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Columbia College Chicago Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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  • Low pay, no room for advancement (in 8 reviews)

  • Cost of living adjustments are a joke, merit raises do not exist (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Learning Studio"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Very friendly staff and comfortable enviorment

    Cons

    I had no cons working here!


  2. "Generally positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago part-time

    Pros

    In general the job was pretty relaxed, people were friendly, was flexible about managing studies and my work schedule. Positive experience with most of the staff and faculty.

    Cons

    Some disorganization, late hours, certain managers are more difficult to work with

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Unethical weeding out of great faculty due to financial undoing. Not invested in the long term."

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

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students, for the most part, are wonderful, creative and driven. They were the reason I went to school every day.

    Cons

    The administration is out of touch and not invested in doing what is best for the longterm goals needed to support a successful program, making irrational and often unethical decisions. My department was chaired by a person with absolutely no experience in the field of study, who didn't understand the constantly changing needs of the industry, who played favourites, rewarding those that played the game, and the rest of us who are passionate about the future of the program and our students, were never supported. Horrible, toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the faculty who are experts in their field. Listen to the students (who you give no credit for knowing what they need,) they came to CCC for a specific education which you are disregarding and watering down. I would not send my own children to Columbia as it currently does not value their faculty and is only interested in the numbers of students to stay afloat and not the quaily of education.


  4. "Great Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Creative community dedicated to student success

    Cons

    Often too lax in administrative duties


  5. "Great, real life experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experience real life work in field

    Cons

    Stressful, time managing and long nights


  6. "Okay College, low pay, not too demanding"

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly low stress. They don't pay much which is reflected in the workload and obligations

    Cons

    Low pay. Top down decision making.


  7. "Student Worker - Creative Writing Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Great way to gain experience as a teacher, writer and editor. You'll find out quickly if you enjoy teaching or not. Had a lot of fun bonding with the students and helping their stories come to life.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Faculty & Staff"

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    Former Employee - PT Faculty & Staff in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - PT Faculty & Staff in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rich history. Great location in Chicago. Was a strong institution for learning media, communications & the arts in Chicago & Midwest.

    Cons

    Avoid at all costs. The positive creative culture that was at the heart of institution is gone. Enrollment plummeting. Working conditions ill-natured. New administration is absolutely clueless and unpleasant. Compensation is substantially below market value.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the faculty, staff and the educational outcomes when making blanket changes. Consult with individuals who work and educate in media, communications & the arts.


  9. "Client Services Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia College Chicago full-time

    Pros

    People I work with a good people and it's pretty laid-back there.

    Cons

    There are not really any cross training opportunities there and the organization is a bit disorganized.


  10. "Student Worker - Columbia College Chicago"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia College Chicago part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a fun experience and you get to learn a lot. The plus is that you get paid to do it.

    Cons

    Seems to be a lot of miscommunication higher in the chain.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees better


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