Columbia College Chicago
3.4 of 5 57 reviews
www.colum.edu Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Columbia College Chicago Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014

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Kwang-Wu Kim

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The creative environment amongst faculty and students"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Overall good work environment and really enjoyed co-workers"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "There have been ongoing contract negotiations between adjunct faculty members and the administration, which can be daunting"
    in 3 reviews
  • "There is a new president starting soon, so there may be a change in the culture over the next year or so"
    in 3 reviews
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    Great Place To Work

    Student Worker (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsColumbia offers plenty of jobs through their student employment site. These jobs train you for the real work force by allowing you to gain professional training and get paid while doing it.

    ConsIf you do not apply for Federal Work Study you miss out on a lot of great job opportunities. My greatest piece of advice is to also apply for a job in your major. Working in departments outside of your major will exclude you from a log of great internal benefits and know how.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep training students to be more professional and highly qualified for a fall back career.

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

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    A school that can never live up to it's potential due to lack of vision and funding

    Department Staff (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe people who work here are dedicated and experienced professionals. They care about student learning and creating a supportive environment. The facilities and support technologies are often up to date.

    ConsThe administration often reacts instead of taking the time to adequately survey the current state of the industries they hope to educate students to enter. The administration is top heavy but at the same time they often over burden some administrators with multiple roles which decreases the support to the staff they support. The pay rate is low and raises are below cost of living increases. The longer you work there the less you make.

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

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    Columbia has an incredibly smart, talented and diverse student body. Working for them is an honor.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong mission based organization that more often than not is student centered and focused on strong academic ideals. Amazing campus in downtown Chicago. Very strong benefits.

    ConsMulti-union environment can be challenging at times. Workforce is not as diverse as student body. Administrators are often not held accountable for poor performance of their units.

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

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    Photo lab/T.A.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsI got to help photography students and the job was easy as well as enjoyable.

    ConsChemicals are semi hazardous. Can be pretty slow at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good education and career opportunity.

    Executive Assistant and Office Manager (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosbenefits and networking opportunity for greatness.

    Consappreciation of employee loyalty to the mission.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Job at Private College; Hoodwink Students

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe job is stable, the benefits are reasonable and the work isn't psychologically taxing.

    ConsYou have to endure the internal politics of a private institution such as Columbia College Chicago, which siphons money from Federal and Private loan providers to con students into a quality education that will prepare them for a nonexistent industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf the college were owned by workers and teachers, the college could reduce tuition costs and operate as a place of learning instead of a real estate speculator parading as a place of learning.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Collaborative and dedicated.

    Adjunct Faculty - FIlm & Video (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat students, great staff & facilities.

    ConsThe school is in transition, they are trying to figure out how to position themselves in the world. We're seriously underpaid, no benefits, and job security/ability to plan is basically nil.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Adjunct Faculty (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsA very creative atmosphere, lots of resources for instructors and students.

    ConsSome higher education politics... Being adjunct, there is no guarantee for the amount of classes you will receive a semester. If you are only looking for one class there is clearly a much better chance for that to reoccur, but when you are looking for more, it really depends on enrollment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI feel there is good communication in the department I am part of, so keep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay employer with little to no room for advancement.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of good opportunity to get varied experience doing a variety of different things and working with lots of different departments and people. Work closely with students, faculty, different areas within the college. Decent pay, was not full time so cannot speak to any benefits.

    ConsDepending on the school, little to no support from the dean. Ruthless cost cutting with no consideration for value of any positions being eliminated or residual work that will have to be picked up by other faculty and staff. No training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore benefits for part time staff needed.

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

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    Too bad it isn't student-centric

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat pay, benefits, and time off.

    ConsNOT a fair place. Many wasteful habits and policies. The most work is given to those at the bottom and is never recognized. Those who do things the lazy way are rewarded. It is VERY POLITICAL: decisions are not made according to skill/ability/willingness to do things right...they are made based on who you know and how much sh*t you talk.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet the full story before you make a decision.

    Care about the students. It is, after all, the whole point...

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

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