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SAIT Polytechnic


Size of company: Large (More than 500 employees)

Industry: Education, Training

  • Was it Kissinger who said that university politics are particularly viscious because the stakes are so low? Well, SAIT is living it.

    The execs go on development seminars in Florida and dine at the prestigious downtown clubs, while worker bees work for 60% of average salary.

    Many instructors are mediocre and enjoy a 100% job security protection from the union (A small number instructors are brilliant).

    One insider compared SAIT to a royal court where the dukes (the deans) and the royal family (the management) work hard to keep peace in the family, meaning employees are perceived as non-entities.

    The state of the organization is best compared with the communist Russia where initiative was discouraged, the politics were uninfluencable, and the population just coasted till retirement--SAIT is one of the last bastions where pension is guaranteed for life.

    A sweeping, swift and aggressive reform is in urgent order.

    Posted on 3 April 2008 by Rater #3 | Flag as inappropriate

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I don't know where you heard of 100% job security protection; it does not exist. Every June/July SAIT "abolishes" instructor positions to save money to put towards their construction projects. The monetary savings also result in increased management bonuses. I taught at SAIT for 17 years and my position was "abolished". There is no such thing as seniority or job security at SAIT. Well, may be for Irene (President and CEO) and Gord (VP Academic).

Posted on 31 December 2010

Instructors standard load is 20 hours of student contact time per week. It is based on that for every hour of normal teaching, you will be prepping, marking, etc.. for the other 20 hours. If you are teaching a new course and writing curriculum, it is easy to put in 30 to 40 extra hours per week. It took me 11 hours to prepare for a 2 hour lecture, 3 hours of reading and then 8 hours of preparing the presentation. To get paid for curriculum development at SAIT is like pulling teeth!

Posted on 4 April 2008

In Russia, nobody has the authority to say YES but everyone has the authority to say NO. SAIT is like that. SAIT needs to give the authority back down to the people who can make knowledgeable decisions. Too many decisions are made by upper management who are far removed from the actual process.

Posted on 4 April 2008

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