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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
  • 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)

  • Low pay, relative to market levels (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very Poor Leadership, Non-Progressive & Seriously Technologically Challenged

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California full-time

    Pros

    The general location, Santa Barbara/Goleta, is a nice place to live.

    Cons

    There is a general lack of accountability for being productive or contributing. The talented are driven away, but the incompetent remain. There is an astounding lack of leadership which perpetuates a very dysfunctional organization. The organization is lacking in general technological competency, and is far behind the rest of the UC system in implementing solutions to common technological issues. Politics and distrust run rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization should be managed by UCSB in all aspects and not run as a separate rogue entity with little to no oversight or accountability for results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    A once good place to work that has been overtaken by overpaid, terrible executive and senior management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Some people on the frontline doing actual work. Less and less of these numbers as new hires are pretty disappointing more often than not.

    Cons

    Terrible communication in that misleading (at the minimum and outright lies in some cases) communication is constantly spewed. Way too top heavy. While underlings are told to make due with less, top management is over-compensated with the famliiar refrain that we need to pay more to get and retain the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really because nothing will change unless a President is hired that is truly commited to higher education, rather than personal compensation. Look no further than that while student tuition has doubled in the tenure of the current administration, the President makes far more in total compensation than any previous leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here!

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    Former Employee - Secretary  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Secretary in Oakland, CA

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Decent pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    It used to be a nice place to work years ago but I'm afraid that's changed and it's now become a political cesspool. There are managers to manage the managers and assistants to assist the assistants. It's just ridiculous. No promotions. No raises in pay. Snobby people to work with. Just go look for a job elsewhere and don't watse your time. Administration is incompetent and wasteful. Staff is not treated well. Layoffs abound.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your own mission statement and try to remember what your organization is supposed to stand for.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Not good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

    Pros

    University of California has good scientific talents that allows for broad collaborative studies.

    Cons

    Poor salary structure. Less opportunity for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must encourage young scientists

    Doesn't Recommend
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