UC Davis Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
354 Reviews
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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi
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Pros
  • Fast paced working environment, people are friendly at work, great location (in 11 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is amazing - my supervisor is very flexible and I am able to honor my family commitments (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Also, the campus has serious problems with budget cuts and therefore our hours (in 7 reviews)

  • Some of the full time workers are not nice (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent work, underpayed

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant III in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant III in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was pretty mundane and general lab work. I dont think it would be anything different than any other big university. I liked the amount of knowledge obtained from the research however.

    Cons

    Very underpayed. For students working part time it doesent feel like 8.95 an hour is sufficient to make a dent in expenses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    good medical - sucky place to work

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    Current Employee - Programmer III in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer III in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good doctors and great technology

    Cons

    Bad empoyeers but goood technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider your employees and dont treat them like garbage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Flexible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant III in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant III in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Working for the university allows you to be flexible with your schedule

    Cons

    There's a maximum of 19.5 hours you can work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay and allow for actual career-related experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Perhaps good for the resume, but not long term

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The campus culture is fresh, fun and inspiring.

    Cons

    The upper-level management and administrators do not care about the state of the campus or the needs of the students. Diversity is prioritized over talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new chancellor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, good. It's nice and easy

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    Former Employee - Lab Research Assistant in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Research Assistant in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice neighborhood, great school. Great professors as well. Office culture very relaxed and professors all help you when you need help.

    Cons

    There is no room for personal growth, since there is no pay at all.

  7.  

    Meets standards but does not astonish you.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis

    Pros

    Opportunities are general, not much restrictions.

    Cons

    Too many unnecessary procedures and too much ridiculous competitions (B.A majors compete lab opportunities with B.S. majors) and you'll never have the resources you need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many departments have overlapped functions. Moreover, these overlapped functions are not professional and compulsory. Should simplify the administration to enhance efficiency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Co-workers are some of the best people to work with, but the work itself is mindless, busy-work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy work and opportunities to talk and engage with guests and co-workers. Management of the MRAs are done by student employees as well, and they are very personable as well.

    Cons

    Busy work and lots of downtime walking around the ARC pretending to be busy.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Working at UC Davis

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I am working as a post-doctoral researcher. So, my experience should be considered only for my department as there is not much interaction with rest of the University and students. I had a good time working in the lab.

    Cons

    There is no interaction of the post-doctoral researchers with the students or rest of the department. This makes them detached from the University in general. This is more so for foreigners who were not connected to UCD for their previous education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good benefit

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefit
    a lot of collaborations, a lot of projects going on, good resource, high quality collaborators

    Cons

    bad work life balance, too many project at the same time, no day and no night, no weekend

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sometimes supportive, sometimes not

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at UC Davis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities, great reputation especially for research.

    Cons

    A lot of cronyism, have to fight to be recognized unless friends with the bosses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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