UC Riverside Reviews

Updated March 27, 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. Postdoc at UCR (Biology)

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

    I have been working at UC Riverside (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have had a good experience working at UCR. The department (Biology) I work in has always been very helpful from an administrative standpoint. Also, I have a great postdoctoral advisor (the postdoc experience is primarily dependent on the relationship between the postdoc and postdoctoral advisor).

    Cons

    I do not know of any postdocs in my department who have had a bad experience. So there are no cons per say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not advice for my department or UCR, but for the University of California (and I am not even sure the power is with UC to deal with the following issue; It may be, in part, in the hands of the NSF.). Some of the guidelines for conference travel and reimbursement are restrictive in the sense that you sometimes have to charge your grant more than necessary for travel (book more expensive flights, package deals are not allowed, etc). It would be nice if this was not the case.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Working as an undergraduate research assistant was very rewarding

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    Former Intern - Undergraduate Researcher in Riverside, CA
    Former Intern - Undergraduate Researcher in Riverside, CA

    I worked at UC Riverside as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Doctoral candidate I worked under was very nice and supportive. She is very intelligent and was helpful inside and outside of the undergraduate research assistant.

    Cons

    I received 4 units, so I had to put in 16 hours a week, which was an overload at the time because I took four classes. But it helped me with time management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was great! I am thankful I had the opportunity to hold this position and be a part of. It was something I gained experience and knowledge from and was able to put on my resume. Although, it was unpaid, I received units, which was very helpful towards the end of my senior year to graduate on time! :-)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. A great place to pursue Ph.D.

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

    I worked at UC Riverside full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great research community with global connections at technical universities and National Laboratories. The academic programs are high quality and the students are diverse.

    Cons

    As with most graduate programs, work-life balance depends on your relationship with your adviser. Choose an adviser who fits you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to Research Advisers: Try to help new members of the research group develop positive relationships with more senior members. Senior members are sometimes resentful of having to train the new members, so try and counteract that somehow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Chemical and Environmental Engineering Lab Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Riverside

    Pros

    Lab Experience
    Create connections with professors and graduate students
    On campus job, convenient for UCR students

    Cons

    If living off campus, some of the community is mildy unsafe to live in

  6. UCR Review

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    Current Employee - Qualiry Assurance Director in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Qualiry Assurance Director in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    Very Professional, Great Pay and benefits and a great working environment

    Cons

    Not really a "Con" but there is a lot of work and pressure to do well and produce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more emphasis on training, career ladders, and provide more stability for staff members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Amazing Experience

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    Former Employee - Peer Advisor
    Former Employee - Peer Advisor

    I worked at UC Riverside

    Pros

    Great management, awesome mentors, very flexible schedule, very inviting and open work environment.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Numerous work opportunities for students and professional staff.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Riverside

    Pros

    - Variety of job opportunities
    - Flexible work schedules
    - Great networking

    Cons

    - Unorganized at times
    - Some processes are inefficient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Work to improve interdepartmental communication

    Recommends
  9. Graduate School Experience In One Word: Community

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    UCR chemistry department is very small, and most research groups are also very small. Students know professors on a first name basis from all divisions of chemistry and are comfortable approaching them for help or advice. UCR is a top school to watch as our chemistry department's research competes with research leaders in their fields at top universities across the country.

    Cons

    The only con really, is Riverside itself. It is located in the Inland Empire so the weather is warm throughout the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Job placement assistance at the end of grad student's careers could really use some help in this department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Working in Higher Education

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at UC Riverside part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The diverse intellectual community you get to work in, educational setting, beautiful well maintained campus, friendly staff, well taken care of by the community

    Cons

    Parking is expensive, weather very dry sunny and hot most of the year, can be bureaucratic to get help you need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get the feeling sometimes that administration neglects or forgets about you in your department. It can seem like they are self-absorbed in their own little bubble.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. I worked at the Human Resources department of UCR as a work study student.

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Riverside, CA

    I worked at UC Riverside

    Pros

    I had an amazing supervisor, flexible hours. The organization had great value, culture.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at this time.

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