Kirkwood Community College Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
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  1. Not hard, good pace.

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    Current Employee - Computer Lab Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Computer Lab Assistant in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The job was a little monotonous, but the work was nice. We got to work with students and help them figure out any computer issues. Since most of the workers were students, scheduling and such was easy.

    Cons

    Boss was hard to reach since she was stretched between multiple campuses. I wanted to do more than just sit at the Lab Desk, but nobody would train me in more advanced IT Methods. Coworkers were pretty catty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more. Update hardware. Expect more from employees and train to do more than just sit and monitor a Computer Lab.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Kirkwood Community College

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working conditions. Colleagues care about the students at the college.

    Cons

    Very large institution. Slow movement on decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. A great place to help students begin their college career and determine their path to success.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College

    Pros

    Student interaction, small class sizes allow for individualized attention.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance your ideas to garner college support. Gaining consensus to move improvements forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the thoughts, ideas, and suggestions of the employees.

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  5. Kirkwood Alumni who is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Kirkwood.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College

    Pros

    One of the best reasons for working at Kirkwood is the one-on-one experience of helping students gain the necessary skills to become community an professional leaders. This is accomplished by Kirkwood maintaining a reasonable class size which is controllable by th instructor.

    Cons

    Unfortunately due to the declining enrollment caused by demographic shifts Kirkwood is currently experiencing restructuring in many departments. This is leading to a certain amount of discontent by many employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step back and review what had made Kirkwood a leader in community colleges and adjust the current path appropriately.

  6. Good place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkwood Community College

    Pros

    Supportive staff. I felt I could teach and structure my classes in ways that really helped me deliver the material and work with the students. No one was hanging over my shoulder.

    Cons

    Sometimes I worried that the administration would not support me if a student challenged by grading or my refusal to accept late work.

  7. Terminated with NO cause!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Record Specialist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Record Specialist in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Kirkwood Community College full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pride in mission and students.

    Cons

    Pay is very low for support staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very obvious that admin looks out for admin. They all stick together, so there is no upper management to go to if there is problems with a current supervisor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. The first few years were good, then the polotics really started to take hold.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Kirkwood Community College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You do good for people who need a boost in life

    Cons

    Hierarchy often gets in the way of people doing what's right. Too many politics to play between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what made it such a great place to work for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. great overall place to work

    Current Employee - Banquet Supervisor in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Banquet Supervisor in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, good people

    Cons

    long hours/weekends no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to listen to there employees for advice instead of just assuming they know whats going on.

    Recommends
  10. I obtained both professional and personal skills that benefit me in the real-world.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - News Editor and Writer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - News Editor and Writer in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Kirkwood Community College part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    As a student working on campus, it was very convenient for me. The senior employees understood the busy lives of students and were flexible with schedules. The working atmosphere was always comfortable and encouraging.

    Cons

    Given the majority of employees were students, not all of them took their job as seriously as others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic goals for individual employees. Maintain constant communication. Continuously provide feedback. Ensure that necessary training is provided.

    Recommends
  11. Not bad, typical adjunct

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Faculty
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Faculty

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, ability to develop own course

    Cons

    It can be easy to feel disconnected

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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