UC Davis Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
341 Reviews
4.0
341 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.  

    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.

  2.  

    good medical - sucky place to work

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    Current Employee - Programmer III  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer III in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    good doctors and great technology

    Cons

    Bad empoyeers but goood technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider your employees and dont treat them like garbage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent work, underpayed

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    It was pretty mundane and general lab work. I dont think it would be anything different than any other big university. I liked the amount of knowledge obtained from the research however.

    Cons

    Very underpayed. For students working part time it doesent feel like 8.95 an hour is sufficient to make a dent in expenses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Perhaps good for the resume, but not long term

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The campus culture is fresh, fun and inspiring.

    Cons

    The upper-level management and administrators do not care about the state of the campus or the needs of the students. Diversity is prioritized over talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new chancellor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves 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.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Very relaxed work environment, but as with any higher ed institute, expect bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Working at UC Davis, I've found you get out what you put in — it can be a great place to learn new technologies and implement industry best practices if you take the initiative to make it happen. There are constantly new projects to work on and you can be sure these projects have an impact as UC Davis is often involved with cutting-edge research that improve quality of life around the world.

    Cons

    It's incredibly difficult getting promotions or re-classed. Bureaucracy is rampant — projects often take much longer than you would expect anywhere else in the industry. Also, expect to be paid much less than elsewhere in the industry, although benefits are great especially if you have a family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Software Developer position

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    Former Employee - Programmer V  in  Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer V in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, casual environment, nice area.

    Cons

    Government job so it feels like you're mired in concrete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to actually accomplish things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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