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Colorado Mountain College Reviews

Updated May 31, 2018
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  1. "staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenwood Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenwood Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colorado Mountain College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Good faculty and staff and interesting academic program areas. Excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    Compensation is on the low side, and the mountain areas where CMC is located have a high cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Keep salaries competitive to attract and retain the best people.


  2. "Great potential under new leadership"

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    Former Employee - College Counselor in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - College Counselor in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Colorado Mountain College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mission and communication from central office. Very talented administrators.

    Cons

    Pay not commensurate with experience or actual cost of living in mountain town.

    Advice to Management

    Perfect micro before launching macro. Better inter-campus communication needed.

  3. "Unprofessional, disorganized, lacking in unity and communication"

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    Former Employee - Senior Enrollment Specialist in Aspen, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Enrollment Specialist in Aspen, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Colorado Mountain College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    public benefits and healthcare, PTO/holidays

    Cons

    I was hired as a "Senior Enrollment Specialist" to perform admissions and recruiting work. In reality, they were seeking a front desk receptionist, which I only discovered after starting. After addressing this huge discrepancy, I sensed management at the Aspen "Campus" (it's one building) was closed to any perceived "negative" feedback, to the point to where I palpably felt their hostility and was actually told I was "disrespectful" and "insubordinate" which couldn't be further from the truth.

    Three months passed between my interview and job offer. They state the hiring process is “very thorough," but with the lack of communication throughout that time it seemed more like they were dragging their feet. During the interview, the committee had trouble answering basic questions such as "Who currently fills this position?" and "Who is the manager for this position?" Later I learned that my manager was someone they had promoted in between my interview and job offer. The individual was promoted from an entry-level position and unfortunately and had no management experience or capability.

    If you seek a career in higher education at a reputable and professional school, look elsewhere. From my experience, CO Mountain College is disorganized, inefficient, fragmented, and does not have a clear understanding of its own needs. CMC is not part of the Colorado Community College System and this may be for good reason.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management and the Board, in addition to addressing Aspen leadership, are to address the Human Resources Department for Colorado Mountain College. In addition to the position being misrepresented during the hiring process, a senior representative insisted our conversations on the topic were confidential, but I later found out they absolutely were not via some slip-ups. I was also literally told "Your focus should be on pleasing management over performing your job duties." This is unacceptable and unprofessional behavior from a senior employee at any organization, much less a taxpayer-funded one. A culture where employees are expected to focus on pleasing management will never result in the organization's continued success.

    CMC desperately needs to improve communication of changes between HQ and the campuses. If I am being told to do one thing by Campus leadership but the complete opposite by HQ, that puts me, especially as a new employee, in an extremely awkward position.

    Do not try to silence or punish staff that bring concerns to the table. Listen to your employees and their feedback if they have the courage to come forward. Not everything in life is positive and we need to tackle workplace challenges and problems instead of trying to suppress them and the individuals with enough courage to make their concerns known.


  4. "Faculty"

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    Former Employee - Faculty
    Former Employee - Faculty
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Colorado Mountain College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers - you develop such great relationships you work together as family

    Faculty are paid well

    Cons

    College administration out of touch with needs of community and student population
    NO DIVERSITY - the college greatly needs to improve its image when it comes to faculty and administrative diversity
    Job descriptions aren't clear

    Advice to Management

    Increase diversity at all levels of the college


  5. "Director of Student Life & Housing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can have a lot of autonomy and get to work with a variety of student affair areas. Great colleagues to work with. Located in great mountain towns

    Cons

    Leadership is far removed from the campuses and fairly clueless as to what is happening at the campuses. Pay is not the greatest for the cost of living in these mountain towns.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions involving the departments it affects...too often decisions are made without any consultation.


  6. "Ok place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colorado Mountain College part-time

    Pros

    Good benefits that include a lot of time off

    Cons

    Not a lot of pay or advancement


  7. "Adjunct Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colorado Mountain College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment where I was allowed to work independently to develop curriculum.

    Cons

    Lack of benefits and hours

  8. "A little confused"

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    Former Employee - Faculty
    Former Employee - Faculty
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great mountain environment and interesting programs

    Cons

    Inconsistent leadership, unprofessionalism, general confusion about the place of the community college in academia

    Advice to Management

    The lack of trust given to faculty is astounding! Without your faculty, you are nothing. Administrators should not be forcing a business model on the classroom.


  9. "Lack of Pay/Opportunities for Advancement"

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

    I have been working at Colorado Mountain College full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people at CMC are great and really care about the work they do. The health insurance is good right now, although that may be changing in a few months. The retirement is good if you are in PERA. Vacation is great at nearly 5 weeks/year. Most people really take advantage of this benefit to make up for the low salaries.

    Cons

    There is a serious lack of opportunity for advancement and the salaries are well below market value. They rely on the fact that there really aren't many other alternatives for work in the mountains and leverage that heavily when setting pay rates. Forget about ever getting anything other than a cost of living raise, which is rarely more than 1.5 - 2%. Promotions are nearly impossible unless someone retires. Employees are given new responsibilities and more work without a change in title or increase in pay, again demonstrating their take or leave it mentality. Management skills are severely lacking in some areas which greatly hinders some departments.

    Advice to Management

    There is a looming wave of retirements coming in the next 4 years. You should be implementing succession planning strategies now to leverage in-house talent, ensure a smooth transition, and provide opportunities for advancement and professional growth. Don't be afraid to remove people from positions who are ineffective. Finally, compensate people fairly for the work they do.


  10. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent vacation time, good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of pay, or opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Pay better to retain talent


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