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Montgomery College Reviews

Updated Aug 26, 2019

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3.5
63%
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64%
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Montgomery College CEO DeRionne P. Pollard
DeRionne P. Pollard
26 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great place to get an education, lots of wonderful programs(in 8 reviews)

  • "Great professional development, high teaching standards, lovely population of students(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Benefits are not existent for adjuncts(in 8 reviews)

  • "Part-time pay per class is on the lower end of adjunct pay for the metro DC area(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Montgomery College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dedicated Faculty, Diverse, Committed to student success

    Cons

    Hard to obtain regular work as an adjunct, but that applies to most schools

    Montgomery College2019-08-26
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here"

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    Current Employee - Staff 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Montgomery College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is good and hours are flexible.

    Cons

    No support from administration or HR. You are left to deal with increasingly complex problems on your own and have no guidance or assistance. Staff morale is at an all time low with no faith in any unit or in leadership.

    Montgomery College2019-08-05
  3. "Higher Education"

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    Current Employee - Professor 

    I have been working at Montgomery College full-time

    Pros

    Encourages professional development for all.

    Cons

    Shifting culture due to administration turnover.

    Montgomery College2019-05-24
  4. "I loved the job!"

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    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Montgomery College part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed casual environment. It was fun and fulfilling to help students.

    Cons

    Part-time job with no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    None. Great college!

    Montgomery College2019-05-20
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away!"

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Montgomery College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Abundant professional development opportunities; wonderful benefits; great organizational mission; diverse workplace and rewarding to work with students

    Cons

    The off-campus unit that I worked for was very toxic. A lot of ongoing time-abuse by some employees and management has turned a blind eye to it. People are not held accountable for their actions (or lack thereof) and are not treated equally. Low morale among employees. Landed with a bully manager who micromanaged on things that should be done autonomously but provided no support on major things that needed support. ... A total nightmare!

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    Montgomery College2019-05-14
  6. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Lab Coordinator 

    I have been working at Montgomery College full-time

    Pros

    Everything is great here! Love MC!

    Cons

    I don't see them everything is great

    Montgomery College2019-04-18
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Former Adjunct Prof. in the Humanities"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor In the Humanities 

    I have been working at Montgomery College part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues and supervisors and wonderful students to work with representing very diverse and international backgrounds. Intellectually stimulating discussions and work.

    Cons

    As with a majority of adjunct positions in the area, the school's administration severely caps hours available (basically to just short of full-time status) and requires/expects equally high standards and performance to full-time professors while awarding pitifully low, and very slow to (marginally) increase, salaries with no standard benefits. This is true for all of its campuses. The included salary represents... approximately what one might earn teaching the maximum-available 4 classes during a nine-month teaching schedule, though this maximum is not always available and classes may be canceled due to low enrollment at the last minute (teaching in the summer might take this up to 38K, except it is difficult for adjuncts to get summer assignments). Single/self-supporting colleagues have reported living in subsidized housing, being on Medicaid, being terrified about paying rent and bills in general, and working other jobs nights and weekends despite extensive grading and class preparation due to this situation. They also report staying due to strong commitment to their students and to college teaching, but that it is a severe strain. Again – not uncommon in the area, but this means the school has done little to distinguish itself in this regard over many years. That stands out for an institution that prides itself on its educational mission and progressivism in terms of providing excellent educational service to often non-traditional, underrepresented students, but looks the other way when it comes to its more than 50% (out of the total faculty body) adjunct-designated instructors who they largely depend on to carry out that mission. Note that adjuncts generally must have Masters degrees and the school prefers they arrive with some experience. Applicants must decide if perpetual second-class-instructor treatment (with next to no opportunity to shift to a different status, something the school knows very well because it would prefer to hire another low-salary instructor in your place rather than advance you/actually pay a real salary), while performing consistently high-quality work, is worth the significant rewards of working with amazing students and colleagues. A fair number of adjuncts arrive shortly after grad school with the hope and expectation that this gig might lead to full-time work in reasonably short order; that is rarely the case because there is simply no meaningful pathway to that at the school, and any (rare in humanities) full-time position is also advertised nationally on major educational websites, often with "PhD/extensive experience preferred." Instead, the low salary only compounds existing student loan issues.

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    Advice to Management

    Recognize that respectful and equal compensation leads to greater retention and less stressed-out instructors, which ultimately helps students. Prioritize well-being of instructors serving your students and stop designating what would be the salary of one full-time professor to cover 2-3 part-time, overworked and under-compensated adjunct instructors. A select few other schools in the area, both community colleges... and universities, have found their way to providing greater stability to the adjunct experience – still not ideal, but providing stable course assignments as well as basic health benefits. There is no excuse for not pursuing even these minimal improvements more substantially. Also, be honest and open with students, who often exclaim in their first semester about what a great deal it is to have excellent professors and small classes at a reasonable price, about how their instructors are compensated, if it is not meant to be a secret, so that they will understand better why their instructors may be teaching in two other places and are less available. Above all, show that you really are a unique institution by confronting this travesty head-on, taking responsibility for it as administrators in charge of disseminating salaries. Try to be humane at this basic level, and head out of your offices from time to time to ask adjuncts (particularly those who are single/self-supporting), what their financial experience and/or stress level has been lately. Ask if that is ideal for professors and students alike. Take any meaningful step, and build from there. An occasional award ceremony or spiffing up an adjunct office does not = recognition of the absurd sacrifices you are asking of this class of your employees.

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    Montgomery College2019-03-11
  8. "Great part-time Job"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Montgomery College part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary with opportunities to earn more.

    Cons

    Not paid for time spent on planning

    Advice to Management

    give teachers longer contracts

    Montgomery College2019-02-24
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Job/Difficult Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Professor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Montgomery College full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working with students and staff

    Cons

    Managements outward hostility towards faculty, refusal to raise salaries to match rise in inflation

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to prove that you are the boss and work together with faculty and staff

    Montgomery College2019-03-06
  10. Helpful (1)

    "I worked at the testing center."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Montgomery College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy work with reasonable breaks.

    Cons

    Toxic work culture where a lot of people play politics, badly.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus your vision. More stuff should be digitized and less staff should be there.

    Montgomery College2019-02-06
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