- Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation15.Dec 2015
The work environment was very good at first. It seemed that the campus enjoyed a culture of creativity. It seemed to degrade over the years into a cult of personality where the administration seemed to have lost touch with instructors.
Support from management
Supportive to non-supportive, depending upon the situation.
Quality of teamwork was variable, from smooth functioning to nonsupportive.
Freedom to work independently
I was given a good amount of autonomy. There were constraints created by campus policies.
Communication was variable, from excellent in certain areas to none at all.
There were no problems with regard to equality. Everybody was welcome on campus.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I perceived no problems with regards to age.
I perceived no problems with regards to professional development and advancement.
Overall compensation for your work
Speaking only for myself, compensation and benefits were commensurate with the requirements of the job.
Office / Work Environment
At first, some classes were filled to over-capacity. Ventilation was poor in a few rooms, causing discomfort and health problems for a few students. Those problems were eventually remedied. Noise levels and lighting were acceptable.
Employers' awareness was generally good with regard to student affairs. There were times when administration lost touch with student concerns over course schedules, time and energy resources. Those concerns were eventually addressed, but communication between students and administration left much to be desired.
Work-life balance was a bag of mixed nuts. I can speak only from my perspective. I easily spent 70-hour weeks designing five courses from the ground up and being accessible to students. I did not have any life, except for part of the weekends.
Image was a variable quantity. It was good in terms of presentation to the public. With time, however, I noted that internal morale was declining to where the job had lost its original excitement and sense of wonder and good for the students.
I had been assured that my permanent, full-time position was assured. I wish informed that my contract was not to be renewed on my birthday. The decision was final. The reason given was a large budget cut by the state government. Four or five temporary part-time instructors have taken my place. I consequently do not believe that this position is stable.
The campus provides good accessiblity options for the disabled.
The campus can be considered OSHA safe. It had problems at first, but were eventually mostly, if not completely remedied.
I feel very good about the courses I designed, some with fellow instructors and others by myself. Speaking just for myself, I am very proud of having helped create and develop the first wind-energy technology program on the west coast.
Inclusive / Diverse
Diversity was practiced by both administration and the student body. There were no problems on that point.
Suggestions for improvement
- I recommend that the administration consider professional development with respect to good management practices, especially with respect to interpersonal, soft skills.
What I dislike about the company
When I left, morale was rocky among some, though not all, instructors. What seemed originally to be a culture of character downgraded into a cult of personality with regards to communication with and actions taken by the administration.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyColumbia Gorge Community College Foundation
- CityThe Dalles
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2006