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Cogswell Polytech Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. "On the upswing and coming into its own"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    After sometime of not doing well as non-profit and nearly going out of business, we finally have professional management and people who understand how to run a college with out running it into the ground.
    The faculty have an amazing desire to provide students with the skills they need to succeed in industry, very committed faculty.
    Profits are going directly back into improving the school.
    Professional development money!!

    Cons

    More transparency is needed, Faculty aren't always in the loop.
    There are some underperforming and underqualified staff and faculty, but it's on the upswing.
    A few people here who have a weird idea that trying to get more students is bad, but students graduate every year, so to have a school we need more students. If our mission is to educate and get students jobs, then we need students to do this.

    Advice to Management

    Share more about the decisions and successes so we all understand how the school is doing.


  2. "Sad Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cogswell Polytech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The students Blah Blah Blah Blah

    Cons

    Has become a diploma-mill run by corporate interest

  3. "Small school, big ideas"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cogswell Polytech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small but nimble school that is WASC accredited.

    Cons

    Relatively small student population. Small building.


  4. "Not bad for student"

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cogswell Polytech (More than a year)

    Pros

    For one you put yourself in a good position to meet people in the industry you would like to work for. If any type of event is coming up I am mostly like first to know.

    Cons

    Students will treat you differently and will try to avoid talking to you like a student because you work with closely college faculty and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Better structure


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A college environment can be a great place to work. The students often bring high energy and great motivation to their work. This can be an inspiration to your own work.

    Cons

    Cogswell it seems has lost it's way. As a non-profit it was smaller, but better. It used to be more student centered. Now that it has become a for-profit school, the motivation has changed and return on investment seems to be the order of the day. I think they now will take any student that can pay the tuition.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to step down and let people who believe in education run the operation. The current administration only cares about pleasing the venture capitalist who bought the school.


  6. "Great for Tutoring"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I enjoyed being a tutor here, and the management is nice too. My job was to mainly make sure students improved in their classes.

    Cons

    There are some unmotivated students, that can make it hard for a tutor to come to work.

    Advice to Management

    More penalties for students who continuosly miss or skip a session, without notifying the tutor beforehand.


  7. "Potential on being a great for-profit school, but far from it."

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

    I have been working at Cogswell Polytech full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues get along, for the most part. When school is out, there is a lot of parking spaces open and the environment is relatively quiet. The pay is decent.

    Cons

    Company computers are outdated. It feels as if they are obtaining hand me down technologies. Little to no structure among departments. Lack of policy and procedure. Things change on the go with little to no time, often no announcements being made. Students tend to get overly critical when things do not go their way.

    Advice to Management

    Professional development is strongly suggested. How do you expect for staff and faculty to grow if there aren't any type of development trainings/opportunities?

  8. "About Cogswell College"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cogswell Polytech part-time

    Pros

    The school is filled with talented instructors and motivated students. Lots of art teachers are energetic and the teaching subjects are get to main points for students to get improved. It is mostly like depends on students to follow the instructions carefully.

    Cons

    Some students are taking not serious about the subject they are learning and complain a lot.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Faculty in For-profit educational institute: Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Faculty, FT in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Faculty, FT in Sunnyvale, CA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The students are great: Artistic, creative. Some get for the first time appreciation for doing art work!
    As a for profit, you also get less capable students (who are willing to pay the money and try). But for those students who stick around, it is a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Private for profit is a real problem. Especially when the owner is remote, and not involved in the school. The impression you get is that he is in it only for the money. The faculty is there for the students and as a mission, but decisions are made without their control.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, transparency, transparency. The faculty, and students, need to know you really care about them, and not about making a larger school with more profit for the owner.


  10. "Librarian Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Librarian Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Librarian Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    One of the pros is helping students with their studies by finding the right books or directing them to the databases the school uses.

    Cons

    The library is often very slow, so not a lot of library work actually happens. Hours are not enough to survive on.

    Advice to Management

    Find various activities and projects that need to be completed around the library. This way there is little down time for the assistant.


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