Macewan Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
MacEwan University is a public undergraduate university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Formerly a two-year college, in 2009, it became Alberta's sixth university. MacEwan University offers ten baccalaureate degrees, one applied degree, and 43 diploma and certificate programs.
Macewan Human Resources and management are very unprofessional, the environment is toxic and there is limited career development, according to a former employee at glassdoor.com
"Believe that the administrators run the institution as they wish even when a blatant workplace is exhibited. Human Resources only supports administration and sides with abusive behavior if the senior staff is involved. Restrictive environment for professional growth. The environment is heavy with nepotism and favoritism if you toe the line. No accountability for administrative position hiring--often nepotism."
Assistant Supervisor, Customer Service (Former Employee) says"Favouritism is rampant! Staff union is non existent . Worst place to work for advancement. HR and union do not support employees. Managers take a passive aggressive approach to employees that suggest improvements or challenge processes. For example , assigning staff projects with unrealistic completion dates. Many dept Managers and Supervisors have never been evaluated by their staff"
book store (Former Employee) says"Ungrateful people who never support you, they always make excuses for everything and have to go through so many people to get any answers. ever since they've got scammed they shorted you. squeeze you out for every penny. Cons: everything, dont go here"
Education Assistant (Former Employee) says"This institution has a lot of nepotism, friends hiring friends despite of other people who could potentially be more qualified, which causes problems later to develop. Cons: Lack of flexibility"
Manager (Current Employee) says"New leadership, unpleasant place to work. Top down mentality with no input from employees. Government funding cuts resulting in budget cut leave services for students minimal."
Technology Support Desk Analyst (Former Employee) says"try not to show how really skilled you are as the seniors do not like being shown up. Cons: extremely hard to get a fulltime position anywhere unless you know someone"
Dispatch Officer (Former Employee) says"The saving grace is it is unionized. In 2 yrs of employment I went to the union at least ten times. The do not address mistakes or performance correction effectively. Rather they talk about it behind closed doors and you never know what happened, what is being said or even what mistake you made. I had complaints from my team members go straight to Management and not address the issues with me. These were small issues, difference of procedure, but could have been cleared up the first time it was an issue. I found out six months later that it was an issue. Cons: Us vs. Them"
INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION STUDENT (Current Employee) says"A great university that focuses on students and their needs. Working in the Registrar office it is clear that many people care about the success and reputation of the students and the school"
Causal Educational Assistant (Current Employee) says"Working as a Causal Educational Assistant has been very rewarding. I was able to work one on one with students that needed assistance in their classes whether it was taking notes or tutoring. As a Causal position I did not have one set spot and travelled between the three campuses. I was able meet most of the staff and was welcome by each one. It was a pleasurable work environment. Cons: variety of hours each week"
NURSE EDUCATOR (Former Employee) says"Supportive management and staff. Values diversity. friendly and safe working environment though fast paced. Supports ongoing education for staff. great place"
Research Assistant, for Dr. Rafat Alam (Former Employee) says"Working as a research assistant was an extraordinary opportunity"
Maintenance electrician (Former Employee) says"Friendly co-workers, inept boss, good benefits, tough to keep motivated as the majority of the work is not challenging. Your pay checks will not be as high as you might expect due to union dues and pension being taken off of them, Cons: -bad boss, slow and not motivating work"
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says"The office was going through changes and it was unclear of my actual responsibilities."
Administrative (Former Employee) says"A very top-heavy, protectionist organizational culture with myriad, redundant levels of upper management, few of which seem to take an active role in implementing recommendations, changes or suggestions. Upper management/leadership also seem reluctant to become involved with performance management, coaching or helping subordinates develop a clear career path. Divergent views, organizational change and conflicting messages create ambiguity and a culture of fear and uncertainty among low- and mid-level employees. This could be minimized were leadership to take a proactive approach to employee engagement, employee recognition, and internal communications Cons: HORRIBLE disability management and support for employees with disabilities/impairments."
