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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 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

    Pros

    Ghastly interior; idiotic students; incompetent administrators.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your faculty and support staff what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 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.

  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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. High salaries, but highly unorganized institution

    Former Employee - Program Director
    Former Employee - Program Director

    I worked at City Colleges of Chicago

    Pros

    Great competitive salaries and family feeling with staff.

    Cons

    Unorganized and has a bad reputation in the education field. Problems start from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. Consumer service is priority

    Current Employee - College Lib Assistant I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - College Lib Assistant I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago

    Pros

    Being able to interact with different people and learning new skills/advice from those people while working in the costumer service field

    Cons

    Working under pressure when your department is under staffed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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