UC Davis Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
362 Reviews
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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 11 reviews)

  • Fast paced working environment, people are friendly at work, great location (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Also, salary is low compared to other universities (in 8 reviews)

  • Crappy pay and budget cuts make having a good resume handy a necessity (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an 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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Majority of workers are nice especially the student workers

    Cons

    Some of the full time workers are not nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotation of students should be equally distributed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Flat repairs galore

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis part-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cronyism to the extreme

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    Current Employee - Analyst I in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst I in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    sick leave and vacation time are lenient

    Cons

    favoritism, little job security, elitism by managers, professors,Mainly women and drama in administrative departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    revamp your attitudes and treat lower level colleagues with some respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was a big disappointment. This review is for C.L.A.S. department only!

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    Former Employee - Animal Technician in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Animal Technician in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    excellent benefits, okay pay for the work being done (possibly unsafe/unhealthy working conditions)

    Cons

    minimal training, micro-managing, no growth opportunities, boring, no communication between management, monotonous, repetitive work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more opportunities and positions for employees to move up in department, give employees more of a voice,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Administrative disaster

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    Current Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some very fine faculty, true professionals who work hard to do the best for their students and who treat adjuncts with respect. There are many bright students. The campus is attractive. If you are in the hard sciences, tech, or agriculture, like small, cute university towns, and a mild climate, this university might work well for you.

    Cons

    In 11 years of teaching at 4 institutions, I have never elsewhere encountered such administrative bloat, intrusion and resulting mismanagement and misplaced priorities. Liberal Arts and humanities faculties function with a poorly funded library, aging facilities, over-large classes and curtailed janitorial services (faculty have no phones, buy their own office supplies, clean their own offices), and compete with administration for office space. Adjuncts are particularly ill-used, with assurance of office space or even guaranteed parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need an efficiency study for management. You could easily eliminate 50% of your administration, freeing up resources and funds for faculty and students. A case study of San Francisco State might be very informative. They do much more, with much less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the worst places I have worked

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    Current Employee - AAIII in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - AAIII in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    generous sick leave and holidays

    Cons

    Hostile culture and extremely poor management
     The corporate culture at the UCD is very much a yes sir, how high do you want me to jump atmosphere. There is a great divide between the managers and the average employees, or as one of the top management put it "the lowly people". They seem to put people in management positions when they have no people skills and aren't able to communicate to other employees. Favortism is also a huge problem.UCD does not treat you with respect or professionalism. If you are looking for a position where you enjoy going to work everyday, where your opinion is valued, and your hard work is appreciated, avoid UCD If you have other options, take them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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