CAL POLY

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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
74 Reviews
3.9
74 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.  

    Working as a student for Cal Poly's Information Technology Services

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Research & Design (Student Assistant) in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Research & Design (Student Assistant) in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ITS lets students set and manage their own schedules, as long as they're putting in enough time to get work done. Combined with working on campus this is invaluable for students to use by coming in to work during breaks between classes. Shift-based employers off campus often have 4 hour minimum shift lengths so many times smaller breaks between classes will be wasted time for a student. At ITS you can put that time to work.

    It's also easy to take a little time off if you're headed home for the weekend or if you need a day off to study for that big midterm. As long as you're communicating with your superiors and getting your work done, ITS is very understanding of education being your priority and is willing to work around that with you.

    Working for ITS also allowed me to graduate with 3 years of experience relevant to my field.

    Cons

    Pay per hour is lower than most off-campus companies in the same field. I think the extremely flexible schedule outweighs this con, but it's still worth noting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, very pleased

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cal Poly is a great place to work. Fantastic location, easy-going culture, and really up-and-coming in the academia world.

    Cons

    This is probably a criticism more of academia than Cal Poly specifically, but Cal Poly sometimes refused to adopt new technologies or ideologies. Sometimes you have to fire people who aren't assents or try something new and untested.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    4 stars for Cal Poly, 1 star for working for Campus Dining

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Free meal with every shift and you get to meet some pretty cool people when there's a lull in service

    Cons

    One of the managers is the worst person to deal with, ever. My very first shift (4 hours) and she wouldn't let me take a single break or use my meal. She'll tell you what to do but not how to do it so you're on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the one manager who cannot lead: What are you in a hurry for? When you're not barking orders, all you do is stand around looking for something to complain about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Cal Poly can be a good option for students looking for work experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    My supervisors were kind, competent, and willing to share their knowledge. Flexible hours and relaxed atmosphere. Fair compensation. There are chances to gain new experience and grow, if you look in the right places.

    Cons

    Large organization that can feel slow-moving at times. Legacy systems with a lot of history where the purpose is sometimes unclear. Some departments seem disconnected or untrusting of each other. Be prepared to regulate your own performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to increase communication and trust between departments. Encourage individuals to express what would make their work more meaningful. Give them the chance to move towards this. Create processes to support change in ways that feel natural.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great education, great campus. I work at Village Market in Poly Canyon Village

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Lead - Village Market in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Lead - Village Market in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    -Easygoing
    -Fun environment; most of my coworkers and I are pretty like-minded, so we gel really well
    -Great supervisor

    Cons

    -Can get very slow at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Demanding but very rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Offset Production Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Web Offset Production Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Get hands on experience with industry machines and leaders as professors. It's a great position to gain experience and feel satisfied about the work you do.

    Cons

    Demanding and low compensation, not a lot of room to grow due to the nature of a college position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees, encourage them to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Teaching Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Schedule convenience, impact on undergraduate students while in graduate school.

    Cons

    The department could be more involved in ensuring learning objectives are being achieved through the class activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Closer attention to students progress and feedback would help the learning experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Instructional Student Assistant Grading

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Independent hours so very flexible work environment. Additionally, work is typically easy for all majors since professors usually give guidelines in how to grade. Pay is reasonable and above minimum wage for what needs to be done.

    Cons

    Pay is inconsistent since you may have different grading loads every week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Working at the El Corral bookstore was a great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great hours, networking, free books, discounts on gear, etc.

    Cons

    Went a little too corporate at the end and didn't really have the Cal Poly spirit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to El Corral.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An easy job that was easy to get

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Pros

    lots of money with little work

    Cons

    not so much money with too much work

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