Fitness Ambassafor (Former Employee) – Avondale, AZ – August 22, 2017
My position was dependent on work study so I can't say much about the UPPER levels of administration but as far as the people I worked under they cared about us and did a lot for us that they didn't have to, I'll always appreciate that. However, they were also busy a good majority of the time. We had to learn to deal with problems ourselves.
This is especially true for Fitness Ambassador as our supervisor was a VERY VERY busy person. If he wasn't teaching a class, he was in a meeting. I learned to choose my questions carefully on the rare moments I could catch him so I could continue doing my job.
Our environment was constantly changing since the union was open to ALL students. Sometimes it would be SUPER NOISY other times it would be so quiet you'd forget people were in the building besides you. Students are mostly polite to us, I have no idea if thats because we have authority, if because we are students like them, or because they don't know whats going on half the time.
There's a bit of a disconnect between student ambassadors and fitness ambassadors. Student ambassadors usually have tougher jobs than fitness since they are expected to be representatives on a larger scale throughout the college. Despite all that we are told from the beginning that we need to be able to do each others jobs in the union since it's a joint effort. Regardless, Student ambassadors rarely seemed to know how to handle fitness tasks at all. I don't know if that is because of my coworkers specifically or if there's just a harder tension on student ambassadors in general so they don't feelmore... fitness tasks are important. Either way, my time working there was spent feeling like I was on my own when there wasn't another fitness ambassador working with me.
What I enjoyed the most about the job was the interactions with people. Being in the student union meant you had to deal with students a lot. I got to meet interesting people. I even met someone who was combining quantum physics into their art. Absolutely fascinating! As I said before they were usually polite and I would love talking with them in my down time between tasks.People really appreciate what the ambassadors do in the student union. It always made me happy when I could help a student on a problem.
Overall, as a job, it was fun and a good way to get my feet wet as I hadn't had a paying job before in my life so I lacked experience. Communication between coworkers wasnt awful but it felt like I had to solve most of my problems on my own when involving anyone other than another fitness ambassador. It's a good position for someone who needs customer service experience but I'd honestly just say it's good as a starting job. Doesn't demand too much from you but always keeps you busy enough with a large variety of tasks.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Avondale, AZ – August 20, 2017
The support from your supervisors when it comes to doing the job and learning your job correctly is beyond on par. There was a lot of great communication and comradery. Such a great place to work. The hardest part of the job was when it was slow. Then you have a bit of time on your hands and not a lot to do. But when it's busy, it's busy! Still a great place.
Adjunct Teacher (Former Employee) – Avondale, AZ – August 8, 2017
I was a part time Adjunct teacher paid on contract per credit hour. The hours that one could teach each semester depended on several things including State Budgets. The curriculum, books, and software were constantly changing which made advance planning more difficult. The people that work there are generally very nice.
Never knew what classes you would get from one semester to the next.
Adjunct Faculty, Business Institute (Current Employee) – Avondale, AZ – March 21, 2017
Working at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is an engaging and uplifting experience. My colleagues are warm, friendly and supportive. The students are dynamic and show a willingness to learn. Many are first generational relative to higher education and almost all work while attending school.
Political Science Instructor (Current Employee) – Tempe, AZ – September 8, 2015
A true development of my work experience took place at Estrella. There I was able to work as a recruiter, while also teaching part-time. My sales experience as a recruiter has proved to be invaluable in developing relationships among customers.
Some staff are welcoming to adjunct, while others are there to watch you crash and burn. At times the staff are welcoming but further into the semester they become distant and unreachable during times of hardship especially for new staff members that may or may not need extra assistance. In order for the campus to soar the staff need to know they have the tools and aid of the campus staff to support their needs and desires as an employee working at low wages for huge responsibilities.
Student Ambassador (Former Employee) – Avondale, AZ – July 9, 2015
Every semester you have to reapply and its not about what you know its who you know and how much butt your willing to kiss. daily tasks seem trivial and at times pointless so you end up doing alot of nothing someday and alot of actual work somedays just depends.
Financial Aid Adviser (Former Employee) – Avondale, AZ – May 14, 2015
Helping students, filing, running reports. How to use Microsoft Office. Management was very productive and task orientated. My co-workers were very enjoyable to work with. Knowing how to handle difficult students. The People.