UC San Diego Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Learning in UCSD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Good environment to study. CS department is very good.

    Cons

    Socially dead. Everyone is like a nerd.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great colleagues and a stimulating environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Students are top notch and very inspiring. It is the type of environment that encourages you to develop professionally. I worked as part of a team where we all respected each others expertise and where willing to pitch in when needed.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. Parking is a nightmare and you are charged monthly for a permit. If you like working with underrepresented populations you may have a hard time as they are few and far between on campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people and colleagues. This is a great place to be and it is up to us to continue improving the environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Worked in Housing and Dining Department as a student and lead supervisor for three years.

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    Former Employee - Student Lead in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Student Lead in San Diego, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Pay is great for a food service job for a student on campus, meal perks are generous for every shift worked, ability to quickly be promoted to lead and then student manager if someone chooses to work enough to gain those titles.

    Cons

    High turnover rate sometimes leads to stressful and understaffed shifts, especially for the dining halls on campus. New coworkers will generally be VERY inexperienced, as this was often a first job for students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, they do a pretty good job of prioritizing treatment of students and career staff fairly, while still maintaining a good environment for customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. good people, nice atmosphere. experience varies by department.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    good benefits, nice people, nice campus. Leadership varies greatly from office to office. Great place if you want to work in academia. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Many departments are under resourced. Technologically, the systems are very out of date - but they are working to improve. Benefits packages change each year so i am not sure if what is available now is comparable to what has been offered in the past.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Workplace

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

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Good science, provides scope for personal growth, promotions possible

    Cons

    Too stressful, poor hikes in salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great working with smart people who are invested in the work and care about the quality of their work. Poor management.

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor
    Current Employee - Senior Editor

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    work-life balance, stability, smart people, great benefits

    Cons

    low salary, poor opportunities for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make succession planning a central priority. Provide more training opportunities. Make job expectations clear with current job descriptions and frequent performance reviews.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great location and nice people

    Current Employee - Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Close to the beach, good resources for exercise, flexible hours, good benefits, good weather, many food options, environmentally friendly campus

    Cons

    Lack of parking, good weather may make working hard, lax work ethics, location too expensive to live close by, no nightlife, too many undergraduates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Student Business Services

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Chill work environment, good work culture, a lot of skills to hone in that are useful as a first job. Great facilities and the staff were very personable, funny, and helpful. Pay was decent for an on campus job, and it came with a retirement checks too.

    Cons

    The work environment beceame very toxic with a lot of permanent employees showing disconent with the new supervisor and student workers quitting because of the lack of enjoyment work became.
    There wasn't room to grow, or learn more after a certain period of time working there. Quickly becomes boring unless new tasks are given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want student workers to stay, allow for students to do more, you have a very smart and eager labor pool. You could use it to good use since most students that work there will want to do more than just process tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Over all I like it. Very quiet, slow paste,but figure our on your own how to get salary raises. Long 3-4 weeks vacation

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

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, secure positions, medical benefits for whole family

    Cons

    But fixed salary system become unmotivated over many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over grown in size administration

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 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

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