I’ve worked for nearly 10 years at FH. The below are my impression and insight:
* Autonomy & management: depends on your role and team. I’ve had poor management where managers and supervisors do not know how to strike a balance between autonomy and supervision, can be extremely micro managing. Others can be reasonable but the hierarchical system of the health authority is pervasively ‘top down’ in nearly every aspect - so expect being told what to do if you are a front line worker.
* Stress: expect high stress related to workload and coverages, staffing shortage is become everyday norm most times.
* Work culture: depends on your team and management, varies from site to site or office to office. You generally hear more negativity about the work culture than positive things. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a great work environment and team - but it’s like playing Russian roulette.
* Professional development: has good opportunities within as FH is a large health authority. But i may argue that you likely won’t seek for professional development as you are burned out from your duties, last thing you’d wanna do is take a class or listen to a seminar after a long day of covering and having more people than expected on your caseload. You really have to be motivated.
* Policies and expectations: so many little policies and codes that get updated often that you can’t keep track of them all. You’d be busy trying to meet your workload expectations you can’t be bothered until you get poi
ProsGood benefits and pension
ConsLow pay, generally poor work culture, high workload, etc.
Fraser Health Authority is an equal opportunity employer who provide their staff with a safe, secure and respectful workplace.
Each day is new and different at my job in health care. The challenges that are presented to me at work are usually unique and have an impact on lives in a deep and meaningful way. Some of the choices and decisions we make can mean the difference between life and death in some cases. I have learned that to be a "health care provider" takes daily sacrifice, constant reflection, collaboration and critical thinking among many other factors. Our management is professional, informed, well educated, fair minded and has a open door policy. My co-workers form a tight network of multi talented people in areas such as: social work, dietary, cleaning, recreation and music therapy, pastoral/ clergy, office work, psychology, medical science, and a host of others. We all have the common goal in extended care of ensuring our clients/residents a safe and secure environment to live in dignity and comfort as they sojourn in their final journey of life. Our objective is comfort. As opposed to the fast paced acute care setting where our goal is to give the patient the best quality care in the most professional and proficient manner possible. Our overall objective is to promote health and wellness in all areas of health care.The most difficult part of being a nurse is saying goodbye to people we care for. It's also about seeing how fragile and valuable life and our bodies really are. The best part of my job are the close relationships that are formed under these extreme conditions where life is l
Prosgreat wage and benefits with a pension.
Conslong shifts with physical and mental exhaustion.
I left a private care home to work here thinking Fraser Health was the place to be! I was sadly mistaken. I was hired as a casual with the promise that full time daytime hours would be available and was told I could expect a line 4-6 months down the road. None of this was even remotely true. Many people spend years trying to get a line as you’re in competition with every other FH employee. Prebooked shifts are very rare, my phone barely rung in 8 months and if you missed a call and tried to call back the shifts were most likely taken already. Daily short calls were more consistent but you have to bid on them. Lots of regular full time staff bid on them for overtime and because they have seniority, they are awarded the shift not you. You will spend your days wondering if today is the day you’ll get a shift or not. This would be a better fit job for younger people just graduated or without families or someone who doesn’t mind waiting very patiently by the phone. Culture is not welcoming. Orientation shifts were terrible in that staff would argue in front of me about not wanting to orientate. I felt like it was very much every person for themselves, no one wants to get to know you here. It was so hard to establish connections with other people here compared to my last job where I had so many work friends. This was an extremely lonely place to work considering you’re surrounded by people all day.
ProsLighter work load than private facilities, was close to home, hourly wage
ConsCulture, unwelcoming, lack of consistency with hours
Strong work ethics with friendly and personable co-workers
A typical day at work would start with me checking for phone and email messages. I would then prioritize my inspections appropriately according to their urgency.
I learned that team work and communication are paramount in the office with co-workers as well as outside the office when I am interacting with operators.
The office I had worked at was strong in work ethics and people were truly satisfied with their jobs and they are proud with the quality of work that is accomplished with the the care and time they put into their work.
The hardest part of the job was breaking through language barriers when communicating with operators coming from a different cultural backgroud. I need to spend more time and use more body language in order to get my point across to them.
The most enjoyable part of my job was being able to meet different people on a daily basis. It's a continual learning experience everyday and I am very humbled by it. I am also excited to share my knowledge from school to educate the importance of public health to better the health of the public and the community in which we live.
Prosbeing able to interact with many different people on different levels
I work in an extremelly fast paced, high volume environment on a daily basis. As I work for 2 different departments I am always needing to switch gears and re-prioritize my day and do what is most important first. Working at FHA has provided me with many great skills, both professionally and personally. I enjoy all the people I work with and will miss the people who have been a second family to me through out my time at FHA. The most enjoyable part of the job is being able to help, support and listen to patients and families and provide them with resources needed to get through their illness or difficulties they are facing. I would say the hardest part of my job is to try and not be a sponge and absorb what you have heard or seen through out your day and not take it home with me. I would not be leaving FHA if I did not have to re-locate to Kamloops. I am excited for the relocation and am already in love with Kamloops.
