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UC San Diego Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.8 343 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

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Pradeep K. Khosla

(60 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is great: almost never have to work overtime or weekends at the analyst level(in 13 reviews)

  • UCSD offers great benefits as well as retirement if you are committed to staying here for 20, 25(in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • program length is too long, parking is expensive and hard to find even if you do have a permit(in 5 reviews)

  • Parking is expensive and hard to find and campus is not particularly bike friendly either(in 5 reviews)

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    Your experience will vary entirely based on which dept you work for.

    Social Worker (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsOnce I found the right program, I was glad to work for UCSD. The benefits are excellent, the salary not so much. If I'd been able to work on campus it would have been great.

    ConsI started in the Med Center as a social worker and it was terrible. There is no support for social workers in the hospital.
    If you work off campus you miss out on a lot of the benefits of working for UCSD,

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs with any organization -- keep people informed. I was in middle management and found that upper management didn't always want to share what was going on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great University

    Biomedical Science PhD Candidate (Current Employee) La Jolla, CA

    ProsThe quality of research being done here is excellent! Many opportunities to grow in techniques and understanding. Hours can be long but are flexible. Former coworkers from industry now work here, and report better pay.

    ConsThe depth of work may make it difficult to meet new people, network, or expand areas of personal interest into new topics of study.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore programs for integration with biotechnology/ private industry and more opportunities for networking would be beneficial.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Secure but not so exciting

    Development Assistant (Current Employee) La Jolla, CA

    ProsVery secure, safe work environment. Good places to start career. Able to move between departments during career if want a change.

    ConsSuch a large bureaucracy. Some positions very siloed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpend the internship program where career staff get to experience other departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice work environment

    EH&S Assistant Specialist (Current Employee) La Jolla, CA

    ProsUCSD is a very nice university campus.

    ConsHuman Resources department is very slow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Thrilling!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work in of the best cities in San Diego!

    ConsThe parking is ridiculous since students constantly flood the parking lots!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros--An application and hiring process full of integrity
    --Full, long-term benefits, not simply some work/life balance perks but meaningful things like on-campus therapy free of cost (through FSAP)
    --Opportunity to be part of a micro-city: lectures, performances, research materials. If you like to nerd out, what ever way that is, you are spoiled by the vast intellectual community here

    Cons--The "tenured" syndrome in which people lose motivation

    Advice to Senior Management--Embrace "risk" a little more the way the academic community is encouraged to

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I was a student caller for the UCSD Alumni Telephone Outreach Program.

    Student Worker (Former Employee) La Jolla, CA

    ProsThe best part of working there was that regardless of performance there was still a base pay.

    ConsThe worst part is that the supervisors were clueless about Alumni Outreach. They had the best callers do the easy list.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI suggest you get rid of the program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Nice colleagues and friendly working environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice people and weather. Benefits are ok

    ConsThe pay is low compared to most other jobs

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management provides a clear guideline to follow

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    Part-time work at the Surf Shop

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) La Jolla, CA

    ProsGot to work in a surf shop, manager was extremely laid back and I got frequently was able to interact with other people. Hours are flexible, probably the best job on campus as a student.

    ConsThe work can be monotonous, weekend shifts can be pretty dry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great job

    Student Lead (Current Employee) La Jolla, CA

    ProsFlexible hours and decent pay

    ConsLate hours, busy environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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