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Portland Community College Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Supportive colleagues and work environment (in 7 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and opportunity for growth (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Little oversight, little opportunity go gain full-time employment (and, thus, benefits) (in 11 reviews)

  • Part-time faculty who are dedicated have office hours and spend as much (or more) time on campus than FT faculty (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent organization to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland Community College (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Local organization dedicated to the betterment of the community via education.

    Cons

    Not many 10 year contracts offered


  2. "PCC is an amazing employer in terms of Professional Dev."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Career Coach in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Career Coach in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland Community College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love the work we do to support the educational and professional needs of the community through innovative programs to support high quality academics while holding in mind our mission to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do from academic coursework to enrollment processes to our faculty/ staff, and our increased student access to college credentials.

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough $$ to go around. Many positions are limited duration depending upon funding.


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    "Flexible, but dead-end."

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    Current Employee - Math Instructor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Math Instructor in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, little oversight, ability to work mostly independently.

    Cons

    Little oversight, little opportunity go gain full-time employment (and, thus, benefits)


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  5. "Great Institution with dedicated employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Print Center Operations Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Print Center Operations Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland Community College full-time

    Pros

    The faculty and staff are very dedicated to student success. It's a stimulating and diverse work environment.

    Cons

    There are so many campuses and divisions that each tends to create it's own culture, environment, and bureaucracy that can sometimes be inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to try to build cohesion. Use more cross functional teams between management, faculty, administrators and classified staff to improve processes, avoid duplication of efforts, save money, and build comradery.


  6. "all around great place"

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    Former Employee - Student in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Student in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Community College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of one on one with professors

    Cons

    limited choices for scheduling, makes it difficult to find classes when convienient.

    Advice to Management

    they know what is working for them.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR

    I worked at Portland Community College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive colleagues and work environment.

    Cons

    Parking is limited and so are food options on campus.


  8. "Bookstore Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Awesome Work Environment. Everyone i worked with was friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Does not offer the best pay


  9. "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Math Instructor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Math Instructor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Portland Community College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The student diversity is wonderful. I've met staff at several different campuses and they seem to be as friendly as the staff at Rock Creek, where I worked for six months. The math department is very organized and consistent with their expectations.

    Cons

    The college is similar to other community colleges in that most of their instructors are only hired as part-time, so I had to work at 2 to 3 different colleges to make a living. Also, PCC only sets up their schedules one term at a time, so each term you have to wait to know your schedule, and you don't know if you'll have 1, 2 or 3 classes or none. Working at different colleges means you don't know from term to term what your income will be.


  10. "Education moves slow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Job security, helping others, decent salary

    Cons

    Slow progress, little incentive for innovation


  11. "Huge system with Decent opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Portland Community College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a big university system with 100,000ish students, so there are a lot of opportunities to take advantage of.

    The previous president (Dr. Jeremy Brown) was pretty bad. The interim president (Dr. Sylvia Kelley) seems like a good leader.

    Cons

    Not a lot of accountability for employees - in particular, part-time, casual, adjunct, and temporary employees have poor conditions. Once you get benefits, they are good, but a lot of people don't have them and they also don't have job security.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving conditions for part-time, casual, adjunct, and temporary employees.


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