CAL State San Marcos Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. This company excellent benefits, but little room for growth.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support Assistant in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Assistant in San Marcos, CA

    I worked at CAL State San Marcos full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, people, experience, routine, company values, community feeling

    Cons

    Limiting, quiet, no room for growth, no bonuses, no raises, many regulations

    Advice to Management

    Recognition on every level

  2. Mix of departments with some very dysfunctional

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    Former Employee - IT and Media Department in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - IT and Media Department in San Marcos, CA

    I worked at CAL State San Marcos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The college campus setting, state job, access to free continued education. Vacations relating to school schedule. Relaxed summers.

    Cons

    Finger pointing when mistakes happen, president is like royalty, clicky, pay is low, hiring tiers- contract 90-180 days get no medical and you could just resign after it expires forever. The 181 day does get benefits but still job security until actually hired is poor

    Advice to Management

    Do away with the resigning into perpetuity of contracts. Once your there a year or more give benefits. Work on inter-departmental harmony, I understand each is trying to get their piece of the grant money but that causes waste and discord.

  3. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL State San Marcos

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning experience, work-life balance, co-workers, great supervisors and directors, new technologies, job stability, great benefits, pays for part of your kids CSU education

    Cons

    Politics, union, low pay, career will stagnant, little to no upwards mobility, high costs for parking, traffic when school is in session

    Advice to Management

    Pay market wages

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  5. Good for someone who wants to retire early

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL State San Marcos

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team players, nice employees, fun events, good benefits/retirement plan and summer dress code is casual.

    Cons

    Every department is different even though they claim to run by the same code of ethics, they don't. Management seems to back you but there is a unspoken divide between union workers (staff) and management. Be sure to find out who your union rep is and go to them with ANY issues or questions you may have. If you have a complaint about a manager go to HR immediately. Pay is ok, not great. Union is a nice perk. Training is not provided. They are strictly by the book and "the book" is not ever updated correctly. Be ready to learn on the fly. There are someone people that will take you under their wing but just be careful it's survival of the fittest.

    Advice to Management

    Take management classes and use what you have learned.

  6. Great for Students but short term

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL State San Marcos

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay, tax free for students. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    no benefits no paid vacation no sick days. everything depends on what project/program you are working.

    Advice to Management

    Give employee benefits

  7. Great workplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Lecturer in San Marcos, CA
    Current Contractor - Lecturer in San Marcos, CA

    I have been working at CAL State San Marcos as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Students and faculty are great

    Cons

    Lecturer salary is linked to government funding

    Advice to Management

    Good job

  8. If you do not move positions and stay stuck in one spot, then the job starts to become very repetitive and restricting.

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    Current Employee - Student Technology Help Desk Student Assistant in San Marcos, CA
    Current Employee - Student Technology Help Desk Student Assistant in San Marcos, CA

    I have been working at CAL State San Marcos part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The University is growing therefore more student jobs are arising. You get great hands on experience working directly with customer issues and IT. Their are many job positions available. Great opportunities to get full-time job after graduating.

    Cons

    Despite being many positions available, managers can sometimes choose favorites. Can be very political and can sometimes make you feel restricted if stuck in a position for to long. Important to start working here young in college career if you want to try to get a full-time position.

    Advice to Management

    Seek to advance students that show effort in advancing, are persistent, do the job well and also students that wish to learn and grow within IT. Communicate with students every at least 2 months to make sure everything is going well with their job position. Give more appraisals.

  9. Great people, great experience, good work/life balance.

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    Former Employee - Work Study in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Work Study in San Marcos, CA

    I worked at CAL State San Marcos part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The positive nature of helping students reach their goals. Awesome coworkers.

    Cons

    State budgets affecting operations and employment.

    Advice to Management

    School unable to offer classes to students because of budget restrictions yet the president gets paid $400k/year??

  10. awesome people to work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL State San Marcos full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard work is appreciated and acknowledge.

    Cons

    No compensation increases due to budget constraints.

  11. Good teaching opportunity

    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Marcos, CA

    I worked at CAL State San Marcos part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    As a TA you will get the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience.

    Cons

    If you ever want to become a full-time teacher at a community college anywhere in the US, good luck. You will need a PhD to compete. An MA will only open doors to part-time or subbing positions, which don't lead to full-time positions. Part-time hourly rates are substantially lower than full-time rates. There are many frustrated part-time teachers at community colleges who have been working for years hoping the job market will improve. The truth is that it hasn't and it may never improve.

    Advice to Management

    None.

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