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West Sacramento, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1913
Government
Investment Banking & Asset Management
$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.

CalSTRS Reviews

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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)

    Pros

    Nice, state of the art LEED platinum certified building with gym and cafe
    Bright, professional people to work with
    Great location along the Sacramento River makes walk breaks quite enjoyable
    Feels more private sectorish in good ways with all of the typical state job benefits
    Lots of considerate communication to make sure people are comfortable and not caught off guard with random software patches/upgrades, carpet cleaning, parking garage maintenance, etc.
    Robust training and employee development programs
    Well developed employee recognition program

    Cons

    A lot of managers have a "grass is greener on the other side" fantasy. The bar for promoting internally can be quite high while managers are willing to take a gamble on outside talent who have nice looking resumes, but end up disappointed later realizing they should've developed and promoted their existing staff who were really the most qualified candidates.
    14 floor building and excessive internal controls creates lots of silos with redundant overlapping work . Months or even years can go by before you find out someone else is working on the same or related thing you are and you could have helped each other (and the organization) a long time ago!

    Advice to Management

    Many of you are high C (DiSC) perfectionists who are never fully satisfied and always think the perfect thing or person is out there somewhere. Look at the laborer in the cubicle right next to you, they are probably the best fit for the job and certainly a lot less expensive for you and taxpayers to hire given the training costs that come along with turnover and outside hires. Keep up the great work with recognition and employee wellness programs. Keep striving to break down communication silos and increase operational efficiency!

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CalSTRS Photos

CalSTRS photo of: This is the exterior of the CalSTRS LEED Platinum-certified headquarters building.
CalSTRS photo of: Employees confer at CalSTRS. The building features an open-office plan.
CalSTRS photo of: Employees eat and meet in the space outside the Waterfront Cafe.
CalSTRS photo of: Employees eat and meet in the space outside the Waterfront Cafe.
CalSTRS photo of: View of the CalSTRS headquarters building.
CalSTRS photo of: This is the entrance to CalSTRS headquarters.
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CalSTRS Interviews

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    Assistant Information Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Sacramento, CA
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    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at CalSTRS (West Sacramento, CA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Interview process started with a technical test, involving troubleshooting a computer for 45 minutes. The panel interview consisted of 3 interviewers, all from the department (including the manager of the department and a person in the AISA position). Very relaxed and friendly, spent a total of 2 hours interviewing. I was given a total of 8 questions to review for about 5 minutes before starting the interview. After finishing those questions, I was asked a series of soft skill questions including: if you were a super hero, what super power would you want? If you were in line to complete a job, would you want to be in front, in the middle, or in the back?

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation involving attention to detail, describe your weaknesses, describe how you analyzed information to make a recommendation, describe how you dealt with conflict in your team, describe how you would systematically solve an IT problem   Answer Question
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