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CAL POLY Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Super relaxed environment, flexible hours, cool co workers, time off requests are easy to fill out (in 19 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule / Work in between classes (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • San Luis Obispo has a high cost of living (in 6 reviews)

  • Limited budget for student research, which prevented full-time work (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "ResNet is probably best on campus."

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed & Flexible working environment. Lots of opportunities and freedom to learn applicable skills in web development and networking as a CSC/SE/CPE.

    Cons

    $17.78 isn't great pay for doing web development but they do pay you to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  3. "Thankful for on-campus position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


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  5. "Cal Poly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work, great culture

    Cons

    salary is not very competitive


  6. "director of communications"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAL POLY full-time

    Pros

    good staff and location, also

    Cons

    long commute and high cost of living

    Advice to Management

    encourage candidates to look carefully at area


  7. "Graduate Student - Teaching Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helpful teachers that care about you succeeding at your job. Pay is fitting for the work done. Resources are provided to you in order to carry out work and reimbursements provided when you had to purchase materials in your own time.

    Cons

    Administrative elements of job are difficult; seems to be strung together and messy at almost every level from corporate to finance to department elements of the job and job application.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on organization. Bureaucratic elements of the school seem to be lagging behind the performance of the school itself. Constantly had to deal with incorrect paperwork and directions to offices, as well as under-supplied lab environments.


  8. "Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really good people and a great environment to work in.

    Cons

    Dealing with all the government processes and paperwork.


  10. "Greatness at Cal Poly Pomona"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CAL POLY full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, time off. Great people. Great environment

    Cons

    Pay could be better, but its academia, what do you expect?

    Advice to Management

    Don't pay the upper administration so much money so you can fund more classes and give professors raises they deserve.


  11. "Good Student Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAL POLY part-time

    Pros

    Work hours are really flexible.
    Can do homework when it's not busy.

    Cons

    Haven't received a raise in 4 years (only got an increase in pay because of the new CA law).



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