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Douglas College Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2019

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3.4
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Douglas College CEO Dr. Kathy Denton
Dr. Kathy Denton
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "Mostly good, intellectual people to work with, great courses study benefits, okay work-life balance(in 7 reviews)

  • "Flexible work environment, Pro-Active Management, HR is helpful, Staff are great, team players(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Truly deserves the Top Employer Award!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas College full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lives up to its motto of "Do What You Love!" The culture is great. The work environment is empowering and the core values of Douglas College aligns with my own core values. I also love that creativity is encouraged, passion is commonplace and the collegiality is unifying. I feel I am appreciated and allowed to take initiative to get things accomplished. On top of these are the excellent benefits and perks - I have...

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    Cons

    I have not experienced anything negative.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    Douglas College2019-05-17

    Douglas College Response

    June 4, 2019HR

    Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. We are happy to read that you're having a very positive experience at the College.

  2. "student assistant"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Douglas College part-time

      Pros

      easy daily tasks , trouble shooting students' code

      Cons

      could be bored if you have a long day

      Douglas College2019-06-04
    • Helpful (1)

      "Average"

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      Former Employee - Cashiers 

      I worked at Douglas College full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Good colleagues. Supportive. Helpful and kind.

      Cons

      Terrible management. They need to pay attention to their employees.

      Douglas College2019-05-24
    • Helpful (1)

      "What do you value most?"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Westminster, BC
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Douglas College full-time

      Pros

      Just knowing what Douglas is like in terms of community, work-life balance, perks and culture, I was surprised to see a number of really negative reviews here. But turns out it’s just one area whereas being a part of Douglas means having secure employment with nice people around you and sense of purpose in your work life. You will be a part of the community of educators contributing to someone’s learning. What can be...

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      Cons

      Douglas is a large public organization which means career advancement is limited. If you want to be promoted, you have to serve your time and make sure you constantly acquire new marketable skills. If you lack required credentials or leadership training/experience, you will not be given a more advanced role just because you are already here. With good reputation, they get enough external interest in vacancies to be able...

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      Advice to Management

      Help people who already work here plan their career advancement and mentor them. Sometimes employees simply do not know where they lack credentials or what other areas their skills could be utilized. Be an educator not just for your students but also for people who work here.

      Douglas College2019-05-03

      Douglas College Response

      May 16, 2019HR

      Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful review. We appreciate hearing your personal experience and are glad to learn you enjoy the community and proudly say you work at Douglas. We are continuously working on providing professional development opportunities to employees ...

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    • Helpful (3)

      "Top Employer for a reason!"

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      Current Employee - Coordinator 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Douglas College full-time

      Pros

      - Work/life balance - Family like community; they really make you feel like you're part of a family - Kind and understanding co-workers! - Great benefits!! - Supportive supervisor; willing to help me succeed - Amazing food spots around the campuses

      Cons

      None that I can think of if I'm going to be honest.

      Advice to Management

      None - just keep doing what you're doing and continue to strive for happy employees.

      Douglas College2019-04-25

      Douglas College Response

      May 16, 2019HR

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We are happy to hear you're enjoying your experience at the College.

    • Helpful (3)

      "Great Place To Work - So many Extras"

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

      I have been working at Douglas College full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      There are so many different types of jobs that you can try and move around to which helps people to grow and learn. Things like education tuition waivers, great vacation, benefits and pension plan, a super healthy union/employer relationship, as well as loads of workplace perks and extras (on-site gym with lunchtime classes, on-site daycare to name a few). There are additional stat holiday days off that have been bargained...

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      Cons

      Just being in a unionized environment creates some restrictions, but nothing too negative. There is always support from HR and the Union to navigate these things.

      Advice to Management

      Keep providing people with lots of opportunity to try new things and grow in new roles.

      Douglas College2019-04-23

      Douglas College Response

      May 16, 2019HR

      Thank you for the feedback. We are happy to hear you are enjoying working at the College and loving not just what you DO, but also loving the benefits and perks of being a Douglas College employee. Rest assured, the College will continue to provide learning and development opportunities.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Communications Coordinator"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Douglas College full-time

      Pros

      Great people, easily accessible by transit.

      Cons

      Low compensation and poor benefits

      Douglas College2019-05-14

      Douglas College Response

      May 16, 2019HR

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are glad that you like the people you work with at the College. We are open to talking more about your experience regarding compensation and benefits and see if there's anything we can address. Please ...

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    • Helpful (3)

      "Full-time Employee"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Douglas College full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great location, friendly environment, pension plan, learning and development opportunities, flex days option for staff, parking pass reimbursement for staff, free access to the library and gym, growth opportunity.

      Cons

      I have worked at DC for almost 3 years and do not have any cons on my list.

      Advice to Management

      I appreciate my management team and the support and guidance they provide!

      Douglas College2019-04-23

      Douglas College Response

      May 16, 2019HR

      Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. We appreciate your input and are glad to hear that you do not have any cons on your list about working at the College. If you have further feedback to share please email us at humanresources@douglascollege.ca

    • Helpful (3)

      "Coordinator"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Douglas College full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Friendly and supportive work environment that offers many learning and development opportunities, and other great perks. Management cares about employees well being, definitely a great place to start your career.

      Cons

      Could be more of a focus on company culture

      Douglas College2019-04-23

      Douglas College Response

      May 16, 2019HR

      Thanks you for taking the time to provide feedback. The College culture is always top of mind and we are continuously working on enhancing the employee experience. About six years back, a group of employee volunteers organized themselves into the Employee Ambassadors Team with ...

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    • Helpful (1)

      "Disappointing"

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      Current Employee - Support Staff 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Douglas College full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Benefits, work-life balance, training opportunities, work policies look great in paper, but are rarely followed in practice.

      Cons

      Rampant bullying of staff by faculty and management is ignored, swept under the rug, and turned into victim-blaming. These instances are not isolated to one small area/department, and it absolutely feels like working in a caste system as pointed out by a previous reviewer. The term “collegial work environment” is thrown around consistently, but in reality its the opposite of the environment created by those in upper “castes”...

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      Advice to Management

      Please take some time out to read and understand current workplace policies and collective agreements, and put these guidelines into rigorous practice in your department. The “carte blanche” to treat staff and students as they please needs to be taken away from faculty and from management. If you want to retain quality staff, they need to be heard, valued, and treated with the same respect as faculty. It is not acceptable...

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      Douglas College2019-05-07

      Douglas College Response

      May 16, 2019HR

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate you letting us know what is going on in regards to harassment and discrimination in your department. We take these concerns very seriously. So that this can be addressed, please email humanresources@douglascollege.ca.

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