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Madison Area Technical College Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • They are very flexible and genuine when it comes to the work/life balance which, in my opinion, is huge (in 3 reviews)

  • Use to have great benefits and cost of living adjustment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • 2700/3-unit class/semester, limit for part-time instructors is 3 classes) (in 8 reviews)

  • WI state budget cuts reducing chances for full-time promotions (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Madison Area Technical College part-time

    Pros

    I love teaching here - a great mix of able students, good classrooms, and committed staff. The place works well for the most part.

    Cons

    Administration seems a bit apart from academics and operations. Lots of money spent on Big Initiatives - buildings, IT, publicity campaigns.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "You have to love teaching to stay motivated."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Truax, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Truax, WI

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

    Pros

    Love teaching. Some of the students are excellent to work with.

    Cons

    Administration does not appreciate part-time staff, including some of the full-time instructors I work with. Instead of a student-focus goal of providing quality instruction from a team-based perspective, there is a consistent reinforcement of part-timers are there to fill empty spaces and are easily replaceable.

  3. "College Advisors"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are very engaged and diverse group, very willing to assist students figure out their way through the maze of available courses and appropriate to take for their majors.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to share about our advisors.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on students


  4. "Associate Dean"

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    Former Employee - Dean in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Dean in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Madison Area Technical College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The college has a model of success in place so most employees can be successful.

    Cons

    Although the college administrators speak of diversity and equity for all employees the reality is that if you are a non-white employee with talent you wont be appreciated and your upward mobility will not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Hire employees from different backgrounds outside of Dane County.


  5. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Madison Area Technical College part-time

    Pros

    They are very flexible and genuine when it comes to the work/life balance which, in my opinion, is huge. I've been there for a couple months but it seems like people genuinely enjoy coming to work.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons at the moment.


  6. "Enjoyable Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Madison Area Technical College part-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Low pay rates and limited experience gained.


  7. "Great learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great focus on students and an excellent personal growth opportunity. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of future budgets, lack of discipline for some faculty that underperformed.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to Faculty and Staff more effectively, engage those that are problems rather than ignoring them.

  8. "A great place to work."

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

    I have been working at Madison Area Technical College full-time

    Pros

    Employees really care about the students and their future success.

    Cons

    A vocal minority can be negative, causing others to be dissatisfied.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the positive messaging.


  9. "Adult Continuing Education Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Adult Education Teacher in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Adult Education Teacher in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Madison Area Technical College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Teaching to all ages of students. Nice newer facilities. Able to design classes, flexibility.

    Cons

    Difficult & cumbersome application process for positions. Lack of continuity for teaching opportunities from semester to semester.

    Advice to Management

    If you want teaches to stay, show a bit of loyalty. Communicate so everyone is on the same page. Pay for time to design classes.


  10. "Good as Temporary Position; No Possibility for Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct English Instructor in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Adjunct English Instructor in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Madison Area Technical College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Professional and respectful colleagues and work atmosphere
    -Autonomy in teaching
    -Students are a mixed bag but overall are interested in coursework and a pleasure to teach
    -Professional development opportunities including paid department meetings (about $30/hr)

    Cons

    -The pay is a little above national standard for adjunct salaries but is not a living wage (about $2700/3-unit class/semester, limit for part-time instructors is 3 classes).
    -Enormous workload.
    -Large class sizes. Very little choice or knowledge over which classes you will teach next semester and what schedule you will have
    -Little to no possibilities for upward mobility, to advance as full-time position with benefits. Little possibility for summer employment. Colleagues are hardworking but there is a lot of resentment regarding unfairness of part/full-time faculty. (Full-time faculty pay is 3x part-time for same work).

    Advice to Management

    Deans, management, and instructors (both full and part time) are already aware of inequalities in pay and exploitative nature of higher ed employing adjunct faculty. Note to adjunct faculty: Try not to get trapped into this system if you can, because a few years of adjuncting in higher ed (and working for far below what you're valued) will work detrimentally for your resume. It's a good gig if you're looking for something temporary to build professionalism. If you are a devoted teacher (as many of my colleagues were) and stay for the long term, do get active in professional development for part-time faculty and the union.


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