CAL POLY

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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
63 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

    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
  2.  

    My experience has been alright.

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

    Pros

    flexible work hours, decent pay for students who are working and going to school, understanding about being busy because of school

    Cons

    sometimes can be boring, too many rules in place by the state government about what student assistants are allowed to do and see

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should look into giving student assistants raises if they are with the company for more than a two years or so.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent work for students needing some extra cash

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    Former Employee - Food Service  in  San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Food Service in San Luis Obispo, CA

    Pros

    Hours work around schedule, supervisors are friendly as long as you do your work, there are plenty of fellow employees that can pick up a shift if necessary, free meals

    Cons

    Minimum wage, raises start after 250 hours and are capped at $0.30, slight drama between coworkers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If something goes wrong or doesn't go according to plan, just focus on getting it resolved. No use in crying over spilled milk.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It was a second home to me and made college a more fulfilling experience.

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

    Pros

    great coworkers and manager, easy to learn, get to meet and see a lot of people, flexible hours, convenient, free coffee drinks and meals, great environment and location.

    Cons

    a little too much drama, bad assistant manager, annoying customers, long rush lines, need to work at a fast pace, dress code.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To get rid of the people with bad work ethics and find an effective assistant manager

    Recommends
  6.  

    Mellow and easy yet usually unstimulating place to work.

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

    Pros

    Generally easy going management, it's easy to work here (con: and not ever think again)
    Expectations from above are achievable, can even be limiting (con)
    Beautiful geographic area, lots of outdoor activities available

    Cons

    Inadequate academic/professional collaboration
    Management does not really promote research and progressive ideas, but certainly pays mouth-service
    Good-old boy network of university leaders (old, white, conservative men): case in point new university president
    Small, slow town, boring if city-livin' appeals to you
    Homogeneous demographics- 80% white, hard-core religious Christians, very conservative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some well calculated risks, eg
    Hire newer, more dynamic management and professors
    Spend more money to support research
    Pay professors more

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great college

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

    Pros

    awesome weather, chill people. cozy town

    Cons

    lack of available classes, hard to get in desired classes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop wasting money

    Recommends
  8.  

    Events

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    Current Employee - Event Staff  in  San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Event Staff in San Luis Obispo, CA

    Pros

    Get to watch events for free

    Cons

    Shifts are long because the events run long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More organization for assigning games to employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty friendly place to work.

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

    Pros

    Pleasant place to work, friendly coworks and administrator. A lot of help to new people, such as senior faculty mantuor, release time.

    Cons

    salary level is so so, small town environment, which may be desirable for some people, but not myself. Hard for spouse to find a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great location, but lack of upward mobility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cal Poly SLO, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cal Poly SLO, CA

    Pros

    great place to live
    great university
    bright students and students who care (well most of them)

    Cons

    lack of upward mobiity especially in student affairs
    lack of work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more involved

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    so-so

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

    Pros

    -Awesome benefits
    -Great skills advancement opportunities
    -Extremely flexible hours/vacation time
    -Decent pay scale
    -Fairly relaxed working environment
    -Beautiful location to settle

    Cons

    -Work feels like more of a political battle than actual progression
    -VERY non-flat hierarchy; manager to worker ratio is fairly high
    -Don't expect to move up fast; the people in management positions have been and will be in them for quite a long time.
    -You are forced into unionization; if this is not something you can agree with, you should look elsewhere for a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Political struggles stalwart most advancement on projects, deadlines, and goals. Review process is a joke: ITS has subdivided the review scale that already exists on campus, scoring employees from 2.8-3.8 (the rest of campus is graded on a 1-5 scale, making departmental/campus repositioning fairly difficult, when in a pool of applicants consisting of your peers or other CSU employees. Little in the way of bonuses, even when exemplary work is done to minimize overhead and resource costs, while boosting efficiency (I've been repeatedly commended by management for the above, but have never seen bonuses or nominations for employee of the month/year - again this is more politically driven than anything else).

    Atmosphere is fairly non-diverse. There's a very large concentration of older sysadmins and technicians that either know very little about what they are doing (this is apparent by their inability to follow campus computing guidelines/security recommendations because, and I'm quoting several of them here, "It would be too difficult, or would take too much of my time"...), or fail to show any progression with modern computing strategies whatsoever.

    There's a huge disconnect between what students are doing/utilizing on campus and what the staff/faculty are utilizing. Current trends cater toward appeasing faculty rather than serving the best interest of the students. Lots of whining and very little legitimate brainstorming. LOTS of 'collaborative' meetings that result in taking very little of what was said actually into account. Finger pointing is pretty common, though rarely to anyone's face.

    That being said, the pay is decent, benefits are great, and location is perfect if you like the ocean and the small town feel. I have had plenty of opportunities to learn new skills (be it mostly from books, and linda.com resources), but little opportunity to employ the new acquisitions. The job can be as difficult or as easy as you make it for yourself. More effort will streamline your practices, and make daily tasks easier but don't expect much recognition for it.

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