CAMH Reviews

Updated 5 Aug 2020

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3.4
58%
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62%
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CAMH President & Chief Executive Officer Catherine Zahn
Catherine Zahn
39 Ratings
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  • "growth limited, bureaucratic, not supporting, hidden politics, no room to grow(in 6 reviews)

  • "Travel, low pay, difficult clients, no direct support,(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "great"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Research Assistant 

    I worked at CAMH full-time

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere, great management, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    limited access to centralized transportation

  2. "tough but very rewarding"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Toronto, ON

    I worked at CAMH full-time

    Pros

    - encouraging and supportive supervisor and co-workers - professional and safe working environment - excellent learning experience - lots of room for growth

    Cons

    - low pay for research employees - long hours - lots of responsibility


  3. "Great place"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Health Education Specialist in Toronto, ON

    I worked at CAMH full-time

    Pros

    Learning mental health from clinicians

    Cons

    Salary Is standardized and No room to negotiate

  4. "Acute care unit"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse 
    Recommends

    I have been working at CAMH part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedules,good work culture,great colleagues

    Cons

    Patient population,commute,un acceptable documentation expectations,occasional staff shortage

  5. "It is a good place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CAMH part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good environment and rewarding work

    Cons

    It is located in an inconvenient spot in downtown Toronto

  6. "Mental health Is health...."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CAMH full-time

    Pros

    Strong research infrastructure; diversity and health equity commitments

    Cons

    Operations and practice often work in silos

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  7. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Slaight Research"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff (other than management) are fantastic, extremely capable and professional. Couldn’t have asked for a better team. They are all too good for this place.

    Cons

    Leadership (all levels): Opportunists profiting over a great cause which is mental health, with no actual regard for the patients CAMH is supposed to serve. Sees the centre as a corporation to generate profit not as a hospital doing research to truly help enhance services for patients. Staff are seen as dispensable, no matter how excellent the work they put out (if you think you will impress them with fantastic recruitment numbers, retention and great data quality you are wrong). RAs are used to pump out publications that they will never be given acknowledgment for no matter how large their contribution to the project. There is a general lack of regard for staff as people (e.g. the management of the COVID-19 pandemic was poor and disorganized, pressured research staff to continue in-office work without good reason and against explicit concern voiced from staff around health and safety). There is no sense of ethics or morality in the Slaight Centre… there is, on the other hand, Kool Aid. Manager: Extremely controlling micromanager. Goes out of their way to demean, undermine and disrespect staff members (always has something critical to say and will make something up if needed and use the excuse that as a manager they need to provide feedback... ask anyone they will probably have a story...). Will psychologically abuse and manipulate you into thinking you are at fault for things you are not involved with and will try to convince you that you should be grateful for what you’re given. Does not take accountability for mistakes and consistently poor judgement (I have yet to witness a decision that was made to genuinely to improve efficiency). Completely disregards staff feedback and concerns and only makes decisions and rules that will fuel their ego and profit their agenda. Expect to be under utilized no matter how qualified and skilled you prove yourself to be (staff are regularly expected to wait in the hallway for hours because more efficient systems refuse to be accepted though they have been suggested). Pushes out or gets rid of staff who have the courage and assertiveness to stand up to the abuse (if you don't leave before your contract is up, don't expect to get renewed). Will blatantly lie and withhold information to staff (e.g. policies around pay). Will take credit for your work every so often. May also throw you under the bus when things don't work out. Overall Organization: Limited growth, bureaucratic, nepotistic, corrupt. A complete disgrace in terms of workplace mental health and protecting workers.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Corruption, bullying, and favouritism"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. Discrimination and harassment in Slaight and other areas of research

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Very top and middle management heavy"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team members at the staff level are motivated for change and see projects and staff thrive and grow in their roles and careers. Team members are supportive and builds a strong commodaire amongst each other.

    Cons

    Managers and Directors: demonstrate poor leadership and project management skills. Do not provide support to team members. Are not intuitive to what kind of support team members need to move projects forward. Team members end up 'managing up' because managers and directors are out of touch with what is actually going on in their team/program. Team members are left burnt-out with no direction on projects and cannot move forward on projects because they not in the position to make decisions. Highly bureaucratic busy creating and attending meetings for the sake of creating meetings and stroking each others ego but no action plan or follow-through as a result of meetings. Management plays favorites and mentors selective few for staff promotion. Some managers only triage work (and still do it poorly). Always indecisive and projects requirements/scope change just as fast as weekly staff turnover rate. VPs: No transparency or information given to staff regarding organizational wide projects/systems. Any projects that impact staff that are completed by an external 3rd party, results and follow-through are not presented to staff. HR: Horrible and disorganized. Low responses to concerns raised and not helpful resolving staff issues. Not many visible efforts or initiatives taken to support staff across the organizations. Often a wild goose chase to get responses. Union: burnout and policies are weak that do not support workplace bullying and harassment against staff. Salary increases are less than economic inflation. Contract: staff are offered permanent positions (with benefits and union) vary across the organization and depend heavily on managers and directors support. Often times, staff are only considered the opportunity for permanency after 5+ years in a contract role and enough of stroking the right egos.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not sure disappointing"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Nurse 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at CAMH full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and reasonable benefits plan

    Cons

    Toxic workplace, ineffective HR team, over worked union with not enough suport to the fronline staff. Ineffective Health and Wellness team. Gossip and judgment passed without any sense of the effect on the mental impact on employees. Bullying and harassment is a daily theme. The good and caring staff often do not last.

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