CAL POLY Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
67 Reviews
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67 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)

  • Minimum wage, raises start after 250 hours and are capped at (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Accommodating to part-time students!

    Former Employee - Student IT Tech  in  San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Student IT Tech in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours as a student worker; classes come first, then work.

    Awesome boss in the media distribution services department.

    Cons

    Couldn't work during class hours, so it was either pre-dawn or post-dusk hours. Flexible, but not ideal.

    The MDS office is in a pretty old basement. It gets dusty down there.

  2.  

    Amazing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL POLY

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely nice and I got to work on a wide variety of projects. The area is beautiful and so are the people that inhabit this wonderful place.

    Cons

    Not many downsides, besides the lack of diversity. The area is generally white and lacks culture that can be found in places like Berkeley or San Francisco.

  3.  

    Excellent place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great weather, healthy youthful environment, and intellectually challenging.

    Cons

    Small regional economy. Bring your own job.

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  5.  

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Pros

    Most people are good at interacting with others. There is a great sense of community, and there is always a place you can ask for help. I feel that I work in a low stress environment. The people with Student Support Services are great!

    Cons

    There are many departments (in different buildings) that have to interact with each other. Sometimes working through the bureaucracy can feel unnecessarily time consuming.

  6.  

    This school is founded on diversity and social justice!

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    Current Employee - Peer Advisor/Student Assistant  in  Pomona, CA
    Current Employee - Peer Advisor/Student Assistant in Pomona, CA

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

    Pros

    Great cultural center! Awesome Career Center!

    Cons

    Horrible parking, Lots of walking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is great!

    Recommends
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  7.  

    It was a fulfilling experience where I learned a lot.

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

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cal poly is one of the best places to learn. As an assistant you work under professors and learn a lot.

    Cons

    The only real complaint I had was that I had to be in San Luis obispo, which doesn't really seem like a negative to most people. Overall it was great.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    I had a great time working on campus.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Pros

    Clocking in between classes is great--I don't have to leave the campus.
    Faculty and staff understand midterm/final season and adjust work hours accordingly.

    Cons

    There aren't many career opportunities in my field and the pay is average--which are both understandable.

  9.  

    Really good place to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time

    Pros

    Everything from the people to the environment.

    Cons

    There is no downside about Cal Poly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great place to wok. Hard to get in, though.

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    Current Employee - Analyst/Programmer  in  San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst/Programmer in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very good for the area.
    Nice college atmosphere.
    I like my department and coworkers a lot.
    Good opportunity to move around once you get a job here.

    Cons

    Tough competition for jobs.
    As with any employer, different departments and managers are better than others.
    Have to pay for parking, if you drive to work. Parking is tight in certain parts of campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    student researcher at cal poly

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

    I worked at CAL POLY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great staff, great advice from professors

    Cons

    not the greatest pay, somewhat smaller college so not as much exciting state of the art research, but still great learning environment

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