Calstrs Reviews

Updated May 16, 2015
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  1. Great place but can feel slow at times.

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    Former Intern - Investment Intern in West Sacramento, CA
    Former Intern - Investment Intern in West Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Calstrs as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment and coworkers. Everyone is extremely friendly and willing to take time to teach you what they do. As an intern they let me get involved with portfolio research.

    Cons

    They are a state company so there is a lot of politics that governs their work that you would not see at a private company. Can feel slow in the office.


  2. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calstrs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I underestimate the beauty of CalSTRS, until I visit other state buildings. This building opened in 2009, the cubicles are medium size with lower partitions to promote a modern open feel. The people are very friendly and helpful, including the CEO & other execs. - Nice cafe with a Peet's Coffee - Many free on campus training classes - Promotional opportunities; most departments prefer to promote from within (if you meet the CalHR job qualifications) - Located on the Sacramento River & Riverwalk Trail - Free modern gym with a yoga/ exercise & locker room - parking is around 45.00, which is cheaper than most offices in the downtown area - It doesn't fit the sloppy lazy state worker stereotype. Most people dress business casual. Some in suits, depending on the business area you work in. - Occasionally you'll see almost famous people like Al Gore.

    Cons

    Like with other jobs, especially state jobs, there can be nepotism. Overtime you'll realize how many people are related to other people, in some type of way. You still have to pass an exam & meet minimum qualifications, but with so many people trying to get state jobs, a good word from an inside source seems to go a long way.


  3. Good Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance that includes free parking and gym.

    Cons

    Promotional Opportunities limited for inside people


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  5. Best you can do for investment management in Sacramento

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Officer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Officer in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, great culture, friendly people

    Cons

    Not innovative, lack of investment training/mentoring


  6. Company Policy

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    Former Employee - Service Center in West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Service Center in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    Salaries are low compared to Industry Standards

    Advice to Management

    Raise Salaries


  7. As a Intern the organization prepared to be successful in the workplace.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an intern i was able to develop and explore keen working traits that will follow me for the rest of my career. Great place to work and develop.

    Cons

    You will be treated as an permanent worker. Work can be stressful at times.


  8. Meeting and educating the teachers was the best part of the position

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Calstrs as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Contracted position 30 hours per week- meet the demands of the teacher

    Cons

    Now a state job - is not a contracted position

    Advice to Management

    Very structured position


  9. Great office environment - for a state job at least.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Human Resources in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Intern - Human Resources in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calstrs as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great facility, especially compared to other state offices. CalSTRS has a new building with nice spacious cubicles. The people there were great for the most part. Large staff means you're bound to make good relationships.

    Cons

    State environment is slow moving, and lazy sometimes. Can be frustrating when you feel like your coworkers don't put in 100% and they really don't need too anyways.


  10. Great experience working at CalSTRS

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work-Life balance - Opportunities to learn and promote - Progressive organization and forward-thinking - Values employees - Great leadership - Transparency - Management always willing to hear concerns/issues in the workplace

    Cons

    - "Lifers" (state employees who have passed their probation and have no desire for advancement--they can bring any team down which makes it hard to work with them at times because they are not open to new ideas or to change.)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Continue to foster the minds of your staff by challenging them and ensuring they are the best employees that they can be.


  11. Good place considering you work for the State

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    Current Employee - Investment Officer in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Officer in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, great employees, they encourage "outside the box" thinking, good pension and benefits

    Cons

    you are tied to the state for the good and bad. compensation is tied to the State. since it is hard to get rid of people, you get some that do no work and have no knowledge and there is nothing anyone does about it.

    Advice to Management

    repremand those who do no work and recognize those who do great work



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