UC Davis Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi
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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 helpful (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Budget cuts are resulting in layoffs and general downsizing (in 8 reviews)

  • Low pay and unorganized at times (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great Compensation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Had a great time working with my superiors. I was compensated very well and was given adequate responsibilities for my pay

    Cons

    Hours were at times inflexible. Some of the work I was required to do was redundant, but neccesary.


  2. Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Love It, My supervisor is awesomw

    Cons

    none, I have no qualms about my job


  3. ARC MSA

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    Former Employee - MSA in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - MSA in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -- Coworkers are students as well, making it easy to associate with one another -- Work schedule catered to student life -- Located on campus -- Dynamic environment that keeps you alert -- Interview/Resume workshops available -- Opportunities for promotion available -- Opportunities to cover shifts and/or get shifts covered

    Cons

    -- Very early openings, very late closings


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  5. Admin Assistant at Mondavi Center

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UC Davis part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mondavi Center was a great place to have a part time job during college. I felt like my work was important, and learned valuable skills that helped me get hired after I graduated. Also a flexible schedule and comp tickets

    Cons

    There are certain tedious processes that have developed that can suck your time and energy away. Otherwise, not many besides the minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring students!


  6. Laid back environment

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Davis, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    'A' parking permit, awesome and laid back campus, CoHo food can be boring but at least not bad and cheap, bike-friendly town, great work-life balance, pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    Since it is an university, a good number of positions are grant-based like I was and compensation was pretty low. And I was laid off because of it so keep a foot out the door just in case. Have to pay for services like Unitrans or ARC membership. Sometimes make me miss the good 'ol days of being a student at UCD.

    Advice to Management

    Provide professional growth opportunities.


  7. Student Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome atmosphere, flexible work schdule

    Cons

    Low pay, little opportunity for advancement.


  8. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexible hours, professors in engineering and physics generally have lots of time to allot to mentorship, guidance on current and future projects. Generally, I'd say this was a great work environment. I might have gotten lucky and had some dedicated Professors who really valued the undergraduate educational experience. Always felt respected, which actually boosted my self esteem in the subject area. If you want some pocket change, but great, valuable experience, this is good.

    Cons

    Not always paid, and if so, it's not terribly generous. Unfortunately, this is a side effect of just working at public research universities that don't always prioritize compensation for undergraduate work, as well as a combination of lean budgets for research projects. If you're trying to stock up on cash, this isn't the best! As said before, if you want some pocket change, but great, valuable experience, this is good.

    Advice to Management

    Would be great if undergrads could receive compensation for legitimate and purposeful contributions towards research projects and goals.


  9. Good for student job

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Student job was above average

    Cons

    Pay was below industry standard for computer science


  10. VMTH Hematology Department

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work hours, very nice managers, good pay (for a student part time position)

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  11. Great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefit package for long term financial planning and health care.

    Cons

    Highly political. Salary is based on classification and department equity.



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