Mission: Securing the financial future and sustaining the trust of California’s educators.
I have been working at CalSTRS full-time (More than 3 years)
CalSTRS is a state agency that is progressive, forward thinking and focuses on employee engagement. I worked at 2 prior state agencies prior to coming to CalSTRS and the experience is like night and day. There's perks like building amenities such as a gym, bicycle library, on-site garden, water/ice machine. In addition, I think the natural sunlight and the way the office is set-up makes the office environment positive, as opposed to a stuffy, dark, dull office. There's tons of training opportunities for employees that CalSTRS spends tons of money on for the development of their employees. You have your few old-school, stereotypical "State worker" but large majority of staff is hard-working and professional. I noticed CalSTRS is hiring more college educated millennials and I think that is due primarily in line with the agency's culture and progressiveness. The whole agency from the executives to staff seem to be on board with the agency's core values and our purpose of serving public educators.
No major complaints. Minor con is that there's not consistency with a divided up upper management. One area allows for one thing, while another area doesn't because one executive is more progressive than the other executive.
Advice to Management
Allow more flexibility such as working from home.
I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at CalSTRS.
Typical state interview with pre-selected questions in a binder and a 3 person panel, however, the interview panel deviated significantly from the questions in the binder and asked a lot of follow-ups. Panel was friendly and inviting but it was clear they were looking for someone with more experience for this “entry-level” position. .
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