Madison Area Technical College
3.6 of 5 14 reviews
www.matcmadison.edu Madison, WI 1000 to 5000 Employees

Madison Area Technical College Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2014

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Bettsey L. Barhorst

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82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Overall positive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPay non instructional employees very well. Great benefits.

    Consclimate is changing. staff can get frustrated with lack of follow thru

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo what you say you are going to do, or don't say it to begin with.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging as always to be adjunct instructor

    Part-Time Faculty (Current Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsStudents are wonderful and many staff and faculty are terrific colleagues.

    ConsThough they try to treat adjuncts right, there have been numerous problems with getting paid on time and correctly. Adjuncts are second-class citizens with no opportunity to participate meaningfully in out-of-classroom work. No office of course, and limited places to privately with students. Pay is ho-hum, with no benefits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great sense of community and opportunity to do meaningful work.

    Administrator (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsInteresting and varied projects and people, excellent mission, made great friends, can see and feel positive impact of education and services on students and alumni.

    ConsLike anywhere, new leadership can change and challenge what you like about your role and work environment. Much of course depends on the experience, ethics and personality of the immediate supervisor, so experience can vary widely.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe authentic and never make the job about satisfying your own ego, as some former leaders have done. I hear very good things about the new president Dr. Jack Daniels -- that he is focusing on what is most important -- what the college can give students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Seems nice, but other stuff seems to be going on under the covers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly staff, good morale (mostly), definitely a strong educational insitution, chance to help the students

    ConsStaff are generally overworked, Management is not always consistent in their follow thruough, VERY strict attendance policy, and people seem to just disappear for no reason. The top management has been in the press for bad decision making (like paying the former President a mess of money to apparently not do anything), and it seems like there is more of that going on than is publicly acknowedged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor the new President: Make sure the management is consistent and open. If there is bad stuff going on, root it out and get it in the open. Letting it fester will only make things worse.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Part-time Instructor (Current Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsNice facilities, great students, friendly co-workers. Madison College provides valuable affordable education for a diverse group of students.

    ConsNearly non-existent support for Instructors. Administrators have too many responsibilities and are stretched too thinly. Blackboard technology is cumbersome and is a source of frustration for faculty and students alike.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in onboarding of new instructors to increase retention and student satisfaction.
    Explore offering 4-year degrees for students to remain competitive with lower qualtiy institutions offering the same.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunities for Growth

    Accountant (Current Employee)

    ProsPleasant atmosphere and fun colleagues with relative job security

    ConsThe institution is in a state of flux

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    Peer Tutor (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsThis position allowed very flexible hours and I was able to work alongside teachers. They paid higher than minimum wage.

    ConsI wasn't happy that the Learning Center was located in the library because it is necessary to talk as a tutor and the library staff discourages that. However, there is now a separate tutoring center.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Madison Area Technical College - Promising Employer with Needed Improvements

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent mission and purpose.
    Flexible work-life balance.
    Opportunity to make a difference.
    Excellent benefits and fair compensation.

    ConsLack of consistant vision and leadership at the executive and board level.
    Very poor regard for employee contribution.
    Poor climate and culture and steadily declining over the past twelve months.
    Chaotic approach to initiatives and strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAuthentic value of your employees.
    More transparency and communication with employees at all levels.
    No more terminating employees with security escorting them out the door. This, as a frequent occurrence, has led to poor moral, fear, lack of productivity and an exodus of talented staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing College in need of change

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsStrong staff union, fair pay and hours. There is a diverse mix of people staffing the college, and the faculty have tons of experience to share with the students.

    ConsMany work spaces are small, but the college is growing and under construction. Not all staff are equally educated, and change is sometimes difficult due to the quantity of managers in departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak down the silos and shorten the amount of time it takes to put decisions and change into effect.

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

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    Great support, opportunities for growth and innovation, great team atmosphere

    Administrator (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsThe college provides high quality educational opportunities for tens of thousands of students. It is a pillar in the community and boasts approximately 85% of graduates working in the community as well. In addition, the college transfers more students to UW-Madison than any other institution.

    ConsCould use more administrative support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you can stay strong in your convictions and commitment to student success, you'll do great there.

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

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