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CalSTRS Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. "Great for State"

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

    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!


  2. "Data Analysts"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I love it. Great time & environment.

    Cons

    - Hard to get in.

  3. "Pension Program Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time (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, as if the classification is still functioning normally, that quickly get shot down by HR. The result is good staff leaving or never even applying, and poorly motivated or highly dis-satisfied ones remaining. Those that remain have aged into higher positions well after those of merit have left. When applying to the state: Staff Services Analyst positions only!!!!!! Pension Program Analyst positions are a dead end!!!!

    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 of or unwilling to fix the classification, train human resources and managers not to communicate the availability of advancement as if the Pension Program Analyst series still mirrored the Staff Services Analyst series and be transparent about the inability to promote using the first route listed online.


  4. "calstrs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    great organization and LEED certified building. was there in 2012.

    Cons

    hard to give a con for this one.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    New building with amenities and view

    Cons

    Uneven quality of middle management


  6. "auditor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance and office environment

    Cons

    no promotional opportunities, heavy on politics

    Advice to Management

    stop fighting all the time.


  7. "Great benefits when you retire"

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    Former Employee - Pension Program Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Pension Program Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits if you can last

    Cons

    Too much drama on the floor

    Advice to Management

    Dont micro manage so much

  8. "Benefits Planning Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pension Program Analyst (Benefits Specialist)
    Former Employee - Pension Program Analyst (Benefits Specialist)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CalSTRS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful, modern, and energy efficient Headquarters building. CEO that is very personable and seems genuinely interested in employees. New Business Renew system coming into play very soon. Extensive new employee training. Very customer service focused.

    Cons

    Management not monitored well enough to ensure employees are treated well and with respect, especially in the member service centers. Headquarters doesn't seem to take into consideration the decisions they make for Member Service Centers and how those practices may or may not be effective depending on the location of the center and the nature and traffic patterns of the area.

    Advice to Management

    It's great that the CEO and upper management goes out to the MSCs because it gives them an idea of the environment in the individual offices. Take into consideration that it may not be ideal for MSCs to operate exactly like HQ. Give employees the opportunity to express concerns with their work environments in a forum where the will not fear retaliation.


  9. "Investment Officer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Officer
    Current Employee - Investment Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working co-workers. Unparalleled exposure to investment universe.

    Cons

    Lack of resources and short-term growth opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The best State Agency to work for"

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

    I have been working at CalSTRS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    CalSTRS is a state agency that is progressive, forward thinking and focuses on employee engagement. I worked at 2 prior state agencies prior to coming to CalSTRS and the experience is like night and day. There's perks like building amenities such as a gym, bicycle library, on-site garden, water/ice machine. In addition, I think the natural sunlight and the way the office is set-up makes the office environment positive, as opposed to a stuffy, dark, dull office. There's tons of training opportunities for employees that CalSTRS spends tons of money on for the development of their employees. You have your few old-school, stereotypical "State worker" but large majority of staff is hard-working and professional. I noticed CalSTRS is hiring more college educated millennials and I think that is due primarily in line with the agency's culture and progressiveness. The whole agency from the executives to staff seem to be on board with the agency's core values and our purpose of serving public educators.

    Cons

    No major complaints. Minor con is that there's not consistency with a divided up upper management. One area allows for one thing, while another area doesn't because one executive is more progressive than the other executive.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility such as working from home.


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