Kirkwood Community College

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Kirkwood Community College Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly management and easy to get hired.

    Cons

    Terrible pay and few hours.


  2. Not hard, good pace.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  3. Kirkwood Community College

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very large institution. Slow movement on decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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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 Management

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


  6. 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 Management

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


  7. 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.


  8. Terminated with NO cause!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pride in mission and students.

    Cons

    Pay is very low for support staff.

    Advice to Management

    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.


  9. The first few years were good, then the polotics really started to take hold.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work, good people

    Cons

    long hours/weekends no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

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



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