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Lethbridge College Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. "ITS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lethbridge College had a varied mix of talent working in the ITS department, some of whom had been with the College for over 20 years. It was beneficial having resources of knowledge and expertise available to assist in the challenges that present in the campus network environment.

    Cons

    There are always personnel challenges in IT groups, but for the most part the ITS group is good team to work with.


  2. "Mixed Bag- Typical for Higher-Ed"

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

    I worked at Lethbridge College full-time

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits are far above other industries

    Cons

    Tons of red tape and institutional politics.

  3. "Sole focus on revenue generation for the past decade has been extremely destructive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Despite the managerial black hole that is Lethbridge College, there are some truly outstanding instructors there who somehow manage to keep the continuous micromanaging and ongoing petty criticisms at bay long enough to provide a quality educational experience for their students. These people are superstars who are very much succeeding despite their circumstances, not because of them. Why they stay is truly beyond me; my guess would be a mortgage.

    Cons

    As others have stated, the non-academic areas of the college seem to be OK places to work; however, if you are contemplating working here in any sort of remotely "academic" (teaching) capacity, know that there is a full blown war on "the elites" (anything of an "intellectual" (or barely intellectual) nature) going on here. The push for many years now has been getting costs under control (at any cost - and actual teachers are, and should be, expensive) and the cost, ultimately, has been dignity, decency, and fairness.

    Yes, there is a revolving door of hirings and firings that is very much contingent on one's willingness to put up with corruption and abuse on an ongoing basis. Although the idea of "professionalism" is going through huge challenges in all education institutions, it has been dead, gone, and buried here for a very long time. Expect to be micromanaged on a "we expect you to go along to get along" basis continuously.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be more to the Board: use the time remaining on this President's contract to figure out how to create a modern, professional, respectful work environment. Do not rely on yourselves. You need outside professional help. Create a holistic mission for the college that ethical adults can aspire to be a part of. Do whatever is necessary (early retirements, etc.) to clean house and start over. This time with an actual educational vision and mission. Impossible today, you say? Take a cue from your colleagues across the river. By all accounts, people really seem to enjoy working there. Maybe you should try to figure out why.


  4. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AUPE Member - Job Security
    35 hours a week - flexible

    Cons

    Management needs to communicate better


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Woefully Lacking"

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

    Pros

    Trades are well supported and seem to be adequate. The Post-secondary Act in Alberta needs to be rewritten to address the abuses taking place at LC, especially in the sciences, and students would be better off investing in another post-secondary institution probably outside of Alberta.

    Cons

    The Lethbridge College is the worst post-secondary institution that I have encountered in Canada and internationally. Faculty and management are embroiled in a chronic battle of non-confidence votes and bullying that is highlighted by the continuous negative press reports and lawsuits.

    Advice to Management

    They need a revolving door in the front to accommodate the continuous staff dismissals and it is amazing that the government has not taken action to address this waste of taxpayers dollars.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Instructor"

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

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

    Pros

    Longest holidays ever (3 months off during the summer); onsite Tim Hortons is definitely a plus; x-country running and other sports teams are very strong; faculty salaries are incredibly high with long summers off and no requirements for research or community service during down-time

    Cons

    Terrible mixed-up institution; just watch local news and media with non-confidence votes and other serious issues; there is a swiftly moving rotating front door for administration, staff, and faculty; many acedemic programs need to be updated particularly the sciences; fresh, new and valuable program content is seriously lacking; job prospects for students are questionable; think university as smart advice to students

    Advice to Management

    Much improvement needed; Genuine Advice is "out with the old and in with the new"; Stick to teaching as research appears to be too challenged, both results and operationally. Good Luck!


  7. "Good place to work, very change adverse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lethbridge College full-time

    Pros

    The people are dedicated, enjoy what they do and where they work. The health coverage is fantastic and the pay is fair.

    Cons

    People, especially faculty are very hesitant to changes. trying new ideas, innovative ways of teaching, etc. is very frowned upon. Most people at the institution (staff included) have a very 9-5 mentality about education and do not want to adapt to the realities of the new student population. Senior leadership relations has been a point of contention for a while now.

    Advice to Management

    Implement evening and weekend school for the diverse needs of students.

  8. "Great Learning Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Lethbridge College part-time

    Pros

    Excellent management within the IT department. Close knit team full of competent people. Even part time and evening employees are made to feel welcome and part of the team.

    Cons

    Department is given little funding. Is often forced to work with less than ideal equipment and offices.

    Advice to Management

    My time at the college didn't give me enough opportunities interacting with management to feel confident in offering any advice beyond platitudes.


  9. "Administrative assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lethbridge College full-time

    Pros

    Working in a post-secondary institution can be fulfilling as you help people pursue educational and career goals. On a personal level, faculty get a lot of time off in the summer. Those who aren't faculty still get better than average time off. The usual time accrued as in any job, plus usually a week at Christmas as the college is closed from Christmas Eve to after New Years Day. Opportunities also exist for advancement within the college.

    Cons

    There have definitely been some leadership issues and concerns in recent years. Many faculty members are questioning the wisdom of leaders due to a plan to completely change program delivery. As with any large organization, there are people here you may not necessarily want to work with, but there are others who can really make your day.

    Advice to Management

    Work to improve internal communications. There is a feeling that input from two retreats is not being considered in the program delivery plan that is being pushed on faculty. It's going to take time to rebuild trust. Consider working first with a program area that is interested in the new delivery program first. Use this as a trial to roll out the new system, test to see how it works, and develop champions on campus.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lethbridge College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Three months off per summer.

    Cons

    Although a public college, Lethbridge's College primary focus is to retain tuition revenue rather than provide a quality education. The overriding concern of management is to "never fail" a student so that they won't drop out and we will be able to get another semester of tuition revenue from them. Students who don't do any work, or who don't show up for exams should be given a pass anyway for this reason.

    Advice to Management

    Community college education is about providing an applied education to prepare people for their first jobs and this is what actually gives your educational produce its value proposition.


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