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UCLA Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
252 Reviews
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252 Reviews
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UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block
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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.  

    A good place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Many different types of resources. There are also many different positions across multiple fields within the university, so opportunities for moving around within UCLA are abundant. Los Angeles is a very diverse, exciting city in which to lie and work.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy to navigate. It's also a large university, but individual departments can make it feel like a much smaller, more intimate work environment. Compensation isn't that great, but it's not that bad either.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great school

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    Former Employee - Student
    Former Employee - Student

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    great school! Excellent professors and student.

    Cons

    UCLA looks like is experiencing financial difficulties.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    graduate student researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Nice campus and good facilities

    Cons

    Westwood living cost is too high

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  5.  

    Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    It is in Los Angeles. Near to companies

    Cons

    Courses are not that good

  6.  

    Good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Libraries are well-equipped. They organize seminars and lectures that are useful.

    Cons

    Career advancement support is limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    It was GREAT

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone is really nice and helpful

    Cons

    No formal training, you have to learn everything yourself

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A privileged place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Fantastic campus and brilliant people all around.

    Cons

    You can lost in the crowd. Very big and bureaucratic. Lot's of politics, but that is true anywhere. Live near campus of terrible commute and parking! Bike!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Surrounded by great people at work

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at UCLA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good support from colleagues, great training, excellent office culture, amazing libraries, vibrant, intelligent and ever eager to learn students. I enjoyed my 3 years of teaching.

    Cons

    Really not much. It take a long time to create lesson plans but that is true for any teaching position. long hours grading papers. ample food choices all around the university. I wish the parking was not expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    UCLA Access Control is okay

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    Former Employee - UCLA Access Control in Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - UCLA Access Control in Westwood, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of free time to study as a student
    Flexible

    Cons

    Disruptive scheduling (e.g. having to stay up late & messing up circadian rhythm)

  11.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at UCLA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Become close with students

    Cons

    - Not paid highly enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay TAs more.

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