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Vancouver Coastal Health Reviews

Updated October 16, 2018
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Vancouver Coastal Health President and CEO Mary Ackenhusen
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  • "Very large organization so can feel impersonal, due to size of organization the culture can differ from team to team, unit to unit, etc" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Everything is very slow moving, can't get anything done" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Patient Flow Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting, fast-paced, great staff

    Cons

    Micromanagers abound, lack of appreciation for work from managers, too many bedside RN's on amazon and Facebook

    Advice to Management

    Let frontline staff do their job and provide feedback for quality improvement. Lead from the bottom up.


  2. "Program Support Assistant"

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

    I worked at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time

    Pros

    - good benefits and extended health
    - great support from supervisors
    - excellent flexibility from supervisors

    Cons

    - difficult for any career development/advancement without seniority

  3. "I like it!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health part-time

    Pros

    - Good people who care
    - High quality training
    - Many job opportunities

    Cons

    - Lack of organization
    - Lack of efficient documentation system


  4. "Good work environment and plenty of work!"

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    Former Employee - Patient Care Aide in Metairie, LA
    Former Employee - Patient Care Aide in Metairie, LA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Working casual/on-call allowed me the freedom to pursue travel interests yet still be assured that I'd have income to pay for those trips!

    Cons

    None come to mind but I guess that being casual/on-call also means that work is always ever present because a call could come everyday requesting your presence.

    Advice to Management

    Management appears to attempt to strike a good balance between work demands/patient care and the ever present budget restrictions but, as always, trimming the fat at the top to ensure this balance is not always easily or readily achieved.


  5. "Very helpful"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    VCH has communicated in an organized and efficient manner. They are open to questions and answer them appropriately and within an appropriate amount of time.

    Cons

    I haven't had any negative experiences

    Vancouver Coastal Health Response

    Oct 23, 2018 – Marketing Advisor

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate
    your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience
    here. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at... More


  6. "Physiotherapist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physiotherapist in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Physiotherapist in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Vancouver Coastal Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

    Cons

    Physiotherapists tend to see one genre of clientele unless frequently changing units. This is not as appealing for new grads who which to grow their new skill-set.

    Advice to Management

    Create more part-time permanent positions for physiotherapists. This is more appealing for young physiotherapists.

    Vancouver Coastal Health Response

    Oct 23, 2018 – Marketing Advisor

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate
    your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience
    here. We have passed on your feedback to the Recruitment Services... More


  7. "Receptionist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time

    Pros

    I would recommend Vancouver Coastal Health, as they are recognized to be an organization that focuses on optimal health, not only for the patients but for the colleagues as well.

    Cons

    There is nothing that I recognize from this company.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue your legacy to other newly employees as your position at the moment shines.

  8. Helpful (2)

    ""I came for the job, I'll leave because of the people""

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Advisor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Advisor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Feel-good industry, dedicated people in the clinical as well as corporate setting.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is based on fear, submission and orders. There is no space to have meaningful conversations and disagreements. Managers and Directors spend most of the time creating an image of what they do as opposed to actually doing the good things - I often had an idea people know what should be done yet for some reasons do something completely different to earn some quick-term gains.
    Promoting happens based on personal preferences and longevity; performance and merit is not taken under consideration - there is NO formalized promotion or performance management system.

    Advice to Management

    Where to start... hmm.. shake up! Follow the strategies, be bold, don't just hide in the corners trying to mitigate negative impact and show people there are "some actions" being taken to pacify their momentary unhappiness.

    Vancouver Coastal Health Response

    Oct 23, 2018 – Marketing Advisor

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your insight. Your input is very much appreciated. If you would like to further discuss details of your feedback with an appropriate staff member, we'd... More


  9. "Clinic Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time

    Pros

    Very stable job, great benefits

    Cons

    Repetitive work
    Focus on seniority not performance

    Vancouver Coastal Health Response

    Oct 3, 2018 – Marketing Advisor

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate
    your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience
    here. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at... More


  10. "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment for employees

    Cons

    Lack of growth for employees

    Vancouver Coastal Health Response

    Sep 24, 2018 – Marketing Advisor

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate
    your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience
    here. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at... More


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