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Good University

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Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Graduate Student in Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at UCLA part-time for more than a year

Pros

Weather is good. Environment is good. Lots of friends.

Cons

Salary is ok. But the position are too few

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    California is a nice play to do a postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work culture is quite nice here and if you enjoy your research, being a postdoc in the UC system has many benefits. The UC postdoc union is quite strong

    Cons

    The cons are that if you want to have a family then a postdoc salary is the lower limit at which you should be operating. Good thing ofcourse is a postdoc is not meant to last longer than 2 to 3 years really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take a lot better care of postdocs overall. A lot more mentoring and guidance is required and postdocs need to be considered as serious professionals. Many talented grad students are not staying in research for this reason.

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    As a student, school jobs are beneficial but can have their setbacks.

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    Current Employee - Student  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours and decent pay for a manageable amount of work are common for student worker positions all over the school. They never schedule you during Finals (with prior notice for some departments) and getting a day off is usually negotiable. Certain departments have student worker positions that can actually be useful in a resume (i.e. supervisor, manager, director, coordinator). Make sure to ask what opportunities are available. Given the nature of our situation (attending school full time), the benefits will outweigh the many cons (especially if you take 16-20 units a quarter like I do) - unless you can land a part time job in your career field, at that point, get the hell out. If you have a busy schedule outside of work, have several extracurriculars or devote your time to something that matters, a college job is the way to go.

    Cons

    Depending on where you work, office politics can affect even the pawns of UCLA, the student workers. The overall structure of the entire school is efficient in terms of getting the work done but you will notice there is a lot of wasted money all over. Upper management will NEVER listen to the suggestions of the individuals who are doing the actual work, often resulting in many employees lacking the tools and training necessary to complete their tasks. Student worker positions, in particular, see a lot turnover and lack of training is evident in many areas. Lastly, management greed often leads to treating student workers as full timers and are expected to bend over backwards in terms of availability during last-minute scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "lesser" employees. they often have ideas to improve efficiency, cut costs, and better working conditions, yet you dimiss them because of their youth or perceived inexperience. You forget that 90% of the students who work under you are brighter than you and will eventually be more talented than you can ever be. Drop the office politics. You already work for the government, you get paid well considering benefits and you do very little to earn your paychecks (there are exceptions). Your greed often results in trickle-down stress that results in overworked students who sign up for a 24 hour week and are scheduled for 35 (I'm looking at you Parking Services and every understaffed department). If you are going to advertise a job opening as a "student job", then treat it as such. We are not here to cover for your ineptness when you screw up schedules and frantically call your employees to show up to an undesired shift. Perhaps if you created a more comfortable and working environment, you would actually be able to retain more employees.

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    Approves of CEO
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