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Columbia International College Reviews

Updated 4 November, 2018
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  1. "This is a great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Columbia International College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have had lots of support while working there
    It pays well
    You can work from home

    Cons

    They are not very involved with their clients


  2. "Good People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia International College full-time

    Pros

    Friendly Staf, Cheap Meals, Nice Kids

    Cons

    sometimes communication is not very great

  3. "Don't Work Here"

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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 Columbia International College full-time

    Pros

    The kids are kind, and you can make some great friends amongst the staff.

    Cons

    The school is entirely corrupt and the work is extremely precarious.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of a certain person in Admissions.


  4. "Good Place to Start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia International College full-time

    Pros

    - Fun and engaging coworkers
    - Great culture diversity
    - cheap lunch

    Cons

    - low pay, good for new grads


  5. "A great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - IELTS Invigilator in Hamilton, ON
    Current Employee - IELTS Invigilator in Hamilton, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia International College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Wonderful and positive atmosphere.
    - Professional, dedicated, caring, and supportive staff.

    Cons

    None that I can think of, it's great!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Save yourself the heart ache"

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

    I worked at Columbia International College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Students
    Location
    Coworkers
    Close to Westdale so you can get lunch on a patio in the summer time

    Cons

    Management
    Wages/Pay are far below competitive
    Atmosphere
    Surveillance Environment
    Job Stability
    Culture of Fear
    Unjust dismissals are common
    No room for growth whatsoever

    Advice to Management

    You need to be transparent. Hiding information from staff, avoiding answering questions and micromanaging people is the reason why the turnover is so high and why retention is so low. You make almost 40K a year from 1 student, and the school keeps growing and growing in population, but are unable to pay staff barely more than a minimum wage? If you want your staff to provide excellent customer service to students, how about starting with a HAPPY workforce first - who strive to do their best for a business that they believe in? How is the CEO on the sunshine list, while his employees are fighting for a liveable wage? INVEST IN PEOPLE.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hamilton, ON
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hamilton, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia International College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible and coworkers are friendly!!love that !

    Cons

    repeating stuff over and over again.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Cog In A Wheel
    Former Employee - Cog In A Wheel
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia International College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Diverse workforce
    Meat package Christmas bonus

    Cons

    Below standard pay although company is very profitable
    Employees are viewed as disposable, not worth investing in or growing
    Management is reactionary versus forward thinking
    Culture of fear and blame
    Company minimally (at best) follows employment standards and H&S
    No overtime or lieu although 50+ work hours are expected from certain salaried employees.
    No standard policies or procedures
    Cover-up mistakes is a standard response when errors are found. That, or blame.

    Advice to Management

    Have a little respect for employees (just a little would be a start). Maybe pay a living wage


  9. Helpful (1)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE"

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in Hamilton, ON
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Hamilton, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia International College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many wonderful students from all over the world

    Cons

    Very low pay, overworked, micromanaged, reactionary culture of fear, no growth opportunity, high turnover. Students are treated like clients, staff are treated like dirt.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people - they are your most valuable asset. Stop reacting and start being proactive. Treat your staff with the "total care" that you expect them to show to students.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "private tutor"

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Hamilton, ON
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Hamilton, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Columbia International College part-time

    Pros

    Part time, good for university student job
    good pay per hour

    Cons

    can get no hours at all for weeks if student do not request help


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