CAL POLY Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
71 Reviews
3.8
71 Reviews
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CAL POLY President Jeffrey D. Armstrong
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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)

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

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Fantastic

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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