CAL POLY
4.1 of 5 53 reviews
www.calpoly.edu San Luis Obispo, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Feb 17, 2014

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CAL POLY President Jeffrey D. Armstrong

Jeffrey D. Armstrong

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93% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Weak Internal Structure but easy job

Barista (Current Employee)
San Luis Obispo, CA

I have been working at CAL POLY part-time for more than a year

Prosmeal 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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Work for Students

Study Session Facilitator (Current Employee)
San Luis Obispo, CA

I have been working at CAL POLY part-time for more than a year

ProsThe 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.

ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementProvide better ways to move up as well as provide better incentive to the working environment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good experience for student worker

Lifeguard (Former Employee)

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

ProsWorked well with school schedule
Good pay-for lifeguard

ConsNot the biggest fan of management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very bureaucratic, but good employer

Student Assistant (Current Employee)
San Luis Obispo, CA

I have been working at CAL POLY part-time for 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

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

Frontline Assistant (Current Employee)
San Luis Obispo, CA

I have been working at CAL POLY part-time for more than a year

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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My experience has been alright.

Student Assistant (Current Employee)

I have been working at CAL POLY

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

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

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

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so-so

Operating Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
San Luis Obispo, CA

I have been working at CAL POLY

Pros-Awesome benefits
-Great skills advancement opportunities
-Extremely flexible hours/vacation time
-Decent pay scale
-Fairly relaxed working environment
-Beautiful location to settle

Cons-Work feels like more of a political battle than actual progression
-VERY non-flat hierarchy; manager to worker ratio is fairly high
-Don't expect to move up fast; the people in management positions have been and will be in them for quite a long time.
-You are forced into unionization; if this is not something you can agree with, you should look elsewhere for a job.

Advice to Senior ManagementPolitical struggles stalwart most advancement on projects, deadlines, and goals. Review process is a joke: ITS has subdivided the review scale that already exists on campus, scoring employees from 2.8-3.8 (the rest of campus is graded on a 1-5 scale, making departmental/campus repositioning fairly difficult, when in a pool of applicants consisting of your peers or other CSU employees. Little in the way of bonuses, even when exemplary work is done to minimize overhead and resource costs, while boosting efficiency (I've been repeatedly commended by management for the above, but have never seen bonuses or nominations for employee of the month/year - again this is more politically driven than anything else).

Atmosphere is fairly non-diverse. There's a very large concentration of older sysadmins and technicians that either know very little about what they are doing (this is apparent by their inability to follow campus computing guidelines/security recommendations because, and I'm quoting several of them here, "It would be too difficult, or would take too much of my time"...), or fail to show any progression with modern computing strategies whatsoever.

There's a huge disconnect between what students are doing/utilizing on campus and what the staff/faculty are utilizing. Current trends cater toward appeasing faculty rather than serving the best interest of the students. Lots of whining and very little legitimate brainstorming. LOTS of 'collaborative' meetings that result in taking very little of what was said actually into account. Finger pointing is pretty common, though rarely to anyone's face.

That being said, the pay is decent, benefits are great, and location is perfect if you like the ocean and the small town feel. I have had plenty of opportunities to learn new skills (be it mostly from books, and linda.com resources), but little opportunity to employ the new acquisitions. The job can be as difficult or as easy as you make it for yourself. More effort will streamline your practices, and make daily tasks easier but don't expect much recognition for it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent as a resume builder; benefits and compensation poor compared to RA's at other universities

Resident Advisor (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at CAL POLY

Pros-Excellent experience for future interviews/resume and personal growth
-Good networking with other RAs
-Has the potential to allow an RA to connect with and help residents - can be a rewarding experience if one takes advantage of it.

Cons-Position can be isolating if one is not careful. This is because
-Poor work/life balance
-Poor compensation compared to RAs at other universities
-Some RAs put more effort into the job than others and are not recognized for their contribution

Advice to Senior ManagementWe need to be fairly compensated for our work. During my time as an RA, I often felt my time was taken advantage of. Compensation should be improved in 3 areas - priority registration, pay for working the front desk, and free parking.

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Great Mission, Poor Execution

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at CAL POLY

Pros- Great staff to work with (at least from Coordinator of Student Development - down)
- Residents can be really awesome
- Solid personal and staff devleopment

Cons- Appreciated but not always respected by upper management
- Terrible hours (late nights on weekends)

Advice to Senior Management- Respect those who are on the ground and in touch with residents

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It's ok

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at CAL POLY

ProsVery talented students. Lot of talent (faculty and students) in College of Engineering.

ConsVery bureaucratic overall. Lot of dead weight and clueless profs in other departments.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be enamored with the flavor of the month and grandstanding folks trying to look busy.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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