CAL POLY Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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CAL POLY President Jeffrey D. Armstrong
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Pros
  • Flexible hours as a student worker; classes come first, then work (in 4 reviews)

  • It was a great place to have easy work while making time to study (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Have to pay for parking, if you drive to work (in 2 reviews)

  • Pay raises are almost nonexistent and when you do finally get one, they raise you less than a dollar an hour most of the time (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Red Radish

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Cal Poly SLO, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Cal Poly SLO, CA

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Extremely friendly, very flexible, and will have you work more or less depending on what YOU want

    Cons

    A few other employees didn't understand the meaning of washing their hands upon clocking in, and in between certain tasks such as cleaning and then handling food.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! I would suggest enforcing campus-wide food handlers' cards though.


  2. Faculty

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Location, faculty, students, learn-by-doing focus, unlimited potential.

    Cons

    Administration, bureaucracy, salaries, support, overall morale.

    Advice to Management

    Become inclusive, improve shared governance, lift faculty morale, increase support and interdisciplinary collaboration.


  3. Student Assistant at Cal Poly

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

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely friendly co-workers, flexible hours, range of experience

    Cons

    Little room for growth which is expected

    Advice to Management

    Ask lower-level employees for suggestions more often with incentives


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL POLY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful place to live and good for people finishing their working careers. Not a lot of pressure to succeed.

    Cons

    well below salaries of other universities. Slow paced culture


  6. Admin Analyst

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

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Pros

    - Best work/life balance of any job imaginable
    - Beautiful setting

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    MERIT pay increases. It's how the world works


  7. Graduate Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time

    Pros

    Teachers are incredibly knowledgeable and well educated. They are also very helpful and willing to work with you.

    Cons

    Not a lot cons. Cant complain really. Just hitting the 20 word minimum.


  8. Kennedy Library Student Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Adjustable hours to accommodate your schedule, low stress, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Minimum wage, but it's just a part-time campus job anyways.


  9. Resident Advisor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL POLY

    Pros

    Great community of students. Many resources to utilize to facilitate activities. Good co-advisors.

    Cons

    After midnight rounds are lengthy and the fact that advisors must walk at midnight and 2 am to secure perimeters on weekend days.


  10. Interacting with freshman students in designing open ended designs for their clients

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    Current Employee - Senior Mentor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mentor in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Good Networking skills

    Cons

    Working irregular hours based on need


  11. Convenient job with good people

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    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate/Courseware Assistant/Stockroom Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate/Courseware Assistant/Stockroom Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Convenience while in school. Co-workers were friendly and easy to talk to. Most of management took the time to get to know you

    Cons

    Moving up in the company. Different departments rarely communicate with each other.



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