Valencia College Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Great students, awesome administration with lots of potential.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Valencia College part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay as a part-timer. Received credible experience in the field. Admin work closely together and know each other by name. I loved working with the students, and enjoyed planning events for the demographic.

    Cons

    Event planning for students is not as simple as it would be at a small institution. My advice? Be prepared to hear out passionate students, but be sure to give them structure.

  2. Excellent working environment.

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    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Orlando, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here are excellent!
    The college fosters a very collaborative and open-minded environment.
    Management is responsive to progressive ideas.

    Cons

    A little slow on the implementation of new ideas, yet, they do get done.
    An unspoken feudal system that exists between faculty and "the rest of us".
    There are subtle, mildly annoying layers of political and bureaucratic red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent work. Continue to do your best to move great ideas forward in spite of the growing bureaucracy that naturally comes with large institutions.

  3. Student Advisor

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    Former Employee - Student Advisor in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Student Advisor in Winter Park, FL

    I worked at Valencia College (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping students succeed from enrollment to graduation.

    Cons

    HR doesn't care about your experience or quality as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Always have your employees' backs.

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  5. Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Valencia College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There can be a lot of opportunities to transfer between campuses.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Dr. Shugart is an amazing leader.

  6. Students were well motivated and inspiring.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Valencia College

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The students were my main reason for working so hard.

    Cons

    The salary was not acceptable. Sadly, I had to move on to make more money.

    Advice to Management

    Consider paying adjunct faculty a higher wage.

  7. Great benefits but very political

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Valencia College

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and lots of time off.

    Cons

    Blacks and Hispanics are being used in front line positions to give the illusion of diversity. Valencia discriminatory hiring practices toward non-whites for upper level and full time faculty positions are notable. Subtle discrimination is live and well. Whites hold almost all upper level positions and full time faculty positions. College President Sandy Shugart only seeks input from minorities when it benefits him. He recently sought Sen. Darren Soto and Rep. Mike La Rosa (both Hispanic) to advocate for a new campus in Poinciana. Of course if the project for the new campus is approved then College President Shugart will look very influential. Let’s see how many upper-level positions and Full Time faculty positions at the new campus will be filled with minorities.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourself. If you are going to promote the college in the name of the black and hispanic communities then give these groups of people a chance in having betting opportunity. Valencia hiring practices is unfair and pure bias.

  8. Student Worker

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Orlando, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work environment, training, office culture, company values

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    NA

  9. An excellent college.

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    Former Employee - Editor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Editor in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Valencia College full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The college is very open to applicants from all backgrounds. I was fortunate to work with editors from Russia, India, and others.

    Cons

    Contracts are annual at times.

    Advice to Management

    I advise more applicants be accepted based on credentials suited for the job.

  10. Excellent!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Orlando, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great benefits. Great environment.

    Cons

    Raises should be equitable between all different categories: Career service, professional, and faculty

    Advice to Management

    Merit pay raise.

  11. 9 years fulltime and loving it!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Freindly atmosphere, great working hours.Its's a laid back working environment with very little employee turnover.

    Cons

    Slow advancement

    New Positions require experience, which is impossible to obtain internally

    Little or no raises

    Advice to Management

    Train the wonderful folks you already have working for you! Help us move up the ladder instead of giving so many jobs to people from outside of Valencia...

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