UC Merced Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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Dorothy Leland
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Pros
  • Flexible hours and great learning experience (in 3 reviews)

  • Additionally, the remote location (we are literally surrounded by cow fields) means that grad student salaries go much farther (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited upward mobility, isolated location (in 2 reviews)

  • No cons as a student worker here (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Student Fitness Instructor

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    Former Employee - Student Fitness Instructor in Merced, CA
    Former Employee - Student Fitness Instructor in Merced, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UC Merced part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very positive environment to work in. Very understanding if you need to request a sub for your class if you had a test coming up. Good pay for a few hours a week.

    Cons

    Honestly, there was such a good work culture that I can not think of any cons.


  2. Teaching assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant

    Pros

    Very good pay and a nice university

    Cons

    a little small and fast growing university


  3. Great place to learn!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Merced full-time

    Pros

    Being a new university, there are many opportunities for growth but, like a startup, requires enlisting in the vision of the UC. Engineering faculty and researchers worked close together and created a good environment to learn as an undergrad.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can have a heavy weight.

    Advice to Management

    More fostering of collaboration.


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  5. Good for student workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Merced part-time

    Pros

    Invested in helping students develop good skills to use in jobs

    Cons

    No real room for growth for students.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. Grant Writer

    Former Employee - Grant Writer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Grant Writer in Burbank, CA

    I worked at UC Merced (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had a flexible work schedule and the staff prioritized my education before work. I was working closely with the CSOs which allowed me to learn more about the police department.

    Cons

    It wasn't always a friendly environment. There was a lot of office drama and a lot of intense situations.


  7. Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Discovery Bay, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Discovery Bay, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UC Merced (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, set schedules and no overtime.

    Cons

    Poor salary range, poor reimbursement to employees for travel.


  8. Fair, but under appreciated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merced, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merced, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UC Merced part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pays for school, so pretty cool

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of take-home pay

    Advice to Management

    Up those salaries if you want to keep people around


  9. Apple Specialist

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    Former Employee - Apple Specialist/Student Assistant II in Merced, CA
    Former Employee - Apple Specialist/Student Assistant II in Merced, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Merced part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in. Over the course of my 5 years there they have become like a second family. Great way to meet the faculty, staff and students.

    Cons

    Management could use some work, there is a lot of discord between the upper management and middle management which trickles down to the student workers.


  10. post doctoral researcher

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Merced, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Merced, CA

    Pros

    The work is autonomous, very interesting, and fun to work on. Biggest difference between graduate school and post doc is no more course requirements and slightly more pay.

    Cons

    Research in a bubble. Many people will not be able to easily understand what you work on. the work environment is probably too isolated.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage/promote networking opportunities with industry. Networking should be more frequent then just the once a year conference.


  11. professor

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at UC Merced full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The students are motivated and eager to learn.

    Cons

    Certain departments are highly dysfunctional.



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