ACC Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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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)

  • Long hours and not many benefits (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Floater/Hourly Employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Floater/Employee Child Lab School in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Floater/Employee Child Lab School in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    An excellent employer, staff and families are great. Lots of opportunity to work hands on with children and families. Opportunities offered to substitute for Lead or assistant teachers and to train Lab students as well.

    Cons

    Were limited opportunities to come on full-time. Very little if any turnover ratio in employees. This is actually not a con, but it was the only thing I could think of.

    Advice to Management

    There is actually nothing I would advise of the management team.


  2. VOCAT Program

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Continuing Education Instructor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Continuing Education Instructor in Austin, TX

    I worked at ACC (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the students was very rewarding. Loved it when the students reached their highest potential and graduated with the regular classes.

    Cons

    Head instructor didn't treat the program as important as she should have for the student's served. Or students were learning impaired in college.

    Advice to Management

    Would love to see a good teacher lead the projec.


  3. Adjunct instructor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Adjunct Instructor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Community Adjunct Instructor in Austin, TX

    I worked at ACC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was a lot of freedom with curriculum development and teaching styles. There are a lot of resources available for teaching.

    Cons

    No real training in the beginning, but many opportunities for training as time goes. Support is limited.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more support with initial training.


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  5. Community College with a Heart

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Services Tech Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Student Services Tech Specialist in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly great people working at the college. Staff and faculty genuinely demonstrate concern for students and doing the right thing. Compensation is competitive and college is stable.

    Cons

    Extremely fast growth (multiple campuses opening in past couple years) have stretched resources. Even with new campuses opening, existing campuses tend to be extremely overcrowded, with little room for staff or class expansion. This further impacts students by not being able to offer sufficient courses to meet demand in popular subjects/programs. Operating practices are an odd mix of high tech and antiquated manual operations leading to confusion at times and downright system failure at others (e.g., student record system going down during the peak of registration).

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on what you do. Care for students and staff. Continue to support faculty and increase the number of tenure and tenure-track appointments, not relying so much on adjuncts.


  6. Great place to see the tyranny of mediocrity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Austin, TX

    I worked at ACC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I really can't say anything good about this bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt technology. Practices workplace ethos stuck the mid-1980s


  7. Adjunct English Faculty

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Austin, TX

    I worked at ACC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Add more faculty parking closer to the buildings!


  8. Student friendly job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Many things make this a frustrating place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    I feel a little indifferent.

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  11. Adjunct Professor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good facilities, great students, good management

    Cons

    Like most jobs in education, low pay



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