City Colleges of Chicago Reviews

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Pros
  • They offer good benefits and a good work/life balance depending on your position (in 4 reviews)

  • Good pay, good location, good benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Highly political games played badly (in 4 reviews)

  • Many folks in senior leadership roles are from CPS and the problems seem to follow them (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great people, energetic students, no complaints.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Academic freedom, supportive staff and administration, positive environment.

    Cons

    Tenure process is rather tedious. Most faculty in my department had 5 different preps including evening classes.

    Advice to Management

    Some very positive changes... keep up the good work.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Future faculty: Embrace being micromanaged and bullied. Smile. Don't ever get sick. Always smile.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Adjunct in Chicago, IL

    I worked at City Colleges of Chicago part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I made some great friends and has moments of gut busting laughter. I enjoyed the privilege of getting to know some very fascinating people.

    Cons

    The employment situation was always precarious. The environment was unprofessional in the sense that several staff members have been verbally abused without opportunity for recourse. Bullying environment.

    Advice to Management

    I really don't know what to say. The mostly wonderful managers I had were treated poorly and driven out. I hope that you realize that poor treatment of faculty destroys quality of instruction for students and ultimately is a lose-lose situation for THE WHOLE SYSTEM, including putting YOUR job on the line. Wake up.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Experience, awesome college network

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    Current Employee - Clerical Assistant II
    Current Employee - Clerical Assistant II

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities, awesome benefits if you are full time, many opportunities for growth within the company, mentoring support to help throughout your career, all levels of administration have an open door policy.

    Cons

    Some of the union contracts aren't as good as they should be, program funding cuts are brutal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an open door policy with staff and faculty, negotiate better usage of budget so that all departments are able to do quality programming and promote staff when needed.

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  5. Instructor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago

    Pros

    the benefits of the Working for the city colleges is great. There is a very warm and kind environment. The other instructors don't make you feel unwanted or things of that nature.

    Cons

    the biggest con would have to be the administrative changes. It gets hard having to constantly adjust to others coming in and out.

  6. Helpful (1)

    A long way to go

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    As a city worker you are required to join the Pension program for full time employees.

    Cons

    Politics, lack of cooperation between each of the schools and the district, stone age technology

    Advice to Management

    You need to destroy the silos and the politics and get everyone working the same direction.

  7. Multiple Hat Environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Colleges of Chicago

    Pros

    Although while only an assistant, I was allowed to wear multiple hats. I was an assistant , graphic designer and an event planner.

    Cons

    The constant flux of paper work changes to rules/regulations during a week, made it difficult for any event planning.

  8. Work is challenging but rewarding

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    Former Employee - Dean in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Dean in Chicago, IL

    I worked at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Working with students and helping them achieve success. Very hardworking college faculty, administrators and staff.

    Cons

    District leadership does not always understand the impact that their operational efficacy strategies have on the colleges (administration and students). They need to be more in tuned with what is going on at the college campuses by meeting with college administration (onsite) more frequently. They must leave the district office to understand what is going on in the "real world" and take appropriate action.

    Advice to Management

    Frequent engagement of students and administration at the college level. Equity of salaries within management.

  9. Great place to work...usually.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    CCC is going through a transition that is well-intentioned, but sometimes bumpy in execution. If you have the patience and dedication, there is a lot of opportunity for professional growth throughout the seven college system and District Office.

    Cons

    CCC is very hierarchical, and everyone is reluctant to tell the truth about things that aren't working because some senior administrators can be erratic and abusive.

    Advice to Management

    If you make everything about one number (enrollment or graduation depending on time of year), everyone will lie, cheat, and steal to reach that number. Seek more contextualized metrics and recognize gradual progress for more meaningful improvement.

  10. Working at CCC - colleges

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    While compensation for non-union staff is not comparable to the industry, making a difference in the lives of students is definitely a plus.
    You get the rare opportunity to work with talented people at CCC colleges.
    They are totally committed to using technology to better the education experience. Sometimes a little more than needed.

    Cons

    You are surrounded by a lot of people who are not committed to the institution and do not work which does makes even the simplest things a huge challenge.
    Very unorganized and chaotic structure.
    Quite a lot of hires are political favors. Do not have a problem as long as they are productive but it does not always seem to be the case.
    They waste a lot of funds because of bad fiscal policies or lack of.
    The turn over is unbelievable.
    The HR process is simply disappointing. It's shameful that in this day and age they operate this way.
    There is not performance evaluation in this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Change the CCC culture.
    It's very important to retain talent. Some how HR is totally complacent at the organization.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Really Awful!

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    Former Employee - Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL

    I worked at City Colleges of Chicago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Ghastly interior; idiotic students; incompetent administrators.

    Cons

    Low pay; lack of benefits; run-down offices; poorly-designed classrooms.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your faculty and support staff what they are worth.

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