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UC Davis Reviews in Sacramento, CA

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
382 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Teaching Assistant

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

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It pays well salary wise, it is somewhat flexible on working times, and nobody micromanages your work.

    Cons

    Being a student with a UCD job, everything ends up going to pay the school back; as a TA you just have a guaranteed job for 3 months and no security at all for the next quarter; you could end up working more than what is was planned initially because the professor doesn't want to spend his time teaching classes...
    There is a lot of instability if you are going to work quarter-to-quarter, there's a decent chance that you are not going to get a TAship, so do not depend on it (always prepare a second plan!).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with the students about the time that is going to be required for this job, and set up the TAships much earlier in the previous quarter so the students know where they will be working (and if they will be working) in advance and not days before the beginning of the following quarter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Staff is very friendly.

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant II in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant II in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    For students, work hours are very flexible so that work and school can be managed. Students are also able to learn more about a particular job and gain invaluable experience from it.

    Cons

    Often times, the work (general clerical duties) students do can be easily boring because it is repetitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    As a student, jobs are everywhere. Lots of campus recruiting lots of student jobs.

    Cons

    Good luck getting classes you need if you are not a senior

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Best place to work. Great city to live in.

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    For researchers, work hours are flexible. Postdoc union makes sure that the posdoc employees are well taken care of. Since it is not one of those crazy party schools, great for family. If you are one of those 'portlandia' type of persons, this is the town for you.

    Cons

    Most of the apartment complexes have beautiful offices, but the apartment themselves are not so great. Very annoying leasing system. If you want to continue in your apartment next september, better sign the lease by Feb of the same year. Unnecessarily exorbitant house prices. But not to worry, neighboring towns with 10 min drive have same sized houses for half the price.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good chance to have some pocket money

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant IV in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and working place

    Cons

    Paid by job title, not by work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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