CAL POLY

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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
73 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Made me a leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Pomona, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Pomona, CA

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for leadership growth

    Cons

    Housing can be a pain sometimes, but friendly staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give stipends to RAs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to wok. Hard to get in, though.

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    Current Employee - Analyst/Programmer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst/Programmer in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very good for the area.
    Nice college atmosphere.
    I like my department and coworkers a lot.
    Good opportunity to move around once you get a job here.

    Cons

    Tough competition for jobs.
    As with any employer, different departments and managers are better than others.
    Have to pay for parking, if you drive to work. Parking is tight in certain parts of campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    student researcher at cal poly

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

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

    Pros

    great staff, great advice from professors

    Cons

    not the greatest pay, somewhat smaller college so not as much exciting state of the art research, but still great learning environment

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Fantastic

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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 part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work opportunities. Beautiful location. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Not huge opportunity for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL POLY

    Pros

    A learning environment. Developed leadership and organizational skills.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency through the years. Informal business structure and training

  7.  

    Great School and Academics

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL POLY

    Pros

    Rigorous curriculum, great mentors, excellent resources

    Cons

    i cant think of any

  8.  

    I don't want to leave!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL POLY

    Pros

    Home sweet home. The students are enthused, outdoorsy, and very competitive. The smaller town ensures a home-y feel and it makes me want to stay in the college life forever!

    Cons

    Learn By Doing would be more attainable if classes weren't so impacted. The classes themselves are amazing, but it's hard to stay enthusiastic when you're constantly fighting for what you need and end up taking irrelevant classes just to be a full-time student.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change to the quarter system, and back up your mission to get student's out in four years.

  9.  

    Great experience, but exhausting work.

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

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

    Pros

    -Great learning experience
    -Great way to develop skills in mediation, conflict resolution, advertising, event planning, customer service, and administration tasks
    -Management is heavily focused on career and personal growth-- lots of opportunities to develop as an individual
    -Once you make a connection with your residents, the job becomes very rewarding on a personal level

    Cons

    -Work-life balance is what you make of it. Don't think of this as a job where you can 'clock in and clock out'-- your residents will acknowledge you as an Advisor even when you're off-campus, and you'll need to be ready to hop into job mode when someone knocks on your door at 2 AM on a Tuesday.
    -Compensation isn't great compared to other schools-- the free room & board is great, but for a job with such strict requirements on when you have to be in the residence halls, it's a shame there's no priority registration.
    -My CSD was good about setting clear expectations for expected programs, deadlines, etc., some of the other CSDs were less organized, and frequently dumped time-consuming tasks on their staff at the last second.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue offering services for personal development
    -Recognize that your Advisors *are* full-time students, and be cognizant of how Advisors are effected by unnecessary programming requirements

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Cal Poly Student Health Center

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL POLY

    Pros

    On campus location, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Boring work, poor hourly pay

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Student Lab Monitor in AG Bussiness

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Monitor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Monitor in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Job allowed student to get homework done while being lab monitor.
    Was able to interact with fellow student and help them out with technical issues
    Help professors troubleshoot computer issues.

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough hours.
    Student part-time job so no career opportunities. (as expected)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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