UC Davis Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
352 Reviews
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Pros
  • Fast paced working environment, people are friendly at work, great location (in 11 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is amazing - my supervisor is very flexible and I am able to honor my family commitments (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Also, the campus has serious problems with budget cuts and therefore our hours (in 7 reviews)

  • Some of the full time workers are not nice (in 6 reviews)

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    Undergraduate Researcher

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Learned many valuable skills for becoming an engineer especially as a student.

    Cons

    Compensation was definitely low, considering my wage as a researcher was less than that of my friend in IT. However, the educational value of my time here made that lower wage worth it

    Recommends
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    Graduate researcher

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    strong academic training, great learning environment, rich line-up of quality graduate classes, fair employment practices

    Cons

    lack of research funding and somewhat complacent faculty toward bringing in sponsers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    at the school level, the management goals were not clearly communicated

    Recommends
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    Awesome place to learn and work!

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

    I worked at UC Davis as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Incredible environment of brilliant researchers and students is truly inspiring to be around.

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming to be around so many intelligent people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay undergraduate researchers more than minimum wage!

    Recommends
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    good place to work if you like flexible, relaxed working experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Pros

    nice and talented coworkers, good benefits

    Cons

    salary is low, but

  6.  

    Great experience as part of the UC Davis Heavy-Ion Physics Graduate Program

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    The heavy-ion physics group led by Daniel Cebra and Manuel Calderon is a great group with supportive advisers, and a very healthy work balance.

    Cons

    It is definitely a long process, work is very challenging, and definitely requires a huge level of commitment.

    Recommends
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    Great place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for graduate students. Always got the classes I wanted to TA. Cheap rent and food. Overall great town.

    Cons

    Old facilities with no immediate plans for remodeling. Difficult to collaborate with the medical school because of location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the facilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I enjoyed my time working for the Fitness and Wellness Department, the staff was extremely friendly!

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    -Friendly staff
    -Flexible Hours
    - The facilities are absolutely outstanding and their gym has to be one of the best in the county
    Fantastic working environment and conditions

    Cons

    -Below industry standard pay.
    -Cap of 20 hours for students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, I feel that the management did a great job. I enjoyed the flexibility that allowed me to work and take part as a full-time student.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Great time as an intern at UCD

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis

    Pros

    The schedule is flexible and good for students. It's also fun and enjoyable if you choose to work in something you're interested in.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about. Sometimes tasks can get repetitive but that is a given for the type of job I was doing/

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    Great school to work for!

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    Former Employee - Coho Employee in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Coho Employee in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment and great people!

    Cons

    No real cons here. The administration does a good job.

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  11.  

    Decent experience. Slight entitlement atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Programmer II in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer II in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay is quite low compared to private sector but benefits and very stable employment make up for that. Very relaxed work environment maybe even a little to relaxed sometimes.

    Cons

    A lot of entitlement and complacency from the 10+ year employees. It depends on your department but if your a shift worker your department may not ever rotate shifts so the one your hired for is the one your stuck on. Not a ton of opportunities to advance due to many 20+ year employees staying in the same positions.

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