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UC Davis Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
383 Reviews
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383 Reviews
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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi
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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 12 reviews)

  • People are friendly and it is an overall safe place (in 11 reviews)


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

  • Fairly low pay (for IT at least) compared to private sector (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Irritating bureaucracy, but worth it if you're patient

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis

    Pros

    - Location
    - Promotion from within is available for many student workers
    - Work with a diverse population
    - Perks

    Cons

    - Slow to change
    - Long processes when dealing with most things
    - Poor communication between departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    UC Davis TechHub

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tech Support in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Tech Support in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours for students
    Training and guidance for technical support certifications

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours due to department cuts/budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More personal growth with students?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Assasitant in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Assasitant in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Good team work, but also good work space.

    Cons

    Hours, and also stress when midterms come over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful place to work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Pros

    Academic environment
    Liberal pay grade
    Highly enthusiastic learning dominated profiles
    Great enthusiasm and encouragement

    Cons

    Personal growth and Funding opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, it is a valuable experience

    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis

    Pros

    Payroll is higher than research assistant.

    Cons

    Sometime it is hard to balance the loading of each TA

  7.  

    Great Experience, Lots of Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - French Instructor in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - French Instructor in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There's lots of teaching experience that looks great on a resume and gives you plenty of time to learn better pedagogy, but the management could be better.

    Cons

    Exceptional workloads, grading and expectations on top of a full school load. Be prepared to become a workaholic, though you'd have to be one to get in to the program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate French Instructors more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome and fun work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Managers are very open-minded and willing to listen. Working on a college campus is a fantastic environment

    Cons

    There is no commission-based pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place for student workers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly. Outstanding achievement is acknowledged and celebrated by all.

    Cons

    Not much potential for growth (it's a student job after all), low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The university should continue to listen to students' needs for an affordable and accessible public education so students can feel proud working for this institution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Teaching Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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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
  11.  

    Working here is ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Pros

    flexible hours, slightly above minimum wage pay, friendly coworkers, entertaining work setting, nice location, relaxed environment, easy to get job

    Cons

    not nearly enough pay to put even a dent in tuition, can be slow, no room for growth at all as a student, clients can be rude at times, many people do not understand english

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay students more

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