CAL POLY Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Good place to start for an intern

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    Current Employee - Mobile Developer in Cal Poly SLO, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile Developer in Cal Poly SLO, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice friendly folks at work. Flexible hours. This is a great place to build your work experience.

    Cons

    Some day it is hot because it's SLO

    Advice to Management

    Great!


  2. Professor in College of Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Professor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Best work/life balance of any job imaginable - Beautiful setting - Set our own goals and career objective - low pressure

    Cons

    - salary not comparable to industry job - expensive cost of living in SLO

    Advice to Management

    MERIT pay increases. It's how the world works (well, the part that works anyway).


  3. Technically challenging, great work environment and fun coworkers and management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Improve your computing technical knowledge

    Cons

    At first there was a steel learning curve, but plenty of coworkers to help out.

    Advice to Management

    Priority Registration for the student workers


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  5. Bad management, no incentives.

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    Former Employee - Cashier in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food Breaks Convenient location for students Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    No incentives No room for growth Bad training


  6. Little Growth Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus, great benefits, food on campus.

    Cons

    No annual pay raise No room to grow High pay for parking


  7. Great job to have as a student

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    --very flexible with student schedules --fun environment --nice to stay on campus

    Cons

    --logging hour process each month is annoying


  8. Micro-managed Master

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work with great students Always busy with new projects Beautiful area

    Cons

    CYA to the max. Everything is always a hastle. Was not allowed to talk with other campus officials without gaining approval. Even though I am a professional Staff member. Most Admin do not care about students. Rather see them as individuals who if a student/parent comes to them, we are to move heaven & earth for them and neglect everyone else. Micro managed to every detail. Office Hours started at 10 am, and would be getting calls at 10 am asking on updates on situations from the night before that you knew nothing about yet.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, they have masters degrees for a reason. Don't preach work life balance, and then state that we're expected to check email/have meetings every night. Don't be scared of the sometimes harsh reality of critical feedback.


  9. Secure

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Staff in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is fine, the benefits are great, and the environment is generally friendly. A positive side effect of the dismal state budgets is that you usually work in small, tight-knit teams and feel like you're "making a difference."

    Cons

    Top-heavy management structure, limited room for growth. I acquired all of my departed supervisor's duties for five months and was never compensated accordingly. Helplessly self-aware of its own bureaucracy, nothing happens as smoothly as it could.

    Advice to Management

    Place more interest in the potential growth of your employees and match increased responsibility with fair compensation.


  10. Accommodating to part-time students!

    Former Employee - Student IT Tech in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Student IT Tech in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours as a student worker; classes come first, then work. Awesome boss in the media distribution services department.

    Cons

    Couldn't work during class hours, so it was either pre-dawn or post-dusk hours. Flexible, but not ideal. The MDS office is in a pretty old basement. It gets dusty down there.


  11. Overall, very pleased

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cal Poly is a great place to work. Fantastic location, easy-going culture, and really up-and-coming in the academia world.

    Cons

    This is probably a criticism more of academia than Cal Poly specifically, but Cal Poly sometimes refused to adopt new technologies or ideologies. Sometimes you have to fire people who aren't assents or try something new and untested.



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