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Cuesta College Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cuesta College

    Pros

    Fun and good people to work with

    Cons

    Hours and pay lack the industry average

  2.  

    Good college, if you're a student; not a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cuesta College full-time

    Pros

    Most of the faculty and staff are dedicated to the mission of providing accessible education to the community. Depending on your position, work-life balance is good; not so for administrators, who are expected to attend all events, whether on nights or weekends, maintain active memberships in social organizations, etc. Benefits are good compared to most private sector employment but mediocre compared to other colleges.

    Cons

    Average to below average pay. Salaries frozen since 2008. Some supervisors and administrators are incompetent and/or lack integrity and emotional intelligence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire supervisors and administrators who are not incompetent, unethical, or bullies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    I love Cuesta College as a student and employee, they have been very supportive and amazing!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at Cuesta College part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    All the different types of support they offer.

    Cons

    Working with challenging students but that makes the job more challenging which is more of a learning experience for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great teachers make lasting students!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Behind the times

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at Cuesta College full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staffers, laid back environment, great location, a lot of entry-level jobs, wide range of employment options for high school students to adults

    Cons

    No salary surveys done for current positions, little room to move up, too much inbreeding, way behind in technology, very resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade your employee's systems, add wireless, provide professional development, more community building activities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great Department, Management Lacking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at Cuesta College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The faculty at Cuesta are amazing and dedicated professionals. They work hard to make sure students' needs are met and that they are up-to-date in their respective fields.

    Salary is OK for an adjunct position.

    Cons

    Management was much more worried about bottom line than education. Several times they mentioned that money was the issue to the college, neglecting the fact that opening more classes would have attracted more students, more tuition, and more state help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the goal of the college is to educate students and serve the community. Trust the faculty who are in the classroom. They know much more about what the school needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    It was interesting, though inconsistent.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Work Experience in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Work Experience in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at Cuesta College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Favorable impression of area, facility, students.

    Cons

    Program requirements kept changing, little input from part-time faculty who staffed it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to student reviews of instructor.

    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to work as a part-time faculty member.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I have been working at Cuesta College

    Pros

    Cuesta College is a great place to work due to it's location and the community. There is strong community support for the college. The San Luis Obispo area is gorgeous!

    Cons

    Problems with hiring a good president and executive VPs. The president seems to have too much power and makes decisions independent of input from the lower downs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a good president. You have one in house....don't pass up the opportunity.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Life long learning.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cuesta College

    Pros

    Interdepartmental there is a very supportive environment.

    Cons

    At times, many hoops to jump through.

    Recommends

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