Tarrant County College

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Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Biology Research Student Lab Assistant

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    Former Employee - Biology Research Student Lab Assistant  in  Hurst, TX
    Former Employee - Biology Research Student Lab Assistant in Hurst, TX

    I worked at Tarrant County College as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It was a great experience.

    Cons

    No Cons good place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    A job source for the community

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Tarrant County College part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    opportunity to work with little direct supervision if you are a self starter. North West campus pretty nice.

    Cons

    Wish the part timers had more pathways to advancement

    Neutral Outlook
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    Dedicated to student engagement.

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    Current Employee - Instructional Associate  in  Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Instructional Associate in Arlington, TX

    I have been working at Tarrant County College full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great benefits. Amenable to taking classes and tuition support.

    Cons

    Need to continue pursuing further education.

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    Credentials are king; competence is ignored; quality is subjugated to enrollment numbers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Tarrant County College full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most people who work here are great on a personal level;
    Time off is stellar (Christmas break, Spring Break, 4 day weeks during summer);
    Good luck getting fired. You can hang on forever as long as you're not a jerk.

    Cons

    Pay is laughable for most positions until you hit the director level;
    Raises are not performance-based (everyone gets the same, every year, regardless of performance and review);
    "Yes-man" culture;
    A doctoral degree is equivalent to a golden ticket in administration, irrespective of ability and competence;
    Upper levels of administration at the district level are not concerned with the opinions of the campuses;
    Student success is a buzzword, not a real focus of the college;
    Favoritism is rampant;
    Do I need to continue?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay needs to be based on performance and should be somewhat in line with industry standards (with reasonable adjustment for the private/public dichotomy), and there should be variation within the pay bands;
    Talent needs to be recognized, developed, and retained;
    Positions should have realistic hiring requirements. A Master's degree should not be required for positions that pay low 40s at best;
    Campuses (at every level: admin, faculty, staff) are valuable resources to be properly utilized and listened to. The Chancellor should not be the end of the line for all decisions, especially given the inexperience and weak leadership currently in the position;
    Students, and not just their bank accounts, should be the true focus of all decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Unrealized potential

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tarrant County College

    Pros

    Many of the faculty members are dedicated professionals that give their heart and soul to the work. The facilities are very good and improving every year. The pay is competitive with other community colleges in the area.

    Cons

    The administration values itself more than the faculty or the students. There is a great deal of emphasis placed on retention at any cost which makes the dedicated students suffer. The administration is committed to "no child left behind" which has no place in higher education. The administration preaches for community involvement or service learning, but places do much red tape in the process that faculty is discouraged from going the extra mile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refocus on education. Hire more full time faculty and support the Adjunct Faculty completely with adequate pay, opportunities and benefits to make the job more appealing. Raise the level of performance expectation for students from advanced high school and become an actual college - hold them accountable.

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    Great benefits

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    Current Employee - Interpreter  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Interpreter in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Tarrant County College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and coworkers at this college

    Cons

    Non-competitive pay. It's difficult to move up as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tarrant County College

    Pros

    The work is straight forward and laid back.

    Cons

    The pay was not very much for a work-study position.

  9.  

    Disappointed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tarrant County College

    Pros

    Lots of paid vacation
    Promotes within
    Location accessible

    Cons

    Shared responsibility
    Organizational structure is bonkers
    Students are treated like cattle and herded from one department to the next

  10.  

    Interesting Overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tarrant County College full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meeting new people, decent benefits, and great time off are some of the best pros for working at Tarrant County College. You have a chance to positively impact the life of others.

    Cons

    Too much favoritism, and Tarrant County College needs more personnel in the "non money-making" areas. Management can be placed in positions based on degree status versus ability and management capability. Hiring adjuncts, part-time positions and using student workers in the place of hiring capable full-time employees will have a negative impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring adjuncts, part-time positions and using student workers in the place of hiring capable full-time employees will continue to have a negative impact.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    TCCD is a terrible place, a corporatized university, serving its needs first, noting students as income only.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Tarrant County College as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Students are always great, but that's how schools get you: if you are a born educator, they grab that and reel you in, then abuse that.

    Cons

    They are exploitative: they do not pay you for your work equitably. When you make $1800/semester course, no security of contract, no healthcare, and thus can be fired at their whim, it is an unsafe environment. Besides, where else do we acquire this high degree of education -- a PhD -- only to be paid Walmart compensation? What kind of racket do these colleges have going? I am sure TCCD is not alone in this; the problem is systemic and runs rampant across the entire US. You need to make everyone aware of this injustice!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay equal pay for equal work. Faculty working conditions ARE student learning conditions: you want your students to learn? Then pay your faculty, now up to 65% adjunct faculty at least, a decent compensation!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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