UCLA Reviews

Updated June 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. just ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - General in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    No chances for advancement, no training or mentoring just on the job training. Too far away to be useful ro yravel everyday.

    Cons

    Nice and smart people, good pay, good work to lifebalance, nice ammenities, nice space, many floors, good climate control, clean space and quiet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the many people that work hard for you, implement the changes that we suggest, instead of juat paying us lip service


  2. Worst Employer Ever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oncology Nursing in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Oncology Nursing in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of networking possibilities. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Horrible traffic and you have to pay for your parking as an employee. Terrible racism and discrimination here. No diversity in upper management positions. Lots of favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiding behind the university veil. Get a clue with so many lawsuits its time to make drastic changes at the top. You pay yourselves like gods but can't find the cure for cancer or resurrect the dead so you're over paid.


  3. The good old days of being a UCLA employee has now long gone.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a public institution, so technically, it is bound to follow the state regulation. Although, their expensive attorneys are quite good at working around the system.

    Cons

    Facing discrimination based on gender, age, sex, race? No one will help. Those who should help will start lying. See the firing of James Enstrom, Ph.D. and racial discrimination of Christian Head, M.D.

    Advice to Management

    Management should do their jobs rather than just trying to protect the reputation of the university. When problems arise, fix them! It's just the right thing to do.


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  5. EHS Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Benefits, time flexibility, some friendly staff

    Cons

    Senior staff does not listen to younger staff

    Advice to Management

    Keep an open mind and understand that younger employees can make beneficial contributions.


  6. Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in UCLA, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in UCLA, CA

    I have been working at UCLA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits are decent and lots of days off since its state holidays

    Cons

    as someone stated depends on what department you work under . Our department is micromanaged big time, received $3 cummulative raise after 4.5years. No overtime pay unless you are manager favorite , also if you are favorite then you don't receive complicate work - basically you are screwed and used . Not sure why they hire the same group of people who like to make the tush bigger and management who misuse and abuse their power. Transfer to another department difficult at least in my department .

    Advice to Management

    value employees that work not watch Internet and like to make their heads bigger- and listen to employees who know what they are doing oh and try not to steal or get credit for employee ideas -


  7. Extremely disappointed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance if you are lucky to have a good manager which I didn't have. Benefits were good

    Cons

    There is absolutely no formal training for the job function you are about to do. Management is not helpful in the sense that you are assumed to have knowledge of all relevant departments of UCLA and have advanced skillset for MS Excel. Guidelines were not set and I had to figure out everything by myself. No feedback at all if I was doing a good or bad job until the day I got let go. Absolutely horrible experience.

    Advice to Management

    Be more patient with the people working under you. Be especially patient with new employees. Let them know if they are doing a good job or a bad job and coach them so that they become better.


  8. Very Major Disappointment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The health plan was decent. Having UCLA on your resume is somewhat of a bonus. The employee discounts were kind of decent, but that's about it.

    Cons

    I worked for a UCLA off-campus division. The experience was horrible: I encountered a lot of politics and blatant racism. The management was incompetent, the facilities were inadequate, there was a lot of in-fighting amongst employees and favoritism for males with the "right" skin color (in fact, UCLA has a tendency to only re-hire white males who left the company). And I truly believe that they do not value their African-American employees. In fact, I believe they work against them. I understand that this is a major issue with black students. But it is also VERY prevalent for African-American UCLA employees. It's clearly abhorrent and pathetic. I also encourage minorities to NOT indicate their race on the online UCLA application. I truly believe this will work against them.

    Advice to Management

    The Regents need to take a close look at ALL of UCLA divisions. The division I worked for has its headquarters on campus but also satellites across L.A. So because it's so spread out, middle managers can continue to practice unscrupulous acts. The Regents also need to place more attention on civil rights and examine how their African-American employees are treated.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Oncology Research Department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job benefits are outstanding. Most of the staff and patients are really wonderful.

    Cons

    Poor training if any; horrible management and HR department. Review the companies ongoing diversity issues all over the Internet.

    Advice to Management

    Take cultural sensitivity training, stop hiring friends and family and playing favorites. Take an ethics course to learn how to treat people the way you want to be treated.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Stay away from this company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Change your culture.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Understaffed, Underpaid, Micromanaged, Moronic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Management 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.



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