UC Riverside Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Very knowledgeable faculty and staff with good benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • good learning experience and training (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • State budget cuts are making the jobs very insecure, with pay cuts and furloughs implemented system-wide (in 5 reviews)

  • Management and Supervisors are over worked and room for growth is minimum (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Res Advisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a very very very nice learning opportunity. So many people to be able to meet.

    Cons

    There are a lot of fire alarms this gets repetitive and tiring but you just start to get a bit used to it.


  2. assistant director

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UC Riverside full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large campus with a smalltown feel; friendly; welcoming; beautiful campus;great leadership.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive compared to other UCs


  3. Student Job On Campus

    Former Employee - Service Worker in El Monte, CA
    Former Employee - Service Worker in El Monte, CA

    I worked at UC Riverside (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch and clean facility.

    Cons

    Depending on supervisors, the job can be easy or hectic.


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  5. Up and coming

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very scientific minded and always looking to take steps forward in science and research. Taking huge steps to become premier university

    Cons

    Underfunded and riddled with employees who lack vision or passion. Too many people who are not interested education but just show up and go home

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of emphasizing to staff that they are there to serve students. Focus should be should be on helping students not avoiding them


  6. My Experience

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in North Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC Riverside (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent staff and working environment

    Cons

    None, I had a wonderful experience


  7. Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Riverside full-time

    Pros

    UC Riverside has a reputation of diversity. The professors here are very nice as instructors and mentors. Riverside is near most of the resorts in southern California.

    Cons

    It's a little too hot in Riverside, and also the air quality is not very good. Riverside is among the most polluted cities in the US. It's better than most of the cities in China though.


  8. Graduate Student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Educational Environment. Can Set own hours.

    Cons

    Sometimes hectic hours depending on your experiment. Usually more than 50plus hours a week.


  9. Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant

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

    Pros

    the pay is more than enough to support yourself as a graduate student and health insurance is included, and while the amount of time devoted to the position per week can vary, on average you will devote fewer than 20 hours per week to the position

    Cons

    The workload can vary greatly based on the course you are assigned and the professor teaching the course. The majority of my TA assignments were positive as professors were organized and had reasonable expectations for TAs. However, I had two extremely negative experiences where the professors were completely disorganized to the extent that as a TA I needed to try and impose structure on the course and clarify the professor's ambiguous assignments and "suggest" extensive modifications to ill conceived syllabi, which is an awkward position to be in as a TA. If the university or departments could provide guidelines on how to handle such situations it might be helpful, although I have the sense that nothing can/will be done as both professors are notorious for their disorganization and poor teaching quality within the department.

    Advice to Management

    better oversight of professors' organizational skills and teaching aptitude would be ideal, but unlikely given the emphasis on research versus teaching at the university (although most professors are more than competent)


  10. Research associate and Lecturer

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar for Electrical Engineering in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar for Electrical Engineering in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The working atmosphere is very nice and competitive. You have access to all UC facilities. You can apply for several funds and grants. You have access to almost all journals and articles. There online strong library.

    Cons

    Overall is good. However, the nano fabrication tools are not very strong. You should do some part of the experiments at University of California Los Angeles and other places. It helps to communicate with other places but it takes time to go back and forward.

    Advice to Management

    The commuter systems could be enhanced to higher speed. It could help to younger researcher to find the future career as well.


  11. Part-time Environmental Health & Safety

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Riverside part-time

    Pros

    Excellent understanding with hours for students. They give you plenty of opportunity for growth and allow for creative thinking. Good pay for students.

    Cons

    Being at a public university there wasn't always the ability to easily finance projects. It is no fault of the University but may be a different culture if coming from a private background.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The support and opportunities given to students yields a valuable experience for career futures. Keep hiring students.



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