CAL POLY
4.0 of 5 60 reviews
www.calpoly.edu San Luis Obispo, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

CAL POLY Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014

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82% Approve of the CEO

CAL POLY President Jeffrey D. Armstrong

Jeffrey D. Armstrong

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91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Easy job, laid back managers, decent pay"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Flexible work schedule to accommodate classes, opportunity to get some hands-on experience while at school without leaving campus"
    in 3 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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    Cal Poly can be a good option for students looking for work experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMy 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.

    ConsLarge 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 Senior ManagementFind 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent place to work

    Tutor (Former Employee)
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    ProsGreat weather, healthy youthful environment, and intellectually challenging.

    ConsSmall regional economy. Bring your own job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Top-down administration

    Professor (Current Employee)
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    ProsSchedule flexibility, freedom to run classes the way I want

    ConsWorkload continuously increasing, no raise in salary for ages

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Crew Lead - Village Market (Current Employee)
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Demanding but very rewarding

    Web Offset Production Manager (Current Employee)
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    ProsGet 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your employees, encourage them to grow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    CAL POLY is a beautiful environment to work, and many of the people at the school are friendly and helpful.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMost 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!

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

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    Teaching Associate (Current Employee)
    San Luis Obispo, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementCloser attention to students progress and feedback would help the learning experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Student Assistant (Current Employee)
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    ProsIndependent 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Weak Internal Structure but easy job

    Barista (Current Employee)
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    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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    This school is founded on diversity and social justice!

    Peer Advisor/Student Assistant (Current Employee)
    Pomona, CA

    ProsGreat cultural center! Awesome Career Center!

    ConsHorrible parking, Lots of walking

    Advice to Senior ManagementEverything is great!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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