CAL POLY Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Top-down administration

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, freedom to run classes the way I want

    Cons

    Workload continuously increasing, no raise in salary for ages

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

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

    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

  3. Demanding but very rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Reward your employees, encourage them to grow.

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  5. 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.

  6. Teaching Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Teaching Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Contractor - Teaching Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

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

    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 Management

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

  7. Instructional Student Assistant Grading

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Contractor - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

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

    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.

  8. This school is founded on diversity and social justice!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Great cultural center! Awesome Career Center!

    Cons

    Horrible parking, Lots of walking

    Advice to Management

    Everything is great!

  9. Weak Internal Structure but easy job

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    meal 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

    Cons

    called in to work unexpectedly sometimes. manager can be less that understanding occasionally. stressful and lack of full breaks sometimes.

  10. Good Work for Students

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Study Session Facilitator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Study Session Facilitator in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The hours are fit around your classes which is nice. Everyone understands that you are there for an education and a job is secondary to that. Most of the people are fairly laid back which is always a plus.

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better ways to move up as well as provide better incentive to the working environment.

  11. Working at the El Corral bookstore was a great experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great hours, networking, free books, discounts on gear, etc.

    Cons

    Went a little too corporate at the end and didn't really have the Cal Poly spirit.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to El Corral.

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