Cogswell Polytech Reviews

Updated May 23, 2015
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  1. Librarian Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Librarian Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Librarian Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    One of the pros is helping students with their studies by finding the right books or directing them to the databases the school uses.

    Cons

    The library is often very slow, so not a lot of library work actually happens. Hours are not enough to survive on.

    Advice to Management

    Find various activities and projects that need to be completed around the library. This way there is little down time for the assistant.


  2. Faculty in For-profit educational institute: Pros and Cons

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Faculty, FT in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Faculty, FT in Sunnyvale, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Cogswell Polytech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The students are great: Artistic, creative. Some get for the first time appreciation for doing art work! As a for profit, you also get less capable students (who are willing to pay the money and try). But for those students who stick around, it is a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Private for profit is a real problem. Especially when the owner is remote, and not involved in the school. The impression you get is that he is in it only for the money. The faculty is there for the students and as a mission, but decisions are made without their control.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, transparency, transparency. The faculty, and students, need to know you really care about them, and not about making a larger school with more profit for the owner.


  3. Come for the creativity

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cogswell Polytech full-time

    Pros

    The students, the students, the students. This is the best reason to work here. You will not find a more passionate, creative, friendly, family-oriented group of students. They are a privilege to work with and anyone who has taught or worked here will confirm that. Other pros include being flexible on hours, being flexible on creating your own creative opportunities, and the benefits package has had a huge upgrade in the past few years.

    Cons

    It's higher education, and that comes with a lower salary (despite being for-profit). Yearly reviews are also nearly impossible to come by.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a solid process for reviewing all employees on a regular basis. Cost of living raises are needed to as the college is located in one of them most expensive areas on the planet.


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  5. Chaos Control

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cogswell Polytech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the students are well-meaning, talented, hard working, creative and pleasant to be around. There are some dedicated and hard working faculty as well.

    Cons

    Machiavellian management pits faculty against each other, steal ideas and redistributes credits as a form of control. There are some very unethical methods used to recruit students.


  6. Manageable job for a college student

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Librarian Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Librarian Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cogswell Polytech part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back, relaxing environment. Work was reasonable to do.

    Cons

    There was a little too much down time and not enough discipline for other workers who weren't doing their job correctly.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Nice people unstable management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dean in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Dean in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cogswell Polytech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very creative students. Very low compensation. Big parking lot and lots of room. Close to highway access. Some of the faculty are super special people. Terrific at arts.

    Cons

    Lack of senior management but this was ten years ago not today. Technology part was quite weak.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics and more quality. Care more about the students. Have a consistent vision and follow it through.


  8. Great for student workers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cogswell Polytech part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a student worker they always were flexible with hours, allowing you to schedule time in between classes.

    Cons

    Sometimes different admission staff will give you contradictory instructions, and you have to figure out whose to follow.



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