Kirkwood Community College

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Updated 12 March, 2015
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  1. Excellent company to work for. Fast advancement. Very friendly co-workers and understanding supervisors.

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    Former Employee - Banquet Server in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Banquet Server in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    I worked at Kirkwood Community College full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Outstanding company to work for all the way around.

    Cons

    Double shifts because of call ins.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let so many employees get away with being late, standing around, bickering back and forth.

  2. Not hard, good pace.

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    Current Employee - Computer Lab Assistant in Iowa City, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Computer Lab Assistant in Iowa City, IA (US)

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The job was a little monotonous, but the work was nice. We got to work with students and help them figure out any computer issues. Since most of the workers were students, scheduling and such was easy.

    Cons

    Boss was hard to reach since she was stretched between multiple campuses. I wanted to do more than just sit at the Lab Desk, but nobody would train me in more advanced IT Methods. Coworkers were pretty catty.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a little more. Update hardware. Expect more from employees and train to do more than just sit and monitor a Computer Lab.

  3. Facilities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkwood Community College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Awesome job.

    Cons

    Nothing really wrong with anything there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

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  5. Kirkwood Community College

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good working conditions. Colleagues care about the students at the college.

    Cons

    Very large institution. Slow movement on decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  6. A great place to help students begin their college career and determine their path to success.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College

    Pros

    Student interaction, small class sizes allow for individualized attention.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance your ideas to garner college support. Gaining consensus to move improvements forward.

    Advice to Management

    Value the thoughts, ideas, and suggestions of the employees.

  7. Kirkwood Alumni who is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Kirkwood.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College

    Pros

    One of the best reasons for working at Kirkwood is the one-on-one experience of helping students gain the necessary skills to become community an professional leaders. This is accomplished by Kirkwood maintaining a reasonable class size which is controllable by th instructor.

    Cons

    Unfortunately due to the declining enrollment caused by demographic shifts Kirkwood is currently experiencing restructuring in many departments. This is leading to a certain amount of discontent by many employees.

    Advice to Management

    Step back and review what had made Kirkwood a leader in community colleges and adjust the current path appropriately.

  8. Good place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkwood Community College

    Pros

    Supportive staff. I felt I could teach and structure my classes in ways that really helped me deliver the material and work with the students. No one was hanging over my shoulder.

    Cons

    Sometimes I worried that the administration would not support me if a student challenged by grading or my refusal to accept late work.

  9. The Heritage Area Agency on Aging does not value their employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    As a department of Kirkwood Community College, the benefits are excellent and the College is full of great people.

    Cons

    Executive Director is not competent to run the agency. Management team does not accept concerns or complaints in a receptive manner and will tell you that is "Just the way it is," or "That is our policy," or "That is none of your business." Many of the policies are not even followed or it is selective to certain employees. Management does not put in a full 40 hours and are rarely available to the staff that report to them. Constant crisis management. No forethought. Reactive instead of proactive. The morale is so low people are extremely unhappy and find it hard to go to work in the morning. This has also been brought to their attention with no action only to be told to find employment elsewhere. Management continues to dump more and more responsibilities off of subordinates, while taking less on themselves. They expect office staff to fill management rolls in their absence, including crisis situations. It is a toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Take employee concerns seriously and act to remedy situations. Put in your time and make an effort at your duties. You will be experiencing a high turn over and a low retention rate in the future. Value your employees.

  10. Kirkwood Community College offers opportunities for employees to soar to success!

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    Current Employee - Department Assistant in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Department Assistant in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Kirkwood will pay for 6 credits of schooling per semester if taking courses here! If taking courses at Mt. Mercy University...50% tuition is paid by my employer!!

    Cons

    Since I have been at Kirkwood, I have not found one con to speak of!!

  11. Neutral feelings

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Kirkwood Community College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse customers, got to learn about other aspects of the college,
    fairly laid back, nice co-workers. First 2 years of employment I enjoyed and looked forward to working each day. Then many changes occurred and my trust and loyalty toward management diminished.

    Cons

    Pay, benefits, absolutely no communication within the department, part time employees are not treated at as part of 'the team'. Feel uninformed about new developments. Never know when supervisor will be at work.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that part time employees are the cornerstone of the institution. And reward them better, with pay, bonuses or benefits. This college does not like to hire within the organization and does show favoritism towards the younger work group.

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