Champlain College Reviews

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
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    Physical Plant

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    Former Employee - Physical Plant  in  Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Physical Plant in Burlington, VT

    I worked at Champlain College part-time

    Pros

    Very well rounded set of employees.

    Cons

    Management not very involved in getting to know its employees on a personal level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication skills

    Positive Outlook
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    High Potential, Little Self Reflection and Organizational Responsiveness

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Champlain College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great variety of classes, expert instructors in some areas that come from realms of real-world experience especially business and game design, and generally decent and functional facilities with good staffing on physical spaces front. A small enough school to network within your realm easily, and approach direct supervisors without needing a set reason or appointment. Faculty can often be found in their offices, and people generally seem to like being there. Attempts by staff and admin to really enrich student life with events, speakers and support of student clubs, bring it far past its days as a accounting school for locals.

    Cons

    So many issues it's hard to make them seem connected. Organizationally challenged to the point of dysfunctional, not clear emphasis on any of the things they call "core values" or stated objectives and goals; lack of followthrough and accountability of both leadership and instructors seems par; student failure/mediocrity/flakiness is seemingly ok as long as they keep paying tuition; serious concerns about ability to keep up high-esteem that exists given that acceptance and retention rates aren't wonderful. Some facilities and initiatives seem funded but inaccessible to the college community. From an academic perspective, it is no longer the place for adult learners. Despite strong classes, the culture is not as tied to real-world, work- and life-experience as it boasts to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the duplicative jobs, roles, and be more accountable to students. Make staff/adjunct/faculty training and accountability a value. Deliver on the promises of your core values with actionable planning. Coordinate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Two positions: Library Aide and Student Tutor

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    Current Employee - Library Aide/Student Tutor  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Library Aide/Student Tutor in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Champlain College part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    These have been great opportunities to both build my resume and to earn a little extra cash while in school here.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can present a challenge when the payment systems change and you are unknowingly left with outstanding OnBoarding to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps find room to make a few more positions non-workstudy on campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Emergent Media Center

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    Former Employee - Part Time Student Employee  in  Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Part Time Student Employee in Burlington, VT

    I worked at Champlain College part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I loved working at the emergent media center I had the opportunity to create my own hours, work with some really GREAT STAFF, and with an amazing company culture

    Cons

    I can't think of anything big that I would be interested in changing. Maybe a better media services team for the college overall?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great potential just needs effective leadership

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    Current Employee - Professor  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Professor in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Champlain College full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great small town, highly energetic faculty & staff

    Cons

    The college has massive potential but is currently lacking in direction and effective leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the micromanagement and focus on the big picture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Champlain College is a teaching-focused educational institution with huge potential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Champlain College full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Champlain is a career focused, high quality, experimental institution of higher learning, affording faculty high academic and classroom freedom. The focus is on career relevant student education. Faculty regularly work across program and division boundaries leading to huge potential for innovation.

    Cons

    Low Levels of Faculty Support, High Expectations for Faculty Involvement, High Cost of Living, Poor Support Infrastructure and Lack of Sufficient Resources to meet Lofty Goals, Administration is Reactive, not Proactive, Administration Does Not Value Faculty Input.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Pretty nice!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Champlain College

    Pros

    Great place to work. Friendly co-workers and a great boss.

    Cons

    Pay is just ok, but yearly pay raises do help (assuming you've earned them).

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great school

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Champlain College

    Pros

    As an adjunct there is a lot of flexbility in how to run the course - maybe too much ? There is not much guidance or concern for what will be taught during the semester. This is great if you are on the ball and self motivated but could be a problem if deadwood professors slip in.

    Cons

    Some students are unmotivated - but that is the case everywhere. As an adjunct it would be nice to be given more preparatory material for a course. So far each course I've basically been given a textbook and a blank slate. I think pay of $3k per semester per course is way to low - it should be double that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise adjunct salaries - $3k per semester comes out to like $10/hour

    Recommends
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    Champlain College - A great place to work if your expectations aren't too high.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Champlain College

    Pros

    Champlain College manages to hire some wonderful, qualified, and hard-working people - these people are one of the best reasons to work at the College. The benefits are great, in my experience, and easily accessible.

    Cons

    There is virtually no opportunity for career development, at least among staff. It's essentially a flat organization, and many of the long-tenured employees aren't planning on moving out of their positions, so there's a fairly large level of stasis in some of these long-tenured employees. This means there's a great deal of pushback at times in terms of change, and in a very real way the business world has passed these people by. Frankly, many of them are simply unequipped to survive in a place other than where they are. A "status quo" mentality is rampant amongst this select group of staff, and it's reflected in a high staff turnover rate. The pay scales for the staff positions lag the market, too, which probably contributes to turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Examine the causes of turnover rates during the exit interviews, and seek direct feedback from current and former staff outside of their immediate management chain. If retaining good people amongst staff is important to senior management, then they know they have a problem but have yet to address it. This is going to be reflected in the students' experience at the College, one way or another.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Real Life Experience in a Work-Study

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    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer

    I have been working at Champlain College part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    With an extremely flexible schedule, extremely understanding staff and real-life clients, the Emergent Media Center is an invaluable resource for professional development in the guise of a work-study job.

    Cons

    The production cycles are stunted and are plagued by the semester cycle of Champlain. It can cause projects to take a long time and the same administrative stuff happens every three months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give capable students more weight in decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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