Postdoctoral Scholar (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – January 17, 2018
Small campus, with lots of opportunities for relaxed chat with researchers from other departments. The benefit packages are good, child care can be a headache unless you're faculty, the cafeteria is good, and the Ath is super fancy. The students are well prepared and motivated, which makes for rewarding and interesting experiences teaching.
cutting edge research facilities and top researchers
some labs have a very competitive (unhealthy) culture, get to know the people before hand
Research Technician (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – January 13, 2018
If you end up in a great lab with great people you will love the job even with the low pay. My lab was good at first but then it changed a lot. My lab's dynamics were changing in a way that pushed me towards work I had no interest in. The work I did enjoy became minimal. Thankfully this was a temporary job.
Senior Division/Department Assistant (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – November 17, 2017
Higher education can be very rewarding if your lucky enough to support faculty, students and fellow workers in a great area. I was lucky my first 4 years. I didn't have such luck after transferring out of the academic side to business. It was very hard to work with management and what I learned after this experience was to communicate directly with your supervisor and get to know that person. Let them know your situation and be straight forward.
Buyer (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – August 30, 2017
If you are one of the favored individuals you are guaranteed a good experience and advancement but if you expect to be recognized for collaboration and hard work that won't be enough to make the cut. The daily work is mundane and some of my co-workers are lazy and apathetic. There are some nice people to work with and some groups overworked while some buyers spend all day socializing and watching YouTube videos. The department director turns a blind eye and allows her friends to get away with whatever they want to do. CalTech seems to be a prestigious place to work but that is only if you end up landing in the right department. Actual experiences vary from department to department. They don't reinvest in the administrative side and their systems and operations are antiqated. Overall the school is in the dark ages with a high opinion of themselves and they don't know the world is passing them by.
Good benefits, nice campus, coffee shop on campus, in beautiful Pasadena
Low morale, no recognition, nepotism, no bonuses, raises are low if at all, snob factor
Gift and Biological Data Processor (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – August 6, 2017
Caltech is an amazing place to work. I worked there for over 27 years and seriously the time flew. On any given day something new and exciting happens. The people are soo interesting and real. It was truly and honor to work for such a awesome University.
Postdoctoral Scholar/Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – July 18, 2017
Get in by 8 work until 10 M-F. Protein chromatography, crystallography, analytical ultracentrifugation, isothermal titration calorimetry, surface plasmon resonance assay, tissue culture, molecular biology, etc. Management was best I've ever experienced. Workplace was fun and energetic. Hardest part was leaving the lab, best part was finishing projects in excess of management expectations.
great management and infrastructure for doing lab work
Research Support Associate (Cage Wash) (Current Employee) – Pasadena, CA – April 26, 2017
Work days are always busy, and it requires efficiency. I have learned the basics of animal husbandry, and a stronger sense of communication with my supervisors. Management, is flexible with employees and needs, and is executed well. Supervisors are always open to review equipment issues, answer emails and calls effectively. Workplace culture is efficient and time adjusted. Hardest parts of the job, would be constantly removing chemical stains, and maintaining old equipment running. The most enjoyable part of the job would be small events such as speakers, and easy going co-workers.
Critter cash, and flexibility with days needed for vacation etc. Encouragement for a continued education.
Post Doc (Former Employee) – Pasadena California – April 26, 2017
Caltech is a great place to be if you are a scientist or engineer. Especially if you are a post doc as I was. I can't say much about what it would be like to be faculty but if you can be a post doc or student at Caltech your should take the opportunity.
Travel Specialist - Procurement Services (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – March 9, 2017
Meeting proactivity is a typical work day. Friendly staff. Management is all new now. Old staff was wonderful from the top to the bottom. Enjoyed two year management program which I completed with all "A's".
Good work environment for someone that is developing
Senior IT Auditor (Current Employee) – Pasadena, CA – October 3, 2016
Good work environment for a developing individual, but few opportunities for career advancement. Overall, learned how various environments operated and have been able to interact with great people that are making strides on advancing the world. Learned how to communicate with different levels of personnel.
Executive Assistant to Vice President (Current Employee) – Pasadena, CA – September 12, 2016
The most enjoyable part of the job is the people I work with through out the campus. Everyday I learn something new and new process to implement into our opeations. A typical day at work for me is managing many aspects of operations from creating PO for hundreds of thousand of dollars down to calling facilities for cleaning up space.