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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  • long commute and high cost of living (in 6 reviews)

  • Not sure if this is the same for full time employees because I only worked about 10 hours/week (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Thankful for on-campus position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours are flexible. Supervisors know we're students and are busy with classes, and most are sensitive to this if you need to move around some hours every so often.

    Cons

    There is minimal upward movement available as a student.


  2. "Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Student in Cal Poly SLO, CA
    Former Employee - Student in Cal Poly SLO, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is like minded sense of teamwork and dedication at Cal Poly that is hard to find at other places. Everyone is willing to lend a hand and help members within the team.

    Cons

    The administration is creating a dividing line between the students and faculty. Yes, money is always a concern to the facility however the current means of getting funding seem to be causing tension.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to drain money out of the wallets of the students. Work harder to make a common group with the community and student rights.


  3. "Cal Poly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kitchen Cook in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Kitchen Cook in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    professional, diverse, learn by doing environment that really encompasses taking tasks on by yourself and learning through the process of trial and error through experimentation.

    Cons

    lack of funding in some areas, administrators not always the most attentive, hours can be strange and unpleasant


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  5. "Satisfied"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pomona, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pomona, CA

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

    Pros

    The knowledge coupled with the practical experience that's actually useful towards industry is invaluable. Curriculum is rigorous, yet rewarding and company connections via actual industry projects are greatly appreciated.

    Cons

    The area around can be better developed as other campuses are... ie eateries etc


  6. "Great University!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cal Poly is a great place to both work and learn. The campus is amazing and so are the people.

    Cons

    The amount of compensation should be increased to more accurately match the living expenses of the area.


  7. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Nice campus atmosphere.

    Cons

    Would like to be full time


  8. "Awesome little organization (Digital Democracy)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Student Developer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Student Developer in San Luis Obispo, CA

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

    Pros

    Provides great opportunity for students at Cal Poly to gain valuable development experience. Gives you access to real world data and forces you to solve real problems.

    Cons

    At times some of the work can get a little tedious and repetitive. Cleaning the data can be a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    It's not even a company, I don't understand why Glass Door is making me right this. I'm just a student who works with the organization.


  9. "Love Working with my peers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packaging Instructional Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Packaging Instructional Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really enjoy that I get to teach packaging skills to students in different majors, and watch their interest grow in that industry. Some even sign up to become packaging technology minors.

    Cons

    Professors lack of communication. Old equipment and they do not get to learn the software for their first packaging class.


  10. "Instructor Student Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As an Instructor Student Assistant time management is key, so the freedom to work when you want for how long you want is a nice perk. Working around your school schedule is nice.

    Cons

    The cons are, if you are grading for lower division classes, sometimes you may be getting paid for less hours than you may have actually worked. If possible, steer clear of grading for lower division.


  11. "Ehh. It's okay overall."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

    Easy pace, pleasant co-worker environnent, nice weather, light traffic, scenic commute. Good health benefits, including medical, dental, vision and CALPERS retirement. Decent sick-leave, vacation time, and maternity/paternity leave benefits.

    Cons

    Small-town, boring, smell of manure, not very culturally diverse, kind of slow-pace. Some SLO people can be a bit snooty at times, but not too bad. State pay stinks, but not too bad if you negotiate.


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