MacEwan Ambassador Program Coordinator (Current Employee) says"Learned people skills and leadership training skills. Trained 50 students in leadership and was very challenging as the Ambassadors considered me as their peer and shared personal and professional thoughts with me. I loved to work with them with a mission and vision. We always worked as a team and I was a tool in bringing them together. Cons: long hours of working"
Executive Coordinator (Current Employee) says"MacEwan University is a fine place to work, lots of change and movement with staff and executives. The core values MacEwan University embraces:"
Former Employee - Consultant says"I worked at MacEwan University full-time for more than 5 years Cons: No actual union support. Lots of words, no actions. Would rather side with abuses than support the worker. Believe that the administrators run the institution as they wish even when blatant workplace is exhibited. Human Resources only supports administration and sides with abusive behaviour if senior staff are involved. Restrictive environment for professional growth. Environment is heavy with nepotism and favoritism if you tow the line. No accountability for administrative position hiring--often nepotism. No response to workplace harassment and bullying. Policies are following in word only. Lack of professionalism. Ingrained culture of KYA. Culture of fear because of reprisal. Use of taxpayer money to fund secret projects without accountability. Few quality leaders stay for long--president gone, senior administration leave."
Former Employee - Course Developer says"I worked at MacEwan University full-time for more than 10 years Cons: Management is ruthless, Human Resources is incompetent and arrogant"
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at MacEwan University full-time for more than 10 years Cons: No transparency. Do not like employees that are dedicated and able to think."
Former Employee - Course Production Technician says"I worked at MacEwan University full-time for more than 5 years Cons: I watched my department merge into another which had an unqualified person advanced to a "director" level and without any review of managers, the entire department fell apart, yet everything was fine in the eyes of the director. The incompetence and favoritism displayed forced me to go work elsewhere; just to keep my sanity."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at MacEwan University full-time Cons: Most of the upper management are focused on their own power. They don't listen to or value their employees. You feel like a cog in the wheel with no value placed on your intellect and input."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at MacEwan University full-time Cons: Bullying, discrimination, and a culture of failing upwards. Senior management ignores policies and procedures and by the time they've moved on they have avoided accountability, leaving HR and legal to pick up the pieces."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at MacEwan University full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Low salaries Poor effectiveness of HR practices Little to no performance review Lack of oversight of management Lack of 360 performance reviews - especially when agreed to due to grievances (which are many)"
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at MacEwan University full-time Cons: While change is necessary and in an important aspect of shrugging off organizational inertia, it needs to be brought about in a positive, supporting and optimistic leadership style. What is being currently experienced after a year of the new Dean taking over the department is as follows: - Everything is wrong the way things were done at the School of Business - ‘I am the only expert in town and everyone else is wrong. (It is my way or the high way)’ is the Dean’s position. The 150-odd faculty/staff working at MacEwan don’t know a thing - ‘I will say what I want and do what I want’, you better keep your views to yourself – that is the way the Dean functions - a very intimidating style indeed! - Transparency is professed and preached but hardly practiced It would be a fair comment in the last one-year majority of the school’s faculty and regular staff members are very disheartened with this style of leadership. From a sense of caring for and supporting fellow colleagues, it has now turned in to a circus where everyone is in to ‘one upmanship’ to please the Dean and perhaps working at cross purposes. Not the best of places to seek a job, stay away!"
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at MacEwan University full-time Cons: Change in school leadership has been unsettling."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at MacEwan University full-time for more than a year Cons: Dean has anti research culture Zero sum attitude towards research (in comparison to teaching)"
Jay says"Macewan is full to the brim with scumbags, narcissists, sociopaths, and weirdoes in its faculty. I have been actively bullied by faculty for having differences of opinion on politics or what have you. Not all faculty are bad, but the ones that are are very bad. I\'ve had professors talk about nothing other than politics in classes that had nothing to do with politics and actively harass and bully anyone in the class that didn\'t repeat their talking points back to them. Macewan is a dump!"