Portland Community College Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. Food Service Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portland Community College

    Pros

    If you are student, it works the best for your schedule

    Cons

    It is a hard job and needs to pay more for students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Student Advocate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Student Advocate in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Community College

    Pros

    • Good Wages
    • Fair hiring practices
    • Academic community
    • Multiple campuses/locations in the Portland area
    • Students are a fun population to work with

    Cons

    No cons in my experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Completely worth it if you can stand the office politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portland Community College

    Pros

    Working in any of the student groups gives you a ton of exposure and connection with professors and campus resources. You'll learn a lot about collaboration, event planning, and the basic responsibilities of your job that you'll do anyways give you good building blocks for your own individual projects. It's a good way to learn some applicable real world skills and looks great on applications for four year universities or job apps if that's what you're aiming for.

    Cons

    This was an environment that had a lot of politics involved. Since the student teams are small, it can be hard to make sure that responsiblilites are divided equally, and sometimes there can a lot of favoritism on the part of the supervisors. This isn't necessarily a con, but if you do decide to interview for a higher up student supervisory position, be prepared to face a solo interview where you'll be facing up to 10 people, so do your homework.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all the members of the student teams, not just the ones with the higher level of authority, so that everyone feels that they can contribute to an environment of open communication.

    Recommends
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  5. Positive Experience

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    Former Intern - Pilot Project for Student Retention in Portland, OR
    Former Intern - Pilot Project for Student Retention in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Community College as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    My position was a pilot project that unfortunately did not get continued funding. Student success was a priority, worked with many long term employees who were satisfied with their jobs. Several opportunities for growth once you are able to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Navigating the politics within the education system, and within certain departments that effected decision making was frustrating. The values of the institution did not align with the needs of the community and students regarding support for student success in certain areas. "That's not a problem on our campus" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Petty, highly politicized, depressingly entrenched cronyism.

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    Former Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Community College as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students—diverse, challenging, and thirsty for smart, challenging professors. Pay is better than most adjunct jobs in Portland if you can get classes.

    Cons

    Pay is low enough that even if you're one of the select few to get a full load ("part time" but the same load as the permanent faculty, and even the same service load—although service is "voluntary" for contract faculty, i.e. completely expected and completely unpaid), you've definitely got a side job. It's a little ironic/disingenuous to sit in front of students who look at you as an educational success story when you're working a serving job at night right along with some of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7. PCC is a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Physics Instructor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Physics Instructor in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly and the benefits to part-time instructors exceed any other local community college.

    Cons

    The facilities are a little outdated, but other than that it is a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great job opportunity!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portland Community College part-time

    Pros

    Good pay, Great staff, Encouraging environment, There's wide variety of positions available and benefits for the employees

    Cons

    Get to know more about your employees

    Recommends
  9. Sometimes great, sometimes grating...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Peers and students make the job worth doing.

    Cons

    Pay is low, and good luck landing full time employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Excellent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Math Instructor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Math Instructor in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland Community College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is great. PERS is great.

    Cons

    None. I cannot think of one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not play favoritism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Lots of Changes Makes the Future Unclear

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Instructor in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Portland Community College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many positions are flexible allowing for work-life balance and opportunities to take courses for professional development; students are incredible to work with

    Cons

    Lots of upper level and executive management changes in personnel and as such the direction and future of the institution seems unclear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent. Communicate. Don't lose sight of the organization mission. Students aren't consumers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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