Cuesta College Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

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

    Pros

    Fun and good people to work with

    Cons

    Hours and pay lack the industry average


  2. Go elsewhere if you can.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The campus is attractive. You can usually find parking if you are staff. Flexible work schedule, at least in my department.

    Cons

    Nasty coworker who deals with students known far and wide for her miserable attitude kept on by supervisors for reasons unknown. People in other departments rude to you if you work in a different department, as if we were not all coworkers. Worst family medical insurance I have ever had in 25 years of working for similar institutions - unaffordable, had to drop my child from the work insurance and put her on private insurance. Went broke and bankrupt in this expensive area because salary is reduced by 1/3 for health insurance that has high copays and keeps medical bills coming even with insurance in place. And Cuesta College cares nothing for retaining staff. They know someone else will take your place if they lose you.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your staff members and their families so no one else has to write a review like this.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Great teachers make lasting students!


  6. Behind the times

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  7. Great Department, Management Lacking

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  8. It was interesting, though inconsistent.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Work Experience in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Work Experience in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Pay attention to student reviews of instructor.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends

    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 Management

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


  10. Life long learning.

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

    Pros

    Interdepartmental there is a very supportive environment.

    Cons

    At times, many hoops to jump through.



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