CAL POLY

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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
74 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to start for an intern

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    Current Employee - Mobile Developer in Cal Poly SLO, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile Developer in Cal Poly SLO, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Pros

    Nice friendly folks at work. Flexible hours. This is a great place to build your work experience.

    Cons

    Some day it is hot because it's SLO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Professor in College of Engineering

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

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

    Pros

    - Best work/life balance of any job imaginable
    - Beautiful setting
    - Set our own goals and career objective
    - low pressure

    Cons

    - salary not comparable to industry job
    - expensive cost of living in SLO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MERIT pay increases. It's how the world works (well, the part that works anyway).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great job to have as a student

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

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

    Pros

    --very flexible with student schedules
    --fun environment
    --nice to stay on campus

    Cons

    --logging hour process each month is annoying

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (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.

  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great weather, healthy youthful environment, and intellectually challenging.

    Cons

    Small regional economy. Bring your own job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great cultural center! Awesome Career Center!

    Cons

    Horrible parking, Lots of walking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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.

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