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Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
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  1.  

    lively and good working environment. staff especially administration was superb

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northern Virginia Community College part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Distance after the night shift was challenging going home with slow traffic in route 66

    Cons

    Starting salary for experience workers should be competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frequent in service training was a good way of updating information.

  2.  

    Good for a side job, very difficult to get full-time work.

    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Sterling Park, VA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Sterling Park, VA

    I worked at Northern Virginia Community College part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Variety of students. Several locations so exposure to other campus, staff, students, etc. can be enjoyable. If you can't work one semester it isn't a problem. Just come back when your schedule allows.

    Cons

    Never felt like I belonged because the part-timers are so transient. No benefits unless you are one of the very few who gets full-time work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring more full-time people in order to get more variety in instructors for the students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Limited opportunity for personal and professional growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Education Support Specialist II in Annandale, VA
    Current Employee - Education Support Specialist II in Annandale, VA

    I have been working at Northern Virginia Community College full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairly stable employment. Once you've made it past the yearlong probation period it becomes difficult for manganese to remove incompetent or lazy employees.

    Depending on youre department you might have the option to make your own schedule. I.e work from home, come in extra early and leave early etc. However The granting of those special schedulles does not follow any sort of logic and is up to the discretion of individual managers.

    Depending on the campus and time of year expect free food from campus events.

    Expect nice winter breaks.

    Faculty are treated better than "classified staff". Likewise the designation of administrative facile is a sweet gig as well.

    Expect to be able to coast through a "career in higher education". Or slack. If that is your thing than nova is for tou

    Cons

    as a classified staff member it is easy to hit a point were you are unable to progress in terms of compensation and title. This is partly because of entrenched managers who have been promoted to their own level of incompetence refuse to leave.

    Secondly the administration hammers the rank and file employee on enrollment figures while simultaneously ignoring advice and suggestions. This isn't the fault of manager entirely as they are hamstrung by the rigidity of a system where simple decisions must be approved and amended by committee and than passes on to higher ups for approval.

    Thirdly, the inability or lack of will to remove employees who increase a units drag factor demoralizes those employees around the lazy employee. You see this in the countless meetings your are forced to attend. This also results in a secondary effect that otherwise "fully-staffed" departments are underperforming and thus effectively understaffed.

    Lastly : salary is not based on performance. Managers have no incentive to reward hard working or innovative staff.instead they undermine employees and deliberately lie about potential salary increases.

    Managers will tell staff that HR denied the salary increase promised at an Interview, when in fact it was a manager that did not even bother requesting that salary in the first place. They do this because at the administrator level there is some sense of reward for cutting cost. This also means that when there is a wage increase it is as a result of some "market adjustment". When this occurs you don't receive any kind of retroactive compensation for the time you've been underpaid. Likewise the hardworking staffer and the layabout are eu rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Break free from the VCCS
    2. Develop measurable performance standards
    3. Reward or fire employees/administration/management/faculty based on those measures
    4.use data intelligently. Meaning realize that data tells you only part of the story. You must contextualize data for it to be valuable. If you want to grow the organization and improve your deliverables walk away from only measuring bodies in chairs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Job satisfaction and security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professor, Information Technology in Annandale, VA
    Current Employee - Professor, Information Technology in Annandale, VA

    I have been working at Northern Virginia Community College

    Pros

    Academic freedom within limits. Supportive administrative staff. Job security. Teaching community college students is very satisfying when you feel you've made a connectio and helped a student on his or her way. Decent salary for the 9 month faculty if you stay a while.

    Cons

    Student population contains a broad spectrum of abilities, which makes it difficult to keep the brighter students engaged without leaving behind the students who are slower learners. The IT labs are a disaster; constant problems with the software we are trying to teach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please fix up your labs, they are disgraceful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    great place to work for students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Annandale, VA
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Annandale, VA

    I have been working at Northern Virginia Community College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    pays for NOVA class credits, up to 6
    flexible

    Cons

    low pay
    no bonuses
    not much room for future growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Coordinator - Policy Planning Specialist II
    Current Employee - Data Coordinator - Policy Planning Specialist II

    I have been working at Northern Virginia Community College

    Pros

    A lot of room to grow and job is very secure.

    Cons

    Very hard to get raise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    BEST STUDENT HIRE POSITION - developmental Math Lab ALEXANDRIA CAMPUS

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Northern Virginia Community College part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great Management style, team work, flexibility, great coworkers, become proficient at tutoring math, help community college students, great salary in comparison with other student hire and retail jobs

    Cons

    have to know how to teach students with different social and cultural backgrounds

    Recommends
  9.  

    Okay Place for Faculty

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Full-Time Faculty in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Full-Time Faculty in Woodbridge, VA

    I worked at Northern Virginia Community College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Stability
    *Good work-life balance
    *Some great students (about 20%)
    *Autonomy; create your own syllabus and course assignments
    *Can easily earn your base salary plus 50% (this is the norm for full-time faculty)
    *Extra pay when enrollment is equal to 45 students after day 45 of semester (1.5 extra credits at adjunct rate)
    *Can pick up 1 or 2 overload courses each semester for extra pay if desired
    *Great student diversity at Alexandria and Woodbridge campuses
    *Once you're hired as a full-time faculty member, you can stay in the job for 30 years if you want
    *Older adults can get a job here as a faculty member

    Cons

    *Subtle and direct pressure to do whatever it takes, even inflating grades, to get good student evaluations
    *Dean told me that he only cared about student evaluations
    *One colleague gave the questions for tests, before giving the test, presumably to get good student evaluations; this was his normal practice
    *Although I was able to maintain my integrity as a professor and not give in to the everybody passes pressure, everyone may not be able to do this
    *Not enough space for each faculty member to have an office
    *Attended a faculty retreat in which expensive consultants were hired to tell us words we should never say to students and one of the words was "no". We (faculty) all had a great laugh at this! However, the provost, who has never been a full-time faculty member, seemed to think that this made great sense. Go figure
    *Many faculty members are 60+
    *More young people are needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Move toward excellence
    *Don't operate like a diploma mill
    *Focus on excellence, rather than increasing enrollment
    *Let deans and assistant deans know that faculty members should not be pressured to pass students who have not earned passing grades

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    adjunct instructor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjuncts Professor in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Adjuncts Professor in Manassas, VA

    I have been working at Northern Virginia Community College part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    money is at or above standard. Fairly consistent opportunities for part time work. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Little chance for advancement. No credible teacher evaluation procedures. Lack of respect for adjuncts. Typical bureaucratic administration which supports administrative staff first, students second, adjuncts last.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to adjuncts and the process of advancing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place for stability....but not for being promoted or moving up.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Counselor in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Counselor in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Northern Virginia Community College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability, laid-back, security of your job (for the most part). The health insurance is wonderful.

    Cons

    Everyone makes the same amount in my department. So if you work hard or if you just show up--you still get paid the same. It can be very frustrating and difficult to stay motivated. It seems as though the best way to move up is to fit in with the "it crowd" and know someone on your hiring committee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Placing value on your employees is something that should be worked on. Even if due to budget constraints monetary rewards are not an option, there should still be things in place to boost morale and to show that the employees are valued for their hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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