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Portland Community College Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Supportive colleagues and work environment (in 7 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Part-time faculty who are dedicated have office hours and spend as much (or more) time on campus than FT faculty (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. "Portland Community College is Great place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor, Computer Science in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Instructor, Computer Science in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are generous and patient.

    Cons

    I cant' think of any.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good job, Good pay, No movement"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, students are great. Job is challenging and interesting. If you have a FT benefited AP/Management/Classified position, the benefits are really nice. Free classes at PCC and tuition stipends at other schools!

    Cons

    Adjunct, casual, and part time employees are treated as disposable and replaceable. This is, of course, part of a larger problem with adjunct positions in the US. Another con is that being an adjunct instructor is kind of a dead end job here.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease PT adjunct & casual positions, increase FT positions.

  3. "Hard to get a full-time position"

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Faculty in Portland, OR
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Faculty in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland Community College as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The students are motivated and interested/interesting. My CTE department is fantastic. The pay schedule is good for part-time and there are health benefits if you teach at .50 FTE for 3 quarters/yr. There's paid time off, sick leave and paid holidays. You can get free tuition for 2 classes for yourself, your "spouse" and your children. There are programs to create community and support teachers.

    Cons

    A ceiling on compensation for PT that doesn't allow one to earn a decent salary. At .82 FTE and Step 9 (max allowable) at all lecture rate, the maximum a person can earn is $42,683 a year - working all 4 quarters or 44 weeks (without additional sub pay). A FT person working at .95 FTE makes between $51,130-$89,991/yr for 10 months of employment - also 44 weeks. Part-time faculty who are dedicated have office hours and spend as much (or more) time on campus than FT faculty.

    FT jobs are few and far between. There's no advantage given to someone who's been teaching here for years. Past experience at the institution and recommendations from peers, students and/or managers are not part of the hiring process. Also, the emphasis on diversity is denying dedicated PT instructors from becoming FT faculty. Those of us who love teaching are getting demoralized.

    Advice to Management

    There's a big disconnect between the people doing the day to day and upper level management. More FT positions, more pay for .82 FTE part-time faculty, more advancement possibilities. Too many people are denied the opportunity to really contribute meaningfully to the PCC community and culture (without doing it for free).


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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)


  7. "Great Institution with dedicated employees"

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    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.

  8. "Education moves slow"

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    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


  9. "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.


  10. "Committed to student success"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Portland Community College (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Faculty across all disciplines is committed to helping students succeed. Also, in my experience, PCC is a very friendly, collegial place to work.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, part-timers and adjunct faculty are often overworked and undervalued. Because hiring committees are not supposed to take prior work into consideration when selecting candidates for open positions, it's very difficult for part-timers to make the jump to full-time status.


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