UC Davis Reviews in Sacramento, CA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
340 Reviews
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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.  

    It's grad school...

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

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

    Pros

    It's grad school, so pros are getting an education, some letters after your name, work experience, and network connections. Pay varies greatly by department and where your money is coming from. Manager style also varies greatly, so that could be a pro or con depending on who you work with. The healthcare plan is pretty good and they offer childcare reimbursement now. If you're able to achieve any work-life balance, Davis is nicely situated geographically near lots of things to do (beach, mountains, skiing, hiking, climbing, San Francisco, Napa Valley, etc.). The weather is pretty awesome all year round (on the warm side, but fairly moderate and not much weather or natural disaster risk), and it's one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country.

    Cons

    It's grad school, so you have no life, but that's what you signed up for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grad students are basically slave laborers, but I doubt anything will ever change that. Maintain open communication and transparency about performance and expectations. Be open and realistic about job prospects after graduation. Provide more opportunities for acquiring skills necessary for non-academic careers.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The per diem work allows me to let them know when I am available. Automatic enrollment in 403B is a great thing for saving from the start.

    Cons

    Getting on permanently is difficult with very few openings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great, no-fuss contract position.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Legal Writer  in  Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Legal Writer in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Available supervisors in case you had questions, projects were completable within timeframe, reasonable deadlines, friendly people, flexible hours. They also allowed working remotely on certain projects.

    Cons

    Prospect for career development limited. Unsure of product quality; could have used more feedback.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great people, great environment.

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    Former Employee - Lead Event Technician  in  Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Event Technician in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by student coworkers that become some of your best friends. Flexible hours, great benefits for students, and decent pay. Gives a lot of helpful experience for future endeavors.

    Cons

    During the few busy times during the year, there can be a lot of hours in a given week--can be detrimental if you have midterms or finals or homework, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! More student benefits never hurt.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    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
  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.  

    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
  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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