UC Irvine Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
245 Reviews
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UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, willing to work around your schedule (in 16 reviews)

  • Great work environment and great people to work with (in 14 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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  1.  

    Research Assistant

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

    I worked at UC Irvine as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great research mentor / PI, educating experience, what you put in is what you receive in turn, training for research after graduation, opportunity for the occasional stipend (very occasional)

    Cons

    Not enough paid positions, mostly unpaid undergrad lab openings, faculty mentor exposure quite nonexistent, lots of menial tasks that can become quite monotonous but that's really a part of research, in larger labs with more RA's you may encounter a problematic coworker

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    involve workers in publication process in a more streamlined, motivational manner, involve research assistants more in obtaining grants

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Irvine

    Pros

    Great employer as a student
    Moved easily from student to non-student position

    Cons

    HR can be confusing to work with

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    good

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at UC Irvine full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits, good vacation days

    Cons

    Low salary, not many opportunities for future.

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    Great working environment and neighborhood!

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Flexible schedule
    Cultural diversity
    Funding situation is not too bad.
    Irvine is nice city in that it is clean, convenient, and safe.

    Cons

    Irvine has not many jobs for biological science professionals. Living cost is high. Campus housing is not guaranteed for the entire period of PhD.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Four years of research assistance experiences

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

    I worked at UC Irvine part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Parking if you live next to the campus (up to 45 times per year).
    Freedom of research and good advices from the advisor.
    Many knowledgeable and experienced professors in the campus and their classes are very helpful for doing research.

    Cons

    Long work hours.
    Have to learn how to say no, otherwise you won't be able to sleep if the research scientist or postdoc love to work whole night.
    Summer salary is good but the enforcement of retirement deposit can be up to 25%. It's way too over!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Housing is too hight compare with most good research university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good People, Low pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Irvine

    Pros

    I worked for UCI Anthology -- the people are great, although pay is minimal. Barely enough to eat, but that's what we get for being students. I am happy to get the opportunity though.

    Cons

    Low pay, sometimes difficult to balance with classes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very supportive environment for undergrad student workers

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    Former Employee - Peer Advisor in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Peer Advisor in Irvine, CA

    I worked at UC Irvine part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Full-time staff go out of their way to make sure schedule works for students
    Friendly environment that supports undergraduate lifestyle
    Little perks like goodie bags during holidays and coffee and donuts during meetings

    Cons

    If you fall behind, no one really notices until it's too late
    Full-time staff are overworked and underpaid
    Students have different levels of commitment and availability, so can be difficult to manage at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more frequent check-in's, either in person or via email

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A fairly laid back environment. Minimal pressure to rush tasks. Emphasis on research.

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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

    Students were often passionate and participated. Bonding between graduate students. Great location - just miles away from multiple world renowned beaches. Weather is perfect. Very clean, nice safe area. Beautiful weather. Top tier research school.

    Cons

    Tension between professors. Constant construction (this should be a plus for the future) was disruptive. Limited parking in certain locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discuss development path for teaching and other alternative paths beyond just conducting academic research. While a highly rated school, a large number of "employees" end up leaving academics so more well rounded preparation would be helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunity to innovate, collaborate and learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    The pace of work is reasonable and students truly seem appreciate your support. It is a very rewarding, energizing environment full of lots of smart committed people. No one is here for the $

    Cons

    The pay is well below corporate, raises are virtually non existent and you have to pay to park.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Comfortable

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher

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

    Pros

    Low Stress,Comfortable, good benefit, Low competition, Good environment

    Cons

    Not much personal growth.Salary at lower end,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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