Parkland College Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Solid mid-level collegiate experience

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

    I have been working at Parkland College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good leaning experience, lots of upward mobilIty. President and the board of trustees are caring and loyal. Great people to work with and students come to learn.

    Cons

    Some offices can be cliquey or standoffish. Inneffeciencies can make it hard to get the job done. Not a lot of independent working skills as each end of the college uses each other to make things happen.

  2. Much better place to work ten years ago

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid Level Staff in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Mid Level Staff in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at Parkland College

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Tons of paid leave. Easy access to current technology. Some truly great people in the organization. Internal positions open somewhat regularly.

    Cons

    Useless "yes men" are in leadership positions. Leaders won't make hard decisions because they're too concerned with being liked. Supervisors tend to not be leaders, which wastes the potential of great staff. Health insurance gets worse every year.

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision! You're in charge so it doesn't matter if you're liked or not. Morale is low for a reason. Connect with staff and make them feel valued instead of expendable.

  3. Administrative Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Parkland College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits were wonderful! Free tuition for children and spouse, FSA account, Health Insurance.

    Cons

    Wish there would have been more opportunities to take classes to better myself with a completion of an associate degree.

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  5. Vibrant, growing community college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Parkland College is expanding their programs to better serve their students by tailoring the courses with career placement in mind. The adjunct faculty are mostly graduate students working on their Masters or PhDs which guarantees a high-level of commitment, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the subjects they teach. The campus is beautiful, well-planned, and has numerous new buildings such as a state of the art Theatre/Art complex and Student Center. They have comprehensive financial aid programs and helpful staff.

    Cons

    Part-time faculty are not given the option anymore of keeping a class that has not made enrollment. This makes being an adjunct very sketchy in terms of income each semester. Also, there are no health insurance buy-in options.

  6. Program Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Parkland College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Caring workers, good community support, benefits, time-off policies

    Cons

    Lower wages, promotion potential, management doesn't always understand non-academic units and their role/importance to the College

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate standardized pay scale--pay for performance instead. Reward good employees instead of driving them out with lack of opportunity to improve position within College.

  7. Great college to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkland College

    Pros

    I was given a great deal of freedom to structure my course as I saw fit. There were ample opportunities for professional development, and the department paid my time on some of them.

    Cons

    Sometimes I was given only a few days' notice before the start of the semester whether or not I'd be teaching.

  8. Fantastic, but want more

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at Parkland College part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Getting to help a diverse set of people with an equally diverse set of questions. Working with all sorts of people helps break some cultural barriers, as everyone needs help with math. VERY flexible hours.

    Cons

    Training takes a semester, counts as a 1 hour class. Minimum wage for specialized work felt a bit of a hit to the gut, but making money is good nevertheless.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the wages for the tutors. Value them.

  9. I love Parkland!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Parkland College full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Company culture and opportunities for educational advancement.

    Cons

    Ageism, favoritism, some people work under different standards than others.

    Advice to Management

    Treat eveyrone equally.

  10. Decent programs but haphazard administration

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Instructor in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Parkland College part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Parkland has some excellent programs and many serious, ambitious students. The facilities and technology are updated, and instructors have a good bit of freedom to run courses as they see fit.

    Cons

    The administration in some of the departments is haphazard and disorganized. There are a lot of expendable adjuncts. I asked twice for my teaching to be reviewed, and the people in my department never got around to doing it.

    Advice to Management

    Standard procedures for evaluating adjuncts should be enforced.

  11. Good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Parkland College

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The overall work environment is very good.

    Cons

    The pay could be a little better.

    Advice to Management

    I would get both sides of the story before I made a decision.

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