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CalSTRS Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2019

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4.2
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Jack Ehnes
22 Ratings
  1. "Great Place to Work with all the amenities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Onsite Gym, full service cafe, Leed Energy Building, clean and newer building, Training Programs, good place for walk breaks, friendly people, great recognition program, 2nd building expansion soon and will include a daycare with another gym and cafe, cheaper onsite parking than most agencies, bike rentals program. Compensation for classes taken at colleges that promote career growth

    Cons

    new employees will be put on waitlist for onsite parking due to 2nd building construction, will have less parking for staff when fully staffed because they encourage carpool and other alternative transportation.

    Advice to Management

    Many people are stuck at the AGPA level and don't want to be managers. Those that do become managers do it for the money and that is why we have some bad managers.

    CalSTRS2019-06-21
  2. "Great learning opportunities"

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

    I have been working at CalSTRS

    Pros

    Work life balance is respected

    Cons

    No promotional opportunity in Technology

    CalSTRS2019-05-14
  3. "Great company culture"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I would not have believed the state could offer such a great working culture. Employee engagement strategies and measurement, great cafe, pro-women environment even in investments. Jack, the CEO, is a gem.

    Cons

    It's still the state and there can be burdensome bureaucratic logistics and slow moving responses. Technology is old.

    CalSTRS2018-12-27
  4. "Staff Services Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful building, upscale amenities, forward culture

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

    CalSTRS2018-10-02
  5. "CalSTRS"

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

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Cheap parking, free gym, sustainability focused, on site cafe, developmental opportunities

    Cons

    Telework opportunities are not available to all employees (even if job duties allow for it)

    CalSTRS2018-08-01
  6. "Actuarial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for and the building has great amenities

    Cons

    No cons to list

    CalSTRS2018-06-22
  7. "Identity Crisis"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good location; cheap parking; clean building with ample daylight and nice views.

    Cons

    Highly political; ethically challenged management team; talks the talk but...

    Advice to Management

    Raise your ethical standard to the same level as your marketing messages.

    CalSTRS2017-11-21
  8. "Great for State"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time for 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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    CalSTRS2017-09-20
  9. "Data Analysts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at CalSTRS

    Pros

    I love it. Great time & environment.

    Cons

    - Hard to get in.

    CalSTRS2017-09-15
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pension Program Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome building, cubicles are nice if you don't have to share, plenty of time off, endless opportunities for non-business related employee involvement, optional agency wide classes and trainings are great, constant potlucks and celebrations, never ending employee recognition programs

    Cons

    Avoid the pension program analyst series at all costs! they have stopped offering the APPA test for almost 2 years with no plans to offer it again, meaning, even though PPA qualifications are more specific than those of an SSA, a PPA will not qualify for advancement until 3 years of experience. An SSA position will be eligible after one years service. Middle Management make assurances and promises of APPA eligibility,...

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    Advice to Management

    Work with CalHR to fix the pension program analyst series immediately, APPA ineligibility discourages young and eager staff, breeds resentment and kills motivation. At least communicate the disadvantage by working with CalHR to update the Pension Program Analyst series qualification description to let applicants know the APPA test is no longer offered so they aren't blindsided by it as new hires. If STRS is incapable...

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    CalSTRS2017-09-14
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