UCLA Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
531 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance is good with flexible options available (in 17 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to balance teaching and course load at the same time, especially as a graduate student (in 12 reviews)

  • Budget cuts and draconian restructuring methods on the horizon are only making these problems worse (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - Great name for CV
    - Access to leaders in the field for collaborations and scientific meetings & talks
    - Postdoc union is present, adjusted CA pay scale was implemented
    - Desired to bridge basic and translational science, esp. in the field of Diabetes

    Cons

    - Red tape with staff parking
    - Working Visa Office was confused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better support for foreign postdocs
    - All financial advice and workshop were not geared towards postdocs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Awesome place to work with room for creativity and ECA, but poor remuneration.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome vibe for work among very smart people and, depending on the PI, heaps of room for creativity. University is also very well equip for an all rounded life, both mentally and physically. A big advantage a very good health insurance scheme and university housing for fellows and their families.

    Cons

    Very bad remuneration...but this is not UCLA's fault, rather the NIH standard. Not much in the way of advice or assistance in deciding next stage of career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience learned a lot initially and it plateaued from there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work there...

    Cons

    The HR people can be cold, disinterested, without exhibiting any empathy or understanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show employees wanting to advance just how to make the transition to a new career. There seems to be little or no interest in providing any method or educational base that would help current employees (ones that have already shown loyalty and interest in UCLA) progress to a position that can benefit from translatable skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Lab Assistant

    Former Employee - Lab Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with a graduate student doing lab research and was able to learn a lot because it was very hands on. The grad student took the time to teach me about all of her work and then gave me the opportunity to actually do real work.

    Cons

    Did not get to interact with the Professor as much as I would have liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some more structure would be good, although the flexibility was nice with my busy school schedule.

    Recommends
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    Great opportunities if you have ambition

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    reseach topic is very flexible

    Cons

    campus not open during the weekend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    student assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    easy to find a part-time job as a student assistant

    Cons

    low pay and boring in medical school

  8.  

    Great company to work for life

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, free dental and eye care

    Cons

    Much lower salaries compared to market rate.
    Career advances require switching departments constantly.
    Very low or no pay increases for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees who are lifers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Post Doctoral researcher

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good benefits and friendly job environtment

    Cons

    write your own grant is painful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Awesome climate, seriously west-LA is the best
    -great collaborative environment!
    -Academia allows for a high volume of hard work and a great outlet for motivation and drive - but at the same time lets you keep a good work-life balance!
    -Surrounded by world-class co-workers!
    -Beautiful campus

    Cons

    -terrible traffic!
    -students. Ok I know its a university, but sometimes the kids can be annoying
    -some faculty are entitled and treat non-tenured staff and faculty with disdain.
    -racial bias - maybe its all academic environments, but I think that needs to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -spend more money on the lower ranks.
    -create programs to teach racial integration
    -remove tenure and force professors to continue working for their worth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Brilliant people and cutting edge technology available to graduate students and employees.

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Teaching Assistant salary is nothing special, but benefits are great and tuition cuts are incredible. Great facilities across campus, and research tools and library system is top notch.

    Cons

    Large institution with many adjunct faculty members coming in and out of teaching positions. Makes it hard to track down former professors or colleagues within the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often departmental politics affect the courses offered to students, which can be frustrating to deal with both as a student and as a teaching assistant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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