ProsThe diversity, flexibility, my co-workers, living and working in the same community.
learning to be patient in a fast paced environment
I start work early around 7 am, beginning with bathes and showers, giving medications and personal care. Make some breakfasts for some clients, and spend some time chatting and visiting to make them feel comfortable.
I often learned things about their upbringing, working with those as old as 102 and as young as 40's and learned everyone has a story.
I had to take my orders from management in a direct way and learn to listen carefully.
Working one on one with other workers was very important as we relied on each other to work as a team so things ran smoothly for the client. We learned to finish off what the others left for us and to be constant so were efficient.
Watching people lose their loved ones, especially the spouses and children but it was worthwhile to know you'd made a good difference in caring for their loved one.
Meeting new people and learning about their lives when they were young and what they contributed to our country.
ConsJob security and hours being all over the place
Great benefits, guaranteed poor work life balance and poor health.
Poor ethics from your coworkers, work morale is poor. Co-workers and management are stressed, overworked. You're expected to do more with less. Can't rely on management for support because they receive bonuses for 'making the budget' without consideration of patients or nurses morale or safety, therefore co-workers are not reliable to assist when you're in need because everyone looks out for themselves. Favoritism is common. Suggestions to improve the environment is futile. Salary and benefits are why you stay in exchange for poor mental and physical health. Management finds ways to go against your collective agreement because you're too tired, stressed, and can't be bothered with paperwork to complain to Fraser Health or your union. Whistle blowers are seen as a threat. You're guaranteed to work overtime and take on more than your assignment as your coworkers will call in sick.
ConsPoor work life balance, poor morale and unsafe work conditions
Administrative Assistant | Surrey, BC | Sept 30, 2016
Poor management style; not very sophisticated organization
Administrative support role. The workload was comparative to doing two jobs anywhere else - with reactionary and scattered priorities. FH is under-funded and people in many areas are doing the work of more than one person; this is not sustainable. Co-workers are very dis-engaged and unhappy. No room for growth and there is a sense of mediocrity. Was told not to make waves, do as I'm told, and not care so much. High turnover is a sign of issues, but management is not interested in addressing this. Benefits are very good and pay is average compared to other public sector environments. Culturally, people work very hard, but are not provided with engagement opportunities. The organization seems very immature in many ways. Not a place for anyone who has worked in more sophisticated or engaged environments.
ProsPublic sector pay and benefits.
ConsNo value or respect for people; poor engagement and mediocre work standards.
If you are looking to work for fraser health maintenance. Do yourself a favour and read the true ratings from the employees of Vancouver Coastal health.I wish I would have read the reviews prior to accepting a job.I couldn't believe what was written but now I totally agree with their points of view. ( Vancouver Coastal Health rate your employer )It's sad to say that in this organization you are a name and a number,being treated like little children with no say.The management has no desire to improve employer/employee relations and have a one track vision for maintenance. The only ones loosing out are the medical staffs and patients, sad be cause this is not what I signed up for.The infastruxture where I work is on the verge of massive failure
ProsWorking with medical staff helping patients
ConsToxic environment, bulling managers, reactionary management with poor people skills and poor or no maitaince direction.
Worked in Food and Nutrition
Your experience is Manager and supervisor driven,
Worked in Food and Nutrition in hospital.
Your experience is Manager and supervisor driven, have had some very good managers but they quickly move on to better things and the Bad ones stay too long as they can't move on. Have had about 5 managers in the last 15 or so years. They set the culture and have to admit at the beginning under some amazing mangers there was a strong positive culture where you wanted to do all you can for the patients. Now I have to say I have never been in such a toxic work environment. Rather than exceed expectations of patients it's the norm to be barely good enough and asked can it be done cheaper, faster and no support if there is issues. Use to be proud of working there, now I don't tell anyone/ embarrassed. This is on you Fraser Health, not just the manager.
Conslack of training (always say no buget), no support, low pay
Questions and answers about Fraser Health Authority
If you were to leave Fraser Health, what would be the reason?
Asked Dec 20, 2017
Burnout from the toxic culture encouraged by management. Informants aka snitches are encouraged amd rewarded. Erodes trust within the department and fellow colleagues. No open door policy, if you complain you will be blacklisted forever. Very strict rules if they dont like you for any reason, doesnt even matter if you have a good work ethic and they will make it difficult to work. Micromanaging, only the favorites or inner circle get promoted, so theres no room for advancement. Weak union.
Answered Mar 3, 2022
Not a healthy envirnment. No windows. Employees work in extreme close parametres. Washrooms always dirty. Management expects you to work 7.5 hours infront of a computer. Benefits have declined.
Answered Sept 19, 2019
What is the dress code at Fraser Health?
Asked Jan 11, 2021
Uniform is provided, steel toed boots
Answered Jul 22, 2022
Nurses uniform professional
Answered May 7, 2022
How should you prepare for an interview at Fraser Health?
Asked Jun 19, 2017
I got my first interview by applying for a casual position for a Covid-19 Active Screener. I had a phone call within a week and an interview within 2 days. It has been great as I received 55 hours on my last pay.
Answered Oct 23, 2020
Know your roles and responsibilities.
Answered Feb 4, 2020
What would you suggest Fraser Health management do to prevent others from leaving?