morale and disengaged employees. Favouritism, little room for career growth, recently fired 10% of its workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping promises and empowering employees is key to engagement.



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