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ACC Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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26 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice people, great work environment, very rewarding (in 4 reviews)

  • Paid time off in winter and spring (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Some adjuncts "pay their dues" as low-paid part-timers for years and years before being given a shot at a full-time position (in 5 reviews)

  • managing sucks, cut hours unexpected, long hours, short rest (in 3 reviews)

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    Adjunct English Faculty

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Austin, TX

    I worked at ACC

    Pros

    Incredibly supportive department from office support to department chair. Supervisors were encouraging and willing to give recognition for good work. Excellent resources and a willingness to go the extra mile for employees. Beautiful new campus in Round Rock.

    Cons

    While adjunct work is difficult by nature and community colleges can foster a sense of disconnectedness when there are multiple campuses, these effects were minimal at ACC. Really, the only big issue is the lack of close faculty parking!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more faculty parking closer to the buildings!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Student friendly job

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    Current Employee - SI Leader and Lab Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - SI Leader and Lab Assistant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ACC part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very considering when it comes to your school schedule. Excellent pay for part time work. Friendly work environment. The money purchase plan allows you to save while working.

    Cons

    Not much in terms of advancement opportunities. Amount of hours is capped at 19 per week with no exceptions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Many things make this a frustrating place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ACC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Robust health, retirement and professional development benefits.

    Cons

    There are so many employees who do nothing all day in order to protect their job and ultimately their benefits. Those who are "do-ers" have to pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management: Four actions would make ACC an infinitely more effective organization (and would increase employee morale).
    1. The management / administration team is made up of the following personality type: "big talkers" but not "big do-ers." So the "big talkers" make the underlings do all the work (and/or work does not get done because some of the big talkers do not want to take the time to do the work).
    2. Change the culture so that people are not so defensive about keeping their retirement benefits. In other words, if people were held accountable for their work, then those who are "do-ers" by nature would have higher morale. ACC is filled with people who are only trying to make it to retirement and are not doing any work in the meantime. That needs to change. Hold people accountable.
    3. Stop denying that so many employees are doing personal work on company time. Yes, it is great that ACC encourages employees that work for higher degrees - but you KNOW that they are doing that work on company time. And you KNOW that employees who are getting extra pay for teaching classes are having that time eat into their salaried time - thus doing less salaried work than they are paid for. This means that other employees pick up the slack.
    4. The HR department has been known to flaunt rules - for example, HR staff will talk with unauthorized staff members about an employee health status, or details of their FMLA status. This is a sad fact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I feel a little indifferent.

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    Current Employee - Student Services in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Student Services in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ACC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid holidays
    Good benefits
    No evenings or weekends (for the most part).

    Cons

    The pay doesn't reflect the job responsibilities. I am a returning employee, and my compensation offer was substantially lower than the salary I left making. Different job title, very related skills. From what I understand, there have been budget cuts and what took 5 years to get salary wise, now takes 10. That's a bit discouraging because some employees go above and beyond to help students, and deserve a pay that reflects their effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're concerned about retention and longevity to new employees, offer a decent compensation in the beginning that makes employees excited about the job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Adjunct Professor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ACC part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good facilities, great students, good management

    Cons

    Like most jobs in education, low pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Evening Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Evening Coordinator in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ACC part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is hard to hired on as a permanent employee

    Cons

    High turn over rate because of the rate of pay!! People move on to brighter and better employment. Half of the staff is hourly employee with no benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas and overlook adversity. increase wages, the requirement for the positions does not match the pay. The Professors and Managers receive the better pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work if you work it to your advantage!

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ACC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits to include Winter and Spring Breaks. Flexibility, supports gaining additional degrees while working. Great people.

    Cons

    Too many exceptions to the rules. Whoever yells the loudest gets it. The top is scared to make decisions until its too late which causes decisions to be made by default. College needs automation of forms. There isn't any upward mobility; flat organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a process for providing promotions. Offer 4 day work weeks in the summer time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was great, I would go back if I still lived in Austin.

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    Former Employee - Admissions Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Admissions Assistant in Austin, TX

    I worked at ACC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay was pretty good for the job and full benefits were nice. Great group of people to work with. Paid holidays - when the college is closed you don't work so you'll get a nice break for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Schedule never really changed it was a normal M-F/8-5. Tuition wavers were very nice 3 free classes a year.

    Cons

    Just needs a little upgrading still using paper documents that should be converted to electronic format or at least given the option to do either - lots of paperwork.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Adjunct professors are treated like tissues -- use 'em and toss 'em.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Austin, TX

    I worked at ACC part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It can be fulfilling to work with the students who are working very hard towards achieving their dreams.

    Cons

    Some adjuncts "pay their dues" as low-paid part-timers for years and years before being given a shot at a full-time position. It's demoralizing and dehumanizing in a way. Plus, it does a disservice to students, who are given a series of green instructors walking through the revolving door. Few can survive on an adjunct's income long enough to make it to the rare full-time position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely less heavily on adjuncts. Pony up the benefits and show some loyalty to your people if you want their loyalty in return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Adjunct Professor - community college

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ACC part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to control what you teach. Interesting because what I teach is always changing - makes you keep up with technology changes.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape to get purchases or supplies. Don't know whether class will happen until 2 days before start of semester because attendance may not be high enough or course may be reassigned to full time faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow adjuncts to sign up for more than 30 hours/week equivalent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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