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  1. "Perfect for college"

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    Current Employee - Certified Writing and Business Tutor & Testing Center Desk Clerk in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Certified Writing and Business Tutor & Testing Center Desk Clerk in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, including during exam week
    caring bosses in the Learning Center

    Cons

    stagnant pay, even though there are cost of living increases
    Some shifts may be short


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not bad but not good either"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have good health benefits and an overall optimistic atmosphere.

    Cons

    There is virtually no communication between departments. Managers do not support employees and do not give them the ability to make their own decisions. All decisions come from the top down. There is not accountability and most are give responsibility but no authority.

    Advice to Management

    Top management/administration needs to allow employees freedom to make some decisions on their own. Cultivate a culture of communication and transparency.

  3. "RN BSN Clinical Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse Instructor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse Instructor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I enjoy teaching students in the lab and in the clinical setting. Great people to work with, and great lead instructors.

    Cons

    Part time instructors have limited contact with students in their lab time since instruction in the lab can only be done by MSN prepared nurses.

    Advice to Management

    Value your part time instructors as the hours are not very good and there is less and less contact with students in the lab course.


  4. "Adjunct Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Physics Instructor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Physics Instructor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends

    I have been working at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am working at KVCC for 2 monts only. I love the college and the physics depatment is great, excellent place to build experience

    Cons

    Job is a temporary hard to find a full time position


  5. "Great place to start"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Community is great, the school is great, excellent place to build experience

    Cons

    pay is horrible, very little chance to get full time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good people and fun environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great to work around students that want to be there. Lots of good employees. Good benefits with time off and medical.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to colleges around Michigan, you have to be willing to dicker with them when you start or you will never catch up because they will not give you a raise later to catch up. Top heavy, too many chiefs and not enough indians I've heard others say that also.

    Advice to Management

    Most management are friendly to employees but don't seem to listen to the worker bees. Management seems to hold grudges if they don't like what you have to say but they will still smile when they look you in the face.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
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    I worked at Kalamazoo Valley Community College part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Spent ten years here as a part time math tutor and got a 5% raise every single year.

    Cons

    There were not really many opportunities for advancement, at least not in the area in which I worked.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Money Hungry - Anti Employee"

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    Current Employee - Part Time Instructor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Part Time Instructor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kalamazoo Valley Community College part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best things to work at this company were that there was a great deal of autonomy available for experience employees. You do not have much oversight or interaction with administrative staff unless you need to.

    Cons

    The administrative staff sees you as a line item at best. Moves you around at will. You are always third or fourth fiddle to full time instructors. Cancel classes based on enrollment easily and do not encourage unionized labour. The administrative staff is very inflexible and does not like to partner with instructors to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

    They basically want you to come in, teach, and leave. Don't ask questions, don't try to change anything, don't have life issues or anything. Quality of the instructor is negligible. They care more about numbers rather than instructor quality.

    Also, don't cancel a day for class. They will cut your pay if you miss a day.

    Advice to Management

    If you actually care about improving staff, meet with staff and discuss their issues instead of cutting people loose and then reprimanding them.


  9. "KVCC is a good school with intelligent people working there"

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    Former Employee - Athletic Coach in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Athletic Coach in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kalamazoo Valley Community College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The athletic department has good communication, and works together well.

    Cons

    Some of the facilities are not as good as other colleges.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. "Great experience - KVM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Got to interact with a diverse group of people, both co-workers and patrons. Flexible schedule, fun on a daily basis

    Cons

    not much room for growth within the company


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