CAL State San Marcos Reviews

Updated May 26, 2015
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  1. Great place to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL State San Marcos

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

    Pros

    Learn a great deal of information being a student employee.

    Cons

    None that i know of!

    Advice to Management

    Great job! Thank you for taking time to teach students!


  2. Teaching Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in San Marcos, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in San Marcos, CA

    I have been working at CAL State San Marcos part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work experience. Assistance from fellow staff members and tenored staff. Reasonable class sizes. Students are cooperative, helpful and respectful. Math Lab staff offers assistance to student and staff.

    Cons

    Compensation is extremely low, no parking assistance, no tuition assistance. Classrooms are dirty with trash on the floors and unkept floors. White boards and black boards are cleaned only a few times a semester.

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation.


  3. Mix of departments with some very dysfunctional

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. This company excellent benefits, but little room for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Good for someone who wants to retire early

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  8. Great for Students but short term

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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??


  11. awesome people to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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