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Community College of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "Worked here for 9 years - great benefits package"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at Community College of Philadelphia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free benefits, Fridays off in the summer months, spring break and winter break and the fact that you are helping students to further their educational background.

    Cons

    Collective Bargaining Agreement makes it hard to get anything that is more up to date implemented.


  2. "Fantastic Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Office Administrative Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Office Administrative Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Community College of Philadelphia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are phenomenal -- high-quality health insurance with 100% of the premiums covered by the College (note that this may not continue once new contracts are negotiated). Working with students can be challenging, but ultimately rewarding. Tons of vacation, sick and personal time, plus Fridays off in the summer.

    Cons

    The unionized environment yields the great benefits mentioned above, but makes the advancement process difficult. There is an internal bidding system for union jobs, and positions are filled based on seniority only (assuming the candidate can pass the typing, Microsoft Office, etc. tests that are required). This means that mediocre employees who expend minimal effort on the job are often promoted over much more talented or hardworking employees, which is frustrating to watch. This also means that someone with no experience in a particular department may get a job over someone who has been there for years, simply because they have more overall seniority at the College. Similarly, there are no raises for merit, and even when you move to a higher salary grade, the increase in pay happens on a fixed scale -- no negotiation. So if you accept a job here, fight for the highest pay rate you can manage, because if you begin with a wage at the lower end of your salary grade, it will stay that way the entire time you're here.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Improving all the time"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Faculty in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Community College of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    New leadership is making a real difference in great ways. Many, many wonderful and talented people. The best is simply the amazing students that you get to work with. It's an exciting time to be there.

    Cons

    Entrenched departments and a "fiefdom" mentality of some.

    Advice to Management

    Really ask and listen to comments about obstacles to success. Focus on human capital instead of rules for the sake or rules.


  4. "Office Administrative Associate B"

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    Current Employee - Office Administrative Associate B in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Office Administrative Associate B in Philadelphia, PA
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefit and time off packages

    Cons

    Not easy to move up in the organizatio


  5. "Anonymous"

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    Current Freelancer - Anonymous in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Community College of Philadelphia (More than a year)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, academic schedule, smart faculty with a passion and commitment for teaching.

    Cons

    Budget constraints, bureaucratic frustrations inherent in academia.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Why work for CCP"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant/Fund Accountant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant/Fund Accountant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Community College of Philadelphia (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Summer Hours are great!!!!
    In the summer we work Monday thru Thursday 8:00am to 5:30pm.
    Love it.
    You are able to get things done on Fridays off.

    Cons

    The con is when you have to go back to the regular hours after the summer which is Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.
    Now that sucks!!!

    Advice to Management

    As of now I do not have any complaints, however I think there should be a push to higher from within before outsourcing if you have qualified candidates.
    Its an investment!!!!!


  7. "Prospective of interpersonal student problem solving."

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    Current Intern - Customer Service Agent in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Intern - Customer Service Agent in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Community College of Philadelphia as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Develops you as a Professional Learner in your gift.

    Cons

    The process is already framed in the time frame of someone other than you.

    Advice to Management

    If, possible, try identify the gift and learning ability of the student and reasonable time frame in which it can be accomplished.

  8. "Part-time employment, Full-time disengagement"

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    Former Employee - Academic Mentor in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Academic Mentor in Philadelphia, PA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Community College of Philadelphia part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to teach out-of-school youth how to organize and develop their academic goals through career development and establishing effective study habits.

    Cons

    Aloofness is not conducive to a work environment within an academic institution.
    Miscommunication between entry-level and senior management led to poor delegation of high priority tasks and mediocre execution of deliverables to student body.

    Advice to Management

    Hold employees accountable for their actions. Micro-manage your team. Efface blurred lines of communication and delegate roles accordingly. Follow-up is crucial to efficient teamwork.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to get a part time job during you are a student."

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    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Community College of Philadelphia part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment and good studying atmosphere.

    Cons

    nothing that I feel bad.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hard to move up if you are entry level and/or part-time"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Community College of Philadelphia part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great colleagues, new buildings and renovations on all campuses
    -Benefits: great if you are full-time, decent if you are part-time. Tuition remission, dental/medical are fully paid for full-time employees. Tuition remission is 1 class for part-time and 2 classes after 2 years and employees pay into their medical/dental - coverage is great for what you pay.
    -Fun events year-around that foster positive employee morale
    -Diverse staff, faculty, and student population
    -Professional development is there if you take advantage of it (online trainings and every semester on campus)
    -Some members of administration are very encouraging and supportive in helping you utilize your best skills - I feel valued by my supervisor and department
    -Some of the instructors are incredible educators with passion for their jobs

    Cons

    -Almost no opportunities to move up if you are entry level or part-time - I work 2 jobs to sustain myself. I can't get another job on campus because it would put me in full-time status and they would have to pay benefits - even if you have the skills and excellent performance reviews, if you don't have their narrow definition of "experience" you are stuck in your position.
    -I haven't had a raise in years due to a quarrel between the union and administration
    -Some departments lack communication skills and are not helpful to students
    -Some members of the union have been around for a long time and have grown comfortable with doing very little
    -Some students come to my office often frustrated from being shuffled around by other staff members without clear solutions to their problems.
    -Some instructors are not so passionate about teaching.

    Advice to Management

    -Make your best employees feel valuable and let their annual performance reviews be reflected in their pay or upward mobility within the company
    -Get a contract between the union and administration


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