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Vancity Reviews

Updated 3 August 2014
Updated 3 August 2014
29 Reviews

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  1.  

    Socially Progressive, Though Organizationally Non-progressive (slow)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Specialist  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Investment Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    - Above average time off, especially at entry level
    - Standard, but very good, health benefits
    - Company has events for staff a couple times a year that are often creative and fun
    - Generally does the right thing
    - Super, super active in many community programs and organizations

    Cons

    - Training is okay, could be improved, probably below average, but not worst
    - Pay is good for the people at the bottom, but not always that competitive in the middle roles
    - Culture is resistant to change, but that can be a good thing sometimes
    - Depending on the office, it can be laid back or hard working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Review compensation for some roles as they may be outdated and non-competitive
    - Some roles have lower requirements and higher or equal pay, so some roles should be paid less actually
    - Eliminate the bureaucracy to become nimbler so the company can grow
    - Less micro-managing please, so things can get done faster - see "operating at the speed of trust"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Comprehensive benefits package - 80% maternity top-up, 12 care days/yr, good salaries, focus on professional development

    Cons

    They rely on contract positions too heavily. You can get stuck in one for 5 years without full access to job security or all the benefits. Very traditional organizational structure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great values and vision. Low chances of progression.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mortgage Specialist  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mortgage Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Amazing products and services
    Friendly staff
    35 hour work schedule
    Living wage employer
    Very good benefits
    4 weeks vacation
    Cooperative
    Environment and community friendly

    Cons

    Under-appreciated as staff
    Long tenure and exceeding expectations does not guarantee advancement
    Limited opportunities
    Limited shadowing and career development oppoertunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within rather than hiring externally
    Appreciate loyal staff who are always going above and beyond
    Provide more growth opportunities and cross-shadowing
    Pay for 100% of tuition reimbursement even if unrelated to current job (but applicable to future position)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    great culture and work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Specialist  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Investment Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    staff, culture, support, benefits, balance

    Cons

    poor compensation and talent scouting

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to gain experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    - Good Culture
    - Positions are multi-faceted providing strong experience
    - Community driven
    - Innovative hiring practices
    - Strong training

    Cons

    - Some managers appear to be almost brainwashed encouraging staff to sell products in personal situations
    - A lot of internal competition to drive sales targets can sometimes devalue customer service
    -A lot of cliques form within branches, managers also contribute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Work / life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    7 hour work days, annual merit increase, plenty of employee recognition, job stability

    Cons

    many older staff because of job security making it difficult to move up with all the more qualified old people working here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say hi to your entry level employees sometimes. We exist too

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent environment, with good values
    Pretty fair

    Cons

    there is a lot of policies that make the work sometimes difficult to be done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better feedback for employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, perks, and salary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and friendly work environment within department. Good company to work for but it also depends on your manager. Good if you have a good manager support but crappy if he/she doesn't give a crap of you. There are annual staff events that brings the entire Vancity organization together.

    Cons

    Limited support from other departments and low morale. I've seen many people were let go by this organization thus created a low morale in the department. Everyone is afraid that they will be next person to be let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to front line staff. Sometimes the FSR are busy as hell and the line is super long. Management should help out FSRs if the line is long so the members won't be unhappy. The TV screens can only keep the member occupied for a limited number of minutes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company until you get stuck under a crappy manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Good culture (for the most part). Year-end bonus/profit sharing incentives. Great health benefit plan. Lots of vacation with lots of sick days, sick days for your kids, sick days for your parents, grief days for death in a family.

    Cons

    Some managers are extremely clueless and try very hard to appear intelligent by using big corporate words, blaming other departments or holding endless meetings that doesn't amount to anything.

    Depending on the department it is also very clique-y. If you're not in their clique it's very hard to get into it without brown nosing your way through, or pretend you're interested in conversations you have zero interest in having that's completely non job related.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees; own up to your mistakes; don't pretend you understand something when you don't. Not everyone knows everything, it's OK to not know. To give BS answers is worse than no answer at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Vancity is a terrible company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice-President  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Vice-President in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    There are none. I wish I could think of a single one.

    Cons

    Politics. Crappy CEO. Dumb decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for a major change in the management suite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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