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CalSTRS Overview
West Sacramento, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
$10+ billion (USD) per year
CalPERS, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, State Teachers Retirement of Ohio
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of traditional defined benefit, cash balance and voluntary defined contribution plans. CalSTRS also ... Read more

Mission: Securing the financial future and sustaining the trust of California’s educators.

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Jack Ehnes
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    "The best State Agency to work for"

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    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
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    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.

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    Investment Operations (IO1) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview


    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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    • Explain experience with a specific investment system.   1 Answer
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