UCLA
3.7 of 5 439 reviews
www.ucla.edu Los Angeles, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

UCLA Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.7 438 reviews

                             

76% Approve of the CEO

UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block

Gene D. Block

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81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Stay away from this company.

Administrative Assistant III (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at UCLA full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat people to work with.

ConsHorrible management, they need to let people with degrees have management positions... Not people who have been there 20+ years.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange your culture.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stay away from the oncology clinical research department

Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at UCLA full-time for more than 8 years

Prosthere are many great people that work for UCLA that really know what they're doing and are genuine

Consthere is no racial diverse management team in this department or in HR that has any authority in hiring/terminations. Job opportunities are given to family and friends of the higher ups. the executive management is out of control and will over extend their authority in order to seem as though they are competent. please see the internal investigation of this company as it relates to racial complaints as listed in the LA Times. there has been an amazingly high turnover rates for years in this department.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to the subordinates and stop putting so many Caucasians in charge. Terminate managers that are the root cause of so much conflict. treat others the way you want to be treated and stop thinking that you are above the legal system and think that you can get away with anything.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Understaffed, Underpaid, Micromanaged, Moronic

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I worked at UCLA full-time for more than a year

ProsThere are a few gems you will meet in this department, but they are few and far in between. Those are the only people that matter in this toxic environment.

ConsThe management is awful and moronic. They do not know what they are doing and treat every single employee as if they are replaceable. However, the management is SO bad that they can't even replace an employee. While other UCLA departments can hire within 30 days, UAN management takes at least 4 months just to hire for a position they knew about for over 2 years. The management is also passive aggressive, selfish, and will penalize you for everything. If you accomplish something, the manager will take credit for it, and if the management fails something, they will not hesitate to place the blame on you. They are also so oblivious to anything that goes on around them. This was by far the worst management I have ever seen and even after you leave the department, they will tell everyone to cut all ties with you. The manager is so paranoid that she theorized about how past employees may be sabotaging and manipulating her files in the server; which is not possible. And past employees are so relieved to get out of the department they don't ever look back, not to mention waste their time manipulating her templates.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is the problem and they are the reason that people can't do their work. This environment is TOXIC, negative, unmotivational, and self-deprecating. Management is selfish and oblivious, unorganized and passive aggressive, and overall just the worst. There is NO room for movement and NOWHERE TO GO from here.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Deceptive hiring practices. Too many oldtimers - who are WAY behind the curve.

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsGreat Benefits. Working with students is by far the best part of working for UCLA. Get out and enjoy the beautiful campus.

ConsStuck in the past. Management refuses to embrace technology or new best practices. Anderson school of "mis-Management" has a horrible culture. High level professors, especially the emeriti, are a sham. Definitely a case of "those who can't do - teach".

Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and appreciate new talent and clear the path for advancement by thinning out the old wood instead of letting us slip through your fingers while you chase your tails and quote policy and procedures from the 1980's.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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School of Law terrible place to work, not sure of other areas on campus

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsFlexible schedule, good health coverage

ConsZero raises, chastised if ask for raise, ignorant management, unfair balance of wages, favoritism, zero training opportunities, zero motivation, not rewarded for work, increasing workload and responsibility with zero compensation for said increase, expected to live on stagnant wage, treated with contempt, disappearing benefits, specifically retirement program.

Advice to Senior ManagementInteract with your employees to actually see how much work they do

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Bewildering

Assistant Professor (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at UCLA full-time for more than 10 years

ProsUCLA has a beautiful campus, wonderful weather, and is populated by some amazingly intelligent, motivated, hard-working students.

ConsJob expectations could not be less clear. I'm guessing this is probably because no one in the administration knows what they are either. You are evaluated by sets of committees filled with nameless members whom you never meet. The criterion you are evaluated on are sometimes secret and often contradictory (from committee to committee). The worst part is there is no one to discuss your performance with because you have no idea who will be evaluating you and this will be different every time.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhile I understand the importance of shared leadership, accountability has its advantages as well. It would be nice to create a system where employees could have some idea whom they could turn to for reliable job advice. It would be nice to have some hints at standards by which one could assess oneself. I have heard many people discuss how difficult it would be for the multiple layers of committees with their ever-shifting membership to establish any criterion at all. While I recognize the difficulty in this, consider the even greater difficulty this poses for employees being evaluated by groups of people who have given up hope on the idea of agreeing as to how to evaluate them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dont do it

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsNone, really. I am serious, perhaps the healthcare benefits? Parking there is a mess. And expensive. Traffic sucks. The buildings are either really good or terrible to work in.

