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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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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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    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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    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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    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.  

    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
  9.  

    Awesome and fun work environment

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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 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
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    Great training and experience if you work in the right lab, no room to grow

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    Former Employee - Junior Specialist in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Specialist in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    The labs are really laid back and people are always willing to share their talents and help you troubleshoot. It is a great environment where like-minded thinkers can get together to share ideas and a place to make friends that are around the same age group. If the PI of the lab is passionate about the lab, you will receive great training and will be given good opportunities. Those variety of work experiences can be carried on into the next job. It is great to have a variety of techniques under your belt, whereas other jobs will just train you to do ONE thing, and one thing only. PTO is 3 weeks for someone who is just starting at a junior position, and the medical benefits are great--I have not paid out of pocket for general medical needs.

    Cons

    There is no growth, if you don't have a PhD, you won't be able to go anywhere with your career at a university. The only research you can do is be a technician, always doing the repetitive jobs that the PI or graduate students don't have time for. For how many hats a technician wears-- lab management, hiring lab assistants, doing their own projects, picking up on other people's projects, etc., the compensation is very low. Even if the technician holds a master's degree, they get paid the same amount as someone who just received their Bachelor's two months ago.
    Safety is a big issue and the university labs seems to be very relaxed about it.
     Even though Environmental Health & Safety implements rules and checks the labs yearly, but it is not enough. People eat and drink in the lab, wear opened toe-ed shoes, etc. Safety precautions in some labs often do not exist when handling dangerous or volatile chemicals, and careful chemical disposal measures do not exist. The use of large and expensive equipment have lack of training and they expect you to know how to use it off the bat (ie. large autoclaves, centrifuges, biological safety cabinets).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give more extensive training regarding safety precautions. PTO is given so people can take vacations, so please allow them to take it instead of just selling their PTO when they resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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