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Burnaby School District 41 Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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Burnaby School District 41 Superintendent Gina Niccoli-Moen
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  1. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burnaby School District 41 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    helpful, supportive, good atmosphere, community-minded staff

    Cons

    a little behind in technology


  2. "I have never worked for such a political, ungrateful employer. This includes the Trustees and senior leadership."

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

    I worked at Burnaby School District 41 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The School Administrative group and service areas are very competent and hard working but are often marginalized for their efforts by senior management.

    Cons

    A very controlled and cautious top down culture to the point of extreme ineffectiveness. Not family friendly, not open to new ideas or innovation and and those to do try to put in the effort to make things better either leave from frustration or are pushed out.

    Advice to Management

    If you actually care about keeping good people, consider doing exit interviews as I know of many who have left who feel similar.

  3. "Good"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I have been working at Burnaby School District 41 as a contractor

    Pros

    Professional environment, staff are helpful and friendly

    Cons

    Job security for contract employees


  4. "EA"

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

    I worked at Burnaby School District 41 part-time

    Pros

    Great pay rate
    Excellent hours
    Great resource teacher and classroom teacher support

    Cons

    Emotionally draining
    Challenging environment
    Busy

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Teacher"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great vacation time, good personal development opportunities

    Cons

    Too competitive, can be very unstable at times

    Advice to Management

    More collaboration with other schools


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Education Assistant"

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

    I worked at Burnaby School District 41 full-time

    Pros

    For those looking for fixed 8am-4pm job it's great. Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    No room for growth and boring. Not challenging enough and unionized environment makes it suffocating.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Complete douche-crew, but handy with a corkscrew"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Burnaby School District 41 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Treachery; ulcers; learning what not to do.

    Cons

    The staff, the job, the administration.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up

  8. "Can be a cold, unfriendly place to work"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Burnaby School District 41 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love working with the kids and some schools have a great community, family, collaborative atmosphere. Hours are great, pay is good and the holidays are well deserved.

    Cons

    Some schools can be very cold places to work. Some teachers seems stuck in their own little work cliques and refuse to engage with staff outside of their work circle, this is especially tough for new teacher starting out or substitutes. I am also shocked at the way some teachers treat support staff as well, especially EA's on call, I think they deserve more respect for the work they do. Also, the process for applying for postings seems antiquated and based on seniority rather than merit. The education system needs a reality check and some accountability and make sure the teacher who is the best fit and has the best qualifications gets the job. Isn't that how things work in the real world?

    Advice to Management

    Try to connect more with the teachers who are working in trenches, with the kids. Just because you worked your way up from being a teacher and now collecting over $100,000 in tax payer's money doesn't make you that much above us teachers. It would be nice to be acknowledged once in awhile.


  9. "On average, not good."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible hours. Good benefits. Good work place.

    Cons

    Not a place to grow farther. Compensation is not great over a period of time.


  10. "Communication and sharing of information and materials need to be improved."

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    Why do we go into teaching? For kids! Certainly the pleasure and satisfaction of working with students has always been at the top of my list of reasons for teaching. Burnaby has given me lots of opportunities to create new classes and develop new curricula in a variety of settings, and I have had several stellar administrators.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between the Board Office and schools/ pertinent departments - we could do so much better at sharing information and materials if only we would talk to one another.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see you at our Department meetings, pressing the flesh and asking questions, being available and human, instead of a name at the Board Office. You get promoted through our ranks for your abilities, but once you're in the Board Office, you disappear from the radar. And please don't do power point presentations with more than 15 slides, and don't use small script that no one can read. And please ditch the overhead projector! It belongs with the Gestetner!