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Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
46 Reviews
4.0
46 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • amazing location, friendly staff, diverse opportunities, good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with many smart people and to make a difference in California; great benefits including a pension (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, relative to market levels (in 4 reviews)

  • Parking sucks and it costs an arm and a leg and despite increasing student fees there always seems to be budget cuts around every corner (in 3 reviews)

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    Director and COO

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Museum Director in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Museum Director in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at University of California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great experience working with other State Agencies at the Secretary and Deputy Secretary levels along with members of the Legislature on budgets and audits.

    Cons

    In this position, the Director worked for two bosses and often became leveraged to show each others power. This resulted in an state agency filing suit to prove command and control. In the end, the people of California lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you believe to be the right thing and treat people as you wish to be treated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at University of California full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Retirement, culture, staff, professional development

    Cons

    staff, culture, work life balance,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hearst Museum Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California (more than a year)

    Pros

    Really great people to work with! They are all very helpful and welcoming.

    Cons

    There could be more communication from upper management.

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  5.  

    Career Counselor Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Career Counselor in Berkeley, CA
    Former Intern - Career Counselor in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -great environment
    -your opinion matters
    -staff development
    -motivated students
    -great leadership

    Cons

    -location is slightly off campus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great Opportunities for Students

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

    I worked at University of California as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and experience. Fellow co-workers are very kind and helpful. Superiors try to ensure good communication with you.

    Cons

    Didn't have any negative experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a Graduate Student Researcher

    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher, Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher, Graduate Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at University of California part-time

    Pros

    Enhanced my technical and networking skills, Increased my knowledge base, Learnt how to transfer valuable information to students in an effective manner

    Cons

    No major cons come to mind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Review of University of California (Programmer Analyst)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst

    I have been working at University of California full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Have opportunities to learn new acknowledges from the academic community.

    Cons

    It is a research position, we do some complex statistical analysis as well as algorithm design.

  9.  

    Graduate Student TA overall good job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

    Pros

    Flexible hours, pays for tuition, fees, and healthcare in addition to a living stipend.

    Cons

    The living stipend is the same or similar across all UC campuses. This means students at campuses such as Davis or Merced, where rent is cheaper, essentially get more than students at pricier locations such as San Diego or Santa Barbara.

  10.  

    Excellent University with a variety of programs and opportunity, should increase connectivity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student in Davis, CA

    I have been working at University of California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good professors, Good programs, Good grading scale, alright job opportunities

    Cons

    Could have a better post grad network, Need to hire more phds, Too Eurocentric

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More freedom for Professors to teach classes they want.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Graduate research at UCI

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Friendly work environment; flexible work time.

    Cons

    More bureaucratic over the years. University administrative staff seemed under pressure.

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