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Algonquin College Ottawa Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Ottawa, ON, Canada Area (Canada)

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  1. "good place tos study"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great place to study and make friends. teachers are generally good and very professional.

    Cons

    Expensive. Everything is expensive! from car parking to food court, to tuition fees. everything.


  2. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Algonquin College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment. Lots of collaboration. Management worked hard to ensure you felt valued and offered lots of Professional development.

    Cons

    very difficult to get full time employment. Too many part time employees- should create more full time positions.


  3. "Applied Research & Innovation"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for networking and making connections. Learn a lot about the skills required to finish the project. Get experience with working with clients.

    Cons

    Risk of scope creep and sometimes required to work under tight deadlines.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Disconnected Leadership, Mediocre performance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Algonquin College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some truly great people trying to do the best by students. Some individual heroes. Great shared values.

    Cons

    Algonquin is caught believing its own hype. Mediocre administration staff, most are operating at a title level less than present position (i.e. directors operate like managers) and are scared to make decisions. Disproportionate number of “C” players and lifers compared to private sector. Executive management lacks vision and a willingness to change. Under the current leadership, there has yet to be an academic plan or a predictable path for sustainable growth to pay for all the extras and distractions. If you are an innovator or change agent, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Become a centre of excellence, be known for something as opposed to something for everybody. Example, there has been a huge missed opportunity to be known for cybersecurity. By almost every metric, Algonquin is the middle of the pack, not known for anything or where it is going.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "education"

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

    I worked at Algonquin College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    these people are very friendly,compassionate,caring,and polite.

    Cons

    It is very far,expensive,students are all young,not very accessible


  7. "Head Coach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management, friendly environment, supporting

    Cons

    Contract for 8 months only, low rate compared to hourly rate

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Algonquin College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love teaching, students are great
    Environment and resources are very good

    Cons

    Too top heavy...too much overhead... results in withdrawal on the part of some professors

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the classroom


  9. "Good opportunity for students"

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    Former Employee - ON - Ontario in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - ON - Ontario in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Algonquin College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easier time management while being student

    Cons

    Not enough number of tutees.
    Income is not guaranteed


  10. "working status"

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    Former Employee - ESL Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - ESL Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Algonquin College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic working environment, lovely students, definitely multicultural.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunity for full-time opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    HR is doing a good job.


  11. "Positive Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Part-time Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Part-time Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This institution is reasonable and professional, unlike jobs I have had at universities where you are expected to put in loads of unpaid labour. Duties and expectations are clear, senior management is approachable.

    Cons

    It can take a long time for a job to open up for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Algonquin forward-thinking!



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