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British Columbia Institute of Technology Reviews

Updated January 5, 2017
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  1. "Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Working with students.

    Cons

    Not a progressive institute in education. Limited career development.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, inclusivity, leadership


  2. "BCIT Assistant Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Instructor - Contract in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Instructor - Contract in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work, colleagues are very friendly and helpful. Opportunity to enroll in part-time courses.

    Cons

    Some instructors do not provide enough support and guidance for the labs of the courses they teach.

    Advice to Management

    Improve instructors accountability.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "What you see is what you get"

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    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in North Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in North Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rated as one of the top 100 companies to work for in BC. Consistent and stable, with little to no over lurking management eye on every little thing you do. Free to make changes to your work environment as you please with in the prescribed guidelines of your position. Able to move from different positions while still keeping your old position, in case you don't like the new one you are in. Good benefits for sick employees and their families, good benefits for new parents. Participate in courses offered for free as long as they are inline with your current position.

    Cons

    BCIT is a top down management hierarchical structure. I've worked here for 8 years and have had 3 (6) sets of managers. No fluid career platform that allows you to increase you income quickly. Very slow turn overs of new positions, old generation culture whom don't move up or out, people tend to stay in their positions for 10 or more years, making it difficult to move up. Heavily regulated by outside industries, making it difficult to find newly qualified individuals. As a unionized environment people tend to take advantage of their benefits and personal productivity seems to reduce year by year. As an established older generation of business, the employees are slow to change and adapt to new technologies available. You can only take new courses that are inline with your position and so it is very difficult to branch out to different industries. Little training is offered for new employees about their specific positions, most people find that the first 2 years are, learn as you go, making many mistakes as they become familiar with their duties.

    Advice to Management

    Implement the use of new technologies to allow transparency and implement better new employee orientation programs. Focus on employee advancement to keep motivation and high moral in the workplace. Create new progressive career platforms to attract younger individuals.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stable positions, Great work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Reputable post-secondary education institution. Good job satisfaction helping student success. Opportunities for professional development especially if you are a faculty member. Not so much for support staff.

    Cons

    People tend to be territorial and unwilling to collaborate. Changes usually move slowly as its a large organization. Need more communication from mid-management to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Need more collaboration among departments.


  6. "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, autonomy, annual leave , free courses

    Cons

    Only way to move up is to get a new position, don't feel quite compensated for my education/background. Too rigid pay grade scale.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture support staffs professional development! You never know what/who you'll find.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Really nice team and a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Vacation entitlement, nice workers, campus is beautiful, good salaries and regular performance reviews, lots of office space

    Cons

    Scope of roles are limited, people with good experience and education end up being stuck doing administrative work, and collaboration was limited

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people, encourage team collaboration, find ways for employees to be able to reduce administrative work, provide education on collective agreements for everyone.


  8. "Some good, some bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, work-life balance and decent salary.

    Cons

    Slow moving, risk averse, siloed.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the bureaucracy.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good, but room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British Columbia Institute of Technology (More than a year)

    Pros

    35 hour work week with no weekend or holiday work, great benefits, free gym, free tuition, management makes an effort to be inclusive

    Cons

    Lower than average pay among unions for same admin work, unions can hinder rather than help interactions with management, low amount of healthy food choices (but improving), food is expensive, more variety of science courses needed, initiative from high performing employees not recognized (everyone in Union must be treated the same which kills any incentive or reward for high results employees), culture across departments is too siloed so projects that require and involve coordination of many departments are often bogged down in turf wars, employee development is sorely lacking and needed badly, rarely do support staff move into management as BCIT seems to always hire externally for managers and fails to train current staff who want to and can do it, unequal unions and disparities cause friction among some staff

    Advice to Management

    More food choices, less expensive food, make a greater effort to educate the employees you have for more senior positions, recognize and reward high achievers or they will leave, because in a union environment, it can feel like nothing you do can or is appreciated and makes no difference, add more variety of courses, increase PD funds available for staff, make a greater effort to mentor new and younger staff who often don't know how to best contribute to the BCIT community


  10. "Great department to work for and a great institution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time

    Pros

    meet with prospective students
    lots of freedom and responsibility
    well organized duties and responsibilities
    good time management structure

    Cons

    less and less external services and visits
    some streamlining of services
    job changing constantly, not always for the better
    Not much mobility

    Advice to Management

    This job is nuanced and requires soft skills. A focus on efficiency and outcomes can undermine the importance of good customer service.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Good people without a direction"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at British Columbia Institute of Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - On-site gym, good amenities
    - Lots of talented, experienced people in both teaching and administrative functions
    - Very transit/bike commuter friendly (altho most employees seem to drive anyhow)
    - Enrolment in pension plan
    - A company you can slowly build a 35 year career at - this doesn't really exist anymore.

    Cons

    - Pay in most departments and employee groups, including management (!!) lag significantly behind market
    - With current leadership, the job security and work/life balance which is supposed to justify a lower salary has been eroded
    - Terrible top-down leadership, honestly or critical feedback quietly discouraged in favour of a "Yes" culture.
    - Low-performers coddled or avoided altogether leading to inconsistent service levels and experience for students and colleagues

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees by making them a part of the conversation surrounding change at BCIT.

    Decisions are made and passed between 2-3 filters before arriving in an employee's inbox.

    Accept that mistakes are made and encourage your people to take risks in order to advance the institute... people are terrified there right now!


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