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Arizona Western College Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
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  1.  

    great place to work

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    Former Employee - Creative Director  in  Yuma, AZ
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Yuma, AZ

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. 4 day work week. Good benefits. Enjoyed being around a talented, interesting, diverse group of colleagues. Worked with an incredible team.

    Cons

    None—I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Although, walks to and from parking lots during the summer months could get trying.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Acceptable for the short term.

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    Former Employee - Professor  in  Yuma, AZ
    Former Employee - Professor in Yuma, AZ

    Pros

    Classes run only 4 days/week, so fifth day can be spent on grading, lesson plans, etc... The students are great, many of them eager to break free of the narrow, Yuman culture they were raised in. Some exceptional faculty who make great colleagues. Compensation is not bad if you come in with the maximum of education and a fair amount of experience.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting leadership and institutional structure makes for lots of instability. The incompetence of many in senior and mid-level leadership is breathtaking. Many faculty are minimally qualified, closed-minded, and have no business teaching at the college level. These tend to be long timers who came in when the academic job market was much less competitive, and they will be at AWC until retirement because they could never get a faculty position elsewhere. One of the joys of an academic career is engaging with high quality colleagues, so this is a major drawback. (As I wrote above, there are, thankfully, several exceptions. You have to do the work to find them.) The culture of Yuma is backward, often racist, very homophobic, and the campus is, for the most part, a reflection of this culture. (Some faculty, staff, and students are working to make positive changes, and they are succeeding in some areas.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider joining the 21st century and work to create a campus culture that will attract good faculty and staff and make them want to stay more than a few years.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Disconnected from employees and disorganized...

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    Current Employee - Instructor  in  Yuma, AZ
    Current Employee - Instructor in Yuma, AZ

    Pros

    - Lack of supervision from superiors.

    Cons

    - Lack of engagement from all staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked there for over a year and couldn't tell you what was happening on other campuses. It was very disorganized and the lack of communication even among departments was unbelievable.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Best place to work in the area!!

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    Former Employee - Engineering Supplemental Instructor  in  Yuma, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Supplemental Instructor in Yuma, AZ

    Pros

    Meet new people everyday and get the opportunity to help them... very rewarding job!!

    Cons

    There aren't any downsides to my job at Arizona Western College

    Recommends
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  6.  

    If you like the mission, you'll love the job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Clear mission
    Working with students, faculty
    Significant brand in the community
    Established role in local educational environment
    Strong partnerships with other schools /employers /industry
    Great time off/4 day work week
    Your job is helping people transform their lives

    Cons

    Arizona is a tough state on Education in general
    Multiple shifts in leadership cause instability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in culture, internal communications
    Celebrate the successes of the school

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    "Outsiders" beware!!!

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    Current Employee - Faculty  in  Yuma, AZ
    Current Employee - Faculty in Yuma, AZ

    Pros

    They have a four-day work-week and the students are very respectful.

    Cons

    Yuma truly lives up to a stereotypical, old wild-west town. The insiders are bullies that have been there for a long time (or have parents that helped them get into their positions). They will smile to your face and then lie behind your back. Unless you have been fortunate enough to make your way into the clique (very unlikely, and unfortunate, in many ways), get ready to get blind-sided. Most of the upper-management are friends, outside and inside of the workplace, and it is no secret among the employees. If you take an issue to HR, beware of the insiders collaborating. The insiders will promote incompetent people from within, and use them to increase their own power. As another reviewer mentioned, this town has little to no social life for an outsider, due to the transient population. The insurance is very limited to the Yuma vicinity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire an independent HR consultant to facilitate issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Only if NO Other Choice...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Yuma, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yuma, AZ

    Pros

    4 day work week, holiday break without using personal time, above average salary, and family/community events

    Cons

    Upper management is typical white patriarchy that is two or more decades behind the rest of society. Management has many that lack experience and/or education, unprofessional, and collecting large salaries while doing absolutely nothing. If you challenge them, they will bully you, and eventually you will leave and warn others to avoid working there. The students are great but, very misguided...the average AWC student thinks it takes FOUR years full-time to get an ASSOCIATES degree! And sadly at that institution it is true. These students end up racking up loans that they can not repay due to poor advising that makes them do an additional two years of study. Location, in the middle of the desert with a very transient population due to the military base and proximity to the border. No social environment and not friendly to outsiders. Lacks diversity (actually it's pretty racist) and women are second class citizens and EXTREMELY homophobic!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The President and Board need to break down the culture of bullying by long term employees and and those with undeserved power that they lazily execute when it serves their self interest. Promote from within to deserving individuals. Terminate ALL of the Deans of Support Services who are sadly unethical and know they can most likely not be employed elsewhere. AWC needs to hire competent, professional, motivated people in those positions to build the institution it deserves to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9.  

    It is a good place to work in Yuma

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    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Current Employee - Coordinator

    Pros

    Four day work week, benefits, the people

    Cons

    lack of compensation and recognition for job well done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change promotion and compensation strategies

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Right now not a good place to work...Morale is extremely low, too many leadership shifts in too little time.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Yuma, AZ
    Current Employee - Director in Yuma, AZ

    Pros

    4 day work week, 2 weeks off during holiday closure with no personal time required to take. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Health care benefits are terrible. Top level management weak. People in positions with no or little experience making decisions or having efffective leadership experience. School has not been able to keep up with innovation in areas of technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have worked for other colleges and universities and I would have to say this one has very antiquated leadership with no direction for innovation.

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