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Iowa Western Community College Reviews

Updated March 14, 2017
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  1. "Loved working here"

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    Former Employee - Secretary in Council Bluffs, IA
    Former Employee - Secretary in Council Bluffs, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Iowa Western Community College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are so many good things about working at IWCC. The people, the atmosphere, all the little parties and perks. It's a lot of fun.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. "Poor Culture and Employee Morale"

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    Former Employee - Student Services Employee in Council Bluffs, IA
    Former Employee - Student Services Employee in Council Bluffs, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Iowa Western Community College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Health and Retirement Benefits.

    Cons

    IWCC gave me a lot of opportunity for learning and growth, however, that learning and growth was at the cost of a highly stressful environment. The upper administration (VPs and President) are not concerned with employee morale. They are concerned with their bottom line and sacrifice services and education as a result. The administration is so concentrated on their own agenda that they often overlook the happiness, success, and safety of the student body.

    The culture at IWCC is very political. It is clear who is calling the shots and whose "good side" you need to be on in order to be successful. Get on the "bad side" and you can consider your advancement at IWCC to be done.

    This is mentioned in other reviews, but is worth noting again. Pay is low compared to industry standards. Some of this is made up with excellent benefits, but the low pay is worth noting.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good, difficult adminstration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Iowa Western Community College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for the students and the community. Graduation was my favorite time. Benefit structure was okay. Vacation policy recently changed. It benefits new employees yet, older ones it confusing.

    Cons

    Lack of team work among the Student Services division. It was difficult to make decisions with the leadership now trusting the indivduals to do the job. There were many organizations changes during my time that makes the department uneasy. Pay is low for the metro area.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and trust them. It seems like everyone was out to get everyone else. This does not make for a good team environment.


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Construction Tech Lab Assistant in Council Bluffs, IA
    Current Employee - Construction Tech Lab Assistant in Council Bluffs, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Iowa Western Community College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, Friendly atmosphere, flexible hours

    Cons

    Part time is limited on hours


  6. "Student Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Council Bluffs, IA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Council Bluffs, IA

    I worked at Iowa Western Community College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good employer
    perfect supervisore to work for

    Cons

    was only working for my finacial aid and was not hired, no position was available


  7. "Great people!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Council Bluffs, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Council Bluffs, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Iowa Western Community College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Caring colleagues who enjoy collaborating
    innovative programs introduced and invited often
    modern work environment
    casual dress code
    reasonable work hours/schedule

    Cons

    parking can be very frustrating with too few spots and students allowed to park where you would expect employee parking to be reserved
    fines are collected for parking infractions

    Advice to Management

    Love the work environment except for the parking.


  8. "Excellent Workplace Environment"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Clarinda, IA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Clarinda, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Iowa Western Community College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, caring staff, academic freedom

    Cons

    Diverse student age groups, technology alters teaching approach


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It Could Be Better"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Council Bluffs, IA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Council Bluffs, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Iowa Western Community College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Faculty have quite a bit of freedom in what they teach, so long they follow the program goals and objectives, and the course objectives matching. Ample opportunities for promotion, though it does get tougher and more competitive at the higher ranks.

    Cons

    The college has an appearance that Student Services "runs" the college, the faculty have very little voice in how the college is run. An example is that the Student Services preferred choice for the Learning Management System was chosen over the Faculty's preferred choice, the Administration heard "ease of use" and went with it. The Administration tends to deride the entire faculty because of the faculty union.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to allow Faculty more voice in the operations of the college, especially the academic side. Bring back the Senate, because our voice has strongly diminished since the abolition of the previous Senate.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Council Bluffs, IA
    Current Employee - Director in Council Bluffs, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Iowa Western Community College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I'm able to manage my dept. as I see fit (for the most part).

    Cons

    Staff aren't seen by upper management as valuable as faculty.

    Advice to Management

    It takes more than faculty to run a higher ed institution and treating both groups equally would go a long way. If this group gets a certain perk or raise then that should be the standard for staff as well.


  11. "Stay away from the student services team!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisor in Council Bluffs, IA
    Former Employee - Advisor in Council Bluffs, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Iowa Western Community College full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits!
    Good campus, lots of growth

    Cons

    Don't appear to care about their employees, especially not work/life balance. Will work you to death and pretend like they will listen to your complaints, but then do nothing about them. Bad experience for me.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees if you want to have less turnover



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