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UC Davis Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
373 Reviews
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373 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is amazing - my supervisor is very flexible and I am able to honor my family commitments (in 11 reviews)

  • Fast paced working environment, people are friendly at work, great location (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Also, salary is low compared to other universities (in 8 reviews)

  • Crappy pay and budget cuts make having a good resume handy a necessity (in 8 reviews)

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    Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    It pays well salary wise, it is somewhat flexible on working times, and nobody micromanages your work.

    Cons

    Being a student with a UCD job, everything ends up going to pay the school back; as a TA you just have a guaranteed job for 3 months and no security at all for the next quarter; you could end up working more than what is was planned initially because the professor doesn't want to spend his time teaching classes...
    There is a lot of instability if you are going to work quarter-to-quarter, there's a decent chance that you are not going to get a TAship, so do not depend on it (always prepare a second plan!).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with the students about the time that is going to be required for this job, and set up the TAships much earlier in the previous quarter so the students know where they will be working (and if they will be working) in advance and not days before the beginning of the following quarter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Graduate Student Researcher - Ecology

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis

    Pros

    Funding is great. Lots of professor interactions. Many people to collaborate with. Easy to find outside funding.

    Cons

    Administration is terrible - inefficient, unfriendly, bad at their jobs.

  3.  

    Staff is very friendly.

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant II in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant II in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    For students, work hours are very flexible so that work and school can be managed. Students are also able to learn more about a particular job and gain invaluable experience from it.

    Cons

    Often times, the work (general clerical duties) students do can be easily boring because it is repetitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Its a good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Pros

    Tution remission. Also its on campus and the salary is decent. Its a pretty good place to work and study at the same time

    Cons

    Work had pretty strict deadlines. Its fun leadind discussion. Grading is a lil boring. But the research work is a lot of fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    U doin well

  6.  

    Friendly working environment, positive experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible hours, decent pay (for a college student) and a rewarding overall experience. I made some great friendships with coworkers and it was a great addition to my resume.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for growth, and you need to work even when you have exams.

  7.  

    Lots of Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As a student, jobs are everywhere. Lots of campus recruiting lots of student jobs.

    Cons

    Good luck getting classes you need if you are not a senior

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Visiting Scholar

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Pros

    UC Davis is good place to work they offer state-of-art insfrastructure (at least in our lab). Davis itself is the most safe and comfortable city ever I lived in US.

    Cons

    There are lot of Chinese in the department who using Mandarin more than English. Sometimes it is hard to communicate with them.

  9.  

    Best place to work. Great city to live in.

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    For researchers, work hours are flexible. Postdoc union makes sure that the posdoc employees are well taken care of. Since it is not one of those crazy party schools, great for family. If you are one of those 'portlandia' type of persons, this is the town for you.

    Cons

    Most of the apartment complexes have beautiful offices, but the apartment themselves are not so great. Very annoying leasing system. If you want to continue in your apartment next september, better sign the lease by Feb of the same year. Unnecessarily exorbitant house prices. But not to worry, neighboring towns with 10 min drive have same sized houses for half the price.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Workplace

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    Current Employee - Junior Specialist
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Flexibility, Great Opportunities and Culture

    Cons

    I cannot find any flaws.

  11.  

    Good chance to have some pocket money

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and working place

    Cons

    Paid by job title, not by work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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