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Douglas College Reviews

Updated 1 December, 2018
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Pros
  • "All faculty and staff and management get free use of the gym and most get lots of vacation time and lots of paid holidays" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Flexible work week and work-life balance is excellent" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management grandfathered in, out of touch with today's world" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Very difficult to move up within the Company" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Coquitlam, BC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Coquitlam, BC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Douglas College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, Pro-Active Management, HR is helpful, Staff are great, team players

    Cons

    None at all, place is awesome!!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Traing Group Staff"

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    Current Employee - Training Group Staff in New Westminster, BC
    Current Employee - Training Group Staff in New Westminster, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary to start, benefits, pension, team/colleagues

    Cons

    Long hours, little to no work-life balance, some toxic staff, unempathetic management team

    Advice to Management

    I've always heard critical things about working under the Training Group and some of them were true. People LOVE what they DO (see the Douglas College motto I put there?) but the staff are overworked, micro-managed and seems highly competitive, especially those who are at management level. You know what - not everyone wants to be in management because some staff love working with clients more. However, teamwork, trust and relationship building need to actually work together to have a good and positive working environment. Clients sense and observe those things. I expected working for a college that they would have these fundamental principles when it comes to creating a healthy team - I was sorely disappointed. It makes me question whether I should stay here for the long haul. My tip for management - read The 5 Languages of Workplace Appreciation. This will change your staff and team for the better. Since you're an educational institution that inspires learning, I highly recommend you all read it. DO inspire PLEASE.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Bullying ok at the LC"

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    Former Employee - Service Coordinator in New Westminster, BC
    Former Employee - Service Coordinator in New Westminster, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice people. Helping the students is rewarding.

    Cons

    Bullying allowed in the learning centre and systemic attempts to ignore the actual problem.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the actual problem and stop letting everyone else on the team go when there is one bully in the workplace.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Peer Tutor - Learning Centre"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Douglas College part-time

    Pros

    - easy to get hired
    - comprehensive training for new tutors
    - flexible hours

    Cons

    - low pay
    - conflicts within management in the past few years has negative trickle down effect on tutors... tension etc


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Security and benefits/pension"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    BCGEU staff at Douglas are provided a level of job security that is becomming rare (especially in BC's lower mainland). Staff receive decent medical benefits, life insurance, a pension, union representation, free credits to take a few courses per semester, access to professional development funding and opportunities, and some are given the opportunity to work a modified or flex week.

    Cons

    BCGEU staff at Douglas are the lowest paid employees when compared to their post-secodary counterparts (i.e. other academic colleges in the lower mainland). Although internal cadidates should have first consideration when BCGEU jobs are posted (as long as they meet the required qualifications), it feels difficult to move around. The company is very siloed, and communication is difficult. There seems to be a feeling of stagnation, and that growth within the company (especially if you are BCGEU and do not have a masters degree) is not possible. A good company should want to retain hard-working, resilient employees, and want to provide them with opportunities to grow and thrive. Unfortunately, after 5 years of employment, many BCGEU staff view leaving the company as their only recourse.

    I would recommend the college to a friend who is looking for a starter job. But I would warn her not to get too comfortable. She should start actively look for opportunities outside the college at around the 3-year mark.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for hiring managers to become aware of talent in other departments. People can become stagnant when they stay in a single staff position (or department) too long, and this can lead to dissatisfaction and, at worst, toxicity. Most of the required qualifications are transferable across job postings, and many tasks are trainable. Job swapping could be a good way to keep employees engaged. And management could consider networking opportunities, so staff members can get to know hiring managers (to be clear: the purpose of this kind of networking would be to make managers aware of the talent they already have under their roof).


  6. "Good Employer"

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

    I worked at Douglas College full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work! Would recommend to a friend who was looking to start their administrative career.

    Cons

    Need more opportunities for growth


  7. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Douglas College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Too much work and top-down decision making.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good job, not great career"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Officer in New Westminster, BC
    Current Employee - Admissions Officer in New Westminster, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment - some depts offer flex days
    Great team / great coworkers
    Good benefits
    Great starting pay - but increases are next to nothing
    Can attend free work out sessions for your lunch break
    Shifts are 8-4 most departments M-F
    Fantastic OT (when offered)
    Event potlucks! Spring lunch! Christmas Party! Very good team.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other institutions
    Increases for promotions and higher level of responsibility hardly seem worth it
    Senior management grandfathered in, out of touch with today's world
    Difficult to become "permanent" and get vacation time off
    Low opportunity to move up - jobs written for others
    Hard to switch departments even if qualified (see above)

    Advice to Management

    Look at your current staff and see who is making a difference. Senior members of the team who have seniority need to have their job titles reviewed along with their lack of management. But, fantastic work/ life balance - so thank you!
    And great culture and care within the office!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Facilitator"

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    Former Employee - Facilitator
    Former Employee - Facilitator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Douglas College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good wages, benefits for job delivered. Positive colleagues and encouragement from most.

    Cons

    Some hierarchy in the Training Group are clouded by self-importance, hence, a toxic and manipulative environment. Using scare tactics along with threats associated with not renewing contract.

    Advice to Management

    Take a few course on being self-reflective. Employees do have feelings and should be treated with respect


  10. "Good starting place and very supportive supervisors"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant
    Former Employee - Student Assistant
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not very difficult to get hired without any work experience
    Learning about what it's like to work in a post-secondary environment
    People are pretty nice

    Cons

    Pay is not great
    Not a lot of change and movement forward