Oakton Community College

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Oakton Community College Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
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  1.  

    Great place to be an adjunct

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Oakton Community College part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Treated with respect by other faculty. Supportive environment for students.

    Cons

    Adjunct pay is terrible, but not as bad as other places.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good place to work under the right circumstance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Oakton Community College full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Plenty of PTO.
    - Good benefits.
    - Challenging work that always changes for the better. You definitely don't get bored.

    Cons

    - Inter-departmental animosity
    - Being staff I've been told directly by an Admin I have less value than faculty.
    - Thoughts regarding how a department should be run is very antiquated.
    - Arbitrary rules regarding schedule makes it not a family friendly place to work.
    - We get preached things must be done by the book only to find out "by the book" is not really practiced throughout the college. Probably why they get sued all the time from current and past employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Administration needs to lose the "us v them" attitude.
    - Jobs and personal life must be balanced to keep an employee happy. Not everyone thinks our work days should be at least 12 hours a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Multi-level discriminatory environment masquerading as a “culturally diverse” organization.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Oakton Community College part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Freedom to develop your own meaningful and interesting work, or not.
    - Colleagues are supportive of one another, if you're in their click.
    - If you navigate all the levels of politics, or simply understand that there is much laziness and incompetence: it's not a bad place to work at.

    Cons

    - Organization with poor performing leadership with sites primarily on their retirement
    - A clueless Board of Trustees
    - An "us and them" atmosphere (full-time/part-time for example)
    - Reverse discrimination environment masquerading as a “culturally diverse” organization.
    - Multi-tier favoritism practiced. For instance part-timers are considered less valuable employees, and treated as such.
    - Position candidates chosen on ethnicity, religion, skin color, and gender rather than on qualifications.
    White males need not apply here (especially for faculty positions), you won’t get hired at OCC because of your skin color and gender. Are you looking for an IT help desk position? If you're not Indian, you probably won't get the job. Want to work in the library, you better be female. These are just some examples...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your back.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Challenging work in a supportive environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakton Community College full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The students keep the work meaningful and interesting. Colleagues are supportive of one another. There are many opportunities for professional development and to be involved outside of regular job responsibilities.

    Cons

    Two campus culture (Des Plaines and Skokie) is sometimes problematic. Top heavy organization in some areas, but vast improvements have occurred over the last 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employee development outside of the bounds of the traditional annual performance review.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great opportunity while in school

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    Former Employee - Student Employee  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at Oakton Community College part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours for students who need it most. Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    There are no benefits and employment can be terminated at any time due to departmental budget cuts. Positions go from semester-to-semester.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    I love Oakton!

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Oakton Community College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great full time and part time staff
    Great office staff
    Pays well
    Classrooms are great
    Clean
    Staff feels like a community
    Administration in my department is wonderful, very helpful, and supportive

    Cons

    Adjuncts are still second-class citizens
    Students are still entitled

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the adjuncts more hours and benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for those looking to move up

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    Current Employee - Computer Lab Aide  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Computer Lab Aide in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Oakton Community College part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    relaxed environment, Benefits of being a instructor are nice, vacation time, pension after 30 years. Ability to work over the summer session as well for extra pay. Typical benefits working in academia environment.

    Cons

    No room to move up. Bureaucracy is awful here on the main campus. Nothing gets done efficiently. Wasteful taxpayer spending on things we don't need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help those who show passion and dedication to move up. Many are stuck and with no raise and slowly losing incentive to work efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great Place to work as a student employee

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    Former Employee - Student Employee  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Very friendly people....and a really good environment for a student employee.

    Cons

    May be some technical upgrades could have helped

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Oakton is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Oakton Community College

    Pros

    Oakton is an environment where you are really free to invent solutions, collaborate across departments, and grow as an individual and professional. I've never experienced such a nurturing environment.

    Cons

    There is a bit of a cliquishness. Long time Oakton folks can be dismissive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Underlying some of the issues between faculty and administration is the perception that neither side understands and supports the vision of the other side. Faculty see the administration as leaving them out of key decisions and the administration appear to see the faculty as unable to focus on the big picture. If there were an increase in opportunities for "airing of grievances", there would be fewer skirmishes.

    Recommends

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