Santa Barbara City College

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Santa Barbara City College Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
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  1.  

    Great start towards the beginning of your goal if you're a student trying to attend a 4-year university.

    Former Employee - Environmental Studies Tutor  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Environmental Studies Tutor in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara City College part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are a student and working at the college, you get to stay on campus and are able to go to the library after work, to finish homework or study.

    Cons

    For me there were none. IF students didn't show up to your tutorials, it gave you time to work on your classes while still getting paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring students who are willing to work and goto school, they get to exercise their brains still while at work. The professor I tutored for made sure I attended every lecture he gave so I was up-to-date with where the class was at.

  2.  

    Great for student workers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Santa Barbara City College

    Pros

    It's great to have an on campus job. No commuting, they can schedule around your classes and the pay is decent enough. Of course this varies depending on your role, but I even was able to study while I did my job.

    Cons

    You don't always experience new things and most jobs are monotonous. Again this can vary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have liked more opportunities to use what I've learned so far to benefit both me and the campus.

  3.  

    Pleasant.

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara City College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, benefits, time-off is easy to get approved if you ask politely and timely.

    Cons

    Office environment chatter/gossip. It was hard to focus when people would talk about you. People seem to ignore it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on implementing more streamline technology.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    It is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Lab Teaching Assistant  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Teaching Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Barbara City College part-time

    Pros

    The best thing is that i get to work on campus, so i can walk to class when i get off work. Beautiful location, right across the street from the beach in Santa Barbara and a great view of the beach. I think most of the staff enjoy their vacation and time-off, i'm part time so don't get vacation other than during the intermission

    Cons

    It seems that in every job there are people who just don't like you. So i try to be friendly and kind to those who it seems are unfriendly and carry on with my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What would Jesus do? What we need in the world today is for everyone to hold themselves to a higher standard. To see the problems around us and do our best to Love our neighbor as ourselves. To make a difference and not just look the other way and say that's not my job or that doesn't concern me. I pray that we can all hold ourselves to a higher standard and not just what is good enough.

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  6.  

    Best Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Nurses Aid  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Nurses Aid in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara City College as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent communication between staff members and students who work for them. Everyone is friendly and appreciative of those who work there.It is inspiring to work for the #1 college in the nation. The instructors are interesting and enthusiastic about the work they do and their enthusiasm is energizing. When you work around professionals that love what they do it is a very positive environment.

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything that would be considered a drawback to working for the Allied Health Dept. associated with Santa Barbara City College. The campus is located in such a beautiful place with mostly ideal weather that even walking around campus you can't help but feel the positive atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the excellent work both inspiring students and working with your wonderful example of professionalism as well as encouragement for all who are fortunate enough to have worked with you.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great school and great people to work with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Santa Barbara City College

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly and drama free. With great benefit. Sunshine and beach just outside of your office.

    Cons

    There are no cons, salary can't competition with private company. Too nice temperature and environment that puts you into sleep.

  8.  

    Good Place to Work with Limited Benefits

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Barbara City College part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    * People, for the most part, are great to work with.
    * Lori Gaskin, the school's president, does a great job at the helm. I hope she stays.
    * Helping students work to improve their lives is rewarding.
    * If a person teaches well, he/she is able to better keep up with the changes in the subject matter taught and share with others.

    Cons

    * Working with the general population of a society can be challenging at times.
    * As an adjunct, I have no say in the curricula of the course. I don't want to change it, but instead add to it. My Chair is not receptive to suggestions. Not all Chairs are like this though. It is a department by department situation.
    * As an adjunct, the benefits of the job are limited. There is no 401K matching. One will need to work here for years consistently to qualify for insurance.
    * The opportunity for promotions is also limited. This is the nature of working for a school though as an adjunct. There are only a few full time positions available.
    * Pay for an adjunct is below what a full time person makes for the same amount of hours worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for keeping us up to date with the Monday Morning Updates, Lori. Please keep up the great work!
    Chairs, listen to your adjuncts, they work the front line too have have great ideas to share.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    From the president on down, the truth is unimportant!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara City College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is really nothing positive about working on this campus except for the location.

    Cons

    The union for the staff is ineffective. Supervisors as well as the President are only interested in their own position at the school. The cheerleader mentality of the President and Human Resources is a façade of uncaring and apathetic individuals.
     Once you are off of probation you are in for life no matter of your performance on the job. However, if you promote to a higher position you are back on probation. Then your position is at the whimsy of whatever supervisor you may be working under! I say whimsy because there is no real basis for how well you do or don't do your job. Often there are supervisors that ridicule you and are religiously highly inappropriate. It's all about whether or not the supervisor and director likes you. This becomes a problem when the director was hired after you.
    The president as well as HR is uninterested in the truth. They are all drones in a meaningless hierarchy that espouses the chain of command. However, when it comes down to it, they believe a director, whom latter proves to be worthy of getting fired!
    I would not recommend this campus to anyone who values their self-respect. As I see it the only positive position would be a faculty position with tenure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Individuals matter regardless of their position at the school. To trust a director is to put your head in the sand and prove your apathy for all to see! To do nothing about righting a wrong except placating the individual with kind and meaningless words is proof that you truly don’t care about truth!

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Progressive, quality community college

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara City College part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Diverse staff and student body, opportunities for continuous learning, beautiful campus, many course options and students activities. Experienced, well-educated staff, many with creative teaching methods.

    Cons

    Expensive to live in Santa Barbara, difficult to obtain full-time employment (especially if moving from outside of the Santa Barbara area),

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SBCC could do more to partner with other schools and programs, should look to develop more of its adjunct staff into full-time employees.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    SBCC is Great

    Current Employee - Tutor  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Tutor in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Barbara City College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked as a tutor at SBCC and found the students and faculty to be great people.

    Cons

    You don't get paid a whole lot.

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