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Douglas College Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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  1. "Good Employer Overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Douglas College full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for professional development, good salary, some departments really proactive

    Cons

    Heavy politics, New West Campus crowded

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of how some departments can become too insular


  2. "student assistants"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible working schedules and supportive environment

    Cons

    it was a pleasant experience working for the college, so there isn't anything bad about the job.

  3. "Positives Outweigh Negatives"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Douglas College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your area, staff, faculty, deans/chairs/coordinators and support can be truly friendly, approachable, helpful.

    Great 'starting' point for those interested in working in public institutions, as there's a variety of different positions and experience available. Lots of PD workshops and opportunities to train and grow.

    Flexible work week and work-life balance is excellent. Extended health and dental are good.

    Job satisfaction working with students is great, tasks are challenging and varied throughout the week, and communication is very open between departments. The student body is really diverse and the students each bring something new to the table if you're willing to stay engaged with them.

    Coquitlam campus is scenic and the added Evergreen Line makes it much more accessible

    Cons

    No central training documents to quickly train new staff on what role each position performs in various departments, so lots of repeat questions are asked with the answers never being recorded. Inefficient this way as turnover in some positions is high, retraining new staff is time-consuming and causes delays in other areas that are inter-dependent. Even dedicating a student assistant or other auxiliary support staff member to helping develop consistent training manuals that are accessible to more than one area at a time would help here and probably help reduce issues related to misinformation that results in petitions, etc.

    SMT decisions should be qualified or explained better when handed down for action by staff and faculty. Sometimes front-line experience doesn't support the rationale given for changes.

    In some areas, workplace culture is hostile and bizarre politics interfere with service delivery. Seen a lot of undermining and strange attitudes towards peers in various areas, which obviously affects worker's attitudes and job satisfaction.

    Pay should be better for support staff. There may be a pay level standard in public institutions in BC, and Douglas may be fairly average within that, but in Greater Vancouver costs of living are high and support staff at these levels across all institutions deserve to be paid more.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent about goals when creating new policies/procedures to help your staff and faculty in supporting change. Be willing to spend in the short-term for improvements to training in order to benefit long-term in retention and efficiency.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not an educational institution"

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

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

    Pros

    The company pays well, and has spent a lot of money on building and construction. Their focus on sustainability (through recycling efforts) deserves commendation

    Cons

    The company organization is top-heavy, leaving faculty with no decision-making power. It hopes to participates in the education industry, but treats students like customers, turning education into a result-oriented package; instead of actually educating students, teachers deliver quizzes and tests that are easy to ace, producing a false sense of accomplishment in students.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your faculty to deliver the curriculum instead of relying on student evaluations of performance to make hiring and firing decisions.


  5. "Needs a culture revamp."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Westminster, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Westminster, BC (Canada)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong union. Good benefits. Great Company byline.... do what you love.

    Cons

    Internal politics should not get in the way of growth. Culture and values need to be revisited so staff can really do what they love, love what they do and be good at it.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Look after your staff. Walk the talk. Integrity is important.


  6. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in New Westminster, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in New Westminster, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good support system, strong union, good working relations with HR

    Cons

    No complaints about this place, however growth within the company can be challenging as their job standards are way too high for the salary they will pay. Supervisors make $2-$5 more an hour then their staff.

    Advice to Management

    More courses on how to grow with the company. Lower standards of jobs, pay Supervisors a way higher wage then staff


  7. "Run Away"

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

    I worked at Douglas College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very understanding and flexible working hours

    Cons

    low salary too much cleaning

    Advice to Management

    care for employee

  8. "Positive Short-Term Experience"

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Instructor in New Westminster, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Instructor in New Westminster, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Friendly & supportive colleagues (faculty, including Chairs & Deans); invested/engaged students; pay is similar to other positions at local universities & colleges; eligible for benefits even with a short (1 semester) contract and not full-time work

    Cons

    Pay is similar to other positions at local universities & colleges (which is livable but should be even more); New Westminster campus is located on a hill so mobility access could be a problem; Coquitlam campus has access issues related to public transit


  9. "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas College full-time

    Pros

    There are great people to work with, the college is small allowing for relationships to build, and you have autonomy.

    Cons

    Compensation is low-average compared to competitors, funding is not as much as larger schools, two campuses could mean you have to travel between cities each day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, watch out for departmental feuds as the employees are highly competitive.


  10. "Student Engagement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible
    allowed for leadership opportunities
    not stressful

    Cons

    I experienced a lack of direction from my boss which was frustrating


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