Pros: being associated with the caltech community, and the diversity of the work were both job pros.
Cons: i was expected to work long hours, including weekends and evenings, on a regular basis, i had a great deal of responsibility and yet they would not make my position a salaried position.
I worked at Caltech for 10 years as a Program Coordinator. My job entailed coordination of customized management programs for high-tech companies. I was involved in initial contact/requests for information, cost estimating, proposal writing, working with instructors to prepare program materials, production of materials, shipment of materials to customer location, after-program follow up, billing and collections, and payment of instructors. I also prepared travel arrangements, prepared travel reimbursements, coordinated office supplies ordering, processed monthly credit card reconciliation, processed payments for individuals in our programs, handled deposits.
I worked closely with the Director of the department on a daily basis.
The diversity of the types of job tasks was the best part of the job.
The most challenging part of the job was the fact that we'd once been a department of 12 people which was downsized to 2 people and so the workload was overwhelming at times. The need to work long hours and weekends on a regular basis became tedious.