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Vancouver Coastal Health Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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Vancouver Coastal Health President and CEO Mary Ackenhusen
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Pros
  • Very good benefits and efficient management (in 14 reviews)

  • Good pay, benefits, great team members, learned many different systems and in-house education available (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • As a front line, bottom of the totem pole worker we are treated as if we are mindless, completely interchangeable, unimportant cogs in a giant wheel (in 3 reviews)

  • It can be challenging working in a large organization, but the senior leadership works hard to connect and communicate with staff (in 3 reviews)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The staff are amazing to work with! The organization's values of ensuring care are so important

    Cons

    There is not a lot of room for vertical movement in the organization. I would have liked to see VCH wanting to retain their current employees.


  3. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Community Mental Health Worker II - Adult in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Community Mental Health Worker II - Adult in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I work with a community mental health team - and work with great people. The structure of the teams brings together multiple disciplines, and the effect is a well-rounded, great group of professionals who support each other and learn from one another.

    Cons

    Moving up the ladder from front line clinical work to supervisor / management positions is quite difficult.


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  5. "Clinical Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, great team work.

    Cons

    Not very many options to move up the corporate ladder.


  6. "Medical Radiography"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Radiographer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Medical Radiographer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Once your foot is in the door it is easy to move to a different hospital

    Cons

    Everything is based on seniority so it can be hard to get the job position you want


  7. "Registered Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If looking for experience with high acuity patients this is the place for you. This is a busy tertiary trauma centre environment.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con but this a busy place and one must expect to work hard in area of expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing and focusing on the "respect in the workplace" initiative. Bullying is still an issue.


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    "Peer Support Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Support Coordinator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I met some wonderful people at Raven Song Community Health Center who really cared about helping our clients. In particular, I had a wonderful manager who was in charge of the Rehabilitation team and it was uplifting to work for her. She would do anything to help our clients and once through sheer determination and hard work prevented a client from being evicted and ending up homeless.

    Cons

    There were some politics like in every organization but in general a good workplace.

    Advice to Management

    This is such a large organization it's hard to give management advice. Maybe I will just say that they should make sure they respect and support the people on the ground who are dealing with clients who are struggling every day.


  9. "Good for a start"

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    Current Employee - PCC/Educator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - PCC/Educator in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great ideas for future

    Cons

    sliw on realization of ideas

    Advice to Management

    Less meeting more doing


  10. "average"

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

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time

    Pros

    seniority counts if you can get it

    Cons

    too much HR involvement

    Advice to Management

    retain your senior experienced staff


  11. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stable employment with decent benefits. Interesting projects and decent framework. Would suit those with little experience, chance to learn in supportive environment

    Cons

    Management tries to help but it doens't always work out the way you were promised so it gets you down after a while being caught up in a big machine



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