UC Davis Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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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 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. Teaching assistant

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

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice and great place to stay

    Cons

    Nothing to say about the bad

  2. Graduate Student

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

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive environment for learning. Great resources for graduate student development organized by graduate studies and the career center.

    Cons

    It's school, so don't expect to have a lot of money coming in. Budget yourself and don't take out too many loans.

  3. Engineering Writing Intern

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work. Graded some homework assignments and blogged about the Professor's textbook.

    Cons

    A bit unorganized near the end of the quarter as the other interns started to disappear.

    Advice to Management

    The emails summarizing the job tasks were good.

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  5. Great community

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Pros

    -Working in a close-knit department leads to great workplace friendships and networking opportunities.
    -Many people are friendly and willing to help you succeed
    -Great food options

    Cons

    -It's a huge campus, which is not for everybody; there's little interdepartment interaction
    -It's oftentimes crowded on campus and difficult to find a quiet space, especially with renovations

  6. Laboratory Assistant

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities and learning experience.

    Cons

    Was only receiving minimum wage because I was a student.

  7. Informal and relaxed.

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and location.

    Cons

    Not a lot of training for new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Please offer more training opportunities.

  8. Pretty good, could be much better

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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good diversity, good benefits, supporting students and higher educational opportunities for all (world-wide). I like working with smart people. Most do the best they can. Very few (less than half of 1%) take advantage. There is some work/life balance.

    Cons

    it is a giant bureaucracy. The politics are non-stop and so tricky to navigate. You work hard, but no raises for staff. Most managers are poorly trained and don't know how to motivate staff. Very little chance to advance in your dept. You usually have to go to another dept. for promotions.

  9. Great place to work while attending school

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling allows working while also enrolled. Management and senior level staff are supportive towards upward movement

    Cons

    Some buildings use older technology and lack certain amenities. (but then again its a school.)

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep it up

  10. Great Work Life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and benefits. Upwards mobility is readily available with the expansion of resources on campus. Flexible scheduling is a definite plus.

    Cons

    Not much interaction with others outside of your department. Crappy entry level salary for the qualifications they seek in their candidates.

  11. Good research university

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Large research university with many resources
    - Good reputation in many academic areas
    - Davis is a generally nice, quiet place to live

    Cons

    - Strong focus on research with less care about education
    - School is large, resulting in an impersonal feel

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