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Updated January 7, 2018
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City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman
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  • Low pay, many students are not disciplined (in 9 reviews)

  • It can be a long process to obtain full time status (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hostile Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - College Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - College Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The ground level staff is excellent and great people. They kept me there for almost 4 years but after having a life changing car accident I just could not handle the undue stress, anxiety, and hostility anymore.

    Cons

    Terrible on campus leadership. Chancellor is a political appointee so the system has no stability. Each Chancellor comes in with new ideas of how things should be and they change everything because they all want to leave their mark. Leadership cares only about numbers and advancing them selves. The system was 90 million in the hole when I abandoned ship.

    Advice to Management

    Take a moment to get to know your staff. Show some compassion and heart. Your staff is more than numbers. They are human beings with feelings and lives. They should be respected as they are professionals.


  2. "Adult Education Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Helping others, flexible schedule, rewarding part time job

    Cons

    Scheduling isn't always done very much ahead of time

    Advice to Management

    Think about the perspective of the teachers and students

  3. Helpful (2)

    "As expected, based on reputation"

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    Current Employee - Associate Dean in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Dean in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large network; enthusiastic students! There’s not much more I can say to highlight the company in a positive way- I think the writing on the wall is pretty clear here!

    Cons

    No authority given to manage employment directives, generally disgruntled staff. Overall, poorly managed and poor communication from the top down. Teams are shuffled so inconsistently, it’s hard to establish a chain of command or any semblance of accountability with staff.

    Advice to Management

    Institutional consistency would be a great value. It’s completely inefficient to have so many policy changes that no one knows if they’re coming or going.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City Colleges of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Culture of the departments was collaborative, if you made the effort.

    Cons

    It's a City College, the pay was ok.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make promises you cannot keep because you focused on your own advancement vs those of your employees


  5. "Nursing Dept"

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    Current Employee - Nursing Lab in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Nursing Lab in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the coworkers are friendly and professional. We work well together.

    Cons

    The administration is incompetent. It is a very toxic environment. Administration does not respect your expertise and do not listen to your input.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your employees ideas regarding improving the nursing department. Listen


  6. "JBS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Free college classes for all workers

    Cons

    Need a Master's to get a well paying job


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Adjunct at Chicago City Colleges"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Really depends on the school you are working with. For example Harold Washington vs. Wright College. Different experience. The pro is you can work at any of the city colleges so there is more openings and flexibility. Also the students are not as bad as I think most people claim them to be. A lot of them do want to succeed and move on to 4 year colleges.

    Cons

    Sometimes its a mixed bag with the students so it is hard to cater to all of them in one course. A lot of them also are quite unmotivated and no matter what you do they don't acknowledge the work you put in.
    Apart from the students you have almost no rights/perks as an adjunct at first. The pay is surprisingly low (~$565/credit hour and ~$775/credit hour for bio adj. professors). For the amount of work you need to put in it sometimes may not be worth it depending on the subject you teach. Also I found it bizarre that there is no reduced fair or even covered fair for transportation. For a school like Harold Washington which is in the Loop everyone has to travel via the L and so if I teach twice a week thats $10 out of my pocket just to get to and from the college. Bizarre.

    Advice to Management

    Get the adjuncts free or at least reduced fair for transportation via CTA.

  8. "Math Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Lower Tax Paid to the state

    Cons

    Some students do not want to study


  9. "College Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is my belief that once you have worked as a college advisor at City Colleges of Chicago, you are capable of working at any type of higher educational institution in an advanced role. As a college advisor, you assist students with anything from academics to them confiding in you about issues they may not share with anyone else. It is truly a rewarding position to hold. I have nothing negative to say about my experience as a college advisor. You are exposed to all areas within student services and there are professional development opportunities for staff members aspiring to move into management.

    Cons

    No cons to report at this time.


  10. "Not bad at all"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Specialist/Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Specialist/Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Colleges of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Holidays off, great location, great co-workers

    Cons

    Loyalty gets overlooked, some micro-managers


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