CAL POLY

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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
72 Reviews
3.7
72 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy job, laid back managers, decent pay

    Cons

    Often very boring, not much going on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (more than an 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
  6. 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 (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
  7.  

    Excellent education if you know what you want to do.

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    Current Employee - Student in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Student in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic Engineering programs, Great location, Great teachers

    Cons

    Very Agriculture-centered, lots of trucks and cowboys (which may not be a con at all...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much you can do, but hope California stops being horrible with its money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The Happiest Place...

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator I in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator I in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Living on the California Central Coast with ideal climates, and work being only 5.2 miles from my home.

    Cons

    Due to our states failing economy, the staff at Cal Poly have not received a cost of living raise in over 4.5 years. Looming in the future for staff and faculty, is the possibility of a permanent 10% reduction in pay!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay out of the academic politics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice Place to work

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

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great community to live in very safe and quiet. We have excellent weather. The salary is good and benefits are great. Most everyone here is nice to work with, overall I really like working here!

    Cons

    I don't like paying for parking. There haven't been and raises due to the state budget and there are unions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cal Poly, SLO doesn't value or reward IT professionals

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    Current Employee - Operating Systems Analyst in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Operating Systems Analyst in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to live (but expensive!)

    Cons

    Salaries are low, something like 60% of going rate for IT professionals. Our union gave up any notion of raises about 10 years ago, so people from before that are much better paid. People that were hired more recently are hired at low pay and never get a raise. Morale is low. The typical way people get more money is to move from position to position.

    Many IT managers are from the "good old days" and take care of their jobs and their buddies, but don't take care of business. Many IT managers are completely stale technically, and have little relevant knowledge or skills in current IT practices, and poor management skills.

    The review system is fundamentally broken, good people are not rewarded and under performers are not dealt with, so they good people give up and leave, and the under performers get more and more entrenched. Many IT staff have been here far too long, are basically "retired in place" and get in the way of doing the right thing to protect their positions.

    Old managers and old staff like the "good old ways" of doing things. Don't come here to do anything cutting edge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for. Look off campus for new smart blood, and pay them enough to afford living in SLO. Fix the review system and the compensation system. People that do a good job should get raises. People that can't do their job should be removed from their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Cal Poly promotes a fair and welcoming work environment that enables employees to excel.

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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

    Pros

    Cal Poly acknowledges your qualifications and respects the contributions you make to the work place.

    Cons

    As a student working at Cal Poly it can be difficult working with your peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to find new ways for employees to advance through the system.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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