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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Toronto Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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Toronto, ON (Canada)

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Pros
  • It was a great place to test out new research ideas (in 7 reviews)

  • The work life balance is also great (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • stressful workplace that can lead to work life balance issues (in 3 reviews)

  • The work environment is a very fast-paced and high stress environment but the staff and managers are very supportive (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Amazing place to work, great colleagues and work atmosphere

    Cons

    There are none, great work environment

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Administration"

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    Former Employee - Administration in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administration in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They provide excellent health care, and in the end, that's what's important.

    Cons

    Very bad work environment. Their respect policy isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Management here, like so many other places, seem to think their budgeting woes can be solved by cutbacks. Meanwhile, the work duties get reshuffled onto staff that is already spread too thin. Mid to upper level management use the same method for cutting lower management too, leaving their lower management spread too thin and ineffective in managing their departments. Meanwhile, much of their full-time staff rest on their laurels and pass off the work to the part-time and casual staff. They are relied upon for payroll and scheduling duties. The strict scheduling rules are completely ignored and the payroll is too complicated and rests in too many hands leaving people to chase down their pay for each and every pay period. The union is useless. They are only interested in collecting their dues and pay no attention to how their members' rights have been ignored - either between staff members or staff and management. Both management and the union are ignorant of basic Labour code and disregard the ones they do know in hopes of getting away with it.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the union that is in there. Use a real union that is interested in the fair treatment of employees. Instead of falling on that old nugget of ridding staff for budget cut reasons, think of other ways to keep costs down. Be more aggressive in reprimanding the staff you have that does nothing and award the staff that works hard. Much of your hard working staff are your part-timers and casuals. Try to recognize who your hard workers are and your slackers are. Give the duties to staff members that know what they're doing and pay attention to how they do their work. Staff that talks on the phone all day on personal calls, aren't doing a good job with payroll and staffing. Recognizing your hard workers and knowing who your slackers are will keep your good staff on board and perhaps your slackers out.


  3. "Review of Sunnybrook Hospital Research Institute"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great, access to educational seminars, staff appreciation events, in general Sunnybrook has a friendly & approachable staff atmosphere.

    Cons

    Commute and parking, access to senior management difficult at times.

    Advice to Management

    More feedback surveys, more educational seminars in current medical research for staff.


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  5. "Worst place I ever worked!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great healthcare system, great doctors!

    Cons

    Terrible supervisors, managers and directors!


  6. "Generally good place to work, a few bad mgrs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big organization, good healthcare resource reputation, room to move around, lots of employee fringe benefits, average pay, easy to get to by transit, nice facility. Good doctors. Clinical staff are very dedicated.

    Cons

    Hierarchy, politics, not all managers are nice there and its old boys network. Evidence of corruption and waste in the areas of building facility construction.

    Advice to Management

    Being a good employer means also looking inwards at inequities. Ethics.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff, stimulating environment and flexible hours

    Cons

    Only cons I had was a personal cons which was price of parking!


  8. "Negative experience for new grad RN"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre full-time

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, flexibility of shift schedulling

    Cons

    Management, politics, ++horizontal violence (RN to RN bullying)

    Advice to Management

    Start to monitor the treatment of new graduate RNs. Educate all staff on what constitutes bullying in the workplace.


  9. "Investigations Officer"

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    Current Employee - Investigations Officer/Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Investigations Officer/Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very busy department and positon

    Cons

    Not enough time for case management. Fear culture prevalent in most departments

    Advice to Management

    More open communication with staff


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The best research and teaching hospital to work in Toronto"

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Fantastic place to gain research and patient experience and build your skills
    -There are weekly Clinical Rounds and monthly educational talks/conferences to attend
    -You get to meet and work with a variety of health professionals and in multidisciplinary teams
    -HOOPP organization (yes, you get docked a lot from each pay, but trust me it is worth it in the end because with your employer matching or contributing more, it adds up quickly! When I left Sunnybrook after two years, I had ~$9,000 to transfer into my RRSP!!)
    -Full dental and medical benefits package with vacation pay (even when a contract employee)
    -High job security/stability because contract positions are almost always renewed for min 1-2 years (dependent on job performance, of course)
    -Free downtown and uptown shuttle bus (saves you from having to purchase the hefty ~$145 TTC metro monthly pass!!)
    -Less bureaucracy (unlike CAMH)

    Cons

    -Pay compensation is arbitrarily set with very little negotiation as opposed to a standardization of pay commensurate of education and experience.
    -Difficult to get pay raises (even when you do get one, it is not very much; .20 more an hr)
    -Sometimes you get talked down to by doctors and other "higher up" staff (this isn't necessarily specific to Sunnybrook)

    Advice to Management

    -Compensate your employees appropriately and accurately based on education and experience, not by how much money the PI is willing to pay.
    -Value ALL your employees equally - administrative and research staff are just as important as health care professionals.


  11. "Investigations Officer"

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    Current Employee - Investigations Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Investigations Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work on all Incidents and Critical injuries in the hospital

    Cons

    Maybe called at 3:00 am to come in to investigate an incident


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