University of California - Office of the President

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Toxic Work environment, complete and utter leadership void

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Current Employee - IT Architect in Oakland, CA
Current Employee - IT Architect in Oakland, CA

I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (less than a year)

Pros

UC Title
Lofty intention
Watching paint dry.... S L O W pace
[ That's it ! ]

Cons

Management act like they are g-d incarnate - total lack of concern for individual contributors
Senior Management on coasters to retirement, black hole of leadership
No career path [outside of academia] - no raises, and no acknowledgement
Incompetent staff [oustide of HR,Communications, Deskside Support] bordering on truculent/arrogant
Want to hire "the best" and then let them fester with zero guidance or feedback
Resistance at every step of the progress guidance path

Advice to ManagementAdvice

LISTEN up when your [professional] employees offer advice on how to do a job cronyism has put you in
Don't expect things from your reports that you do not yourself exemplify
Pay attention to the work climate and morale - it could save your sorry, tired, incompetent hide
Pause and breathe when talking down with/at people who are paid to help you look competent
Go somewhere other than public education to make a Crater of Impact with your Gravitas !
HR: writing is on the wall. If a few employees tell you there's a problem, look at management, not those who called it in. That's the premise of a WHISTLEBLOWER policy, after all - to uncover issues.

Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Worst working environment of my life

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of California - Office of the President full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pension and sick time *only* benefits better than any other employer.

    Cons

    Bitter people, inability to change, awful management, favorites, differing benefits depending on team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beyond help .. don't work there unless you are prepared to take years of abuse for GREAT pension. Send those promoted to manager to some kind of management training. Equalize benefits for ALL teams in department. Distribute workload over teams on same project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work with. Politics stops innovation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to put forth ideas and one can work with independence.

    Cons

    People you work with are not very competent, and have job security. Slow and lethargic employees, and that puts more work on ones desk, especially if one is trying to get new and exciting projects in ones job scope.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take classes in leadership. Become better leaders and know how to encourage young, motivated, talented, and efficient young professionals. Also, when trying to "promote" someone it is unfair to open up a job posting, let all other employees apply for the job, knowing fully well who you would like to hire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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