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Manager, Private and Club Events

California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA

, graduate students, and the Associates of the California Institute… Glassdoor

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Health Educator

California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA

The health educator works closely with the clinical staff in the health and counseling centers, and collaborates with a number of offices in Students… Glassdoor

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Scientific Research Assistant

California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA

Applications are invited for a temporary (18 month) Scientific Research Assistant at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech to work… Glassdoor

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Caltech (California) Interim President Dr. Edward M. Stolper
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    Was a great company to work for, but they laid me off after 12 years of good service. They have become very corporate.

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Caltech (California) full-time (more than 10 years)


    Good benefits (which start the month you begin), IRA (retirement, not 401k), access to Caltech facilities like gym, recording studio, credit union, etc. Decent vacation time (starts at almost 3 weeks per year, after 5 years goes up, after 10 years goes to nearly one month per year. Some departments still use the honor code, and don't look over your shoulder as you work. Many other departments were reformatted with corporate influence. They brought people in from the corporate world to see how they could save money during the 08/09 deprecession (yes, I wrote deprecession, because it lasted too long to be a recession, but not long enough to be a depression).


    The pay is abysmal. This is the trade off for being at the top of your field. Caltech is the best school in the world to study science, and working there is a great opportunity and resume builder. They just pay next to nothing, because they know that the people working there are there for the job, not the money. After they brought in the corporate consultants (people from the corporate world to tell them how to save money), they threw the honor code out the window for staff (it still applies to professors and students). Prior to this, you could take a two hour lunch and go to the gym (for free), park for free, and make up time when you didn't work your full 8 hours. That all went away, as now you have to clock in and out using Kronos, they are sticklers for the rules (you have to take your lunch before the five hour mark or you get written up). The lab I worked in had an incredible vibe when I first started working there, where everyone enjoyed their job, was excited to be a part of Caltech, and couldn't say a bad thing about working there. Once they had the corporate consultants come in (after the deprecession), the whole ,morale of the department tanked once this happened.

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    The morale of the employees at Caltech took an impressionable hit when the corporate restructuring took place after the deprecession. Having to pay for parking, the gym, and clocking in and out of Kronos every day felt like a bait-and-switch to most employees. You used the parking and the gym as a recruiting tool when you hired all of us, then took it away to make more money. That is a bait-and-switch. You can't use something to attract people then make them pay for what is supposed to be a perk. I would encourage the management to rethink how they want to save money, because a happy employee is a productive employee. We saw significant changes, where five people were originally in my office dividing the work, most were laid off or went on to other jobs, leaving only two people to do the work of the original five. Now, with me laid off, there is only ONE person to do the work of all of those people. It's absurd to expect this person to do all that work and be happy at his job, especially when the raises we used to receive (5% minimum per year) was cut to 1% these last two years. It's a horrible way to run a business, and Caltech is a business, despite it being the best school in the world to study science. You need to pay people what they are worth, not the absolute least amount that you can. I was literally at the top of my field, but making 4 times less than those in the private sector with the same experience. The other problem is that I can't find a job because most people say I'm overqualified now. Maybe I need to remove CIT from my resume in order to get a job.

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