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vpi (Canada) Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  1. "Positive Changes"

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

    I have been working at vpi (Canada) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice staff at various locations
    good benefits
    easy to work with managers

    Cons

    overworked
    too much focus on targets (funders requirement)
    salary

    Advice to Management

    give raises to employees who really work hard to uphold company's vision & reputation.


  2. "Resource Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Resource Specialist
    Current Employee - Resource Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at vpi (Canada) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Three weeks of holidays to start

    Cons

    Pay is low and stress is high

  3. "Fearful and Tense work environment"

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

    I have been working at vpi (Canada) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Set daily routine.
    Opportunity to engage with clients and experience their successes (if that's your thing)

    Cons

    WOW..So many negatives! Where to begin ;Micromanagerial and distrustful senior staff who instill fear of job loss to push staff to meet unrealistic targets set by Ministry MAESD.
    Extremely his staff turnover and major retention issues..those of us still here either lay low and don't say much or just want a paycheck..no one feels loyal to this company because the feeling isn't mutual.

    Advice to Management

    Less dependence on Ministry dollars and targets..leading to a toxic work atmosphere for staff and affects the client experience overall.
    Enough micromanaging! Implement structure at thr branch level to support projects.


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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

    I worked at vpi (Canada) full-time

    Pros

    Overall, had good co-workers and no weekend/evening work . Best part of the job was working with clients and seeing positive life change for them

    Cons

    My experience at vpi can only be described as de-motivating and unprofessional. Management does not trust their employees and therefore micromanage staff to a point where people feel over-monitored and lack of freedom to perform well in their positions . Staff have high expectations on their shoulders (which can be okay) but are not supported by management and are often minimally trained, which leads to a super stressed-out work environment.

    Advice to Management

    - Take time to build relationships with staff and treat them like they are HUMANS, not just a means to meet the targets
    - Stop micromanaging - even the best employee cannot work well under such pressure
    - Look at turnover and see how you can improve employee retention because it hurts client service


  5. "The worst company ever"

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    Former Employee - Job Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Job Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There was no positive things about this company, completely unprofessional, they don't care about their employees or the people they are servicing

    Cons

    This company is completely based on office politics, they love pointing out the errors in other employees, they form opinions and stick to them, they judge people and even cross the boundaries of professional to personal. The company goes out of their way to make it known they care about hitting targets but have embellish statistics to make their case, I wouldn't recommend this organization to my very worst enemy.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage, managers go out of their way to make decisions without even having basic discussions, they are not straight forward, they beat around the bush, Managers have the tendency to go completely missing in action and then make it a point to discourage employees when they do connect with them, bizarre management, terrible culture, no interest in employee growth and only interested in showing the ministry they have hit their ministry assigned targets, a horrible organization that deserves to have it's funding removed by the government in it's entirety, even the people currently there hate working with the organization and are only there for the purpose of collecting a pay check


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    "Not what I expected"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at vpi (Canada) (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Employment Specialists were nice and easy to work with and get along with.
    -Pay was a downgrade for me but it was close to home and the hours were good.
    -Routine for each day was relatively the same
    -Lots of contact with clients

    Cons

    -Poor management by micromanaging, showing distrust of staff, and being condescending when staff's issues were brought up.
    -Very numbers-based
    -Manager unnecessarily created extra work
    -No recourse for bringing up real labour issues
    -Lack of staff appreciation
    -Cliques in senior positions
    -Advances seemed to be based on who you know in the company, not how you performed and helped clients.

    Advice to Management

    -Get off your high horse, take basic organizational behaviour courses, learn people skills to speak to your staff like they're adults.
    -Learn to praise staff for the good work they do rather than focusing only on flaws.
    -Smile at clients and make them feel welcomed.
    -Realize that constructive criticism is a good thing and goes both ways.
    -Provide incentives for managers and staff to get to know each other through engaging office activities.


  7. "not for men"

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

    Pros

    good if you are an immigrant or women..

    Cons

    not for white men. these places are run by entitled women who have a chip on their shoulder with men...especially white Canadian men. They really believe and openly state that women are better at some jobs....that men cannot do these jobs and that is when they are not talking crap about their clients or faking their numbers. This company should get investigated and shut down.

    Advice to Management

    how can you give advice to men hating racist.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Work life"

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    Former Employee - Job Developer II Locations in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Job Developer II Locations in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    okay pay but worked out of 2 locations like modern day slavery

    Cons

    OVER WORKED. No life take work home very sad environment. Working there is stressful its like a revolving door. Micro managers. Working out of two locations is hellish .

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to breathe.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Very demotivating"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at vpi (Canada) full-time

    Pros

    some of the people are great

    Cons

    it seems like most people hate their job there; no motivation to exceed beyond capabilities; no employee recognition


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Stressful and unfriendly work environment"

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    Former Employee - Employment Counsellor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Employment Counsellor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at vpi (Canada) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly structured environment
    Motivated to reach targets

    Cons

    Supervisors are not very flexible and empathetic
    Pay does not match amount of work done
    Lay off staff on a continuous basis
    Rules for staff does not match rules for supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff fairly and allow pay for amount of work
    Allow balance of work and not expect employees to work after hours
    Don't treat clients like numbers
    Corporate environments are not good for non profit organizations


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