Great benefits through the state, difficult work culture to navigate
Clerical Assistant (Former Employee) – Bellingham, WA – September 12, 2016
Pros: There are a lot of very passionate people working at BTC who put the students first which can make it a great place to work. The benefits are pretty good and through the state (BTC is a WA state community college)
Conts: The pay is low for union positions. There can be a bit interdepartmental tension as well as intradepartmental tension that is overlooked and sometimes provoked by management. There is definite tension between union and non-union upper management.
Administration does not give incentive for good workers to stay
Lead Math Tutor (Former Employee) – Bellingham, WA – July 7, 2016
The Tutor Center Coordinator, Maryn Gunning, is phenomenal boss and is truly amazing at her job. She stated that due to how strong I was at my job, she wanted to utilize me in more areas around the college. However, administration was strongly against bringing people above a certain numbers of hours per week due to the added so she was unable to do so. My demand on campus was rather high from different tutoring services there but I was denied the opportunity to work more because the college would need to pay me benefits. The administration dictating where funding goes do not give people much incentive to want to stay around for the long haul. Aside from the administration, there are very few negatives about BTC. Everyone I had the pleasure of interacting with was extremely friendly and welcoming. My boss was also accommodating for me needing to take time off with reasonable notice in advance.
Great boss, friendly and welcoming work environment
Little incentive to stay for full time employment or additional hour
Temporary Employee (Former Employee) – Bellingham, WA – July 2, 2016
Be aware of (not necessarily "beware of") positions with "temporary" tacked onto job titles. Despite the otherwise unionized campus, temps lack representation and, in turn, elevation into non-temporary, unionized positions. Temp positions fill budget constraints. An academic year's commitment has very minimal quarterly hours, with possibly additional on-call but unguaranteed. Quarterly schedules can change. Full-time work processes/knowledge are expected yet little continued training and access to department info non-temp peers receive. Good experience, however, to obtain some work and to network toward stabler employment elsewhere. Offers credibility for next potential employer.
cook (Former Employee) – Bellingham, WA – September 7, 2012
Typical day of work began with making sure all food stations were stocked and ready. I learned how to prepare different types of food, how to work the grill and deep-fryer, and how to multi-task. Chef and my co-workers were the best to work for. Hardest part of the job was , cleaning the deep-fryer. Most enjoyable part of job was cooking and service to my fellow student customers.