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Lake Washington Institute of Technology Reviews

Updated August 4, 2017
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  1. "Supportive of Educational Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lake Washington Institute of Technology full-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, free to enroll in classes on campus, great state benefits

    Cons

    Ruled by state funding and procedures, not able to pay as well as most other colleges

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more personal time without feeling guilty for taking it


  2. "Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lake Washington Institute of Technology part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good, amazing colleagues, and opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Not many full-time opportunities for part-time faculty.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to continue to grow and meet the demands of the employment market, provide your faculty with more opportunities to stay.

  3. "LWTech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the welcoming atmosphere.

    Cons

    As adjunct faculty, there is little opportunity to connect with others in my department (because I'm the only one IN said department).


  4. "Help desk at west building"

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    Former Employee - Helpdesk in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Helpdesk in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Lake Washington Institute of Technology part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned invaluable customer service experience while automating processes within the registration office

    Cons

    was good all around nothing worth mentioning

    Advice to Management

    Better organization of files would be a plus


  5. "Great faculty, lower pay than other Washington technical and community colleges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Lake Washington Institute of Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many top-drawer colleagues make the working environment friendly and supportive. Benefits for full-timers are good.

    Cons

    Faculty are underpaid; Kirkland and the surrounding area have a soaring cost of living. Salaries fall farther and farther behind, as they are static, while housing costs continue to rise. This leads to poor morale.

    Advice to Management

    pay your hard-working faculty and staff a living wage.


  6. "Student Employment"

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    Current Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Front Desk Assistant in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lake Washington Institute of Technology part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can work where you attend school
    Nice community of people
    Pays fairly well for an hourly job
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Limited number of hours
    You need to be a currently enrolled student for a certain number of credits.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback from student employees; they see things that the management sometimes do not see.


  7. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hard working people who were able to come together to look at a future vision for the college and were able to work and play together well.

    Cons

    Management has way to much to do to be able to lead in a positive insightful way. As people left or were fired their responsibilities were distributed among other staff. This happens in every company, but this has been happening for years. Poor morale.

    Advice to Management

    Meet with staff in all areas of the college to see what is needed to bring morale up and not have an overworked staff.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "No thanks."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get a paycheck.
    Beyond the politics of the college - you get to meet a lot of new people who are attending classes and see their dreams start to take off with the direction they are headed in. Admin Assistants are union.

    Cons

    There are a lot of miserable employees who hate their jobs, lousy pay, and the old hats need to be removed to let forward thinking people in who see the students as customers and stop trying to become the next president of the next college. Hiring friends who don't know how to do their jobs should be criminal. The stories I have heard from the past to now, insane.
    The very same union for admin assistants locks you as well. The war between union and non-union is stupid.

    Advice to Management

    You can't make a piece of trash classy.


  9. "Great work, meaninful, pay not the best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lake Washington Institute of Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    We work here because we love it here. Yes the pay is lower than most two year colleges, but the level of commitment to students and progress this campus is making in terms of diversity and equity are worth every minute. Leadership embraces change, and LWTech is transitioning into a four year college with BA degrees in Transportation, Public Health and Applied Design (Programming, nursing, dental and Social and Human Services are hopefully soon to follow).

    Cons

    Public transportation is lacking, pay is not the best, but that is guided through the legislature.

    Advice to Management

    Try hard to access local funding to bring up staff pay, remain focused on diversity and equity, and keep adding four year degrees.


  10. "Full-time Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Full Time Faculty in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Full Time Faculty in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lake Washington Institute of Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great community, encouraging and supportive leadership, great students!

    Cons

    Limited benefits, limited funding- not a lot of time available to develop of programs/courses


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