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UC Irvine Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
264 Reviews
3.9
264 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours, willing to work around your schedule (in 16 reviews)

  • Great work environment and great people to work with (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is low and salary increases do not occur regularly (in 7 reviews)

  • Furloughs and budget cuts swept the university (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Irvine

    Pros

    Friendly, you learn a lot.

    Cons

    Demanding, you need to work a lot

    Recommends
  2.  

    Social Science Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Irvine

    Pros

    Working with and mentoring undergraduate students. Minimum work load.

    Cons

    Professors who are unorganized and/or uninspiring and uninspiring. Other TAs who don't seem to care.

  3.  

    Teaching Assistant review

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

    I worked at UC Irvine part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Zero crime, beautiful campus, great faculty, amazing weather and location. In my department, the professors are very accommodating and strike a good work-life balance. Overall I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

    Cons

    Irvine is known as being "boring" but I don't quite agree with that assessment. Yes, there isn't a large nightlife compared to LA or even Newport, but luckily for Irvine residents, those two cities are relatively close by.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Student-Friendly Working Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, training, networking, student and faculty interaction, flexible schedule

    Cons

    lack of promotions unless to a shift lead, not enough hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Difficult supervisor but overall staff is student-centered

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Irvine (more than an year)

    Pros

    Supportive staff and faculty since the time I have been employed. The culture in many areas are sensed like family and close friends while other departments you get the sense that they don't like each other 9I guess this can be in any organization). There are many opportunities to professional grow if you seek them out or if your supervisor is good at informing you of the possibilities. I have met many people who has moved throughout various departments to be challenged in another aspect and also be promoted.

    Cons

    The campus is somewhat conservative so some topics are not addressed as they should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that individuals who are in positions to lead, supervise, train, etc are capable of those essential skills and has shown the potential to be a leader. Having individuals in those positions who can lead and develop their staff, only enhances the quality of service to the students in return makes for more current students spreading the positive word of UCI and producing alum who will always come back and support (physically and financially).

  7.  

    Experience depends on what part of the university and whether you are an grad assistant, researcher, faculty, or staff.

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Irvine (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus for the most part. Smart people work here. There have many hardware resources if you need them.

    Cons

    My graduate program does not have much structure. So, if you are looking for structure, make sure to find a program or advisor that supports you. UCI does not have much consistency across faculty. The "neighborhood" is dull, suburban living, so this discourages community involvement of for students and is most certainly not a fun environment for most 20-30 year old people.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Phd Student

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at UC Irvine full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    can get a advenced degree

    Cons

    doesn't means that you can have a real job later

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't applied here, phd is not for everyone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    This is a great place to work for a busy college student looking for a job with flexible hours.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Parking Attendant in UCI, CA
    Current Employee - Parking Attendant in UCI, CA

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

    Pros

    - They are very flexible with your hours. You set your own schedule based on your class schedule.
    - Very friendly direct supervisors and coworkers
    - Plenty of chances of moving up within the organization.
    - Located at the heart of campus, making your walk to class and work manageable.

    Cons

    - Upper level management does not communicate well with staff. They keep away and do not try to work with staff.
    - Most of the time you bear the brunt of bad decisions of management. Customers will constantly complain about policies of the organization.
    - Compared with other organizations around campus, the pay is quite small.
    - You may be forced to work on holidays and during busy finals week.
    - When your coworkers ask to take time off, you are left covering them. You work extremely long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Upper management should communicate company policy to staff.
    - Make sure everyone in the company is working equal amount of hours.
    - Increase the pay by a dollar, to make it competitive with other organizations on campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A second-tier UC but with great location

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Irvine

    Pros

    Really safe campus, great location

    Cons

    Everything is second-tier, both professors and students. Inflated with international students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    UC-Irvine Graduate Teaching Assistant Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at UC Irvine part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is very fun interacting with all the students. It is great especially when you realize how much you are affecting other people's lives.

    Cons

    Little pay compared to the amount of work done. No promotions or salary increase. Sometimes it gets hectic with all the work that is piling up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider being more proactive towards dealing with your Teaching and Research Assistants. Try increasing their salary instead of increasing your own salary given that they are the main people working on your campus. Their also should be a hierarchy for promoting your TAs based off experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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