CAL POLY

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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
73 Reviews
3.8
73 Reviews
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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.  

    Bad management, no incentives.

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    Former Employee - Cashier in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Free food
    Breaks
    Convenient location for students
    Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    No incentives
    No room for growth
    Bad training

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

    Little Growth Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus, great benefits, food on campus.

    Cons

    No annual pay raise
    No room to grow
    High pay for parking

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Secure

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    Former Employee - Staff in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Staff in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at CAL POLY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The salary is fine, the benefits are great, and the environment is generally friendly. A positive side effect of the dismal state budgets is that you usually work in small, tight-knit teams and feel like you're "making a difference."

    Cons

    Top-heavy management structure, limited room for growth. I acquired all of my departed supervisor's duties for five months and was never compensated accordingly. Helplessly self-aware of its own bureaucracy, nothing happens as smoothly as it could.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more interest in the potential growth of your employees and match increased responsibility with fair compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing boss and work environment for an assistant job, but the department heads had ulterior motives .

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for an on campus position, a great boss, and reasonable hours for a college student.

    Cons

    No opportunities for promotions or pay raises. The department I was in had some demanding and rude staff. Wanted us to perform degrading jobs like clean up bathrooms or even dead rats. Luckily our boss stepped in, but the department workers do not know how to treat an employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Weak Internal Structure but easy job

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    Current Employee - Barista in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Barista in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    meal plan provided for 4 hour shifts provided. casual work environment depending on manager. low taxes because of state school. easy to get hired without prior experience in food service

    Cons

    called in to work unexpectedly sometimes. manager can be less that understanding occasionally. stressful and lack of full breaks sometimes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Work for Students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Study Session Facilitator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Study Session Facilitator in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The hours are fit around your classes which is nice. Everyone understands that you are there for an education and a job is secondary to that. Most of the people are fairly laid back which is always a plus.

    Cons

    Pay raises are almost nonexistent and when you do finally get one, they raise you less than a dollar an hour most of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better ways to move up as well as provide better incentive to the working environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience for student worker

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lifeguard
    Former Employee - Lifeguard

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked well with school schedule
    Good pay-for lifeguard

    Cons

    Not the biggest fan of management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very bureaucratic, but good employer

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -flexible scheduling, most departments are pretty good about giving you time off for finals and stuff
    -convenient location
    -relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    -low pay
    -different department standards--some treat student employees very well, some treat them pretty poorly
    -asi or corporation can pay a lot more than state jobs
    -future employers appear to prefer internships over "student" jobs on your resume

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It was a fun experience, but it mostly was administrative work

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    Current Employee - Frontline Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Frontline Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you love children and interacting with customers as well as multitasking, this is a great place

    Cons

    Hours are not flexible, mistakes can lead to huge issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    My experience has been alright.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Pros

    flexible work hours, decent pay for students who are working and going to school, understanding about being busy because of school

    Cons

    sometimes can be boring, too many rules in place by the state government about what student assistants are allowed to do and see

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should look into giving student assistants raises if they are with the company for more than a two years or so.

    No opinion of CEO

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