You might notice that there is a wide difference between those who rate SJC as a good place to work and those who do not. I attribute the difference to this: If an employee is a member of the support staff, a student worker, or in an entry level position, it is more likely (s)he will rate the college highly. This is because people in those positions often work in a task-oriented, collaborative environment, protected from upper management by their supervisors. However, their supervisors--- the professional staff-- have to deal with upper management-- administrators-- on a regular basis. The experience of professional staff is therefore much less pleasant. The standard mode of operation for administrators is to make professional staff fear for their jobs through subtle intimidation and overt bullying, or by pitting employees (including faculty members) against one another. The human resources department was supposed to handle such problems, but because it reported directly to college administration, the department was unable to overcome, and indeed subject to, this bullying culture. The only bulwarks against destruction of one's self-esteem and willingness to continue lay in positive connections with other staff, and in reminding one's self that the greater good of helping students was worth the pain. Working at San Juan College was by far the worst experience of my professional life. I stayed as long as I did only because my family's support depended on me, and escaped as soon as I could.
benefits, colleagues, beauty of campus, service to students, quality of faculty