College of Western Idaho
3.3 of 5 7 reviews
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Updated Apr 30, 2014

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    Great coworkers, good benefits, good work environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Nampa, ID

    ProsWonderful coworkers! This community college has some wonderful attributes and wonderful instructors. It's a fun place to work and everyone works well together. This college is one of the best things that has happened to the Treasure Valley and has helped put hundreds into the work force in a relatively short time and continues to do so. The pay for some departments can be a little on the low side but the benefits are very good. It's also fun to be around students.

    ConsThe president hired one of his friends to work there in a director's position, and he brought on a couple of his friends. All three over paid and all three have sucked money and wasted it on wasteful ideas that went nowhere. After many many many complaints about the president's friend by many employees and instructors, he was finally asked to resign. They took so long to rid of this cancer and one of the other two also needs to go. Complaint after complaint after complaint and this person is still there driving people crazy, that's all this person does and gets paid over $60,000 per year to do nothing and waste good employees time. Employees should not have been penalized because of this president's friend and his friends, screwing up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew president is needed. The Board needs to have a stronger connection with HR department and listen. No more wasteful figureheads. The board members would gain by each spending a day in the life of the CWI employees in different departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid start up school, but things move too slow

    Specialist (Current Employee)
    Nampa, ID

    ProsThe people are usually fantastic to work with. People are eager to do a good job and help you do the same. Management is a mixed bag (I've had both great and terrible, luckily currently great) and benefits are fantastic. Training is solid. Opportunities for a promotion is very present.

    ConsUpper management (Directors, VPs) can be slow and detached. Things that require action or investigation take way too long. Not enough willingness to get necessary info to make good judgment calls. Sometimes upper leadership can leave you feeling like a cog. Not sufficient HR policies (i.e. time-off request regulations)

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers are doing strong, improving things constantly. Higher ups need to work on approving/denying things faster.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    i enjoyed my adjunct and pt adult educator positions at CWI

    Adjunct Professor (Former Employee)
    Nampa, ID

    ProsFlexible schedule; kind and positive staff

    Consvery part time; a lot of grading

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue adding full time positions if/when possible

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    The only publicly open college that is growing.

    Learning Design (Current Employee)

    ProsCWI is the only college in Idaho besides BYU that is actually growing right now.
    All other colleges are declining in student growth.
    The economy is down, unemployment is up, while it is recovering, community colleges are poised to solve that.
    Good teachers,
    Great support staff,
    TONS of locations, and on good routes.
    Serves a larger demographic than other schools in the area.
    CHEAPER than everywhere else, and gets people in the workforce faster.

    ConsLacks the prestige of other schools.
    Too soon to have been established.
    Definitely growing pains
    Despite amazing lower level staff, it has terrible management. Out of touch, out of date.
    Still talking about interactive video to current sites, as if that is the future - even though other colleges have done it for 15 years.
    Embarrassingly offensive management.
    Inappropriate behaviour, embarrassing moments, rude people. Retribution if you report obscene and abusive behaviour.
    Low pay, but everywhere pays low right now in Idaho, that's not a real comment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI know everyone says to just fire everbody, but.
    ... fire some people.
    Seriously, evecutive directors and VPs in a few spots - healthcare, workforce development, and business management are completely out of their element.
    The jobs hiring require tech people and in healthcare.
    And you aren't marketing for those programs? Students are out there.
    Front end staff need replaced as well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Faculty (Former Employee)
    Boise, ID

    ProsDecent compensation. Convient work hours. Some really great departments. Convenient locations. Paid twice a month.

    ConsConstantly changing. The departments are constantly being reorganized so you never know who you report to when there is a problem. Know one ever has any answers when you need them. Poor communication.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication needs to be improved

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Soul-sucking administration

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Nampa (Peru)

    Prossome faculty are still hopeful

    ConsThe president is the realization of the antagonist from, "Despicable Me." He truly is despicable in every essential and nuanced definition. The Board of Trustees, like the president, incapable of administering a functional institution. They have poured millions of poorly managed funds into projects and programs without a plan.
    It is truly unbelievable that a conservative community like Boise has let this nonsense go on as long as it has.
    Tried working there and had to leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBoard of Trustees - resign
    President - retire

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rewarding Work Sans The Pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe work has some intrinsic value.
    You actively add to a new College, ie. processes, culture
    The people you work with are great.
    The students are understanding and very helpful.
    The growth potential is exciting

    ConsThis is a new school that is publicly funded. It is not established and lacks the ability to pay up to market wages.
    There is also a lack of resources, facilities and staffing.
    The lack of policies makes for a wild west atmosphere at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTough decisions are required and most understand the need for them. Keeping everyone informed would alleviate the constant uncertainty that most employees feel.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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