CAL POLY Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Nice place to work at an educational institution!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Administrative Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Student Administrative Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at CAL POLY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility of work schedule was an immense help to me as I was going to school simultaneously. Oh and San Luis Obispo is a very beautiful area to live and work in if you like outdoorsy activities.

    Cons

    Wage was ok, but was difficult to live off of at the very beginning. Depends where you work, but the office culture of some departments is a bit tedious and high strung at times.

  2. Overworked and underpaid.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Custodian in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Custodian in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on the supervisor, you might be able to be cautious with your body and not get hurt being overworked.

    Cons

    Low compensation, late payroll often, disorganized, overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Quit overworking the small amount of workers due to the fact that not enough people were hired.

  3. Farm Shop Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot about the workplace. I appreciate all the lessons I learned. Good for student learning.

    Cons

    Need to enforce pre check of equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Expand operations

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  5. Good place to start for an intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Great!

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  7. Technically challenging, great work environment and fun coworkers and management

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Improve your computing technical knowledge

    Cons

    At first there was a steel learning curve, but plenty of coworkers to help out.

    Advice to Management

    Priority Registration for the student workers

  8. Bad management, no incentives.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free food
    Breaks
    Convenient location for students
    Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    No incentives
    No room for growth
    Bad training

  9. Little Growth Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus, great benefits, food on campus.

    Cons

    No annual pay raise
    No room to grow
    High pay for parking

  10. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    --logging hour process each month is annoying

  11. Micro-managed Master

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Ability to work with great students
    Always busy with new projects
    Beautiful area

    Cons

    CYA to the max. Everything is always a hastle. Was not allowed to talk with other campus officials without gaining approval. Even though I am a professional Staff member. Most Admin do not care about students. Rather see them as individuals who if a student/parent comes to them, we are to move heaven & earth for them and neglect everyone else. Micro managed to every detail. Office Hours started at 10 am, and would be getting calls at 10 am asking on updates on situations from the night before that you knew nothing about yet.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, they have masters degrees for a reason. Don't preach work life balance, and then state that we're expected to check email/have meetings every night.

    Don't be scared of the sometimes harsh reality of critical feedback.

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