UCLA Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Fundraiser

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    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Westwood, CA

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

    Pros

    -Flexible hours, close location to campus, gets you introduced to sales like environment early.

    Cons

    -horrible pay for the work, muggy office and overall depressing atmosphere, managers listen to music more than they work which isnt very motivating.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a different field of work


  2. Great environment for learning, horrible experience trying to reliably receive a living wage

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    World-class facilities, brilliant and helpful faculty, and a beautiful campus - overall, a great place to grow intellectually and perform research. There is a sense of collaboration and camaraderie amongst the labs (at least in my experience within the neuroscience department) that seems to be lacking at many other graduate programs across the country, where vicious competition and the practice of undercutting your peers seems to be the norm.

    Cons

    The individuals that handle graduate student funding for the vast majority of people in the neuroscience department (you know who you are) seem to be chronically incapable of paying students on time, or the correct amount. It becomes exceeding difficult to concentrate on studies and research when even the paltry sum of money that constitutes a monthly graduate student stipend fails to arrive for weeks (or months) at a time. This happens on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the dead weight. They do not execute their duties efficiently and their inability to perform the simple task of paying students on time has turned an entire department of future alumni into jaded and resentful refugees from academia. Several of my peers have remarked that they plan to never donate money to UCLA once they are alumni, in light of their personal experiences with the inefficient bureaucracy and financial mismanagement they have lived through as graduate students.


  3. company review

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good location, very California, rich

    Cons

    people are not helpful at all

    Advice to Management

    none


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    Employees not valued

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, beautiful buildings, coworkers are nice for the most part

    Cons

    management doesn't value employees, some offices too run down, takes forever to get things done

    Advice to Management

    you should value your employees and make reasonable accommodations instead of waiting until people are in poor health to make accommodation.


  6. hi

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    benefits, vacation, hours, set schedule

    Cons

    hard to take time off


  7. AAP Facilitator Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    Great pay, fun to teach, and you make your own hours

    Cons

    Preference for latinos and apparent racism against non-latino candidates

    Advice to Management

    Please add more checks on AAP managers.


  8. Programmer/Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like all campuses, UCLA offers a relaxed working environment, and if you are interested in a non-commodity technology, you might be able to create an opportunity to use the technology of interests.

    Cons

    The pay is low compared to similar positions outside of the university. The bureaucracy can be difficult to navigate. The university required several, annoying online training sessions on the requirements of the government position or policies on sexual harassment. Finally, many, many positions are understaffed, and you can find yourself being asked to do unrealistic projects because the university tends show a bias toward hardware and to cut corners on funding staff.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot do much about the required training sessions, but I would certainly makes sure that managers use reasonable estimates of man hours required to complete SE projects and plan staffing accordingly. Management needs to remember that at a low-paying university job, unless the employee has a special interest in a project's technology, you cannot expect the employee to put in more than 40 hours per week.


  9. work environment

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    Current Employee - Clarity Report Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clarity Report Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    still a great institution to work for

    Cons

    too many management changes, too political, too much micro-management, definitely not a friendly working environment. very understaffed.


  10. Not a lot of room to move up, because older people have tons of incentive to stay, and UCLA can't make them leave.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are OK - hours are good

    Cons

    Depressing atmosphere; rude people in management positions; try to keep people's salaries low; no transparency

    Advice to Management

    Do your jobs and promote the people who actually work hard


  11. Too much politics

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    While I love the office I work for, there is overall too much politics at UCLA to achieve the outcomes we want.

    Cons

    Unions can be very limiting.



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