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UCLA Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
593 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.  

    Studying at UCLA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 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
  2.  

    Depends on your PI

    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    -great school and network
    -great learning experience

    Cons

    cut-throat environment
    horrible PI
    lack of funds
    poor focus on employee satisfaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you don't have a lot of money, but try to focus on employee satisfaction.

  3.  

    Good health insurance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    The insurance provided is much better than other school, such as USC

    Cons

    We sign the contract every quarter, which is unstable. No work union for graduate students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise funds

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good intro into professional world.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - External Affairs Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - External Affairs Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Many opportunities to network and discover further career opportunities
    - Great other interns, good events with them
    - Flexible hours
    - Very friendly environment
    - Everyone wants to help you succeed

    Cons

    - Projects not the most interesting, lots of data entry
    - Not a set internship structure in terms of your individual supervisor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have set projects for interns before the summer starts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Not the best, not the worst.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clerk in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food often due to the immense amount of events going on. Lots of different types of experience because of the large office I supported.

    Cons

    Stringent rules and policies for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation for student workers could be more generous given the amount of work and hours required of us as students.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It gets comfortable here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    great pension plan, many job opportunities between department; great vacation/sick benefits

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy, many micromanagers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to learn

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

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Interesting research opportunities. Nice work environment.

    Cons

    low pay, you're on your own as a researcher.

  9.  

    Graduate Student

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, high-level research, looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    Too much expected out graduate students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and try to see things from the other person's perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A good but not great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good job security, work/life balance and benefits in terms of insurance, vacation and retirement. There is plenty of room to grow personally and professionally within UC system.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to enact meaningful changes in culture. Compensation is below average. Work is not as engaging or interesting as it could be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Serious budgetary constraints from the overall system.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great system, world renowned. The research being done here is phenomenal and you get to participate in it with a very friendly faculty.

    Cons

    There is a serious inability to get money from the central UC system down into the individual departments, especially if they are small. The bureaucracy here is worse than other major school systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you can't do much, but really fight for that money. Get California to give the schools more funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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