Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego

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  1. Very friendly,supportive and open-minded work environment with a high ratio of young staff and professors.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High concentration of "big shots" faculty in marine sciences facilitates collaboration.
    Unparalleled location directly at the shores of la jolla with access to multifunctional pier.
    Many events to provide opportunities to teach, do outreach and individual development
    Very friendly work environment and support

    Cons

    Location a bit far off the main ucsd campus can impair collaboration and participating in bigger UC events
    Parking situation is horrible and no free parking for faculty or postdocs at all
    No food (court) in close distance and a close-by privately owned cafe closes every day at 3pm

    Advice to Management

    Parking for postdocs and visiting scholars should be free or at least subsidized
    A cafe with affordable food and good coffee and snacks that is open at least until 6-7pm is needed

  2. Working at Scripps has been a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working by the beach. Working with industry leaders

    Cons

    Being by the beach can be very distracting.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. About the Education, sort of

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    Former Employee - Aquarium Instructor in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Aquarium Instructor in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefited under the university, great work environment, beautiful views, good benefits, free tickets to La Jolla Playhouse

    Cons

    No room to grow, limited creativity and freedom to try new things, upper management was distant and did not know you by name

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those in lower positions, they have good ideas for making the company run more smoothly

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  5. Great place to work if you plan to retire there.

    Former Employee - Development Engineer in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Relaxed environment
    Hazard Pay
    Location is beautiful
    Good benefits.
    Lots of vacation time.
    good community.

    Cons

    Lack of structure
    Staff workers are treated like second class citizens
    Relaxed environment and flexible schedules are often taken advantaged of by individuals who lack dedication
    No room to grow. Everything takes a bit longer in the academic world.

  6. Great workplace, great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people are amazing, the work is rewarding, the ocean is so close

    Cons

    Like any research job, a lot of positions are funding dependent, which doesn't provide a lot of job security. But you know far in advance if your grant is ending so there should be time to handle it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  7. Researcher at scripps IO.

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    Current Intern - Student Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Current Intern - Student Researcher in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego as an intern (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people and very close to the beach. Passionate people working on passionate research.

    Cons

    Pace is a little slow. Buildings are very old and and and and and and and and.

  8. Easy to work here, culture is very relaxed.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Next to the beach and fun, passionate people.

    Cons

    Low pay, not much to do.

    Advice to Management

    Great work!

  9. Rewarding, awesome place to do science

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    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate I in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate I in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Location, science, weather, relaxed athmosphere

    Cons

    Salaries not equal to industry

  10. Great place to learn, experiement, in a great location

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    a few of the labs are small, so you have a chance to develop a very broad skillset
    Depending on lab, had the opportunity to travel
    Relax, laid back culture- as well as PTO
    Surrounded by extremely intelligent people.
    great place for interns as well!

    Cons

    -Relax Laid back culture, you really have to be self motivated to really get anything done
    -base pay is low, however when you travel it can make up for it
    -because labs can be small, you won't get the big industry experience

  11. What a great place to work

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    Current Contractor - Analyst in La Jolla, CA
    Current Contractor - Analyst in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Scripps Institute of Oceanography UC San Diego as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Steps from the ocean, world-class research, friendliest, most laid-back, yet hardest working and smartest people you will ever meet in your life. There are endless networking opportunities with weekly seminars, forums, happy hours, and discounts. Nearly all professors and researchers here are the absolutely best in their field. Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Biology, Satellite Remote Sensing, Seismology, and many more - SIO is home to the most well known, well published, most awarded scientists in the world. Their passion is contagious and the impact of their research has positive direct impact to the community. Excellent employee benefits too. Very flexible working schedule as long as you get your work done. Great job stability. Great pay.

    Cons

    You must pay over 1k each year for a parking pass. It's hard to get in, but once you are in - you're in. Mobility of positions in tough though. So if a sour apple gets the job and somehow able to pass the 6 months promotion period, it's hard to get them fired. I've seen two of those since my time working here. One randomly quit and the other is hanging on firmly even though they are lazy(and everyone knows it). Since most people work in small teams, promotions are rare. Asking for a pay raise is rare but can be done. Most staff in management have been here for years, and their lack of care is visible. They do the bare minimum and get out.

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