Macomb Community College

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Macomb Community College Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience and good work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Language Tutor in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Language Tutor in Warren, MI

    I have been working at Macomb Community College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers. The pay is good

    Cons

    in general not really anything negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing well!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Only a good place if your full time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macomb Community College part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    a lot of good people

    Cons

    Part time employees are treated badly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to be held accountable and learn to treat employees better

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Financial Aid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counter Help in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counter Help in Warren, MI

    I worked at Macomb Community College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Director is great. Peers are nice. Hours are good albeit part-time. Hourly wages are fair.

    Cons

    Very power hungry department when it comes to middle and low level "supervisors". Egos run rampant. Gossip and catty behavior prevail. It's a very difficult environment to work in. Team work is non-existent. The students can be very mean and rude. And so can some of the staff members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emphasis on teamwork and check egos at the door. Keep mid-level "supervisors" in check by making sure the know their role and not to overstep the roles. Stop the gossip and negative behaviors and attitudes. Remind leadership that people make mistakes in life and people rarely do things on purpose. - mistakes happen.

    A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you like your employment to be stuck in 1985, MCC is your place!

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

    I worked at Macomb Community College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most staff really care and have a firm grasp on the real world, some of the most wonderful and caring people I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    - Directors and Management are drastically overpaid
    - No one under the age of 50 is in any position of power within the school
    - New ideas or methods to fix broken systems and policies are met with mind numbing bureaucracy created by upper level management to keep their jobs.
    - Most professors are adjunct faculty making very little money
    - The school itself doesn't realize how fast it's becoming irrelevant
    - "Benefits" include being treated like idiots, no discounts on classes and a free Macomb pen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up to 2014. If your average student is 27 why are you consistently using outdated techniques to reach students? Why are crucial staff including career guidance staff part-time workers making $12 to $15 an hour?

    In my time at Macomb I have never seen a culture disintegrate so fast, good employees became more and more alienated because they are consistently made to feel like they didn't matter. In order for MCC to rebound it needs to completely replace all upper level management and actually be ran like a business instead of a gimmick to get more money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Really fun, but sometimes challenging, dead-end job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tutor in Clinton Township, MI
    Current Employee - Tutor in Clinton Township, MI

    I have been working at Macomb Community College part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with lots of different people/students every day. The college is great with scheduling and working around your home life or other job. Provides good experience for resume.

    Cons

    This job doesn't lead anywhere. There aren't any incentives to stick around.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Tutor

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Tutor in Warren, MI

    I have been working at Macomb Community College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, very team-oriented environment, free-time.

    Cons

    Low wage, too many subjects to tutor, students seem to know absolutely nothing, and expect you to teach them the entire lesson.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit the amount of subjects that a tutor can tutor. Every math,physics,chemistry is too much for one person to remember. You can only remember so much.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Easy, minimal effort job for a serious student

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    Former Employee - Computer Lab Aide in Macomb, MI
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Aide in Macomb, MI

    I worked at Macomb Community College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The position had a lot of down time which I could use to do homework. As a result, it's a great student position to use for studying and completing assignments while earning some money on the side. The faculty and supervisors are generally laid back and understanding.

    Cons

    The amount of downtime to actual work is crazy. If you don't have other things to do, you have to find ways to fill the time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good place to earn entry level tutoring experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Foreign Language Tutor in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Foreign Language Tutor in Warren, MI

    I worked at Macomb Community College part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Give you a chance to get tutoring jobs with no previous experience provided that you know the material very well and can provide a letter of recommendation. Next to no supervision so you can pretty much run the tutoring session as you see fit. Very enjoyable work. Easy to do in addition to another job/school. Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Very few hours. You may only be scheduled one hour a week. You would do this job because you enjoy teaching the material, not because you need it to pay the bills.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Excellent opprtunity to develop as an instructor

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Warren, MI

    I have been working at Macomb Community College

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, good constructive feedback, flexible schedule, excellent technology

    Cons

    low pay, no benefits, little opportunity for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more opportunity for advancement to full time status or increase allowable teaching hours for part time instructors

    Recommends
  11.  

    Average jobs, but poor management and insulting wage for part time employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Support Technician in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Computer Support Technician in Warren, MI

    I have been working at Macomb Community College

    Pros

    MCC (Macomb Community College) is a convenient place to work, at either campus, since it's located off of easily accessible highways, and have nice looking campuses. There is tasty and moderately inexpensive dining on campus (available during the fall and winter semesters), and an abundance of water fountains and bathrooms available. Many of the people who work for the organization are pleasant, and taking time off isn't often a problem (this may depend on the particular area of coverage). The colleges are also in close proximity of several fast-food options for lunch, and for a lot of people it's convenient to take classes (extremely affordable classes) at night after working during the day.

    Cons

    To put it lightly, part-time employee compensation is insulting. There are several different "levels" of wage for part time employees, which correspond to the job role. For example, a computer technician may be a level three, while a library clerk may be a level two. This is mandated by the union that is in place, which despite claims about protecting employees and offering great benefit, have wages for a level three (the top "normal" tier of worker) starting around $10/hr after 90 days, capping out at ~$14 after eight years of service (not including the 2.5% annual increase per pay grade). This can be contrasted with a level one worker earning a paltry ~$7.75 after their 90 days. Additionally, the annual raises begin on July 1st, and if you haven't reached your one-year at that date, you'll have to wait until the NEXT July 1st to begin receiving your annual raise. So, for example, if you were hired in August you won't receive your "annual" raise until you've worked for 23 months.

    Benefits are essentially non-existent. On July 1st of the year if you've come to a full year of service you will begin to accrue time off at 1% of what you work, which given a 30 hour a week maximum, you'll have a little more than two days off. Of course, just like the pay raises, if your start date was after July 1st, you'll need to wait another year to begin accruing time off. Over time, this grows to 1.5% for years 3-6 and 2% for 6+. The only insurance option to buy in to is an offer for 1% off of Metlife. There are a few discount offers through the union, the best of which is a 15% AT&T contract discount. There are a multitude of holidays and days off, but for part time workers this isn't a vacation day as much as it's a "don't bother coming in because we're not paying you" day; part time workers do not get any kind of vacation pay for holidays, regardless of whether it's a day like Memorial day, or Christmas.

    Management in my department doesn't manage much at all. There is little, if any leadership, and the opportunity to move up to a full time position is wholly dependent on either someone quitting or dieing, provided that a position isn't eliminated to save on payroll. Please bear in mind that this may be different based on your department. The full time positions pay very well (too well, in my opinion) and offer good benefits as far as I can tell, but with financial hardships for the college and a lack of government funding (and an increase in attendance) there is a constant need to save money and eliminate positions. Additionally, there is a move to make more positions part time, thus saving the college money. In fact, in a recent "state of the college" address, the president proudly displayed on his Powerpoint presentation that less than ONE THIRD of the employees at the college are full time. This is ironic, given the fact that many managers and administrators are more than happy to request expensive equipment and room changes, such as unnecessary computer hardware and printers, expensive software, and electrical/network installations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the useless union, and offer a fair wage to employees. The work is what it is; a computer repair guy won't repair computers any differently here than at a large company, but the lack of competitive wage and upward mobility mean that employees have little, if any incentive to stick around for the long term. This means high turnover, and workers who aren't as skilled or motivated. The pay scales for part time employees are on-par with McDonald's, which isn't saying very much with the maximum 30 hour per week allowance.

    Doesn't Recommend

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