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Algonquin College Ottawa Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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Ottawa, ON, Canada Area (Canada)

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Pros
  • Dynamic working environment, lovely students, definitely multicultural (in 7 reviews)

  • In school you can work part-time without wasting any travel time (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to get a full time position (in 12 reviews)

  • Too many part time employees- should create more full time positions (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Program assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good professors, friendly students
    OK pay

    Cons

    When they strike, there is no pay


  2. "Great school, great coordinators and amazing students!"

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

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

    Pros

    Freedom over courseload, respect, autonomy and a very strong of purpose.

    Cons

    No much to say in the cons, better parking for staff would be really nice.

    Advice to Management

    Management should read student reviews and schedule at the very minimum a yearly one on one and discuss future opportunities and career growth options with staff.

  3. "You get what you put in"

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

    I worked at Algonquin College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible hours, from a little to moderate
    - Progressive institution
    - hands on learning environment

    Cons

    Wish there was more classes available to teach


  4. "Part-time Instructor get the shaft"

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    Former Contractor - Contract Instructor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Contract Instructor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Algonquin College as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great facilities
    Good transportation access
    Good CV fodder

    Cons

    Poorly compensated
    College leans HEAVILY on contract instructors, most programs are primarily taught by contract staff, but there is NO security being on contract.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise that if contract instructors do the same work at full time staff, wouldn't equal compensation be fair?


  5. "GOod"

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    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome schedule and really pleasant environment

    Cons

    insufficient hours and unpromising job security

    Advice to Management

    Increase hours


  6. "Great employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work at.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  7. "Best Place to Work when you are a Student"

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    Current Employee - Student Staff in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Staff in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In school you can work part-time without wasting any travel time.
    Good opportunity to get experience.
    Best places to work at.

    Cons

    I love working at college and have no cons

  8. "Part-time Professor"

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

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

    Pros

    Freedom to design and deliver your class material, flexibility in hours, really supportive staff.

    Cons

    not so challenging after a period.


  9. "Office Administration Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, great staff. Always a pleasure going into work. They do great work, and help out a lot of people. From what I Hear the pay is average, and there is a lot of opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    I am an Intern. Not very much negativity around when I am there.


  10. "Part- Time Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Part-time Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Part-time Professor in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Algonquin College part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to teach and help young people prepare for their careers is very rewarding. Looks great on a resume. Opportunity to practice presentation and facilitation skills. Some classrooms are very modern and well equipped. My co-ordinator is very nice.

    Cons

    Each year the demands on part-time instructors increase, but the pay stays the same. More, younger students = larger classes = more marking, more admin, more emails, more issues, and harder to manage classrooms.
    Students are becoming very demanding which means you are basically expected to be on call 18 hours a day and often deal with difficult and sensitive interpersonal and social issues.
    They ask part-timers to do admin work (eg administer student surveys) that perm faculty could easily do.
    Little hope for full time employment.
    No recognition or compensation for any of the "extras" like planning / co-ordinating field trips, arranging guest speakers, special projects to create learning experiences, etc. but if a class must be cancelled due to illness or extremely bad weather you're not paid for it.

    Advice to Management

    Realize and reward the value that part-timers bring to the college. We're the ones with one foot in the real world, and who are balancing 2 careers.
    Students have changed, the job has changed, so too should the way part-time instructors are recognized. Consider a development program to identify dedicated high-performing part-timers to bridge them into full time positions related to their expertise.
    Consider supporting part-time instructors with training to help them deal with difficult situations (students with personal issues, interpersonal problems, mental health crises, classroom violence, etc).


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