- Indian Hills Community College28.Jun 2018
Advanced Technology Division
This company has gone through some changes, and although I don't stray far from my division overall the company culture is one that is fair.
Support from management
I feel that our management does a great job at supporting us. We have recently went through management changes, and although its been a few years, I believe everyone had to find their way. My immediate supervisors are excellent. My upper management folks are excellent, but they are more and more scarce. Which I feel is the wrong direction to go. There used to be a time when upper management was seen walking the halls and saying hello on a daily basis. Now it seems almost like they are unapproachable, or don't really want to talk to us informally about aspects that may be of concern or compliment. But this is a minor issue.
In my division teamwork is very well done. I have had great experiences with everyone else I deal with directly. I do feel that sometimes, we spend too much time having a meeting about having a meeting for certain things. But the teamwork of my division is EXCELLENT.
Freedom to work independently
Absolutely, I have complete freedom as the resident expert in my discipline, my management recognizes this and allows me to perform my duties in the best way possible to develop the best students possible.
We are improving internal communications. As always communications is a work in progress. But we are doing pretty well. We tend to be a little managerial heavy. Upper management used to be very open to conversing with faculty and such, but now we rarely hear directly from upper management, that is the one point that I feel has directly affected morale and communication on campus.
We have great gender equality, we have males and females in faculty, 1st tier supervisory, staff, middle management and upper management positions.
Attitude towards older colleagues
We treat in my opinion our older colleagues with much respect.
I must take the initiative for career development and although there are some avenues for improvement. We are given free tuition for any IHCC classes we take... there are great many of us who would like to see funding pool for advanced coursework at the Post 2 Year School Level. Even if we could make a trade of credit hours with a 4-year university that would be great. CEU's are never turned down. I am able to go to just about any conference seminar, or purchase any learning materials that I may need.
Overall compensation for your work
I am paid fairly well for my knowledge and experience however I am below the private sector market rate for my knowledge and experience.
Office / Work Environment
We have a great work environment, we are hurting for space, but we have a great facility.
Our school could do with more environmental friendliness by way of reducing our energy consumption even more, and setting up better recycling.
My work-life balance at this company is excellent. I have health issues terminal and chronic. There is always a way to make it a win-win for my students. We are asked frequently to do things outside or our regular contracted work schedule, but being faculty we have the option of comp days that help offset the inconvenience.
Our image is fairly good in the community, however it is not good enough, meaning, the impact that IHCC makes on the community is not known by the community at large. When we asked for funding from our taxpayers, they turned us down. I believe that is because our impact has NOT been proven or shared with the public, in a way that the general public understands it. This does not mean folks do not think highly of us. But when we ask for millions of dollars to improve our community impact should of been one of "yes of course, I can get behind that" not one of "oh you want to raise my taxes". There are those who think we are a For-Profit Private Institution, and not a Public Non-Profit State Institution in our communities, this needs to change.
we have a year to year contract. Job security seems to be placed on doing a good job. Keeping students pacified (few complaints) and student numbers. Now our management does a good job at managing these three items. I feel that you simply need to come to work and do the very best job, and stay focused on your particular area.
We are more than accessible for disabled persons, and we make sure that we are a good employment for a disable person, as I am a disabled person.
Our workplace safety policies are a bit lax. We truly dont' have formal training or workplace safety policies for faculty. Which is all I am aware of. Faculty tend to make their own safety policy for students, but we truly should have more workplace safety for faculty and staff.
I am a faculty member, and my work is always challenging. Student learning is challenging. The very nature of my job and my passion to improve keep it challenging, I generally do not need a challenge from management, although some are given.
Inclusive / Diverse
Our campus is relatively light on diversity. This also due to the fact that we live in Iowa. Our percentage is representative of apx 1/2 of the ratio of ethnicities and cultures that are in our region. That is okay, and it should be improved upon. This has been an issue BEFORE the current administration moved into their positions.
Suggestions for improvement
- Upper-Level management needs to be visible to faculty and staff, they seem to have this really closed off circle. It is not very inviting. That was not the culture that was here when I first started.
What I like about the company
Everything about my division is pretty good. I also like the fact that the employees in my division are passionate about our students and are student focused.
What I dislike about the company
Nothing really. We tend to have too many meetings that interfere with actually performing my job, but other than that this is a great company.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyIndian Hills Community College
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee