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Updated July 22, 2017
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  • It is sometimes difficult to find a full-time job at ACC because everyone wants to work here (in 15 reviews)

  • Low pay, employment is uncertain (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "ESL 2 Professor"

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    Current Employee - ESL II Professor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - ESL II Professor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Austin Community College provides a safe and innovative working environment which allows all staff, students, and professors with support and professional development opportunities each year. I am always impressed with the diverse cultural atmosphere at ACC, and absolutely love learning about other cultures form my students. ACC encourages growth and dedication of not only its staff, but the teachers as well. Working at ACC connects our diverse community and brings us all - teachers and students - together to embrace our ever-changing world and to make it better.

    Cons

    It is sometimes difficult to find a full-time job at ACC because everyone wants to work here!


  2. "OK for entry-level teaching"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Austin, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ACC part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Adjunct classes for the Early College Start program are usually on interesting subjects. I got to teach the British Literature class to high-school seniors and had a really good experience with Beowulf and other classics.

    There is a lot of freedom to develop the classes in the manner that you want, but don't go overboard because they do have some requirements, especially for the writing classes.

    Scheduling is usually pretty flexible, and as long as you follow the minimal guidelines and teach the classes well enough to get good reviews, then usually you have a "high recommendation" status for new classes.

    Cons

    As an adjunct, you don't really interact with other professors or other teachers at the schools where you teach. You can feel really isolated. I ended up emailing my teaching mentor from the first semester, so at least you have a point of contact that can be useful for brainstorming and even sharing stories.

    Obviously adjuncts lack all the benefits and pay of full-time professors (and even high school teachers, who essentially teach the same material as you do). Also, this is a program where high schoolers are skipping their AP/IB English classes to take "college-level" ACC courses, so public schools are basically saving money on full-time teachers by shoveling students into these adjunct-taught ones.

    My main frustrations, overall, related to management. The students and classes themselves were fine. I do wish that the high schoolers were given more introduction to college-level courses. I had to make the curriculum and format of the class a lot more similar to high school because they still didn't understand some of the basics of turning in homework and studying for tests.

    Advice to Management

    -Better pay for adjuncts
    -Better integration of adjuncts in ACC institution AND high schools where they teach
    -Better support network of mentors, supervisors, and co-workers
    -Better preparation of high-school students for college-level classes
    -Better pathways for adjuncts to receive some form of "full-time" status after working in the ECS program for a while

  3. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ACC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Option to get tuition wavers on some courses.

    Cons

    Each department operates on their own, so your experience might vary dramatically depending on which team/department you join. The department I was in was resistant to innovation, change, or doing quality work. It was an extremely negative work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure everyone remembers they are part of a larger college and not operating with only their department in mind. Find people who are positive and open to doing what's right and best for the students not what's the least amount of work to do.


  4. "I love it"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Alumni Relations in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Alumni Relations in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ACC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Excellent Human Resources benefits with lots of professional development training, mentorship, and opportunities.

    -Emphasis on student success--so every department is open to ways incubate new ideas to support this model.

    -Employees are encouraged to participate in shared leadership opportunities

    -Great discounts for ride sharing, metro passes, and well priced parking options

    -Invested interest in Equity and Inclusion

    Cons

    -The school is in a huge growth phase and is working to break the communication silos that can emerge with 12 campuses and over 150 majors.

    -While the administration is good about empowering individuals to try new ideas and programs--getting the funding is not always easy.

    -As with any large academic or government institution---red tape and bureaucracy prevails

    Advice to Management

    I love working at ACC!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Student Services Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Student Services Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Student Services Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ACC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    lots of vacation and sick days, generous benefits package, free classes (3 max per year), fun environment

    Cons

    pay is not competitive and salary scales are confusing, too many changes that impact student enrollment

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting people enrolled, guided pathways and the new application procedures are not working. Students are having to jump through hoops just to apply to the college, then they need to do information sessions, etc. before they can even be eligible for registration. It is too much work for a college that boasts an open-door policy and this will not improve enrollment, retention, or graduation in the long-term. Employees on the campus level were not asked for advice, input, etc. when deciding to implement these new procedures. It is a mess and students are frustrated and angry - for good reason.


  6. "Academic Freedom"

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ACC as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    ACC is constantly reviewing their text books looking for ways to improve their student's education. The management team listens to the recommendations of their instructors and mostly to their adjunct, since they are still in the field and know what the trends are.

    Cons

    Course selection for instructors could use some improvement. There are only three days to select courses for the next semester and if you are only on campus one day during that time, you may miss it.

    Advice to Management

    Extend the course selection to at least a week to provide adjunct instructors more opportunities to select courses


  7. "Interactive and independent work experience"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ACC part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interactive, collaborative work environment and little to no micro-management

    Cons

    No budget for full time enployment

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bureaucracy Riddled with Inefficiencies and Incompetence"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ACC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to directly assist students and your community, vacation/time off is extremely generous, decent healthcare.

    Cons

    Where to I begin? The HR department needs to be gutted. They never return phone calls or emails queries, have a subpar on boarding process (it doesn't exist), send out communication with private information (letters, emails, etc) to the incorrect people, and make the similar errors when submitting paperwork to healthcare providers and retirement accounts. Everything stems from HR.

    Advice to Management

    Really think about why the organization exists. What's your end goal? To be a reactionary organization or a primer community college?


  9. "It's great job for full-time students"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Aide in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Kitchen Aide in Austin, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    People are really nice here. Work is chill. Just composes of doing laundry dishes and preparing snacks. Recommend for nutrition students who want some more experience. Pays well. Allowed to listen to music.

    Cons

    Job is very repetitive - which is expected. You show at the same time and do the same thing. This can also be considered a pro for those who like this type of job.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not a bad place but could be so much better."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ACC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are great along with the time off. Working for students furthering their education is rewarding.

    Cons

    Poor salary structure with little to no way of being promoted. Raises are non-existent. Policies change frequently without warning. Policies change without consultation of those who perform the job duties.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your salary and raise structure. Encourage professional growth of your employees.


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