UCLA Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Great compensation and work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Graduate student culture is nonexistent (in 20 reviews)

  • low salary with high cost in LA (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Great research environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in UCLA, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in UCLA, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best people in the field of applied maths & analysis are here. There department is gaining in strength, and acquiring some talented people.

    Cons

    The building is not so great: What do you expect? Looks a lot like a psyche ward. Do don't have a personal key: Each key opens almost every door.

    Advice to Management

    The timing of payments is totally unpredictable, even to admin staff that are supposed to know it. This causes problems for budgeting.


  2. Resident Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Residential Life at UCLA is a very inclusive community that fosters safe and welcoming environments both for residents and the professional staff that works there. From Day 1 of being in ResLife I have had the opportunity to grow and develop into a well-rounded leader and socially conscious individual. This has been essential to my experience as both a student and employee at this university. Residential Life works to develop individuals that are aware and stand up to injustice, if they feel comfortable doing so. In Residential Life you get to find your family-away from home and work closely with incredible students who have their own passions and it's definitely rewarding to be able to help build relationships and foster a great living and learning environment.

    Cons

    Although being a Resident Assistant at UCLA is a very exciting and rewarding experience, at times it feels like you plateau in regards to your growth and development as an individual, which is what ResLife preaches as one of it's Core missions. You see a lot of RAs that are involved and immersed in the position and really put in hard work, but others that are performing sub-par and get away with it. The politics of rehiring and staff selection are extremely draining, and although it all depends on who your Resident Director is and which staff you are currently on, working becomes a "wanting to get rehired" process rather than "do your job and be your best!" Research and Surveys are important, we get it, but when you have to spend two quarters constantly bugging the students asking them to fill out long surveys and make everything a competition between buildings and floors, then it takes away from what Resident Assistants could do for their students because they have this survey completion requirement that they must focus on. The RA position is a part-time commitment but in reality you will be asked to dedicate way more than that, all depending on who your supervisor might be. So while you may have many tasks to complete apart from your duty, other RAs on different staffs may have fewer responsibilities. Equality across the board is necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the students and listen to the student-staff. Professional Staff often gets caught up in fulfilling their required responsibilities without really taking into consideration student input, which could be beneficial since we are the ones directly affected by the decisions they make. Get motivated. If you are not excited doing what you do, then how will your staff members find the motivation needed to get through the year. Practice what you preach and develop equal expectations for all RAs across all different staffs on the Hill.


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    Love working at UCLA

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Career Services Intern
    Current Employee - Career Services Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has been the best experience, people really care about your professional development and want to see you succeed.

    Cons

    I have really enjoyed my time and cannot think of anything negative to say. Everything is great!


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  5. Great Environment for research

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Various laboratories collaborating each other to better research

    Cons

    Most core facilities are in housed and well equipt


  6. graduate student

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the weather is excellent, culture is open. Especially the food on UCLA campus is so good. The student facility is also convenient, like John wooden center for gym, the sunset place for swimming, and ackerman union, ucla store, the life here is very easy and comfortable.

    Cons

    if in graduate school, the life is more related to your lab and supervisor.


  7. Mixed review

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good medical associations, and strengths associated with being part of the UC system (healthcare benefits, inter-campus opportunities).

    Cons

    Some logistical issues are annoying (but probably are dept. specific). For instance, it's hard to schedule a classroom to hold office hours or a review session, and the amount of time in class has no correlation to the payment for a quarter. Also, I saw a lot of silo-ing and lack of cross-disciplinary interest/support. For living in LA salary is a big challenge.


  8. Postdoc in UCLA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Salary and research place

    Cons

    Los angeles is too dry


  9. UCLA Postdoctoral Fellow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is no shortage of cutting edge and translational research conducted here, especially with the school's hospital (Ronald Reagan hospital) being in such close proximity to the research labs.

    Cons

    For an academic institution this old and big, UCLA is very disorganized at the administrative level. It's not uncommon for postdocs to not get paid on times, sometimes even a month or so late. Academic departments often appear fragmented, and you could for a year without meeting a lot scientists from your own department. This appears to be down to the way the campus has been built.

    Advice to Management

    Invest money in re-structuring and re-training staff in the financial and administrative arms of each department. Staff in these departments don't appear to be held to the same standards that scientists are held to.


  10. Law Library

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    excellent pay and extremely flexible hours

    Cons

    work study is not offered for this job


  11. English Composition Instructor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Lecturer
    Current Contractor - Lecturer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UCLA as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    fantastic location, beautiful campus, great collegues

    Cons

    no benefits for lecturers, no job security, little room for advancement



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