Oakland Community College
3.6 of 5 14 reviews
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Updated Mar 19, 2014

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Great enviroment to work in.

Maintenance Worker (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at Oakland Community College as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe freedom to work at your on pace while being responsible for my area was rewarding. Being able to have my work stand on its on was very satisfing to me.

ConsBeing a temporary employee had its downside. Working along side much higher paid co-workers as their helper at time was hard knowing I was doing the work they were getting paid to do.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employeessuggestions on the front line makes for a better work enviroment for all.

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

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OCC GREAT PLACE TO BE!

CIS Lab Aide (Former Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I worked at Oakland Community College part-time for more than a year

ProsGreat Job in a very good atmosphere especially Orchard Ridge Campus Culinary School good food!

ConsDown Time when College is closed!

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

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Tutor (Current Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I have been working at Oakland Community College part-time for less than a year

ProsDecent pay, flexible hours, good people to work for, satisfying job.

ConsTutees are sometimes unreasonable and rude, pay is terrible.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive employees a raise.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Overall I like my job

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Oakland Community College full-time

ProsGreat benefits, enjoy working with my coworkers, and I can take classes at OCC for free!

ConsPositions that open up are either top positions (Dean) or the lowest positions (part time or level 1). Positions in the college are top heavy. The people in the top positions don't seem very interested in the day to day operations within the departments. Money is often spent unwisely.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees more. They are on the front lines and know what is going on more than you do.

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Experience varies depending on campus, department and supervisor

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Oakland Community College part-time for more than 10 years

ProsExcellent pay, Lots of time off, Interesting work, Great students and colleagues

ConsLots of changes going on right now. While I admire administration for wanting to update the college, they are making too many changes at once and being secretive about it.
Some campuses and departments are great with responsive employees who do their job. Other campuses require lots of paperwork and e-mails to multiple people for simple things (getting basic office equipment repaired) which is never responded to after months of following up. Lots of "this for that" backscratching required to get things done.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter to make one good change per year for 5 years, than multiple changes all at the same time. Ask your employees what changes should be made rather than hiring costly consultants. Promote long-time adjuncts rather than hiring from the outside. Working for years for no benefits is a major skill set and shows dedication to the institution. Hiring from the outside looks good on paper, but studies show it takes an outsider 2 years to be fully trained.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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OCC Rocks

Manager of Instructional Technology (Former Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I worked at Oakland Community College as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGreat work environment, eager faculty, wonderful administrators

ConsContractual work paid more than full time positions

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

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

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An enjoyable working environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Oakland Community College part-time for more than a year

ProsGreat working environment
Opportunities to learn
Relaxed atmosphere

ConsLow wages
Limited growth opportunities
Everything depends on the budget

Advice to Senior ManagementReward best talent by promoting them to leadership positions, there are many great people here that could be anywhere else they want.

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Learnt a lot and enjoyed working there.

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at Oakland Community College part-time for more than a year

ProsGreat place to work at. My department had wonderful staff and I enjoyed working there.

ConsLong hiring process; took over six months from application till offer.

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

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Oakland Community College is a good place to work for, but employees frequently do not answer their phones.

Office Assistant (Former Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I worked at Oakland Community College as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGood working environment, understanding employees

ConsEmployees do not always answer their phones or voice mail to respond to questions. Student employees do not always seem to have training in the areas that they work in.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work if looking for non-growth opportunities.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Oakland Community College

ProsGreat benefits - medical, insurance, vacation, etc.

ConsManagement does not believe in promoting from within. There are several labor groups (management, clerical, grounds, police, etc.) and the chance of being promoted higher up are virtually non-existent. You can move around laterally in your work-group/union. Sr. Mngnt takes WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY to long in making decisions, and for the most part, truly doesn't understand student needs or whats going on within the front line staff. Mngt not very forward thinking and is mostly reactive and not proactive with problems or solutions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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