UC San Diego Reviews

Updated June 20, 2014
Updated June 20, 2014
394 Reviews
3.8
394 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is great: almost never have to work overtime or weekends at the analyst level (in 14 reviews)

  • UCSD offers great benefits as well as retirement if you are committed to staying here for 20, 25 (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • program length is too long, parking is expensive and hard to find even if you do have a permit (in 7 reviews)

  • For those not into research and/or engineering, it's a bit hard to find your niche (in 5 reviews)

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    Unfair, Poorly Trained, Management and Human Resource Department

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    Former Employee - Clinical Professional Staff in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Professional Staff in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a Teaching Hospital

    Cons

    Limited or no training for staff, does not value knowledgeable, experienced staff, but those that comply to managements ideals and objectives not the patient care or quality of care. Fair/responsible/experienced Leadership is lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fairness. Stop favoritism. Value your employees by not just saying you do but acting on it. HR should be fair and objective. The HR department should seek the truth and no blindly support management no matter what.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Discrimination and racism at all levels of leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time

    Pros

    working on a very scenic college campus

    Cons

    Board of Regents runs this university like a corporate entity with a team of the best lawyers to get away with it. They practice discrimination in hiring and promoting employees. Add to that an extremely low salary and very limited advancement opportunities and you're better off looking elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and promote people based on merit. Treat your employees right and stop abusing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    UCSD IR/PS always advertising for temps, always losing them

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    sunshine, near the beach, spacey campus

    Cons

    UCSD is a mess - too many departments are essentially autonomous under a central office that is careless and unresponsive. They employ a few tenured or vested staff, but mostly at-will and temporary staff, who are treated as expendables. The culture here is terrible - idle and uncooperative. Staff here hide behind ignorance or literally just hide in their offices - they hide behind student interns and unload all their responsibilities on to them. The departments claim to not know what each other are doing and drag their heels on everything. The spread of these departments across an enormous campus doesn't help when a car ride is necessary. My experience was at IR/PS, which is always advertising for temporary faculty - I saw another ad today and felt compelled to record my warnings. This school is a case in point: still led by a Dean with no qualifications in the field, who is never in his office and has no permanent administrators, has a few loyal mediocre faculty, then a mass of temporary and part-time faculty. The school will admit any students, and will do anything to graduate them, such as demanding that the grades are curved with a bottom of B+ and changing grades to help students graduate. So guess what, you get the lamest, idlest students with a culture of doing the bare minimum, cheating, and running to the Dean whenever they don't get what they want. Most are foreigners who don't speak English well enough to participate - class attendance and participation are casual. I tried to raise these issues three times to the Chancellors office, without reply. I did my research and could not find any responsible office. I tried the student ethics office, which wasn't interested, then the ombudsman, who was clueless. Now I understand why IR/PS is so irresponsible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it's not rocket science: change the chiefs, establish a responsible office, survey for issues, and investigate them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Either you have thee best skills in the world, Nepotism, or A. Action gets you in the door

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice weather, great university, nice facilities

    Cons

    nepotism, grossly overpaid and incompetent managers rampant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower everyone's pay and make it match the private sector. People here are grossly overpaid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    being a posdoc at UCSD

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    The whether is great, love the city.
    The university offers a very open environment for collaboration between labs, departments and institutes around the area.

    Cons

    It's hard to live on the stipend as a scientist or a postdoc from UCSD, some labs pay less than NIH scale, but the area is very expensive...
    Generally speaking, most people have to do a 5-year postdoc or even two postdocs to be promoted to a project scientist (if you get your transitional grant). Postdocs are generally under-appreciated in this school. Not enough help or training is provided to the trainees in terms of career development. The postdoctoral association has started to include some special events for the postdocs to be familiar to environment other than academia, which is very much needed.
    PIs, however, at least the ones that I have interacted with, do not care or support your career development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Vivian Hook laboratory

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice city, weather, outdoor environment. UCSD could be a good experience depending of which lab you work with.

    Cons

    The lab PI has all the power over you and can abuse it as much as they want, nobody will do anything against, as long as they don't harass sexually or physically injure you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take management classes.

  8.  

    Thrown into it

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Working at any UCSD department means there are good benefits. My work hours were lenient and I had the freedom of coming and going as I pleased.

    Cons

    I joined the department after working at a clinic where I had worked myself up and my confidence was high. I left this job with my confidence shot. The position I was offered was changed and I had very little training or guidance in the new position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be clear descriptions of the job duties of the positions offered. Otherwise, new hires will be under false pretenses.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    UCSD Bioengineering

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Laie, HI
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Laie, HI

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    A somewhat well-respected bioengineering program in the nation, located in a place with good weather, laidback environment, collaborative research environment

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy, long lines and red tape (it's UCSD!), faculty don't care, lots of grade inflation, administration staff is largely disorganized, very sterile environment, people located in labs next to each other don't talk or say hi.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the students' needs, foster more activities that encourage bonding between faculty, staff, and students, more courtesy towards one another

    Doesn't Recommend

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