UCLA
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www.ucla.edu Los Angeles, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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

Student (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

ProsFlexible 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.

ConsDepending 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Underemployed and underpaid

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


    Pros: Great benefits, job security, flexible schedule, great location. Great for… Cons: Boring, employees lack motivation, minimal support from management to grow,… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    low pay boring work at ucla

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at UCLA


    Pros: create your own hours, friendly coworkers Cons: sitting for hours at a desk with nothing to do Advice to Senior Management: pay better No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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