Pima Community College Reviews

Updated January 9, 2015
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  1. Standard adjunct experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Professional faculty who take time to communicate with adjuncts and provide guidance.

    Cons

    Poor pay and no benefits for a large adjunct faculty pool. This is a reflection of the work structure and pressures on all of higher education, not this organization.

  2. PCC. Ok, not amazing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Technician
    Former Employee - Support Technician

    I worked at Pima Community College

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Poor upper management, low wages, very difficult to get hired unless you temp for them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a decent wage to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    A lot of paid time off, in the form of generous vacation, sick leave, and a lot of paid holidays. Very cheap classes for employees. Opportunity to meet and interact with a diverse student population.

    Cons

    Anyone can do whatever they want there with no consequences whatsoever beyond a write up (issuance of scratch paper). The lack of accountability produces the chaotic, hostile environment that you can imagine it would. It is this bizarro world where, in most cases, it is the scum that rises to the top rather than the cream. There were good people there who behaved themselves out of personal integrity, but in most cases the bad people are the ones who rose to power there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know who the bad people are. And, in the highly unlikely event that you don't, you can find out easy enough. Get rid of them. Just get rid of them. You take out the knife and then the would can finally begin to heal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. It sucks to be them

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Adjunct in Tucson, AZ
    Current Contractor - Adjunct in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Pima Community College as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall, the college does provide some opportunities for lower-division course satisfaction and job training

    Cons

    poor pay, no realistic training or support, non-functional equipment, defeatist attitude toward the general population of students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce the bureaucracy - too many roadblockd

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. Going to be great in five years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Pima Community College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, benefits, vacation, being there for the communities learning needs.
    Working to help others succeed.
    I fully believe that in five years Pima will be a premier learning institution that is student centered.

    Cons

    Major organizational change needed and currently in development. On probation. Uncertainty.
    Employees holding on to old feelings beliefs that have led to the predicament we are in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very thoughtful in the restructuring of the organization, there is a huge opportunity here to make Pima great!
    Manage employees, deal with the problem employees, don't move them around, it punishes others in the process while not resolving the issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Mostly good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Pima Community College full-time

    Pros

    You get a lot of sick leave and vacation time, as well as a lot of paid holidays. Partially makes up for the below average salary. Environment is not great but is getting better.

    Cons

    Salaries are currently below average compared to similar institutions. Environment is not great but is getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the students and staff. Find ways to increase morale and create a and environment of safety and open communication.

    Recommends
  8. DiContact wiClose Contact with Students

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic Librarian in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Academic Librarian in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Close contact with a wide diversity of students (ethnic/cultural background, age, religion, socioeconomic condition, etc.) and direct impact on their ability to find and apply information for their educational needs is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Community colleges don't usually have the number of resources that a university does and we don't have the variety of coursework. Course content and degree programs tend to be limited and may not be as stimulating to a librarian or information professional. Not much opportunity for advancement--such as different classifications of librarian positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more clearly and more often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Adjunct Instructors are second class citizens

    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in choosing schedules and classes. Enjoyable working with others in the adjunct department and with most managers who understand the important role that adjunct staff plays in the overall success of the college mission.

    Cons

    Adjunct instructors are not recognized as professionals by their "real" (full-time regular) instructor colleagues. Although many of us have the same or superior qualifications as "real" instructors at the college, we are not treated with the same respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are many reasons a person accepts adjunct work and it should not be assumed that we are trying to take a "real" instructor's job. Some of choose to do adjunct work for a personal reasons and no matter whether it's by choice or circumstance we are in adjunt roles, we make just as valuable a contribution to the college as those who are full-time regular professors.

  10. It was the best of times, worst of times.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Instructor in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Fantastic students with a genuine interest in improving their life opportunities; you will not find a more rewarding experience.

    Cons

    Administration has created an environment of fear. NW Campus VP openly states that policy does not matter and she will not follow any policies she does not believe in. Leadership has a practice of simply transferring problem administrators to a different campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow accredited probation sanctions and use the opportunity purge the administrators who have historically simply been transferred from campus to campus. Work on restoring a culture of trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. Good experience teaching here.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pima Community College

    Pros

    PCC has a supportive staff, students, and administration, and Tucson is a wonderful place to work and live.

    Cons

    The 5/5 full time teaching load is, well, beastly. But no more than adjuncting, and the pay is far higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more full time people!

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