UC Davis Reviews

Updated March 25, 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 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. Good place to start gaining experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis

    Pros

    If you live on or near campus it is convenient to get to and from class to work to home.

    Cons

    When it's not busy, it is very difficult not to get bored

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great

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    Former Employee - CRC
    Former Employee - CRC

    I worked at UC Davis

    Pros

    Campus jobs are great, good environment, camaraderie. Perks are good and people are understanding of students.

    Cons

    Pay is sometimes not great, bureaucracy, working as a student is tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better, let students do more varied things, have fun

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. I am satisfied with my position here at UC Davis, in spite of the ineptitude of the administration.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family-friendly location, collaborative environment, excellent opportunities for networking, and cutting edge research. Overall a healthy work environment for a position in science.

    Cons

    There is plenty of slow administration and bureaucratic non-sense. The benefits are also rather poor. The administration will take advantage of you if you are not careful and aware of your rights.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Worked in the dining commons of Tercero dorm

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    Former Employee - Food Server
    Former Employee - Food Server

    I worked at UC Davis

    Pros

    Great staff and coworkers. There was no training they would tell you to do things and you would have to figure things out on your own.

    Cons

    You would get out later than scheduled

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more organized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. Teaching Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    good time for work, not high work load, students always be easy to get along and also the professor. Sometimes get into trouble when groups maybe lazy. Great at whole

    Cons

    small time taken, but had to explain much to students in long office hours. labs numbers limited so have to be careful not to be conflict. Need to know code in advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    can have a better manage of the labs so that get all things ready. Sometimes lack of tools,which is not common in these kind of labs, but commonly happens here, so please prepare better

  7. Great student positions

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant II
    Current Employee - Student Assistant II

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, flexible hours

    Cons

    Not always enough work to keep busy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Excellent job with fantastic opportunities for students.

    Current Employee - Peer Advisor
    Current Employee - Peer Advisor

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

    Pros

    Phenomenal work environment - close knit group of student workers, and professional staff who are very friendly. Many peer advisors come in to the office when not on shifts as a place to study/hang out. Very engaging work if you enjoy talking with students. Make valuable connections with people all over campus.

    Cons

    A tremendous amount of training, borderline excessive. Much of this is done with student housing which is a frustrating group to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Very little should be changed, it has been an excellent job that I highly recommend.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Easy, based off academic knowledge

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    Current Employee - Student Tutor in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Tutor in Davis, CA

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for students that want extra pay

    Cons

    No room to grow, get promoted

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10. Good place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Pros

    great location and lots of very friendly people. High quality research. I truly enjoyed my time working at the university.

    Cons

    there are no cons. I would recommend the university to any of my friends as a great potential employer. Great place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Great experience working as a student.

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

    I have been working at UC Davis

    Pros

    Flexibility working with your student schedule. Student workers and career staff members working together make for a good work environment.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits or better reward/acknowledgement program for great student workers should be implemented.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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