UC Davis Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
338 Reviews
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338 Reviews
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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fast paced working environment, people are friendly at work, great location (in 10 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is amazing - my supervisor is very flexible and I am able to honor my family commitments (in 9 reviews)


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

  • Fairly low pay (for IT at least) compared to private sector (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Postdoctoral

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Pros

    Nice city, nice people and friendly staff

    Cons

    Small city. Everything was great

  2.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The per diem work allows me to let them know when I am available. Automatic enrollment in 403B is a great thing for saving from the start.

    Cons

    Getting on permanently is difficult with very few openings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great, no-fuss contract position.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Legal Writer  in  Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Legal Writer in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Available supervisors in case you had questions, projects were completable within timeframe, reasonable deadlines, friendly people, flexible hours. They also allowed working remotely on certain projects.

    Cons

    Prospect for career development limited. Unsure of product quality; could have used more feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good design opportunity within CRESS Center

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis as an intern

    Pros

    Graphic design positions are hard to come by sometimes on campus. While there are a lot, there is also increasing competition. This was my first solely graphic design position on campus and I learned the ins and outs of being the sole designer on the team and becoming the expert in all things pre press to production. It was a great learning experience. Beyond that, I had two amazing supervisors that always looked out for me and gave me all the opportunities they could find to succeed.

    Cons

    Challenges are definitely that because you are the expert, there is no one else to turn to for advice. That being said, it's still okay to make mistakes. Learn from them and grow with the team! I would also say that a few weeks into the position, I saw how difficult it was to get decisions down as a whole for the team because of partners and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your team, and don't put us into a bad position. Your team makes you. Support from within to really grow and succeed.

  6.  

    Great people, great environment.

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    Former Employee - Lead Event Technician  in  Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Event Technician in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by student coworkers that become some of your best friends. Flexible hours, great benefits for students, and decent pay. Gives a lot of helpful experience for future endeavors.

    Cons

    During the few busy times during the year, there can be a lot of hours in a given week--can be detrimental if you have midterms or finals or homework, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! More student benefits never hurt.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pleasure working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is great! Super flexible. Being salaried is great because you only need to work the hours necessary to get the job done.

    Cons

    This was a great place to work and I have nothing bad to say about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great environment low pay

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

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to work. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    People don't care much about your future.

  9.  

    Tool to succeed are available iif you look for the opportunities

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good collaboration between departments and other collaborating campuses. Campus offers many programs to get you ready for jobs after graduation.

    Cons

    There seems to be some tension with each of the departments, which sometimes slows down process and prevents further growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are opportunities for students to attend developmental workshops, but learning about these programs is difficult. Student resources should be better advertised so they can prepare for the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work place to develop early carrier at Academia

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    Current Employee - Assistant Project Scientist  in  Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Scientist in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Davis town is family friendly and very safe. Retirement plan and insurance are good. Hours are quite flexible but also depends on PI.

    Cons

    Function of project scientist job is quite limited and salary is dependent on grant status.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Flexible

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

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Working for the university allows you to be flexible with your schedule

    Cons

    There's a maximum of 19.5 hours you can work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay and allow for actual career-related experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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