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Great location, great faculty, great scientific community

Current Employee - PhD Student in La Jolla, CA
Current Employee - PhD Student in La Jolla, CA

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

Pros

Great 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)

Cons

Terrible 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 Management

Should 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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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice city, weather, outdoor environment. UCSD could be a good experience depending of which lab you work with.

    Cons

    The lab PI has all the power over you and can abuse it as much as they want, nobody will do anything against, as long as they don't harass sexually or physically injure you.

    Advice to Management

    Take management classes.

  2. A learning experience.

    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by and collaborated with fantastic people.

    Cons

    There were a lot of disillusioned students and graduates.

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