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UCLA Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
592 Reviews
3.9
592 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 23 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Income for graduate student can be unstable, depending on how well your PI manage to get funding (in 20 reviews)

  • Budget cuts and draconian restructuring methods on the horizon are only making these problems worse (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Communications in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues who care about their jobs, very organized corporate structure, lovely, intelligent people and fantastic work life balance

    Cons

    Things move a bit slowly, which is to be expected for a large non-profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep valuing your employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Benefits are good, overall a good place to work, but pay is average at best.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Pay is average or low for the work you are doing, but the lower income is offset somewhat by the benefits, including a pension plan and inexpensive healthcare.

    Cons

    Mostly just the pay, otherwise working at UCLA is fine. Depending on your department or lab, job security can be tenuous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great environment with great people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, safe area. Strong research groups. Professors and colleagues are very kind.

    Cons

    The undergraduate level is lower than it should be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Studying at UCLA

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, a lot of resources including facility, library, gym, etc.

    Cons

    As a full time graduate student you are only allowed to work part-time on campus, which means you get half of minimum wage except during winter or summer breaks.

    Sometimes very inefficient staff in facility repair and getting parking permits. You can easily spend more than one hour waiting in the line just to get your parking permit for the quarter.

    I think it is very nice to work in UCLA as a staff because you can just sit there all day and do nothing at all.

    One more thing: very lousy online system which makes you frustrated just to select courses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Easy job that allows you to study while you work

    Current Employee - Front Desk Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Front Desk Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good web development experience
    Easy work
    Decent pay
    Uses up my work study money
    Can listen to music at work
    Learn how to work printers and how to print quality art

    Cons

    Not very fulfilling, but it isn't supposed to be
    Not many hours if you want a lot.
    Involves dealing with people, which can be frustrating at times.

  7.  

    Nice place to study and work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    it is great to do research at UCLA. Their amenities for student and staff is great. free gym passes, discounted tickets for entertainments etc. The campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    The salary is not decent comparing to housing cost around ucla. hard to save money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Institution, but it all depends on your boss

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    Current Employee - UCLA Admissions in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - UCLA Admissions in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours
    - Great compensation and work-life balance
    - Strong leadership and room for growth and promotion

    Cons

    - Your experience can depend on your boss

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    job benefits

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    Current Employee - Ucla Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Ucla Fellow in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    great benefits, good work environment

    Cons

    none, great place great people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    TA in CS department of UCLA

    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learn a lot from your colleges and students. The quarter is usually 10 weeks long. So the work load is not that heavy.

    Cons

    Except the CS35L.... This class is extremely time consuming for teaching. YOU ARE THE INSTRUCTOR!!!! Professor only meets with you regularly. You have to give lecture, grade homework, make the exams and grade them all by yourself!

  11.  

    UCLA is a great employer.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Great working environment. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Costs 70$/month to park. Lots of traffic in the area.

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