Financial Assistant (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – August 12, 2016
As a Financial Assistant one of the most valuable tools i learned was my analytical skills, and some project management skills. It is not only important to get the job done timely and efficiently, but with the utmost respect for others and treating all persons the same. Being a team player and all working toward the same goals to achieve a job well done.
its nice to work were the number one school in the world.
Custodian Facilities (Current Employee) – Pasadena, CA – May 28, 2016
i start working in the morning at 5:am, the place were smartest people, they will assist you anytime, different background,the hardest part of the job when we were short of people, when you meet this professor that will greet you give a nice smile.
Property/Cost Studies (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – April 22, 2016
•Provide the accounting department a catalog of assets on campus •Tag equipment and submit information onto excel and an online catalog •Communicate effectively how assets are effecting CalTech •Effectively work with multiple departments to come up with the proper audit
Tier 2 Systems Administrator (Current Employee) – Addison, TX – March 29, 2016
CalTech strongly focuses on employee appreciation. Unfortunately, the employee pay structure and customer contract structure is set up for failure. With 110% focus on efficiency, CalTech management is more concerned with how many hours are billed toward an issue rather than resolving it. "Band-aid" fixes are encouraged just to mark an issue as "complete" and move on. Pay is also based on San Angelo TX, where the corporate office is, and cost of living is significantly lower. This causes issues in the more populated areas, such as Dallas and Austin
Human Resources Assistant/Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – January 23, 2016
Extremely busy with the needs of the Faculty. Responsible for the hire of all the Faculty members, process all paperwork for hire, responsible for all their salary, benefits, retirement, leaves of absence, etc.
Learned how to write scripts, export data from one database to another, learned about data integrity and the consequences when one is slack.
Thrilling place to have worked for, friends for life, worked with people from all over the world. Learned to work with people from different religion, culture, habits, etc.
The most enjoyable part of this job was the knowledge that I received, the training on the job to know what I know and how I am able to apply it to another employer.
Upward mobiity, training that was offered, luncheons, meetings
Caltech is an extraordinary place to work, and build a career
Events Coordinator (Current Employee) – Pasadena, CA – January 13, 2016
California Institute of Technology is a beautiful campus, and an extraordinary place to work. Within the last 6 months I have gained knowledge, and experience money cannot buy. My colleagues are hard working, focused, and a fun group.
Asst to Academic Advisor (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – October 21, 2015
Manage academic program for the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences Division. Manage graduate admissions, delineate graduate stipends, conduct new student orientation, schedule classes and TA assignments.
Postdoctoral Researcher (Former Employee) – IPAC – October 17, 2015
I was very stimulated during my time at Caltech. I liked the interested supervision, demonstrating that he cared about motivating me to be a productive researcher. On the other hand work/life balance does not seem to be a concern at Caltech.
Low Wage Worker (Current Employee) – Pasadena, CA – October 15, 2015
I've succeeded at every company I've worked for, including some of the top businesses in the country, because I give 110% everyday. I figured this would be a boon for me to work at such a highly regarding institution. I was WRONG!!! The management is unsupportive and passive aggressive, the pay is very low, the health benefits are subpar and expensive, there is zero room for advancement, no employee incentive program and the HR department likes to sweep conflicts under the rug to maintain the institutions "reputation". After 25 years of working for various companies, this is by far the worst place I've worked. The only reason why I stay is for the expensive health benefits because I have a child with a medical condition so I am currently stuck at this horrible job. The only saving grace is the co-workers who, unsurprisingly, are also looking for other jobs because of the poor working conditions and culture. To get me to join their "team", I was promised advancement and growth opportunities that never happened. There is never enough money in the budget to give raises. Apparently, there never was or ever will be any money in the budget for raises. They are famous for spending their money on hard costs like installing new doors and awnings but not for soft costs like employee raises. God forbid you actually have happy employees. The turnaround in my department is at least 50%. Yes, 50% of the people that start in my department leave after 1 year. Terrible statistics. Most people is my department do not like the management but stick it out with the hopes that the contract for themore... head of the department will not be renewed. We are praying for that day.less
Mostly nice co-workers
Low pay, no advancement, no incentives, high healthcare costs
SMALL ANIMAL MRI TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – April 19, 2015
Caltech is a great school, great place to work for, lots of energy. Very family oriented. Students and staff seem to work well. I found it a very pleasant place to work for. Great benefit, incentives, and options.
Very motivating and productive place with good social situations
Staff scientist (Current Employee) – Pasadena, CA – January 9, 2015
The work environment at Caltech is very inspiring and motivating. I have learnt cut edge new technologies and my work here has been very enjoyable and productive. Working at Caltech was a good experience after my PhD.
Laboratory Assistant II (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – January 8, 2015
The California Institute of Technology offers unlimited resources to those who work in an environment that provides tools to improve and allows the employees to grow intellectually. The scientists and students are in in contact search for new ideas and products in order to find cures and solutions to the local, national, and worldwide population.
a place of unlimited resouces and personal growth
once the projects are over the job continuity is not stable
Non-Faculty Job (Current Employee) – Pasadena – December 31, 2014
Everyone that works on the whole campus tries to be helpful, and everyone is very nice. Beautiful campus. If you have a PhD it is assumed you can do any kind of management job, whether or not you have knowledge or experience in that area. If you don't have a PhD you're a blockhead. One time a PhD high level person explained to me alphabetical filing and not to file companies that start with "The" under "T". Also, PhD staff are paid astronomical salaries even with no experience compared to the people they're put in charge of who do the actual work. My boss left his taxes on the copier machine so we all know he makes almost four times what we do.
phd = elite godlike status
no phd = you're an idiot (but they're really nice about it)