Valencia College Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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Sandy Shugart
7 Ratings

Pros
  • Good people, great benefits, great hours (in 3 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, good benefits (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • It is hard to get a full time staff position (in 8 reviews)

  • Great if you happen to be tenured faculty, not so great if you're staff or (heaven forbid) part-time staff (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great School

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valencia College (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Encouraged to grow. Great school.

    Cons

    No hand-holding students but must still be customer service friendly.


  2. Federal Work Study

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Federal Work Study in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Federal Work Study in Orlando, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Easy job and great community. Perfect job for full-time students with no dependents.

    Cons

    Low wage and hours, but it's part of the federal work study program.


  3. communication

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Valencia College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing team and staff support,

    Cons

    A lot of red tape because it's a state funded school.


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  5. professor of chemistry

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Schedule, students, co workers, vacations,

    Cons

    Management style, pay, respect, students


  6. Great people and benefits but hard to advance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are great, the culture is engaging, and the president, Sandy Shugart, is an inspirational leader. There is more paid time off here than anywhere I've been. The insurance benefits are good too.

    Cons

    There isn't much room for advancement if you did not graduate with a higher education degree of some sort. And even for those positions that aren't about teaching or student services, the college seems to prefer to hire from outside.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees a chance to advance,


  7. Administrative Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Valencia College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment and people. Excellent reputation in the academic world. Learning-centered and people-focused. Excellent benefits. In addition to vacation and sick time, there is paid time off for our breaks in March and December as well 1/2 day Fridays during the summer.

    Cons

    Salary compensation may be a little under the corporate world, however, the lack of stress and extra time-off tend to make up for it.


  8. Low Adjunct pay, GREAT INSTITUTION

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Valencia College (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love it. My bosses are awesome. My students are awesome! The East campus is wonderful. Great place to work!

    Cons

    4 stars just because of the adjunct pay. Adjunct salary is too low to make a living. You have to teach 8 classes to make ends meet and guess what you can only get 4, so that means you have at least 2 teaching jobs or you drown.

    Advice to Management

    Adjuncts work as hard as full-timers. Same class loads. Same planning time, same commitments. We should at least be making a LIVING wage! #fightfor15k


  9. Mediocre College

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Valencia College part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in the mornings teaching ESL classes to adults, and I enjoyed the students and the modern classroom facilities.

    Cons

    The employees in the ESL Program tend to gossip about others and are not very professional. There are not enough opportunities


  10. Great students, awesome administration with lots of potential.

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Excellent working environment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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