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UCLA Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
584 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 21 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 31 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.  

    Easy job that allows you to study while you work

    Current Employee - Front Desk Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Front Desk Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good web development experience
    Easy work
    Decent pay
    Uses up my work study money
    Can listen to music at work
    Learn how to work printers and how to print quality art

    Cons

    Not very fulfilling, but it isn't supposed to be
    Not many hours if you want a lot.
    Involves dealing with people, which can be frustrating at times.

  2.  

    TA in CS department of UCLA

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

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot from your colleges and students. The quarter is usually 10 weeks long. So the work load is not that heavy.

    Cons

    Except the CS35L.... This class is extremely time consuming for teaching. YOU ARE THE INSTRUCTOR!!!! Professor only meets with you regularly. You have to give lecture, grade homework, make the exams and grade them all by yourself!

  3.  

    UCLA is a great employer.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Great working environment. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Costs 70$/month to park. Lots of traffic in the area.

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  5.  

    Great experience with great benefits and atmosphere.

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for self development and growth if you take the initiative. Good benefits and many opportunities to participate in the extra activities at UCLA, whether it is volunteer, or the many academic, arts and sports events.

    Cons

    Pay will not be competitive with the outside market. Housing near the campus is expensive. Traffic in the area is also congested. However there are many transportation services available for getting to campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and grow staff talent who deliver results!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was nice experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefit
    Work/life balance
    Nice people
    Great Benefit
    Work/life balance
    Nice people

    Cons

    No room to grow
    Salary
    No room to grow
    Salary

    Recommends
  7.  

    postdoc

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

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

    Pros

    solid training, good collaborating environment, strong EE/MD school, open research high pressure/ leads to high achievements...

    Cons

    Not really cons, maybe salary?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great experience in the graduate program

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    work hour is really flexible. Professors are very nice.

    Cons

    The food in campus are not good, and often crowded.

  9.  

    Graduate student researcher (PhD) for 5 years

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible work hours. Stimulating faculty. Surrounded by intelligent people. Beautiful campus. Computing facilities are top notch.

    Cons

    Pure self-motivation, need to be able to push yourself because others wont. Huge amount of red tape dealing with benefits, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    great place to work

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

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Everyone is helpful and when you are new they are always willing to teach you the procedures for certain jobs.

    Cons

    The patients tend to be very needy and difficult and willingly file complaints against the administrative assistants. This makes working there a lot more difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    UCLA great and collegial place to work

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

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule; commuter job; very good balance of work and life priorities; every department is different so speaking with employees (past/present) in that particular department is advised. My office is less political than many other departments.

    Cons

    HR gets confused a lot as would any large company. Could be political depending on situation/department (i.e Academia.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staff trainings and group activities to foster growth and promote loyalty/sense of belonging, esp with new staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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