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  1. "Nice school"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It was cheap and credits transfer

    Cons

    not a university, but understandable


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, solid leadership, good planning for the future.

    Cons

    Some financial conditions have prompted them to outsource some administrative functions like IT to outside vendors.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about your people at all levels, especially sub-60K, they are the ones who got you here, not just the high rollers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Application Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Cafeteria price are really high.


  4. "Encourages innovation, doesn't promote well."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Organization promotes innovation, and isn't afraid to try something that no-one else has done before. Flat administrative structure makes for better communication. Decent benefits. School has good resources for someone new to education.

    Cons

    Starting pay is low, making it tough to attract top notch talent. Faculty union tends to protect underperforming employees instead of working with the organization to motivate them. A great school that refuses to recruit students or advertise much.

    Advice to Management

    Set some sort of expectations for underperforming employees and work on motivating them to be a part of the team or set up a method with the union of replacing them with folks who want students to succeed. It's tough to want to be innovative if it means carrying someone else's weight duty wise at work.


  5. "The work environment is fun and relaxed, however not a whole lot of room for growth."

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    Current Employee - Customer Support Technician in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Customer Support Technician in Cedar Rapids, IA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy going and great coworkers, decent pay, and working at a college is great. Very good learning work environment too

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Cedar Rapids in general is growing more and more dangerous. Seems the shootings occur closer to kirkwood every year

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within for higher up jobs to open up more entry level positions


  6. "Part Time worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Always a very supportive environment, coworkers are all nice and a nice atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    Sometimes it felt like budgets got put before workers, but that's typical


  7. "The Hotel/Banquet Server"

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    Former Employee - Banquet Server in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Banquet Server in Cedar Rapids, IA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed my co-workers. Enjoyed the job. Enjoyed serving the quest because I enjoy customer service face to face or in a call center environment.

    Cons

    Washing dishes. Breaking down rooms after events ended. With that being said, we always made the most of it. The cons were never that bad. I prefer a call center environment. There was not an option for medical insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Work on getting medical insurance for employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Faculty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Family culture, strong emphasis on student success, and overall many great people to work with. A lot of opportunity for innovation. If you have an idea you can run with it!

    Cons

    Because they are a community college, one of their roles is to satisfy community needs. Sometimes this can get overwhelming as so many opportunities present themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to say "no" sometimes to potentially good and exciting ideas that do not advance the overall mission of the college.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Friendly management and easy to get hired.

    Cons

    Terrible pay and few hours.


  10. "Not hard, good pace."

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    Current Employee - Computer Lab Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Computer Lab Assistant in Iowa City, IA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job was a little monotonous, but the work was nice. We got to work with students and help them figure out any computer issues. Since most of the workers were students, scheduling and such was easy.

    Cons

    Boss was hard to reach since she was stretched between multiple campuses. I wanted to do more than just sit at the Lab Desk, but nobody would train me in more advanced IT Methods. Coworkers were pretty catty.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a little more. Update hardware. Expect more from employees and train to do more than just sit and monitor a Computer Lab.


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