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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  • Super relaxed environment, flexible hours, cool co workers, time off requests are easy to fill out (in 19 reviews)

  • Best work/life balance of any job imaginable (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Education and hands on experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CAL POLY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    College amenities, quality of work, students are all positives that enhance the work environment. Sports and culture events promote a sense of community.

    Cons

    Some of the facilities are dated and not well maintained. Older buildings and constant construction are downsides. Lack of diversity in executive staff and faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving diversity by hiring and retaining employees. Add more employee education opportunities and short courses.


  2. "Lead Cashier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist- Lead Supervisor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist- Lead Supervisor in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CAL POLY (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with students you go to classes with and the full time employees are all really nice!

    Cons

    The scheduling system is really unorganized and somewhat unfair. Most of my shifts were not what I requested and they made me stay PAST finals week.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the students about what we need to continue to work there because those are the individuals that work at the store.


  3. "Marketing Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Del Mar, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Del Mar, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the job and everyone that worked for Career Services. They let me create my own schedule and trusted me with sticking to it. My supervisor cared about me and had weekly meetings to discuss professional and personal goals. I was able to be creative but also stick to the marketing guide.

    Cons

    Honestly, the only con was that I wish it was a full time job! I loved working for such a great supervisor and was devastated when I graduated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, you inspire so many students. Thank you for inspiring me and helping me get to where I want to be.


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  5. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CAL POLY (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great organization with a wonderful and friendly community

    Cons

    Administrative communication can have a significant delay on obtaining paperwork in a timely fashion.


  6. "Business Department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendly staff, accommodating to students' schedules

    Cons

    Disorganization, lack of resources to implement things, felt stunted in terms of progress and innovation since everything had to align with Cal Poly's image

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change and new ideas


  7. "Flexible Hours, Resume Builder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cal Poly Student OPS in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Cal Poly Student OPS in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CAL POLY part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with my class and exam schedule
    Pay less in taxes while employed with the University
    Expanded office skills
    Worked on homework during slow hours
    No work commute - would got to work in between classes
    Great staff to work with
    Got to use the office supplies for projects

    Cons

    Could be a challenge to balance school and work and social life
    Pay should be a little higher - especially after working with the school from my freshman year through my senior year

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up the great work! It is such a great opportunity to work on campus to earn money and experience while going to school. Thank you for a fantastic four years!


  8. "Great Overall Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CAL POLY (Less than a year)

    Pros

    What's good:
    Pay is competetive
    Networking
    Mentorship easily available
    Benefits

    Cons

    Not so good:
    Parking/University Police
         *Police ticket cars like crazy, but don't cite or even approach pedestrians who jump out in front of cars or ride their bikes into oncoming traffic).
         *Costly parking passes for Staff and Faculty
    Lack of diversity in most departments


  9. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CAL POLY (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work, they will work around your schedule. Supervisors for the most part are great and understanding to the fact that you are a student first and a employee second.

    Cons

    The pay is not always great and the direct deposit does not always get received when it is supposed too. Most jobs are stressful for finals for obvious reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Try to work out finals weeks schedules for students better. Possibly implement some type of program where students can get raises based on longevity.


  10. "Administrative Support Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, pleasant environment, good size campus

    Cons

    Smell of cow manure in the mornings from the agricultural department down the street

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so out of touch with the rest of us


  11. "CP Catering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Catering Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Catering Associate in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CAL POLY (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's fun, great people, supervisors are super nice. Flexible hours, on your feet a lot.

    Cons

    Not as many hours as I would like. Hard to get more than 10-15/week but that's what a student job gets you.


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