Los Rios Community College District

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Los Rios Community College District Reviews

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  1.  

    Stable employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Rios Community College District

    Pros

    Lots of job security and stability, many different types of positions and locations in the area, great benefits. Overall, I would say the pros outweigh the cons. Lots of employees stay here for many years. Offers PERS retirement and many paid holidays.

    Cons

    Slow recruitment process (it can take upwards of a month between application and interview), company performance tied to state economy, not a company that offers innovation in the workplace, no schedule flexibility or remote working.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was fun but bad clerical work

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    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Los Rios Community College District part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are awesome, Food was cheap and better then other colleges.

    Cons

    Very unorganized, kind of cheap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more full time employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great pay, some difficulty with upward mobility but it's been an overall above average place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Library Media Tech in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Library Media Tech in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Los Rios Community College District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Addt'l paid time off (school breaks)
    Great pay/benefits
    Diverse students, staff and faculty
    Educational Leaves

    Cons

    Some Favoritism for promotional opportunities within some colleges
    Difficult to switch from classified to faculty status
    Seniority rules when it comes to work schedules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This isn't big business, stop trying to run it like it is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent, Stable Employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Los Rios Community College District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Financially stable and fiscally conservative educational system, large system that allows for many career types beyond teaching (i.e., IT, trades, administrative)
    Excellent benefits, retirement (PERS or STRS)
    Great people work there

    Cons

    Sometimes when hiring or promoting, the focus is too much on earned degrees versus actual work experience.
    With the retirement of Chancell Brice Harris, the District has lost an exemplary leader who reached out beyond academic circles to business and community leaders.
    Califiornia state budget problems can be a challenge for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its ok to promote from within due to the employee's character, knowledge, skills set, even if they don't have the desired degree.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Los Rios Community College District

    Pros

    Good people to work around who truly care about you.

    Cons

    Due to our current state budget jobs are scarce so job security is worrisome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The managment at Los Rios many times does not support its department in the most effective manner.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The place has potential but is unwilling to change over to being a "real" police department.

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    Current Employee - Police Officer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Los Rios Community College District

    Pros

    1. Decent medical, dental, vision and free $50,000 life insurance.
    2. Low volume of calls for service.
    3. Likelihood of being killed at work is more slim than your municipal counterparts.
    4. Lots of holidays and most officers have the weekends off.
    5. Shift differential for swing and graveyard.
    6. It's generally very easy to get time off.
    7. They generally send you to whatever law enforcement training you want to attend.
    8. They will allow you to work as a reserve officer at another department.

    Cons

    1. Department is still viewed by the district as being a security force.
    2. Pay and retirement are not in line with other educational law enforcement agencies.
    3. Dispatchers are glorified clerks with CLETS access, it's sometimes frustrating to work with them..
    4. District is overly concerned about the perception of crime on campus and doesn't want officers to take enforcement actions unless absolutely necessary.
    5. Upper management does not respect us and most were never police officers themselves.
    6. Opportunities for advancement are slim.
    7. Morale is low.
    8. Some campuses appear to support their officers more than others, which creates animosity amongst the ranks.
    9. Vehicles and equipment are old. Most stuff is donated or bought dirt cheap from local police departments.
    10. Specialized units do not really exist. If you want gangs, sex assaults, K-9, motors, DUI, vice or narcotics, you need to look elsewhere.
    11. Despite being in the business of education, the district does not place value on having a bachelors or masters degree.
    12. There have been idle threats from management to contract our jobs.
    13. We are represented by the most worthless and self-serving union ever.
    14. The department is very incestuous...it's not what you know, it's who you know.
    15. Overtime opportunities are non-existent and varies from campus to campus.
    16. There is no shift bidding and seniority generally doesn't count for anything except layoffs.
    17. You can get moved around at the whim of the Chief. All they have to give is 10 days notice.
    18. Our union and PORAC dues tip the scales at over $115 a month for some senior officers.
    19. We often have to deal with the stereotype that we are not "real" police. The district does a bang-up job of helping keep that stereotype alive.
    20. There is no incentive for POST certificates, being bilingual, being educated or being in shape.
    21. Our uniform allowance is only $575 and you can only use it at one of two local stores.
    22. Our facilities are small, substandard and not designed for effective audio/video recording of suspect interrogations. Most of the facilities are new, aside from American River College.
    23. You only get 3 hours OT for court appearances.
    24. Communication is lacking and very often change is initiated without seeking input from officers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us do our jobs, respect us, make our pay equitable to other professional trades within the district and have a little faith that we know what we are doing. Stop putting your image in front of student and officer safety.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Abuse of Authority

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty Mathematics Teacher in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty Mathematics Teacher in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Los Rios Community College District

    Pros

    Many campus sites in the area make it convenient in terms of commuting. Most colleagues are personable and friendly. Faculty parking is adequate.

    Cons

    Arbitrary decision making by administration that is often based upon personal bias or personal power issues. Often fair support for instructors is lacking when dealing with student issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than blind support for management decisions, look into the issue fairly and without bias to obtain the truth. Some deans use their position as personal power platforms which undermines the instructors and ultimately the quality of education at Los Rios.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Los Rios Community College District - a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Los Rios Community College District

    Pros

    Competitive pay, excellent benefits (health & dental insurance), pension, steady pay increases, regular cost-of-living-adjustments - much better than even UC or CSU systems. The district is also very financially sound and well-managed, limiting the damage done during the recent economic crisis - especially compared to other school systems.

    Cons

    The only downside I can think of is the overtly liberal nature of the union in their communications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am so glad for your financial prudence, especially during these difficult times. Well done.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Los Rios is an excellent district.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dean in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Dean in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Los Rios Community College District

    Pros

    Financial stability, excellent management, support for advancement.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes longer to implement change in a multi-college district.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve the District Office staff in on-campus activities as much as possible so that they understand what is happening on campus and the impact of their decisions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Brice Harris motivates us through exemplary leadership, integrity, careful management, and inspiring talks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professor in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Professor in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Los Rios Community College District

    Pros

    LRCCD is a strong district that delivers quality educational opportunities to students. It is fiscally conservative and careful in hiring, and faculty are well supported by management. We have an opportunity to perform meaningful work that can make a difference in people's lives. I love going to work every day, plus I can choose to take the summer off or have the option of teaching during summer school if I want. Colleagues are almost all positive, upbeat people, in short a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Faculty are working on some internal training to help "raise up" leaders who can move from the faculty side of the house into management. Currently, there are limited opportunities for folks to learn new leadership skills and make lateral moves if they wish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work supporting faculty in the classroom with equipment, training, and scheduling. Thank you for maintaining a positive outlook in these difficult economic times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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