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Toronto Catholic District School Board Reviews

Updated January 27, 2017
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Toronto Catholic District School Board Director of Education Angela Gauthier
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  1. "TCDSB"

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    Former Employee - Data Entry in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Toronto Catholic District School Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, looks attractive on your resume to other employers. Data entry department was close knit, fun to work with.

    Cons

    Location, if you live in the west end of Toronto it's a bit of a stretch. There really isn't any other cons. Location was just a hassle at times.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the great environment


  2. "Guidance Counsellor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toronto Catholic District School Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good working conditions, great pension

    Cons

    Lots of travel to and from schools

    Advice to Management

    Don't lead with an iron hand!


  3. "Don't Work Here......Apply to other Boards"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toronto Catholic District School Board full-time

    Pros

    It's difficult to say if there are any Pro's. The current leader who is in charge of running the Board has put the Board into a deficit situation through fiscal mismanagement. Senior staff are visionless and self-indulgent. The Board itself is deteriorating rapidly. Morale is at an all time low with school staff.

    Cons

    The Board put its elementary teachers through an unnecessary and prolonged local collective bargaining negotiating session with the hopes of extracting concessions on items that had been previously agreed upon. The Board tries at all times, to short change its teaching staff and defends its mismanagement as the " new normal" as it is severely lacking of any sort of relevant leadership and vision for the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    What can one say? You're about as selfish a group (at the CEC level) that has ever existed in the field of education. The current leader of the Board is grossly overpaid for the lack of performance and fiscal goverance that is required for such a position. New leadership at the Board level is required throughout the Senior Staff levels.


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  5. "Hit and Miss"

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    Current Employee - Occasional Educational Assistant in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Occasional Educational Assistant in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Toronto Catholic District School Board part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in a variety of settings, this job is good if you are starting up your career in education.

    Cons

    Like a fish in a barrel. You don't know what to expect one day as the job is on a daily basis.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Simple work, as part of student exposure program. Interesting insight into a big organization, with lots of opportunity for client interaction.

    Cons

    Many layers of bureaucracy can make simple changes (for the better) difficult to implement. Supervisors not in tune with the skill sets of employees, leading to underused potential.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "caretaker"

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    Former Employee - Caretaker in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Caretaker in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Schools need to be cleaned , and kept in running condition .You have a pension at retirement , that is above the government issued one . The benefits poor as they are are a great help when You need them .

    Cons

    The board is in decay due to excessive nepotism .The people at the top are well overpaid . Caretakers are usually treated like third class citizens . Teachers are usually a group of self serving individuals . They talk down to everyone . [ Maybe because they are accustomed to talking to children all the time ] As for the benefits , they are a cost burden . Unlike other unionized workers our benefits end with our retirement . Management usually takes the word of any complaint over the word of it`s dependents . They never give the benefit of doubt .

    Advice to Management

    Treat Caretakers with respect and trust . You will be surprised what They can do for You
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  8. "Wonderful and well-paying experience"

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    Current Employee - Camp Counsellor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Camp Counsellor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Toronto Catholic District School Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the pay was awesome, and learned a lot about myself. the supervisors are really helpful and you can earn two credits too, on co-op and leadership, if you're returning to high-school. We, workers, even had multiple breaks and food provided. Later, at the after-party we got free stuff too.

    Cons

    It was summer and too hot. Sometimes, we had to take the children to movies, water-parks, recreation centers on blazing hot weather. This job is right for you if you can actually handle supervising group of children. This job was just not for me.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. guess. more planned activities.


  9. "Customer Support Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Toronto Catholic District School Board (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Hard to move up within the IT department.


  10. "Not suitable for younge people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable job security
    Somewhat better benefit

    Cons

    Have to sacrifice future career development, less chance to move up.
    Messy and inefficient management.
    Typical Bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure, hiring educated middle management team and cut the number of middle management team to save more money for kids


  11. "Job Satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Secretary in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Toronto Catholic District School Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a very flexible place to work. Also, you have job security if you are a unionised employee -- ie: if you are absent due to illness you are paid 100% from your sick days - financially you are secure. The employees have a union but, they too are controlled by management and if you are unhappy, there is not much anybody will do and you are pretty much left alone to survive.

    Cons

    The work atmosphere is not nice at all in the schools. One place is worse than the other. Those who work, work endlessly while the others get away without work pretending to work and nobody does anything about them as they are favoured for some reason or the other. It is a very clicky atmosphere and often you are not accepted in their click may be due to your background. When you work in Administration it is hard to move up - you can move from school to school or department but the grade of the job is mostly the same .Since 10 years, I am trying to move up having the qualifications which most of my colleagues don't have, but, I cannot, as I do not belong to their click. Less jobs to move up due to the favouritisms existing in the board. Nobody sees your merit, everybody sees whom you know. Once you are a secretary you are pretty much stuck there unless you do a complete job career change. There is NO advancement within.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise the management to see the skills and merits of employees who work hard and give them a chance for advancement specially when they are trying year after year. Do not go by hearsay, find out for yourself what each employee can do and what each one is contributing.. Monitor those who are always absent, sick or lazy and hardly contribute for the advancement of the company whatever their grade may be. Make a fair distribution of work to all so that, some are not overloaded while others enjoy. Alter job descriptions now and then to satisfy your employees and recognize their contributions to the company. Always keep your emplyees happy.



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