Portland Community College

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Portland Community College Reviews

Updated June 22, 2014
Updated June 22, 2014
22 Reviews

3.7
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Business Development Advisor

    Former Employee - Business Advisor  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Business Advisor in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Great place to work in because of the collaborative environment offering stimulating access too other advisors, PCC staff and administrators. Clients are especially satisfying to work for. They are interesting, self starters, entrepreneurial and are paying attention.

    Cons

    SBDC is now housed in the Climb Center which does not have windows that open nor parking for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Offer incentives to car share, ride to work or parking pass options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Best job for a student.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Assistant  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Assistant in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Do homework during shift.
    Easy work, babysit the printers and help students with internet, MS office, and other simple issues.
    Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Easiest job ever, other co-workers manage to mess up and break rules. (No eating, no headphones)
    May be difficult to get the max of 20 hours a week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Employer provides good support, well definded policies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisor  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Advisor in Portland, OR

    Pros

    My job allows me to structure my work that way I want to do it, as long as I get the job done. Managers are easy going. I feel like a valued member of the staff. Compensation and benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    So far, I haven't found any cons to working for Portland Community College

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager is very pleasant, but doesn't do any active supervising. I appreciate autonomy, but I also appreciate more feedback and involvement from management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Politics at work but otherwise good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR

    Pros

    wide variety of positions, ability to change departments; good benefits; reasonable salaries for most positions. Working conditions are standard for office positions.

    Cons

    Politics are played. Many positions are filled by who you know, now what you know. Running afoul of the union can cause problems. Expansion and resources are decided for political benefit, not necessarily the benefit of students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep a rein on the union

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    For a large, public institution, it is a very pleasant place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Direct impact on other peoples lives
    Important part of the community
    Excellent benefits
    Important mission

    Cons

    Large, bureaucratic instition
    Publicly funded (sometimes positive, sometimes negative)
    Very political and politically correct

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in part-time staff

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Lots of great and inspiring stories to draw from. The overall purpose of the institution is a wonderful thing.

    Cons

    Too many meetings to accomplish anything. Projects sometimes aren't able to be completed within a year due to the endless amount of input each sector of the institution. Things move slow and change is looked upon with fear and suspicion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the internal processes to realize any new initiatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    People wouldn't work here for 20 years if it was bad...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Because it's an educational institution employees have access to tuition waivers and such. There is a general encouragement and facilitation by management for staff learning and development. Backgrounds of coworkers are varied and often educated and interesting.

    Cons

    There is a glass ceiling between the "Classified" side and the "AP/Faculty" side. A lot of the issues with any huge employer are there; A lot of internal bickering and strife, union disputes, funding issues, a feeling of getting lost in the machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even more encouragment for employee development.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Career Specialist  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Career Specialist in Portland, OR

    Pros

    management is supportive, great benefits and pay, good place to work if you want to teach or help people, they encourage professional development; strong union- job security (it is almost impossible to get fired if you have been around for a while)

    Cons

    It is hard to move up within the college if you do not have previous management experience, there are more opportunities for lateral moves; it is so big, sometimes it can get a bit bureaucratic - for example, it takes for ever to hire someone because of the lengthy HR process; because people do not get fired, some "long timers" are not as motivated as new hires are; it may be hard to get in - many staff work as part-time and temporary before getting full -time position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more opportunities for staff to move within the college, especially between general fund and grant funded positions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    People friendly place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    slower pace, people friendly, plenty of interactions with people, especially with students. Can make a difference in the lives of students.

    Cons

    Not so dynamic, somewhat inefficient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have to run it more efficiently so as to lower tuitions for students. It rises all the time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    He tries but there's too much inertia.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist II  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist II in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Public service and job security.

    Cons

    Politics and "siloing" of resources can be overwhelming. The institution loves to always take "low bid" and usually then finds the product/service does not meet needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do things right or not at all. Finish what is started before moving on to the next project(s).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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