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Great location, great faculty, great scientific community

PhD Student (Current Employee) La Jolla, CA

ProsGreat research community (Scripps, Burnham, and Salk Institutes all nearby)
Many job opportunities in surrounding area
Great reputation in physical sciences
Beautiful location (views of pacific ocean from some points)

ConsTerrible parking situation (~$81/month; more cars than spaces available; $60 fines; essentially no choice but to use public transportation if living off campus)

Disorganized infrastructure (campus maps are complicated and unclear; building names and markers are hard to find)

Advice to Senior ManagementShould try to find ways to improve department cohesiveness as many labs are isolated and independent. More care should be given to recruitment and interview process for incoming students; people coming here often get a vibe of indifference from the way itineraries and events are planned.

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    Vivian Hook laboratory

    Postdoctoral (Current Employee) La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: Nice city, weather, outdoor environment. UCSD could be a good… Cons: The lab PI has all the power over you and can abuse it as much as they… Advice to Senior Management: Take management classes. More


    A learning experience.

    Graduate Student Researcher (Former Employee) La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: Surrounded by and collaborated with fantastic people. Cons: There were a lot of disillusioned students and graduates. More
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