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Elgin Community College Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2019

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3.4
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Elgin Community College CEO David Sam,
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13 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits (professional development, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation , etc(in 7 reviews)

  • "Its a great place to get a jump start into a 4 year institution or career(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "No benefits for adjunct other than discounts to Visual Performance Art center; summer courses do not count toward hours needed for part time status(in 6 reviews)

  • "Comparatively low pay, unless you're in the top tier(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "ECC is a great place to work :)"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Elgin, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Elgin Community College part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    ECC made the on-baording process easy. Love what I do!

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is the distance from the City.

    Elgin Community College2019-07-11
  2. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor 
    Recommends

    I worked at Elgin Community College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked as an adjunct Instructor for the Fire Science department. Great pay for helping teach something you love doing.

    Cons

    Not a con at all you just have to know that your choice of classes are picked by seniority. So just know going in that it might take a little while to get the classes or time frames you want to teach in.

    Advice to Management

    Some training or instructor training meetings would be great when people first start. Just to get instructors on the same page. It’s awkward when students complain that they are being taught one thing one day and then being told that’s the wrong way the next day. Just more standardization for skills that the instructors should know to avoid those situations.

    Elgin Community College2019-07-15
  3. "Good but areas for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator 

    I worked at Elgin Community College full-time

    Pros

    Collaboration encouraged. great staff full of talent and drive.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape and territory hoarding when it comes to getting things done. Not a lot of chances for advancement. Internal issues between staff and admin often unaddressed.

    Elgin Community College2019-06-07
  4. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Elgin Community College full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    CoWorks in general are good to work with!

    Cons

    No promotions for people with in, there are asked to take a lesser pay then people who are hired from the outside! Then current works are ask to train them for a job you could have done better with the knowledge and experience you have for the same job!

    Advice to Management

    Look with in to find better service

    Elgin Community College2019-05-26
  5. "Issues"

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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elgin Community College full-time

    Pros

    The institution does provide a lot of benefits to its students at a low cost. Its a great place to get a jump start into a 4 year institution or career. Most of the faculty are dedicated to their students.

    Cons

    There are dedicated staff and administrators who work here but they are few and far between. Faculty, as a whole, are really good. Favoritism among administration is a big problem. Pay is low even compared to other community colleges except for those who are favored. Benefits are great but do not quite make up the difference. A lot of the problems with staff, there are a lot if issues, are a result of... administrations missteps and inability to focus on real issues.

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    Elgin Community College2019-06-24
  6. "Time for a change and self-examination"

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

    I have been working at Elgin Community College full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good employee benefits packages. It is rewarding to help students who want to better themselves.

    Cons

    Leaders have their favorites who can do no wrong, and everyone knows it. Mediocre results or even just "checking the box" will do for most. Too many people who are in leadership roles who aren't good leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and keep a Chief Human Resources Officer. Help that person to improve the culture so it isn't toxic anymore. Listen to employees when they tell you something is wrong. Then, do something about it. Pay people fairly. The good benefits don't make up for underpaying people. The giant wage differences between a department head and their staff are flat out wrong.

    Elgin Community College2019-05-19
  7. "A Caring Education Community"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elgin Community College part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Campus is clean and looks nice President sends out birthday cards to employees Good variety of professional development courses

    Cons

    Low resources and staff in some departments

    Elgin Community College2019-02-12
  8. "Had very bad experiences working b/c of poor management, frequent conflicts bwtn Administrators, and 3 unions."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Elgin Community College full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Time off, Fridays off in summer and healrh benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Managers do not know how to manage, no career path.

    Advice to Management

    Some board of trustees need to retire, need new blood in org. Trustees need to be involved, not just listen to what the President & Cabinet tell you, you are not getting all the information.

    Elgin Community College2019-01-19
  9. "Generally a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Elgin Community College full-time

    Pros

    Great people, excellent benefits, shared commitment to college mission.

    Cons

    Politics, politics and more politics. Comparatively low pay, unless you're in the top tier.

    Elgin Community College2018-12-04
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Weak leadership and unethical patterns"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elgin Community College full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, such as high quality health insurance, and time off for holidays, etc beyond just accrued time off

    Cons

    ECC leadership is rife with people who are equally unethical and incompetent. Many people exist in their positions of power without the proper background, temperament or ethical basis to truly do their job well. Ego driven managers often fail to adequately resolve issues rather they often approach problems in such a way that compounds them further. Morale has drastically fallen in recent years as a partial result of... bad policies, and mismanagement in regards to understaffed areas while other "higher ups" were given embarrassingly exorbitant promotions for mediocre contributions. Furthermore, the shared value of "accountability" is an absolute farce. Accountability is just another buzzword that is thrown around but never practiced. Communication is haphazard, as some individuals are allowed to ignore emails and requests.

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    Advice to Management

    Grow. Take a clear unbiased look at yourself and how you perform your duties. Check your motives and behaviors. Sometimes you are the problem. When issues arise, handle them promptly and appropriately so they do not snowball into larger problems. This is leadership 101, its not complicated.

    Elgin Community College2018-11-22
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