Olympic College Reviews | Glassdoor

Olympic College Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
22 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.5
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Olympic College President David Mitchell
David Mitchell
0 Ratings

22 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Tutor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Olympic College part-time

    Pros

    Great staff with work schedule flexibility

    Cons

    Can be a bit decentralized


  2. "Student Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olympic College part-time

    Pros

    Good place to work as a part-time while you are taking classes at the college since they work with your schedule.

    Cons

    Not a high paying job and no benefits

  3. "Instructional Designer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olympic College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are good people there doing excellent work, and most people are helpful and friendly
    Many long time staff members with strong investment in institution
    Student population is non-traditional and offers interesting diversity of experiences, often due to the substantial local military population

    Cons

    Lacks meaningful support for new programs and initiatives like learning technology
    Many long time staff members with strong investment in institution
    Institutional culture difficult to adjust to for outsiders

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the needs of the students, as they change, so will the needs of the institution.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Full-time Faculty"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Olympic College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As the economy gets worse, enrollment goes up. As enrollment goes up, so does the availability of excess enrollment dollars. This results in quite a bit of prosperity at the college while the rest of the economy is suffering. This makes a career at Olympic College practically recession-proof.

    Cons

    Change happens very slowly at Olympic College, where the average employee has more than 15 years of service. This sometimes results in a sense of institutional ennui, which can be hard to overcome.

    Advice to Management

    A greater commitment to participatory management would improve things greatly.


  5. "Rewarding"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Educational Advisor in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Educational Advisor in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping students achieve their goals. Supporting international students as they study in a foreign country. Helping students with career goals.

    Cons

    Pay - part-time people never receive an increase in salary. Stressful - trying to do a full-time job in 18 hours/week.


  6. "ITV Technician"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poulsbo, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poulsbo, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Olympic College part-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for level of work, lot's of downtime to read, do homework, etc, fairly easy job, good management, flexible schedule, lots of autonomy.

    Cons

    Can get really monotonous, hours were kind of weird because they were based on class schedules, hours fluctuated a lot between quarters.

    Advice to Management

    Not much other than trying to find a good baseline for hours and schedules. Management and coworkers were great.


  7. "Media Tech"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Technician in Bremerton, WA
    Former Employee - Media Technician in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Olympic College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Willingness to work with class schedule as needed, plenty of new people to meet, and the tasks were never over demanding. The managing staff was some of the best I'd ever worked for.

    Cons

    Capped maximum hours per month, but that was a state level mandate and not their fault.

  8. "Great Jumping Point"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Technician in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Help Desk Technician in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Olympic College part-time

    Pros

    The managers and supervisors are all fantastic. They will work with your class schedule and genuinely want you to succeed.

    Cons

    State agency so lots of red tape.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "admin assistant for a department/dean"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bremerton, WA

    Pros

    State benefits are quite good. Limited tuition waivers for Olympic College classes, not necessarily job-related, are great if you can use them. Lots to choose from including evening art classes. Lots of quirky, hard-working co-workers. Interesting special events are fairly frequent.

    Cons

    State salaries are not very good except information technology or tenured faculty. Raises are small and infrequent. Workloads are unrealistic. Too many of the administrators are workaholics. The main problem with that is the more work they do, the more upper management piles on them. Never enough time to take advantage of the interesting special events.

    Advice to Management

    Stop exploiting so many poor part timers, and have pity on overworked full-time staff. Create a more realistic workload for everyone by making more part-time staff full-time. Program assistants are paid way less than they're worth considering the responsibility they shoulder.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bremerton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a state job...that's about the only pro. The grounds look well taken care of, have some nice people there

    Cons

    Unfair hiring practices, favoritism, and preference for retired people with no families. People in management positions yelling at people with disabilities. If you're not a multi cultural student then you're not considered a person. No sense of community

    Advice to Management

    Everyone in administration needs to resign from their positions in order to make room for those that care about people and have an active interest in their employees. Promote your part time people more, hire based off of personal merit rather than a mathematical formula. In other words get in touch with those you manage. Come down off the 5th floor and engage with the people who really run the place... The employees


Showing 22 of 26 reviews
Reset Filters