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UC San Diego Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
220 Reviews
4.0
220 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is great: almost never have to work overtime or weekends at the analyst level (in 15 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Parking is expensive, and available spots are limited (in 8 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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  1.  

    Memorable.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great co workers, flexible with scheduling, and the ability to teach a water sport that is close to your heart.

    Cons

    Hard to get a break @ times. Low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate/coach the employees to grow to be successful teachers in their sport, and build their professional work skills for the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    I am grateful that I chose UCSD.

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant III in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant III in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    As an undergraduate student, the research opportunities that UCSD presents every year is astonishing. It can't get any better than this. It may be different from each lab to lab, but the lab I worked in for several years was very easy-going and flexible with my schedule.

    Cons

    The hourly pay is not competitive compared to the industry. It might be tough to get a position since the competition is really high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    got experience on lab working, collaborating with other people. Did presentation on group meeting every week.

    Cons

    cannot come up with any so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good university with lots of opportunity

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    Former Employee - SRA IV
    Former Employee - SRA IV

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Pros

    vacation time, low cost of health insurance and overall benefits

    Cons

    your experience is highly dependent on your individual supervisor. High cost of paying for parking.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great place for Neuroscience

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The Neurosciences department is extremely good, other than that the experience of working at UC San Diego is similar to any school within the UC system.

    Cons

    The UC bureaucracy can be an inpedement

  7.  

    Relax place to work

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    Former Intern - Graphic/Media in La Jolla, CA
    Former Intern - Graphic/Media in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego as an intern

    Pros

    Food, people, timing, chill, relax.

    Cons

    Work flow, ok management, irregularities.

    Recommends
  8.  

    there is a union working together to assure something

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    there is a UC union that you may rely on

    Cons

    the salary rate is just decent

  9.  

    I worked as a postdoctoral research at UCSD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    research experience in the field of computational biology

    Cons

    big city, high expense, heavy traffic

  10.  

    Postdoc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Diego, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a postdoc, your quality of life depends on your supervisor. The campus is really nice. Salary could be higher but it is enough to live.

    Cons

    Visa can be a pain. Not so easy to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No real complains. Food was not very impressive but it is the US.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    postdoctoral researcher at UCSD

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Great campus with a lot of experts on various research fields.
    As a major academic institution a lot of facilities are available.

    Cons

    due to unclear organisational structure it is harder to find collaborators within the institution

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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