UC Davis Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is amazing - my supervisor is very flexible and I am able to honor my family commitments (in 12 reviews)

  • People are friendly and helpful (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Budget cuts are resulting in layoffs and general downsizing (in 8 reviews)

  • Low pay and unorganized at times (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Post-doc research scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is great place to work

    Cons

    Medical benefit is not great, especially the provider


  2. This is an extremely frustrating organization to work for. This environment stifles creativity and achievement.

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    Current Employee - Public Education Specialist in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Public Education Specialist in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable Working Hours
    Decent Benefits Package
    Discounted Educational Opportunities

    Cons

    Ineffectual leadership, bureaucratic processes, not mission focused or client driven, lack of transparency, incompetent staff and unprofessional staff are not help accountable, low standards equate to inferior products for clients, outdated systems stifle work flow, processes are not systematically managed, HR is completely ineffective, cannot retain talented staff, Infighting among leadership creates an unhealthy work environment for staff, Deans office is disconnected from client needs and end products being delivered, Suspicious financial practices with use of federal funds, merit is not rewarded, HR policies stifle wage increases, wages are far lower than campus equivalent positions, very unhealthy work culture

    Advice to Management

    Need a greater emphasis on employee development. Create opportunities for all staff across each program area. Understand the needs of all of your constituents. Clean up Operations. Fiscal needs policies in writing more clearly communicated, HR needs to operate more consistently with California State Mandates, etc. Communicate!!!!! Operate with transparency and ethics. Reward your employees for quality work and make them a part of the larger decision making process (outreach).


  3. Ok

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    Current Employee - Human Resources M
    Current Employee - Human Resources M

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits for some manager positions pay well

    Cons

    Environment can be tough and salty

    Advice to Management

    Central units should improve their communications and customer service to sub department staff


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  5. Corrupt

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    Current Employee - Program Representative in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Program Representative in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation especially considering how many people are employed here with only very little, or no education at all past high school. Very surprising to me! Great benefits, medical, work-life balance (depending on your supervisor and/or department). Great opportunity to take UCD classes at a discount, and participate in other training development opportunities.

    Cons

    Nepotism! It's all about who you know. Discriminatory and racist practices get swept under the rug. Many mid management positions are held by employees that have no, or only very little higher education, but have been with the University for years. They are primarily interested in maintaining the status quo and feel threatened by more educated, newer employees. Also, lots of wasteful spending of public funds!

    Advice to Management

    Get real! HR and the entire campus compliance machine is totally corrupt. It's the fox watching the henhouse.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Decent experience. Slight entitlement atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Programmer II in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer II in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is quite low compared to private sector but benefits and very stable employment make up for that. Very relaxed work environment maybe even a little to relaxed sometimes.

    Cons

    A lot of entitlement and complacency from the 10+ year employees. It depends on your department but if your a shift worker your department may not ever rotate shifts so the one your hired for is the one your stuck on. Not a ton of opportunities to advance due to many 20+ year employees staying in the same positions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Disorganized bureaucratic misplacement of research dollars

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    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, quick bike-ride to work (if you live in Davis), like to hire from within, friendly and pleasant research community

    Cons

    Work overtime without receiving overtime pay, must rub elbows with everyone constantly or your scientific career will be hell here, so much red tape that nothing can ever get done, horrible hiring practices (prefer to hire an unqualified individual from the UCD pool than a qualified individual from an applicant pool). Positions are under-paid considering the responsibilities involved (in my case at least). It all boils down to poor leadership and spending preferences at the top of the chain.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone and start over, stop making it so hard to get research going (finding grants for academic research at sub-standard pay is already hard enough).


  8. Helpful (1)

    OK for students to gain work experience

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Majority of workers are nice especially the student workers

    Cons

    Some of the full time workers are not nice

    Advice to Management

    Rotation of students should be equally distributed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Analyst I

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of resources for employees and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    There is an overall attitude that you are lucky to have gotten the job and you should figure things out on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Retaining employees in positions where they can grow and become experts would be a time and cost savings to the institution. An employee should have the opportunity to apply for their boss' job, thus creating a vacuum. Instead recruitment is not done locally and morale is very low.


  10. Flat repairs galore

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They teach you from the ground-up in bicycle repairs. They have a lot of checks for your beginning work and you get to rise up to management positions within a year or two.

    Cons

    You'll be doing flats a lot when you start out. They probably gain the most profit from flat repairs alone. Intense training doesn't come until the summer. Management varies depending on the student running everything

    Advice to Management

    Train more often. Get closer to employees that are new.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Unethical

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    Former Employee - AAIII in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - AAIII in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice campus, pension program plus 403B, generous sick leave

    Cons

    unstable funding future, layoffs, favoritism and nepotism among management. After being employed for over 8 years by the University, who lack dignity, I was forced into taking a layoff during a reduction in force, in which I held seniority over many other employees... Why you may ask?? Favoritism, management pulled strings to protect their personal friends in the department who had half the seniority. They took a loyal, faithful, hardworking employee and traded that to save pals who worked for them who called in sick whenever they got 8 hours accrued.... When it comes down to it, union backing or not, they can do away with you for whatever, whenever... An employee who not only VOLUNTEERED countless hours to training, PR, but one who had NEVER received even a verbal warning, who had stellar annual performance reviews who had a total of 5 sick calls in over 8 years, and one who knew and LOVED the job.... Your loss UCD..



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