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CSU Sacramento Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Chemistry Stockroom

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSU Sacramento

    Pros

    It's nice that it's on campus, and its a good place to get your feet wet. The supervisors are usually very nice

    Cons

    I understand it's a campus job, but pay is low. Student assistance is underfunded; the best you can get is more hours.

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    Beautifully Landscaped Campus, Terribly Low Staff Salaries

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at CSU Sacramento full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits provided are quite good, and if you have accumulated any years of experience as a State of California employee, you bring those with you and can accumulate more vacation and sick leave time. There are many places on campus to eat, and there is always some interesting event to attend.

    Cons

    Staff salaries are far lower on this campus than at other CSUs, and far below what you would be paid for a comparable job at the State, at a community college or in the private sector. While there are training opportunities on-line and on-campus, staff rarely will be given the time to avail themselves of it. Transferring between departments is quite difficult and most new positions are hired as Temporary, leaving you with no real security. Employees have to pay to park on-campus, despite the meager wages they receive. General campus morale is poor and there is little camaraderie or support between departments, colleges and administrative offices. Many managers have terrific skills in political maneuvering, but far less ability in managing staff effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a CSUS family, and encourage interactivity between departments. Bring administration closer to the student population. Adopt a "no bullying" policy and apply it to management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great benefits, beautiful campus, head-in-the-sand management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSU Sacramento

    Pros

    The medical, dental, vision benefits are excellent. People on campus are friendly and helpful and the campus is a beautiful place to walk at lunch.

    Cons

    Some of management is so full of ego and wanting power that they work from an "us" against "them" viewpoint instead of a "what more could we accomplish if we work together" vantage. New ideas are not welcome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the wisdom and abilities of your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I enjoyed working for CSU Sacramento. As a concurrent student, it provided an ideal and convenient environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at CSU Sacramento part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The university provides ample job stability, vacation time, and lots of opportunity for intellectual and personal growth through the tuition waiver program for staff.

    Cons

    Standard suite of tensions between managers and staff, as well as a substantial amount of bureaucracy that needs to be maneuvered through in order to accomplish job tasks and duties. Efficiency appears to be lacking at times in conjunction with a lack of positive or generative office culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Operations and procedures can be streamlined. A stronger consideration for input from staff or student level employees can increase work place morale and foster a clearer sense of responsibility and accountability within office environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Enjoy working at Sac State

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CSU Sacramento full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pros: Beautiful campus; engaging students; good colleagues.

    Cons

    Cons: No raises; difficult driving to and parking on campus; not many promotional opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in professional development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Disappointing...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at CSU Sacramento full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great, pretty campus...

    Cons

    Low pay, no opportunities for advancement (frequently turning down promoting internal candidates in favor of external candidates), no reward for doing a good job so it makes people pretty unmotivated and apathetic about their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your employees are actually doing and make the workload distribution and pay scales fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Served as Administrator of a new research center.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at CSU Sacramento full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed working in a campus environment. Particularly found the students to be an invigorating part of the work.

    Cons

    Faculty are often lone eagles who do their own thing on their own terms. This made it very difficult to forge cooperation and collaboration with some of them in order to achieve research goals. Also, multiple rounds of budget cuts from the state created a very difficult fiscal environment, which negatively affected morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to use more business-like management practices, and create performance incentives for motivating faculty members.

  9.  

    Excellent Student Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Terminal Lounge/Gallery Attendant in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Terminal Lounge/Gallery Attendant in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at CSU Sacramento part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great flexibility with school class schedule

    Cons

    Low pay but that's to be expected of a student job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Writing Center Tutor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at CSU Sacramento part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a nice working environment. There are a lot of nice and intellectual people there and the Center is a place where tutors can hang out, do their homework, or socialize with other tutors in the staff room in between classes, even when they are not on duty.
    The Supervisors are very helpful and when there is an issue (for example: a tutor is having trouble making progress with a student), they are more than happy to give advice and help in anyway.

    Cons

    One of the cons is that to work at the Writing Center is that you have to take the class the semester before.
    Another con about this position is the number of hours they give the students. It ranges from each semester from 3 to 5 hours a week depending on how many tutors are employed and how much money the department have to pay the tutors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Short but Sweet

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at CSU Sacramento part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved working on campus because my hours were set around my class schedule. It was nice knowing that once I left campus I was done. Made traveling convenient and the pay was great.

    Cons

    Getting paid once a month

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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