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McHenry County College, IL: Employee Classification and Compensation Study

Evergreen Solutions was selected by McHenry County College to conduct a comprehensive Employee Classification and Compensation Study for the College’s approximately 299 classified, professional, and administrative positions. The study included the development of a compensation philosophy and a review of salary ranges for these positions. Specifically, Evergreen conducted job evaluations, restructured compensation plans, recommended transition processes between salary ranges, gauged external competitiveness with the surrounding labor market, and developed a maintenance process to ensure sustainability of the competitiveness and equitability of the implemented salary structure.

Initially, Evergreen collected background data from McHenry County College to evaluate the existing compensation and classification structure in place. Information on each of the classifications at the College was also collected from incumbents through the use of Evergreen’s online Job Assessment Tool as well as through focus groups and interviews. Finally, Evergreen collected compensation and classification data from the external labor market for comparison with the College. Evergreen analyzed these data to determine inconsistencies in internal and external compensation between similar classifications as well as determined where compensation practices could be improved. Evergreen then produced a report outlining recommendations to improve the College’s total compensation system.