CSU Monterey Bay Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
17 Reviews

3.4
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Passivity or hands tied management?

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer II  in  Seaside, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer II in Seaside, CA

    I have been working at CSU Monterey Bay full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Basically good well- intentioned people in an accepted status quo i with academic types notorious for lack of imagination.

    Cons

    Basically good well- intentioned people in an accepted status quo i with academic types notorious for lack of imagination. I reframe latter: passivity and low morale resulting from a future with no hope of funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for even more initiative and new modes of operation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It was fun until I got fired because of something that had nothing to do with me

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSU Monterey Bay

    Pros

    working with other students is fun and always teaches you something new

    Cons

    I wish I got paid more or was able to work more than 20hrs a week which is school policy

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    Great experience. Wonderful team to work alongside.

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    Former Employee - Webmaster, Otter Realm  in  Seaside, CA
    Former Employee - Webmaster, Otter Realm in Seaside, CA

    I worked at CSU Monterey Bay part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great temporary or beginning job for current web development students. Full control over site management and creativity. Monthly meetings with news team to discuss creative strategies and ideas.

    Cons

    No benefits. Part time position. No training involved. Must already have the skills required to update and maintain the website in Drupal. Responsible for troubleshooting all technical and maintenance issues that arise with their Internet Service Provider.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Updating from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 will increase security and updates for the site.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Ignorance Abounds

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seaside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seaside, CA

    I have been working at CSU Monterey Bay full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is it is the Monterey Bay. This is a beautiful area with plenty of open space and outdoor activities to take part in.

    Cons

    The pay, considering the cost of living, is low to very low for the vast majority of the working class employees, while many managers are paid far over their worth. Many of the administrators and labor relations staff are belligerent, and are only there to try and justify their existence. Low motivation among the staff, because of poor management, makes it tough to get anything meaningful done in a timely manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all middle management and hire people with actual experience doing the job they have been hired to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place, small communal feeling.

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  Seaside, CA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Seaside, CA

    I worked at CSU Monterey Bay part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You really get to know people.

    Cons

    School is still growing and going through changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    IT Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - IT Intern
    Former Employee - IT Intern

    I worked at CSU Monterey Bay as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Good hours and pay

    Cons

    Not too challenging
    Work isn't engaging at times

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent people and excellent program to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CSU Monterey Bay as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great group of people who love the arts. You can truly feel like you are contributing good to the world.

    Cons

    Long hours. It's only a month-long program, during the month of July.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great coworkers - stagnant compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seaside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seaside, CA

    I have been working at CSU Monterey Bay full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Relative freedom to pursue interests and manage your own projects.

    Cons

    No cost of living increase or other compensation increase in over six years. No sign of that improving anytime soon.
    Low end of the salary scale, even compared to other CSU campuses.'
    Employee attrition rate is increasing and with the current salary scale it is difficult to find new qualified employees. Workload is increasing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My department actively worked against my success.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSU Monterey Bay full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's close to Pinnacles National Monument.

    Cons

    It's a former military base with an identity crisis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Academically, great - administratively, not so much

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    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  Seaside, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Seaside, CA

    I have been working at CSU Monterey Bay part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dedicated, engaged faculty, committed to student development. Even routine activites like department meeting are well attended, and when academic changes are made, they are accompanied by lively and thoughtful debate.

    Cons

    Administrative systems are needlessly complex and serve to demotivate staff. Admins soend an inordinate fraction of their time on repetitive, unnecessary tasks that in many instances could be made unnecessary by simple things such as online forms that could be signed and submitted electronically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research other similar institutions and adapt more efficient prcesses to CSUMB's needs. Reduce the amount of physical paper and the number of signatures needed for most administrative procedures for students such as schedule changes (e.g. adding and dropping classes).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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