ConsBackstabbers,liars, lazy people with no incentives to do work, but they really love to get into your life. They are all nosy.

Advice to Senior ManagementResign.

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A suspicious, insecure, toxic, fear-based workplace

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Westwood Village, CA

I worked at UCLA full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat work-life balance. Excellent, inexpensive benefits package. UCLA takes the health and wellness of their employees seriously.

ConsNot much has changed in the two years that the other individual who reviewed UCLA external affairs originally posted their cons about working at UCLA.

Suspicion and insecurity rule this department. No one is trusted to do their job--much time is spent waffling to make sure that nothing is done that could endanger the positions of the middle managers. There is a complete lack of knowledge of industry best practices--not that knowing them would mean they would be implemented. The middle managers are only concerned with making sure they look like they are doing a good job managing. There is no leadership or mentorship.

When I first started working at UCLA I had to give myself work to do--I was never assigned anything from my manager. I had to request weekly 1-1 meetings so I could tell my manager what I was working on and the status of my projects. I was never given any feedback on my work--my manager would have to speak with his manager first, then he would tell me what I could and could not do. If I took the initiative to start a new project I was discouraged from spending time on it--when the projects were successful there was no reward or acknowledgment. I was not allowed to have meetings with people without my manager present, and if I did I was grilled to inform him what the meeting was about and what was said. My recommendations based on years of private sector experience (for which I was hired) were never acknowledged. I was there to do the job the way my supervisor wanted me to it. There was never any trust--not for me or my colleagues.

UCLA is not a place to grow, or to learn. UCLA is not a place to do good work--good work is stifled and discouraged. The middle managers are completely incompetent, and so fearful of their incompetence, that they do everything they can to maintain their positions. They maintain their positions by making sure that those that work below them stay where they are.

The people that work at UCLA are capable and smart--but the result of the management environment is complacency. Any motivation in the department is purely fear-based. Morale is sluggish and discouraging. The negativity is so widespread that it seems like an infection. I have never seen or heard more rude and unprofessional communications--via email, in meetings, on the phone--in my entire career.

The most important thing to know--is that any time spent at UCLA will set you back professionally for future positions. Because of the innovation-adverse environment, any new industry standards, technological advancements or strategies will pass unnoticed through the department. You will have a lot of catching up to do when you leave.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire third-party companies to do more technology/outward facing work. Being innovative and cutting edge is not a reality for this department. The management team you have in place have created an environment that is purposefully slow and ineffective.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Poor Leadership

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
Westwood, CA

I worked at UCLA full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat benefits and a beautiful campus

ConsManagement is extremely condescending and has no training on dealing with employees. One supervisor made her employees write down on a white board the times they went to the bathroom. My direct supervisor was so afraid of her manager she would never stand up for us and let us down a lot.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake some training on communicating with employees.

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Lack of leadership and accountability.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at UCLA

Pros- There are a number of employees who are brilliant, extremely talented and kind people.
- Quality reputation from the outside looking in.
- Good benefits

Cons- Everything you know about bad management is here.
- Funds are constantly inappropriately allocated. Paying high fees to outside contractors where the same (most likely - much better) job can be done in-house.
- Not rewarded or recognized for achievement unless you among the select few who ALWAYS get the pat on the back and some $$ added to their paycheck.
- Huge employee turnaround.
- Inability to think about the future of the organization strategically.
- No opportunity to grow, advance within the department.
- Low salaries for most employees (but high salaries for upper management).
- Relatives, friends and friends of friends of senior leadership get hired for high positions (often incompetent and not qualified for the job), where qualified existing staff isn't even remotely considered for advancement.
- Although there is a huge budget crisis, money is always found when a perfectly fine senior level manager's office needs to be "renovated" and new designer furniture bought.

Advice to Senior ManagementAsk yourself, "What have I done that is positive within the last year"?
Ask yourself, "How many extremely qualified individuals have come through these doors and quit? Why did they resign?
Check the pulse of your team once in a while and see how they are doing.
Listen to criticism because your job is not to react but solve issues or make things within the unit work better and employees happier. Happy employees=productivity and progress. Haven't you figured it out yet?!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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