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Harrisburg Area Community College Reviews

Updated June 30, 2017
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  1. "Admissions Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harrisburg Area Community College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful staff that really care about the students. Great benefits, open and honest communication with supervisor.

    Cons

    Constant change in leadership, diminishing staff adding to less quality of customer service to students.

    Advice to Management

    Consistent leadership and hire adequate amount of staff to provide quality service to students.


  2. "Student Services"

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    Current Employee - Admissions in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Admissions in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harrisburg Area Community College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    excellent benefits, vacation days, sick days and retirement contribution

    Cons

    constant change in management

    Advice to Management

    maintain and support current management and listen to employees before making changes that affect students

  3. "Biology Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Clearwater, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Harrisburg Area Community College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great, friendly people, always willing to help and you feel part of a team here.

    Cons

    long days on campus can be tough.


  4. "Students are important but remember so too is the staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrisburg Area Community College (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some great people at HACC who really care about the students and that is as it should be. There are a great variety of programs and HACC gives opportunities to people from all different opportunity levels and that is a significant part of its heart.

    Cons

    HACC use to be a great place to work. The culture changed to one of fear and distrust when the current leadership came in. Once trust was lost, there did not seem to be any real attempt to regain and rebuild it. Probably impossible at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Under the current leadership while I was there and from what I have continued to hear since leaving, there is a tremendous focus on the students but the faculty and staff continue to be treated almost as afterthoughts. They make the place run and should be respected and appreciated. Continue to disrespect them and you will continue to hemorrhage staff.


  5. "Newspaper Business Manager"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Lancaster, PA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Harrisburg Area Community College part-time

    Pros

    Working for the paper and selling advertising was fun. I got to meet a lot of interesting people with eclectic personalities.

    Cons

    The student advisor was not very business minded and it was difficult to get her to understand that business deals can take some time to work out.


  6. "Wonderful job!"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with people that have passion for education.
    Good hourly wage for adjunct faculty.
    Minimal stress job.

    Cons

    No advancement without a college degree. Makes sense being a college, but within the work force, shouldn't be mandatory.
    Not many raises to salary.

    Advice to Management

    Think about a yearly raise.


  7. "I had over 18 years of good employment at HACC."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at Harrisburg Area Community College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some sites are like family. Benefits are generally good.

    Cons

    The current atmosphere is not as good as it used to be.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, excellent instructor support, some recent changes"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harrisburg Area Community College part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoy the mission of HACC. I think we offer excellent affordable educational opportunities for a wide variety of people to meet their educational goals.

    Cons

    It has always been a place where there was great support for instructors and students. I could always find help when I needed it. Lately there have been a lot of changes. This makes it a little confusing, but there has been a significant effort given to communicating the changes, polling faculty, staff and students about their views, and the high quality of instruction and support is still evident. They have had some new practices and new requirements that were never communicated with faculty until discussed in individual reviews. Very poor form, but I think not typical and I am hopeful that this important communication gap will be addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate all process changes, but especially review processes and new instructional requirements to faculty and staff.


  9. "A amazing college with a rich history and traditionally excellent programs, currently facing an uncertain future."

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Harrisburg Area Community College part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The colleagues and friendships I have developed over the years have been invaluable. The experience I have gained has enriched my life. Also, its a beautiful campus!

    Cons

    Teaching schedule varies GREATLY each semester. Often not given enough notice to prepare a course before a semester starts.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key. Consult the faculty and staff rather than outside contractors for important projects.


  10. "Very disorganized (HACC Lebanon)"

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    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Lebanon, PA
    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Lebanon, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Harrisburg Area Community College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Learning Center staff and fellow student tutors were friendly, and the overall environment in the Learning Center is friendly. The pay is decent considering I've had much worse and more demanding jobs that paid less. Schedules are flexible and are set when you say are available (though if you're schedule is very limited, be prepared to be asked multiple times if you can work on additional days).

    Cons

    No one seems to know any real information. My first paycheck was late because I was not given a form that had to be filled out. It was not my mistake, but I had to wait another two weeks for a paycheck (which I really needed for groceries). The form was submitted about two weeks before payday, yet they couldn't get that first paycheck to me in time. (Payday is 14 days after the pay period ends, falling just under the legal limit of 15 days.) The ending date for student tutors for the semester was also very vague because of additional snow make-up days.

    At times, the work itself was very headache-inducing. As a HACC student, I know that some instructors require students to go to the Learning Center and get a signature for an assignment. It seemed to me that some instructors also sent students to the Learning Center rather than teaching them properly. Student tutors are not instructors, neither in education levels nor in pay. It actually seemed as if these instructors were trying to prove that the Learning Center (and the library) is worth funding, and so they forced students to go there.

    There were a lot of tech problems -- IT was in the Learning Center fixing problems more often than should be required. The computers and the printer would randomly have issues. I know that one day during finals the printers in both the Learning Center and the library were down. Two of us wanted to print additional notes for an open-book test and could not because of the tech problems.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication is needed between all employees, especially when concerning payroll. Invest in better technology, such as better computers. Also, students should not be "forced" to use the Learning Center or library -- the students are adults and can make their own decisions whether to use the resources available or not.


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