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Madison Area Technical College Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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  1. "Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Architect in Madison, WI
    Recommends

    I have been working at Madison Area Technical College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Nice knowledge exposure

    Cons

    Salary
    work from home option is not available

    Advice to Management

    Performance based salary raise should be implemented


  2. "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.


  3. "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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  5. "Beware of management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Madison, WI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Madison Area Technical College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes you can have a great boss but most of the time not especially in IT. Use to have great benefits and cost of living adjustment.

    Cons

    Total disregard to your contributions. You are discounted and left feeling like a worker and not a contributing assets. Low paying with expensive benefits cost.

    Advice to Management

    Work beyond ACT 10. Work with the union and not as the enemy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Administration in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Administration in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Madison Area Technical College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some upper management really cares about students and employees.
    Great network of people to find correct answer if questions arise.
    Networking is great if you are interested in getting into different departments.
    Pay is fair.
    Cafeteria, clinic, bank all in one place.

    Cons

    Unfortunately many in management only care about adding to their resume and not if the policies they are implementing are a benefit to students.
    Watch your back because ladder climbers will stab in the back in a second.
    Parking is a 6th circle of hell.

    Advice to Management

    Review why you're honestly working for a community college, and if you're not there to benefit the students and community maybe you should find a different line of work. Comments like "Its college, they're suppose to starve right now" is classist,


  7. "It is a respectful school"

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    Former Employee - Orientation Coordinator in Beaver Dam, WI
    Former Employee - Orientation Coordinator in Beaver Dam, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Regardless of the campus you are working at, it is a safe and comfortable school to work at. The payment was fair as well, and sometimes exceed research assistant's income at the University in Madison.

    Cons

    Can be a bit boring because it is a school, not a business.


  8. "A Terrific Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Part-time Instructor Information Technology in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Part-time Instructor Information Technology in Madison, WI
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Relaxed environment which promotes student learning.
    - Instructors are well compensated
    - There is curriculum available to use for courses, and the instructor has the freedom to make necessary modifications for his/her particular course.
    - Instructors attend courses which improve their teaching skills.

    Cons

    - For part time instructors who work in other full time jobs, it can be challenging to keep up with changes, both technological and logistical, happening at the college.

    Advice to Management

    - Provide more "after hours" orientation sessions for part time instructors who work other full time jobs. Many sessions are only held during daytime business hours.


  9. "Madison College Writing Center"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writing Tutor in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Writing Tutor in Madison, WI
    Recommends

    I have been working at Madison Area Technical College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent, interesting co-workers and supervisors
    Continuing Education/training
    Encourages creative and independent thinking

    Cons

    Parking can be a hassle


  10. Helpful (1)

    "MATC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Madison Area Technical College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are overall hard working and incredibly dedicated to student success. There is no shortage of challenging work, and the work environment is friendly and easy going.

    Cons

    Back stabbing or squeaky wheels make work life difficult. Salary doesn't keep up with private sector, and there are no incentives either financially or personally.

    Advice to Management

    Expand career opportunities. Make sure the mission, values and tactical and strategic drivers are pushed down to the lowest levels of management AND they tie their goals into it. Many of us feel a lack of direction.


  11. "over-reliance on part-time labor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The overall mission to provide workplace-oriented training to students from all backgrounds and incomes is good. The individual employees are hard-working and qualified.

    Cons

    There is a huge discrepancy between the salaries of full-time employees and the pay for part-time employees, and the college depends too much on part-time employees. There is a culture of isolation.

    Advice to Management

    Create ways for teaching faculty to communicate outside of formal meetings and outside of virtual environments. Work toward pay equity.


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