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Loved the job itself, but the bureaucracy was out of control.

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Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA

I worked at UCLA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

Pros

The daily work was interesting and inspiring.

Cons

There were more than a few times (many times, in fact) that my payment was not processed in a timely manner for whatever reason. Getting UCLA to move on fixing their error is a exercise in total futility.

It seemed that if they lost your payment or it got pushed to the side and forgotten about, UCLA would do absolutely zero to correct THEIR error. Getting it rectified was an absolute waste of breath and energy. Because it wasn't directly impacting those processing the money (they got paid that week, so they could pay their personal bills and buy groceries and get to work with gas in their tank), they seemed to not care at all that their mistake would take months (plural) to fix. In fact, people in other departments seemed afraid to call payroll/accounting to inquire or request any help when this type of situation would arise. It seemed to me to be a situation where everyone was held hostage.

Needless to say, this was a total drag about an otherwise pretty cool job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Deal with this chain of impossible bureaucracy. People should be paid for the work they do in a way which sustains their daily living. I mean, that's why all of us work, right?

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    Good work-life balance, very bureaucratic, non-progressive corporate culture

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

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits (full heath, dental, vision, savings, pension, van pools, educational discouts, etc)
    Starting* pay is competitive
    Relaxed/friendly work environment
    Good people
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunity
    Few raises means wages stagnate
    Management not concerned with efficiency/over concerned with minor things
    Very bureaucratic & slow to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to new things, try to be more competitive with other universities and private sector business practices, get more proactive with the technology curve, be more proactive about slacking employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Postdoc review

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

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The UCLA campus is pleasant environment for the most part.

    Cons

    Difficult to get things accomplished here sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Easier to find information regarding training and core facilities available

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