California State University

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Long Beach, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

Pros

--Enormous pride in serving the largest public university system in the country
--Interaction with energized students and brilliant faculty
--Established organization throughout the State of California
--Very good recognition in all market sectors: government, business, international

Cons

--Sudden layoffs, firings, "non-retentions"
--Constant threat of unpaid furloughs, salary reductions
--Fortress mentality, us-against-them
--With the California budget picture being what it is now, CSUCO is a bitterly gloomy and administratively rigid work environment

Advice to ManagementAdvice

In tough times, you cannot afford NOT to innovate. CSU faculty could be powerful allies and advocates in partnership with the Chancellor's Office, just as the CO is far more supportive of CSU faculty than most believe. You're both on the same team, and both sides can learn a great deal from the other.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent work/life balance.

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Long Beach, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits. Opportunities for training are excellent

    Cons

    Very little coordination between departments. No central management of finances, so different groups perform projects independent of the organization as a whole. Tends to lead to much duplication of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistancy.

    Recommends
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    Nice place to work. Like the mission. In some cases, senior management and leadership are severly lacking.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great location. Great benefits. Okay pay. Lots of development opportunities if you work for good management/leadership. Opportunity to work with highly talented people overall.

    Cons

    Buerocratic red-tape and senior management's risk adversity in certain areas can make it difficult to get things done...in fact it can be downright oppressive and demotivating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit senior management, require the "hangers-on" to either perform or retire, and allow talented management/senior management to exercise their many talents and do their job. In response to the question below, Charles B. Reed is doing the best job that he can under the economic and political circumstances. Its time for the tax payers to reduce University support, and its time for students to pony up foer their University education, like everyone else in the U.S. has to do...no more free (or nearly free) handouts. "Investing" in one's education requires more than a free ride and just "showing up."

    Approves of CEO
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