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Vancouver Coastal Health Reviews

Updated October 22, 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 15 reviews)

  • There used to be many, now I guess it might be benefits and pension (in 7 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)

  • Slow moving, and often, report driven (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Patient Flow Coordinator"

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    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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    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. "not what we hoped"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time

    Pros

    benefits
    wages
    most colleagues and clients

    Cons

    would be managers get tinnitus from blowing own horns

    Advice to Management

    healthy organization benefits all

    no matter how hard you climb over colleagues you only get a little ahead


  6. "Comfort"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stable work environment
    Very experienced, skilled coworkers
    Quiet, professional and mature
    Work is often independent with lots of meetings

    Cons

    Not as dynamic workplace
    Slow moving, and often, report driven


  7. "Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, work is challenging and fantastic team to work with.

    Cons

    Working in a unionized environment can be frustrating.

  8. "great opportunities and career advancement"

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

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

    Pros

    Progressive Health Authority, with strong financial accumen

    Cons

    Directors unwilling to take risks and this often restricts potential of managers


  9. "Program Clerk"

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

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    union protected so one can go along doing below standard job and nothing ever happens to employees

    Cons

    promotions very unlikely...more a horizontal move than vertical up move. you are categorized according to education first and then experience, plus seniority makes it impossible to get the position you want unless you have work donkey years with company.

    no annual reviews of performance at all

    employees only worry about themselves and there is no unity or comradery.

    Advice to Management

    get down to the grass roots and to your employees rather than focus so much on maintaining the provincial govt's funding


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Maintenance"

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    Current Employee - MW5 Equip Tech in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - MW5 Equip Tech in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company benefits and vacations are good. There is a company pension plan.

    Cons

    There was a 15% wage rollback for allot of employees around 2002. Currently I made a higher wage in 2002 than what I do now working as a MW5 maintenance worker. Also VCH does not handle bullying situations very well. The current HR Advisor in charge of dealing with the No Bully Line has recommended I be disciplined for reporting bullying and harassment.

    Advice to Management

    All bullying cases requiring HR Advisors to investigate, investigations should be done by an outside consultating company, it's hard for a company to properly investigate itself for bullying particularly if some of the bully's are management.


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