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Pierce College Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. "Great community very dedicated"

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    Current Employee - International Housing Manager in Lakewood, WA
    Current Employee - International Housing Manager in Lakewood, WA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pierce College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    very supportive work environment for staff

    Cons

    hard to know all the college offers


  2. "Not recommended unless you can hire on as a full time employee"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Lakewood, WA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Lakewood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pierce College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience and opportunity to teach all ages of adult learners.

    Cons

    No one can receive a full-time teaching position. People are instructed during their orientation that a full-time position is less to not likely.

    Advice to Management

    Show the part-time faculty around. They assume you know everything and make a little time for part-time employees. Full-time employees are guided and supported.


  3. "The wages aren't competitive compared to TCC."

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    Current Employee - Supplemental Instruction Tutor in Lakewood, WA
    Current Employee - Supplemental Instruction Tutor in Lakewood, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pierce College part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, on campus work, working with interesting people, paid training.

    Cons

    Office politics, typical stuff like gossip, and high full time staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    New administration who are representative of the area population - not white and not old. We need fresh ideas with leaders who understand the modern world.


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  5. "Growth is needed."

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Staff is friendly on a personal level.

    Cons

    Diversity, Diversity, Diversity is needed. The administration / leadership team does not value creativity. They want you to do the job hired exactly how they have always done it. They are so against change that if you share you are interested in making change you are no longer welcomed. Just do ONLY what is told when told.

    Advice to Management

    Please , give people a chance to learn and get comfortable with your environment when hired. Your environment is very hard to penetrate and gain buy in from others if you are an outgoing and friendly person. Recognize that and allow people to be different and work to fit in. Accept people that are different than the cookie cutter style of leadership you have. Especially in HR. Just because someone has been doing this job for a long time does mean they are the best person to lead others in this role


  6. "Great start"

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician in Puyallup, WA
    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician in Puyallup, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pierce College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with co-workers and interacting with different people.

    Cons

    They don't offer many opportunities.


  7. "Program Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Lakewood, WA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Lakewood, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pierce College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job itself was fairly easy administrative work. The people in my department were amazing. They were friendly, caring, and compassionate. I loved working there for the most part.

    Cons

    Some of the managers for the departments are morons and do not treat their employees with respect. There is a huge lack of communication with supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    You need better people skills.


  8. "great and awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people. The staff is there to help and work with you when you need help and go above and beyond.

    Cons

    Stressful but nothing out of the normal.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Lakewood, WA
    Former Employee - Faculty in Lakewood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are some great colleagues that work there that really care about students and are passionate about their work. The students are treated very well here. Compensation and benefits for faculty are good.

    Cons

    The culture of this institution is horrible and even the faculty members are treated poorly. The politics are horrendous even in comparison to the normal politics of higher education. Departments providing services and teaching to students are very understaffed, yet the administration has the budget to keep expanding their positions.

    The administration acts like they are very interested in employee input and opinion, but they are not. If you express your opinion and if it differs from management, you will be told to shut up or else you will be blacklisted and potentially fired, especially if you are not tenured yet. People have been pulled aside in meetings and chastised for expressing their opinions, when supposedly they were wanting their opinions.

    They always talk about wanting more diversity in their workforce, yet there is still very limited diversity in faculty and administration positions, especially considering the high diversity of the population demographics in the area. The lower paying jobs and student services have a lot of diversity.

    They work people so hard that people are burnt out and turnover is high, even in the "good" positions. Administration keeps a tight watch and control over their employees. There is no such thing as work-life balance if you want to make a career here. Administration will expect you to be available on email on evenings, breaks, and weekends, and will abuse the use of your personal cell phone number to contact you outside of work.

    The union is incredibly weak and their advice is often to do what the administration wants. I have worked at other higher education institutions and found them to be much better than here.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to your staff without punishing them for their opinions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Adjunct Professor"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Puyallup, WA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Puyallup, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pierce College (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of time off. Schedule is flexible. Students are mostly great. Lots of autonomy. Great benefits. Part time hours.

    Cons

    Adjuncts rarely hired on tenure track. Classes can be cancelled last minute. Too much administration. Snobby tenured faculty and admin.

    Advice to Management

    Put more money into instruction, less into admin. Making it easier to graduate makes Pierce less prestigious, not more.


  11. "Company should be more open to Diversity in employees"

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Consultant in Puyallup, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resource Consultant in Puyallup, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work life balance seems to be pleasant. The company cares that the CBA is followed. Upper Leadership appears to be nice.

    Cons

    Stuck in old times with processes and procedures. The company loves longevity and makes it difficult for new people to blend.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and embrace diversity. When I speak of diversity I mean welcoming differences in skills. Just because a person has not worked for a state agency before does not mean they cannot be successful in this organization.


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