CAL POLY Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
67 Reviews
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67 Reviews
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CAL POLY President Jeffrey D. Armstrong
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Easy job, laid back managers, decent pay (in 3 reviews)

  • Extremely flexible hours/vacation time (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is what you make of it (in 3 reviews)

  • Minimum wage, raises start after 250 hours and are capped at (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    Great experience, but exhausting work.

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    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    Cal Poly Student Health Center

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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
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    Student Lab Monitor in AG Bussiness

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    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 for 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
  6.  

    Cal Poly Part Time Lecturer Pool

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

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

    Pros

    good extra income, access to research, nice staff, helpful faculty, professional and industry contacts, fun college atmosphere.

    Cons

    not steady work, students with attitudes, grading takes up a lot of time, as well as office hours- need to plan out your time well if you are a working professional.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    an educational and accommodating experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule to accommodate classes, opportunity to get some hands-on experience while at school without leaving campus. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Department politics can get in the way sometimes. There's nothing quite as annoying or distracting as having bosses clashing over your head.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very bureaucratic, but good employer

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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 part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -flexible scheduling, most departments are pretty good about giving you time off for finals and stuff
    -convenient location
    -relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    -low pay
    -different department standards--some treat student employees very well, some treat them pretty poorly
    -asi or corporation can pay a lot more than state jobs
    -future employers appear to prefer internships over "student" jobs on your resume

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    ResNet Technician

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    Current Employee - Resnet Technician  in  San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Resnet Technician in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy job, laid back managers, decent pay

    Cons

    Often very boring, not much going on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a fun experience, but it mostly was administrative work

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    Current Employee - Frontline Assistant  in  San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Frontline Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you love children and interacting with customers as well as multitasking, this is a great place

    Cons

    Hours are not flexible, mistakes can lead to huge issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corrupt and a textbook example of State employees

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst  in  San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at CAL POLY full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Campus is a positive environment. Working at a university can be like its own community and can be a very nice place to work. This university was that way years ago.

    Cons

    The evolution of poor management, marked lack of ethics on the part of management and individuals promoting to positions beyond their abilities has has created a very negitive and toxic work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring off campus people for upper management positions. Individuals that started at the universty as a file clerk have no business in personnel management just because they have worked at the university for 10 years. If they have not been availing themselves of the educational benefits of the university, they are still just qualified as a file clerk. Hmmmm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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