Adjunct Faculty (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 29, 2017
They use a tiered salary process for adjuncts, where you get paid slightly below the standard, but increase pay as you teach more classes. However, after your first one or two, they drop you for a new adjunct to save money
Platform Administrator (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 3, 2017
Although the college has been and still is going through a lot of change, it is still a good place for those looking to make a change in career or add more experience to their resume. The environment can range from laid back to strict business but overall if you value your comfort zone then you will likely enjoy working here.
If you are focused on improvement and advancement you can make this experience work for you as there is plenty of units to work for around the college. It isn't necessarily a promotional advancement more of a lateral move but if you have drive you can make the best of it. If you are being considered for employment at Columbia College then I will tell you to expect compensation to be below market average. Most positions across the entire college pay well below average and often title their positions in an unconventional way that puts a lot of responsibility under one hat.
It is what you make it and in the end you will likely move on to a new opportunity.
Low compensation and conflicting agendas from senior management
Cinematographer / Editor / Screenwriter / Producer (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – August 28, 2017
Many employees had a false sense of entitlement to what their work actually came to be. The manager and floor directors here would schedule employees outside of their availability and overall was very unprofessional.
Fiction Writing Tutor (Former Employee) – 624 s Michigan ave – July 13, 2017
As a tutor, I was able to implement the training I received and apply it to individuals with ranging abilities and interests. I created lesson plans for each individual, and had two hour individual sessions with them weekly. The pay was good when I worked there, but it is my understand that the tutoring program is no longer a paid engagement.
Consultant and Tutor (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 31, 2017
There are many inspiring faculty members who work at this institution. Also, the students are passionate and have a great zeal to succeed. This might be a great job for individuals who are full time employees with benefits.
Consultant (Contract) (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 30, 2017
Great work atmosphere. Very big on teamwork and collaboration. Fosters innovation and creativity as part of their company culture. Allows persons to express their thoughts openly in a respectable manner.
Communications & Special Events Manager (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 15, 2017
My experiences at Columbia College Chicago were productive and rewarding. They accommodated my class schedule and encouraged my growth academically and professionally. I made worthwhile connections and friendships during my time there.
Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 23, 2017
Working with Students with Disabilities was very rewarding. I enjoyed helping others be a success in their studies. Working here for 3 years helped me to grow my confidence and I enjoyed making friends with the people i was able to assist and that I worked with. Management was amazingly nice and it was hard to leave when I graduated.
Receptionist/Office Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – December 12, 2016
Learned how to build my peoples skill. Interacting with students about their scholarship, tuition and other personal information to obtain the best results for both parties. If i couldn't help or assist the student then further actions would take place where I would schedule whomever to meet with one of the financial aid consuls.
Lecturer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – December 10, 2016
The students ranged from first generation college students to top graduates of their high school. This made for a wonderfully challenging classroom setting and community. Columbia College is an art school and thus a good fit for an early childhood education teacher certification program that focuses on the Reggio Emilia Approach. Unfortunately, the chair of the education department is incompetent and most of the faculty that I taught with has since left the program. The two left express great distress with the current situation in the department.
Senior Lecturer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 14, 2016
No support from administration. Administration is more concerned with their huge paychecks and do not care about students or staff. Administration raised tuition but cut staff/faculty and slashed student services. Oddly more VPs and provosts were hired.
Do not work here or go to school here. Makes me sad because it used to be a good school and a good place to work.
Students, Faculty, Staff...meet some amazing people
Administration is the worst, students are being grifted, .low pay, no support from administration, there is not enough room for all the cons that CCC has.
Student Teaching Artist (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 1, 2016
Its a college with a lot of connects. Whether attending the school, working at the school or just visiting you are bound to find someone that "clicks" with you. Your new best friend, future employer or your golden ticket to get in the door. Columbia is a place for creating and maintain relationships.
Teacher/Office Assistant (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – December 3, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Columbia College Chicago's Semester in LA program. Those who worked there always communicated their expectations and needs and were quick to help explain or provide assistant if I ever had any questions or concerns.