Joliet Junior College

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Joliet Junior College Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Just too good to leave just yet.

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    Current Employee - Adm Assistant in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Adm Assistant in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Joliet Junior College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful Manager, caring and understanding. Very friendly co-workers, the majority work hard.

    Cons

    Lots of programs to learn with lots of repetition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are a green building, please spend money on going paperless, scan instead of copy. Too many programs....let's get one database that does it all!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to "Retire on the Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Joliet Junior College full-time

    Pros

    If you like doing the minimum, you've found the right place! Almost impossible to get fired. Not a lot of growth, but then people that work there are not really looking for more challenges, just more money.

    Cons

    Almost impossible to get anything done. There is always the new project that gets a half-hearted try and then falls by the wayside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much you can do.. the old guard is there to stay. Use this as a chance to brush up your resume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The current president is bringing the whole college down. Most employees are miserable.

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    Current Employee - Staff in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Staff in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Joliet Junior College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits and you are golden IF you are faculty.

    Cons

    Everything else. Toxic, ugly environment where people get stuck for years and years and years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire administrators who are clueless and add absolutely no value to their position but are collecting a pretty sweet paycheck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not the best place to work if you are looking to advance your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Joliet Junior College part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great and some of the benefits for part-time employees are good.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch and no way to move up in the organization unless you are well liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start giving preference to internal candidates over outsiders. Get rid of people who are not doing there jobs and are just collecting paychecks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience as a student worker!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Multi-Campus Tutor/Receptionist in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Multi-Campus Tutor/Receptionist in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Joliet Junior College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I loved the people I worked with. They were professional but they still felt like family. My bosses encouraged me to move up and try new things. There were always opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Honestly, I can't think of anything bad about working here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Low expectations

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty - Mathematics in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty - Mathematics in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Joliet Junior College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Little supervision, freedom to use teaching method of choice, formal evaluations that can be used as evidence of successful teaching

    Cons

    The math department at JJC does not care who is teaching their classes, as long as they get taught. Their hiring process involved me showing up, being handed a book with some materials like a sample syllabus, and being given a class. Imagine if students taking the class knew how little vetting went into the selection of their instructor!

    The adjunct situation at JJC works best if you are an older teacher, who teaches the same class each semester. If you are not a favored teacher, good luck getting a decent schedule. If the schedule doesn't work out for you, on to the next resume in the stack.

    The math departments' textbook selection leaves much to be desired. They clearly use Michael Sullivan's texts because he works there. His statistics book is particularly appalling. It's as if the primary goal was to make a textbook that students are unable to read, while simultaneously using uninteresting, outdated examples.

    The pay is insulting. We make less than minimum wage, and we have a union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to attract quality educators, pay a living wage (assuming you even care). Adjunct faculty make less then wal-mart employees. This will be my last year at JJC (my choice), and I am leaving because of the low pay / no benefits. JJC's response to the ACA was to simply cut hours, and treat adjuncts like cattle instead of people who deserve a living wage / benefits. Working for such low compensation has changed my attitude about teaching. I came to JJC with a passion for educating college students, and will leave as an educator who does not care if they take anything with them after my class.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A perfect place to let your career die on the vine.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Joliet Junior College full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Best health benefits anywhere. Employees pay very little for the richest plan I've ever had in my career. That was NOT enough to keep me there.

    Cons

    President of the college has a goal of it being a "world-class organization." To be clear, we're talking about a junior college. In JOLIET. Any rational person knows that world-class educational institutions are the likes of Harvard, Yale, Brown, Oxford, etc. JJC leadership seems out of touch at best, and truly delusional at worst.

    The majority of employees in human resources do not serve as a resource. I was denied bereavement benefits when my great-niece tragically died at the age of three months old, because she was not covered by their definition of "immediate family." Also, HR employees will harass you if they misinterpret your time-off requests, and tell you to stop yelling at them when you are so ballsy as to defend yourself. (I did raise my voice, but did not yell.) HR is not there to be a resource for the employees; they exist solely as a watchdog for management.

    Leadership is lopsided; The Board of Trustees is over the President, and the Board agrees on almost nothing. Therefore, when decisions must be made, consensus is rare. Watching the Board fight is entertaining, though, which is a plus.

    Pay is a mockery. I was paid about 20 percent less than the same position elsewhere. Some professional positions are classified as clerical - as was mine - so management can continue to over-work and under-pay employees. My supervisor routinely denied me overtime pay or comp time, telling me it wasn't available for my position, and this was in direct violation of policy.

    In short, Joliet Junior College is probably great for long-term employees who don't want to work very hard. It is not good for someone who wants career growth and opportunity. I learned what I could from this dismal place, and within two years moved on to a position at least two steps up from what JJC made available to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DO NOT renew the President's contract next time. I cannot believe the Board voted in favor of her.

    Train HR in communication and equitable policies; help the ones who cannot change to find jobs elsewhere.

    Learn how to value innovation and creativity; that is the only way high performers will stay at your institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Road to nowhere

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    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Joliet Junior College full-time

    Pros

    The atmosphere was wonderful. There are a lot of employees that enjoy their job and understand their job. The new buildings are wonderful and modern looking. The employee benefits are great.

    Cons

    To many politics running the college. There are people who are employed simply to get a paycheck which is OK except those are not the lowest paid people in the university. Some of the facilities are outdated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow greater ability to grow as an employee. Needs defined ways to move up the ladder. Without moving up people leave such as I.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good students and new facilities makes for a satisfying work experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Joliet Junior College as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a union for adjuncts, which adds to job security.

    Cons

    Like many colleges and universities, there is tension between faulty and administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The assault upon academic freedoms continues here, as elsewhere. My advice? Please stop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great environment and wonderful people to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ITS Help Desk in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - ITS Help Desk in Joliet, IL

    I worked at Joliet Junior College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of time to complete homework. Very flexible schedule

    Cons

    Short hours. Students who need help sometimes abuse the help desk position to get homework done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formal training would be nice for the newer employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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