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Vancouver Island University Reviews

Updated January 20, 2017
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Vancouver Island University President and Vice-Chancellor Ralph Nilson
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  1. "A review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work ok

    Cons

    None to mention 2 more words needed

    Advice to Management

    Eat more cheese


  2. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vancouver Island University part-time

    Pros

    This company provides very competitive compensation packages even for part time employees. Management accepts responsibility and ensures that everyone has up to date training and certificates.

    Cons

    I was only with the company for a short time so I do not have any cons


  3. "Temporary Professor is a steep learning curve."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Seasonal Instructor in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Seasonal Instructor in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vancouver Island University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's great to mold the minds of university students, and the fellow profs assisted as best they could to help advise. Department heads kept in touch.

    Cons

    Very limited structure and course layout was only partially predetermined. Limited budgets for supplies and equipment make it hard to teach anything truly interesting without risking one's own equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Art programs need more funding in order to explore modern design solutions. Also, if there was a better prep-period to outline how to be a successful sessional instructor a lot of the growth pains could be alleviated.


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  5. "Coordinator, International Recruitment Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator, International Marketing & Recruitment in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coordinator, International Marketing & Recruitment in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Island University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I absolutely loved this job and my role within the Faculty of International Education at VIU. There has been an influx of new staff during my 3.5 years, which has led to new ideas, processes and positive change. There is certainly a growing cohesiveness amongst the different areas of the international department (the international retreat that occurs every June has been particularly effective at improving inter-departmental relationships). Support from the international marketing team and senior management has been phenomenal throughout my time.

    VIU's popularity and reputation as a desirable place of study is increasing rapidly all over the globe, and I don't see this abating any time soon. As a result of this burgeoning notoriety, I suspect the international department will continue to grow in size and scope.

    In closing, I'll just add that the future looks bright for VIU. Keep up the great work!

    (I'm writing this as a current employee but will be leaving my position in a week from now - I'd have remained in this position far longer if it weren't for the need to move in with my partner in Metro Vancouver).

    Cons

    Some kinks in IT need to be worked out, particularly in the Admissions area, but gaps have been identified and should be closed in the coming months.

    Advice to Management

    I applaud management for all their hard work and thank them for all their support.


  6. "Peer Supported Learning Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peer Supported Learning Leader in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Peer Supported Learning Leader in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vancouver Island University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Part-time work that applied what i knew, hard to ask for more. As a learning leader for one year, I matured by remaining rigorously organized to planning and hosting the sessions. . I felt like I was in a position to change peoples lives, so I went all out on the sessions. The students learned and formed bonds among one another. Me, the PSL Leader , was just proud of their performance.

    Cons

    The pressure and stress can be immense at certain times during the semester. Sometimes you want to give up. Don't be the PSL leader who misses a week because everyone is relying on you. You gotta have GUTS to get through it.

    Advice to Management

    Part of grades come down to advantages and disadvantages. There are too many old tests and quizzes swimming around that some students have access to and other don't. YOU GUYS SHOULD TEAM UP WITH THE MATH DEPARTMENT AND MAKE CALCULUS MANDATORY FOR BUSINESS STUDENTS.


  7. "Security 1st aid & parking Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting job never boring enjoys student interactions keeps you physically active. Nice outdoor scenery . Enjoy quiet time of year when not in session but just enough to keep you busy

    Cons

    Low wage. Exessive responsibility. 3 jobs for price of one. First aid attendant and parking enforcement as well as full security. All on foot over 92 acres plus dorms. No vehicle accesx for 1st aid calls. Can be very exhausting.

    Vancouver Island University Response

    Feb 17, 2017 – Manager, Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention Strategies

    Every individual's experience is valid. However, it is important to note in this case that VIU's security and parking services are contracted out to an external provider.


  8. "VIU a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Values-based institution committed to its students and faculty, connected to its people and the community

    Cons

    Lower salaries than other universities, limited funding from government

    Vancouver Island University Response

    Mar 14, 2016 – Manager, Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention Strategies

    Thanks for sharing your feedback! I'm glad you feel that connection to people and community -- it's such an important part of what we do at VIU.


  9. "Records Clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Records Clerk in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Records Clerk in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I started here right out of the ABT Program i took here. I love the people I work with, I love the location of the University, I love that employees can take courses for free. Many reason I love it here.

    Cons

    The stairs on some days are hard...

    Vancouver Island University Response

    Mar 9, 2016 – Manager, Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention Strategies

    Glad to hear you are loving working at VIU and that your ABT program experience was so positive. We do have a built-in StairMaster with this hill, but it does make for some great views!


  10. "Instructor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gorgeous campus, wonderful colleagues and professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    Parking is expensive and lots can be full.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

    Vancouver Island University Response

    Mar 9, 2016 – Manager, Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention Strategies

    Thanks for the great feedback!


  11. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designation - ITIL Process Consultant in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Designation - ITIL Process Consultant in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Island University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive staff and friendly environment.

    Cons

    I have not found any cons yet :)

    Vancouver Island University Response

    Mar 9, 2016 – Manager, Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention Strategies

    Thanks for this positive review. I'm glad you are feeling so supported in your work -- it makes such a big difference.



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