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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission and outcomes."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Community Colleges full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Student focused and proactive. Outstanding colleagues.

    Cons

    Salaries low for other than top executives.

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive of all employees, not just the top level.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Somewhat like the stereotype of a government employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Community Colleges part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some stability, though not as much as you'd think
    Good benefits, including unique ones (educational)
    Usually not under pressure

    Cons

    No staff development
    No future position
    Other staff aren't always the most cooperative or timely
    Initiative not expected, not a vibrant environment
    Low pay
    Inept are acceptable
    Unethical folks are assumed not to be

    Advice to Management

    Put into practice what is taught in management classes, hold managers accountable


  3. Helpful (2)

    "A stereotypical state job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Community Colleges part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, some unique (class discounts, academic software pricing, campus opportunities), even for half-time employees. Opportunities to work at less-than-half-time positions. Can easily advance through the entire salary range.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Generally lesser equipment and software. Bureaucratic. Poor performers, those offering poor customer service - particularly managers, and unethical practices are generally allowed to continue, which can be frustrating, but must be accepted in so far as possible. Difficult at best to advance. The big picture isn't shared.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Encourage promotions from within. Deal with poor performers, poor customer service, unethical practices, particularly those in positions of power. Believe what people tell you vs. always taking management's side. Question what they present, include those who prepared it.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "A little lame..."

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Not a very demanding place to work. Unfortunately, that is because there is a lot of incompetence.

    Cons

    - Very political.
    - 25 years behind in technology.
    - There is so much friction between departments and campuses it is almost impossible to accomplish anything that resembles innovation.
    - Many managers make less than the people they supervise because they are not represented by a union.
    - Promotions have nothing to do with job performance.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote based on performance, not who is either your best friend, possesses a doctorate, or is a relative of a major donor.


  6. "Program Specialist"

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

    I worked at Seattle Community Colleges part-time

    Pros

    Excellent support received from staff and coworkers, everyone worked to create a positive atmosphere. Good experience gained.

    Cons

    Lack of job advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that there is proper documentation for training since there will be turnover.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Seattle Community Colleges is flexible and community-oriented, but slow to change."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Community Colleges full-time

    Pros

    Community Environment
    Supportive Peers
    Impact on Students

    Cons

    Pay and Benefits
    Decision Making Process
    Lack of Advancement Opportunities