CalSTRS Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California's 950,000 prekindergarten through community college educators and their families. CalSTRS was established by law in 1913 and is part of the State of California's Government Operations Agency.

CalSTRS has a toxic working environment, management and executives are unqualified and they ignore staff advice, according to a current employee at glassdoor.com

"I've been working at CalSTRS for three years. I've witnessed the executives ignore the advice of their staff, then be very vindictive when the staff ends up being correct. Unfortunately, the current execs are unqualified for their jobs therefore they must remove anyone who notices. Management and execs are unqualified and lead via fear."

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Analyst (Current Employee) says

"I've been working at CalSTRS for three years. I've witnessed the executives ignore the advice of their staff, then be very vindictive when the staff ends up being correct. Unfortunately, the current execs are unqualified for their jobs therefore they must remove anyone who notices. Cons: Management and execs are unqualified and lead via fear"

Multi-family Portfolio Analyst Intern (Former Employee) says

"The retail cycle would go through periods of ups and downs. The team culture was not great. The boss that I had was very passive aggressive and would not tell employees what she wanted to see changed even when asked directly."

Pension Program Analyst (Former Employee) says

"The basic jist of this place is, a great deal of management only got into the position they are in because they know someone. This causes people to be in positions they are not qualified for, and not knowledgeable for. It also makes it hard to promote unless you are on the inside circle."

Business Analyst (Current Employee) says

"The company houses close to 1000 employees and has a diverse population iof operational and leadership positions.It has taught me to work in n office setting dealing with staff and leadership issues while delivering a great product for the california teacher Cons: litttle advancement opportunities"

Contract Programmer/Developer (Former Employee) says

"Programmed coding, analysis, and design of programs to correct data for porting to a new platform. Position was for data cleansing for move off mainframe platform. Cons: Noise level was too much."

Associate Governmental Program Analyst (Former Employee) says

"This is a state agency so in comparison to other agencies I'd say this is one of the better ones. In comparison to a functioning business/agency there is a lot of opportunity."

investment officer (Current Employee) says

"The largest pension fund for teachers in the world. Very sophisticated office culture with many people working there for decades, which is very rare for people in finance."

Associate Pension Program Analyst (Current Employee) says

"Company lacks customer service for their own employees. Members and employers comes first. Human Resources are not helpful. A lot of inexperience new managers as the company is gearing for a new project that added a lot of positions. Cons: Management, Customer Service"

Staff Management Auditor Specialist (Former Employee) says

"The agency has a very good drafted mission for all the various departments to follow and adhere to and the people in the various departments, e.g., HR, public relations, legal, finance seem to be very friendly. Also, the audit department, of which I was a part of, had a good a organizational chart. Cons: The audit experience gained in the agency is not 100% transferrable to other jobs. Also, the work assignments become repetitious after you learned to do the work."