CAL POLY

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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
81 Reviews
3.8
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CAL POLY President Jeffrey D. Armstrong
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Extremely flexible hours/vacation time (in 4 reviews)

  • Cal Poly is a great place to work (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is what you make of it (in 3 reviews)

  • Of course, when you're just a student assistant, you make minimum wage (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overworked and underpaid.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Custodian in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Custodian in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on the supervisor, you might be able to be cautious with your body and not get hurt being overworked.

    Cons

    Low compensation, late payroll often, disorganized, overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit overworking the small amount of workers due to the fact that not enough people were hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Micro-managed Master

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to work with great students
    Always busy with new projects
    Beautiful area

    Cons

    CYA to the max. Everything is always a hastle. Was not allowed to talk with other campus officials without gaining approval. Even though I am a professional Staff member. Most Admin do not care about students. Rather see them as individuals who if a student/parent comes to them, we are to move heaven & earth for them and neglect everyone else. Micro managed to every detail. Office Hours started at 10 am, and would be getting calls at 10 am asking on updates on situations from the night before that you knew nothing about yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees, they have masters degrees for a reason. Don't preach work life balance, and then state that we're expected to check email/have meetings every night.

    Don't be scared of the sometimes harsh reality of critical feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Top-down administration

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Professor in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, freedom to run classes the way I want

    Cons

    Workload continuously increasing, no raise in salary for ages

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corrupt and a textbook example of State employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at CAL POLY full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Campus is a positive environment. Working at a university can be like its own community and can be a very nice place to work. This university was that way years ago.

    Cons

    The evolution of poor management, marked lack of ethics on the part of management and individuals promoting to positions beyond their abilities has has created a very negitive and toxic work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring off campus people for upper management positions. Individuals that started at the universty as a file clerk have no business in personnel management just because they have worked at the university for 10 years. If they have not been availing themselves of the educational benefits of the university, they are still just qualified as a file clerk. Hmmmm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cal Poly, SLO doesn't value or reward IT professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operating Systems Analyst in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Operating Systems Analyst in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to live (but expensive!)

    Cons

    Salaries are low, something like 60% of going rate for IT professionals. Our union gave up any notion of raises about 10 years ago, so people from before that are much better paid. People that were hired more recently are hired at low pay and never get a raise. Morale is low. The typical way people get more money is to move from position to position.

    Many IT managers are from the "good old days" and take care of their jobs and their buddies, but don't take care of business. Many IT managers are completely stale technically, and have little relevant knowledge or skills in current IT practices, and poor management skills.

    The review system is fundamentally broken, good people are not rewarded and under performers are not dealt with, so they good people give up and leave, and the under performers get more and more entrenched. Many IT staff have been here far too long, are basically "retired in place" and get in the way of doing the right thing to protect their positions.

    Old managers and old staff like the "good old ways" of doing things. Don't come here to do anything cutting edge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for. Look off campus for new smart blood, and pay them enough to afford living in SLO. Fix the review system and the compensation system. People that do a good job should get raises. People that can't do their job should be removed from their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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