Columbia College Chicago Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2020

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3.3
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Columbia College Chicago President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim (no image)
Kwang-Wu Kim
75 Ratings
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  • "shrinking enrollment creates a sense of less stability(in 14 reviews)

  • "Part time hours are very strict due to budget cuts(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great Experience Student Worker"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Worker 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working in the lab of my department gave me a great start to my career!

    Cons

    Minimum wage was downside and was only affordable with working other jobs.

  2. "A great on-campus job!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Tutor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Can do your homework while working, convenient location, schedules around your class schedule, paid lunch time, nice boss, sense of comradery with coworkers

    Cons

    Limited to only 20 hours per week, some complaints on school/ policies may be (wrongfully) directed at you, scheduling may feel rough if you commute

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  3. "Overall positive"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Staff Reporter in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Columbia College Chicago part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning environment and great coworkers

    Cons

    Too much unpaid labor and over-expectation on employees

  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia College Chicago part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good environment, good admin support, plenty of hours

    Cons

    Whenever leadership changes there follows a period of confusion

  5. "Worked with the Best Team"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Worked with the best team ever. So open and welcoming

    Cons

    The vision of senior management and overall direction of the college was not always clear.

  6. "Great Student-Worker Positions"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Columbia College Chicago part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Student workers are guaranteed that they won't be scheduled to work during their classes and won't work more than 20 hours a week.

    Cons

    No competitive pay and can't work when the school is closed.

  7. "Great Job"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Columbia College Chicago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, people, and experience. Works with student schedules.

    Cons

    I have no cons; I love this job.

  8. "Overall it's a mixed experience"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia College Chicago full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nature of the job is interesting Students are great to work with Colleagues are supportive Campus is centrally located The benefits were pretty good

    Cons

    Don't feel like the college values adjuncts or staff, really Have been a lot of cuts over the years where we've lost a lot of valuable, talented faculty No community or educational outreach anymore - main center for community outreach was systematically broken up, starting with the ED. The college never made a concerted effort to integrate with the center, and therefore it was easy to dismantle once the new president came in. It was a sham and a shame. Tuition is higher and it's cost-prohibitive to students. In my particular case, I found out I was getting paid less than a colleague of mine who had the same responsibilities, held a lower degree, and was hired after me. When I brought this up to my director, she fought to get me fairly compensated and was working with upper level management to make it happen. In the end, it was denied and swept under the rug.

  9. "Limited"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia College Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Great place to network and it is possible to find other projects to work on outside of the job.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow. Part time hours are very strict due to budget cuts. Hard to find suitable work that'll help make up the lost hours because of weird scheduling.

  10. "Don't value employees & sexist comments at work"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Instructor/Faculty 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia College Chicago full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Faculty are talented, creative, really care about students

    Cons

    don't value their faculty. Diversity is important but inclusion & equity are not. My gender is constantly brought up in meetings. Salaries not the same for across the board. overworked & exhausted faculty who are under appreciated.

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