Vancity Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
29 Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Vancity is a terrible company

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    Current Employee - Vice-President  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Vice-President in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Vancity full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are none. I wish I could think of a single one.

    Cons

    Politics. Crappy CEO. Dumb decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for a major change in the management suite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing that I expected. Left to flounder in my position with no help or support. Even reaching out to HR - useless.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Vancity full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice social environment at times.

    Cons

    Management - out of touch with employees.
    Not supportive of employees.
    Pay attention when our team is working overtime -- all the time to meet your goals.
    Not participating in team building social events is frowned upon.
    Best company to work for is a sham.
    Not all areas are bad, but those that are bad are extremely toxic.
    New employees not accepted as easily into culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees concerns and take action rather than appearing to care, it would help if you actually stepped in and cared.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible. They promote work life balance but good luck with that.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vancity

    Pros

    It's a job and they're not a bank.

    Cons

    Very poor management and communication; many managers have no real world experience outside of Vancity so have no clue how the real world works

    Some managers are given projects way outside of their comfort zone and have no idea what they are managing; in turn they try desperately to cover their asses and point their fingers at others for blame

    Most employees are lifers and have no incentive to think outside the box and have very little initiative

    A very hierarchy based enviornment where sucking up is everywhere until you get into back room discussions

    A lack of respect across the board but it's not even noticed, just buried. Management likes to portray Vancity as a wonderful place to work, sadly it's a more toxic environment than most actually realilze

    Belief that most members care about investing in initatives that help the community, meanwhile most members care about their money and getting a return

    Employees care more about their bonuses than anything else. These bonuses should be going back to members instead of the sedintary, disinterested employees

    As a member I've noticed the high turnover at my local branch, not a good sign of a great work environment.

    If you are thinking about taking on a contract or becoming a full time employee, think twice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending you have the utopian work enviornment, it's far from it. You have managers who are jealous of their directors, you have VPs that think a monthly meeting is shoring up moral, you have employees that are so complacent they have turned into zombies, and you are completely out of touch with your members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    21st Century is still a few years away

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Vancity

    Pros

    Relaxing environment, relatively friendly to newcomers. Very happy with work-life balance being tilted towards the having a life side of things.

    Cons

    There is far too many "contractors" who just aren't into the whole Vancity ethos and have been there too long to actually add real value.
    As a bank for the people, they are really not at the leading edge (or ANYWHERE near) the front half of innovation. In terms of learning about finance or banking, I'd suggest going elsewhere, if you want safe, dependable then Vancity is your answer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovation isn't a swear word.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to gain experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Vancity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good Culture
    - Positions are multi-faceted providing strong experience
    - Community driven
    - Innovative hiring practices
    - Strong training

    Cons

    - Some managers appear to be almost brainwashed encouraging staff to sell products in personal situations
    - A lot of internal competition to drive sales targets can sometimes devalue customer service
    -A lot of cliques form within branches, managers also contribute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vancity full-time

    Pros

    Excellent environment, with good values
    Pretty fair

    Cons

    there is a lot of policies that make the work sometimes difficult to be done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better feedback for employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company until you get stuck under a crappy manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Vancity full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good culture (for the most part). Year-end bonus/profit sharing incentives. Great health benefit plan. Lots of vacation with lots of sick days, sick days for your kids, sick days for your parents, grief days for death in a family.

    Cons

    Some managers are extremely clueless and try very hard to appear intelligent by using big corporate words, blaming other departments or holding endless meetings that doesn't amount to anything.

    Depending on the department it is also very clique-y. If you're not in their clique it's very hard to get into it without brown nosing your way through, or pretend you're interested in conversations you have zero interest in having that's completely non job related.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees; own up to your mistakes; don't pretend you understand something when you don't. Not everyone knows everything, it's OK to not know. To give BS answers is worse than no answer at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamic work environment

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Vancity as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    While I was working for Vancity, I found that the work environment is dynamic and has friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Departments tend to work in silo; so that there are many redundant assignments that could already be delivered by other department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    a great learning experience, very rewarding!

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    Former Employee - Financial Service Representative  in  Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Financial Service Representative in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Vancity part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great place to work, manager was helpful in coaching and helping me achieve my career goals

    Cons

    it's a credit union so you're limited to opportunities in the GVA only

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Vancity full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people
    Decent wage
    Stable and consistent
    Great values and ethics
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of challenges and opportunities to learn
    Lack of ambitious employees
    Lack of innovation
    No bonus and incentives to develop innovation and to think outside the box

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more bonus incentives to keep talented workers
    Offer better training and opportunities for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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