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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Reviews

Updated October 14, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College part-time

    Pros

    Community is generally kind and supportive, great benefits if full time

    Cons

    Things move fairly slowly, low pay


  2. "Proud of A-B Tech"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Asheville, NC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A-B Tech's English Department is a pleasure to work with--plenty of support, from wihin the department, to IT, to other departments. In fact, one of the excellent aspects of the college is the interconnectedness of the college, providing a feeling of support for professors.

    Cons

    It's very difficult to move from adjunct to full-time professor. The competition is fierce.

    Advice to Management

    Though I realize that changing adjunct pay is a long-term problem that concerns those beyond Administration, it is important that Admin fights for those of us working as adjuncts. We've worked hard for advanced degrees, but continue to teach by sacrificing and living below the poverty line.

  3. "Cutthroat Business in Education Clothing"

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Students genuinely want to turn their lives around by getting a degree or certificate.

    Cons

    Management is only interested in securing federal funds. Any person or program that cannot guarantee money coming in will get dropped or maligned without hesitation. There is a lot of honorable rhetoric, but it is all smoke. Students only matter to management if they are paying customers.


  4. "Great place, great staff"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Swannanoa, NC
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Swannanoa, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (More than a year)

    Pros

    AB Tech is a great place to teach

    Cons

    The community college salaries for adjunct professors are some of the lowest in the country. Not the school's fault, more of poor education pay in the state of the North Carolina.

    Advice to Management

    Push for improved pay for faculty members in the state.


  5. "Adjunct Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The standards for teaching are very flexible, they are eager to meet scheduling needs, there is little supervision, many classes may be taught in hybrid format meeting only 50% of the time.

    Cons

    You are paid per contact hour. If you grade papers, plan class, answer email, these tasks are completed in your own time. Students do not differentiate; they have same expectations for both part and full-time instructors. North Carolina does not compensate educators well. This is well established.


  6. "Work study position in marketing department"

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    Former Employee - Content Editor in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Content Editor in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful learning experience
    Engaging
    Everyone wants you to succeed and are willing to help you to do so

    Cons

    There is not always a position available at the end of the work study term.


  7. "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Faculty Member in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Faculty Member in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There is a real "family" atmosphere at ABTCC among faculty members & staff members. The management really reaches out to everyone, in an effort to get to know the employees; there is an annual employee picnic every year and it is a great time to celebrate accomplishments and welcome new faces. The upper management (VP's and President's Office) are easy to speak to, with an open-door policy most of the time. Employee benefits are also very good at this institution.

    Cons

    ABTCC must raise salaries for faculty members to ensure that they employ the best, most-qualified folks around. There is increasingly more competition in the western NC area in terms of higher education; no one will work at ABTCC just for the atmosphere....salaries must be competitive as well. That being said, the state of NC currently has a horrible governor who does not seem to support any pay raises or decent budgets of any kind, so....that is a next-to-impossible obstacle to overcome. However, private universities will lure away the best faculty members if salaries are not updated to reflect cost of living (which is definitely NOT cheap anymore in Asheville and surrounding areas!).

    Advice to Management

    Work to increase salaries to lure highly-qualified faculty and staff members to ABTCC.

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    "Stuck in the past"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Asheville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of incentive to look for a new job.

    Cons

    The culture and attitudes are surprisingly backward. Recycling at the college is questionable at best. I carefully recycled paper every day for two years in blue recycling bins. Then an email came out announcing the introduction of a recycling program in my building. All my carefully recycled paper had been going in the trash. Staff didn't bother to turn off desk lamps, fans or computers, even before leaving on vacation. Staff in my department gave me grief because I drove a hybrid car. You'd have thought it was 1940, not 2014. It was obvious from their comments they knew nothing about hybrids. It was just a reason to harass me. They seemed to enjoy harassing part time staff. They finally shut up a year later when a new supervisor drove up in a hybrid. Every year the school celebrates Earth Day with a picnic for staff and students. And every year they served food on non-recyclable Styrofoam plates.


  9. "Great place to work overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Only $1,000 tuition reimbursement annually for full-time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Increase tuition reimbursements to promote properly educated employees and thus becoming more efficient and a leader in higher education.


  10. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Varies by department and division


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