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Vancouver Coastal Health Reviews

Updated June 13, 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)

  • "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)

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  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. "Accounting Co-op"

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

    Pros

    Very friendly working environment in VCH

    Cons

    Small team within the financial department


  6. "Strong Mission - inconsistent leadership and questionable working conditions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health part-time

    Pros

    - strong mission and good clinical leadership
    - strong culture of patient focus
    - good teamwork within hospital

    Cons

    - lack of focus or attention on operational issues
    - poor support for workplace safety and injuries


  7. "Supportive but hard for the young/motivated to grow in"

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

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

    Pros

    4 weeks vacation after one year, support for work/life balance, steady employment, great benefits, positive colleagues.

    Cons

    Wages are lower than many private sector, non-profit and other government organizations. It is very hard to move up and yearly increases are minuscule. I would echo many of the other comments already said by others: tenure is often rewarded over performance, outstanding achievements are not rewarded and the young and hungry will be frustrated by lack of reward for their efforts. Many young professionals leave after realizing they can only progress by moving to different organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Employee recognition is moving in the right direction but attrition of top performers will continue if you do not promote and recognize them.

  8. "Manager and Chief Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Worked with a group of reliable engineers in the Energy Centre.

    Cons

    Work on a very tight budget environment, it's hard to replace very old equipment

    Advice to Management

    No comments


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Coastal Health full-time

    Pros

    I'm working with great colleagues that not only support me with the work, but aslo my personal growth.

    Cons

    Our resources are limited by budget as set out by the ministry of health. It would be nice to have more updated resources.


  10. "I love this place!"

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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

    VCH is a positive place to work where you are surrounded by people who are care about healthcare and and the community they serve.
    Great culture, benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries are not as competitive as the private sector.


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