CAL POLY

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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
72 Reviews
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72 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.  

    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.

  2.  

    Cal Poly Corp doesn't care about Cal Poly's values, only turning a profit

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

    I worked at CAL POLY full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Constant availability means its fairly easy to get a job here, and easy to get enough hours if you need money. A set quarterly schedule for workers means you don't have a constantly changing schedule like other employers at Cal Poly. "Free-meal passes" are a little bonus each time you work at least four hours.

    Cons

    No benefits, great reluctance to offer "full-time" positions. Instead they rely on a constant stream of "interim" employees which basically means they'll work you full-time then replace you with someone else after a few months. Students are treated as disposable, and management will simply take them off the schedule to cut back on paid hours without even notifying them. Instead of offering quality food their dining division offers extremely cheap, overpriced food at the expense of its students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The number one complaint students have at Cal Poly is the food. If the corporation isn't aware of this they really must not care about the students. In my years at Cal Poly as both a student and employee I haven't seen the corporation take any steps to improve the quality of their offerings. Listening to the students would go a long way in improving the stigma that surrounds campus dining.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Cal Poly can be a good option for students looking for work experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    My 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.

    Cons

    Large 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Top-down administration

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, freedom to run classes the way I want

    Cons

    Workload continuously increasing, no raise in salary for ages

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Demanding but very rewarding

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    Current Employee - Web Offset Production Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Web Offset Production Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees, encourage them to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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.

  10.  

    Teaching Associate

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    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Closer attention to students progress and feedback would help the learning experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Instructional Student Assistant Grading

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    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 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Independent 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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