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UC Riverside Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
181 Reviews
3.9
181 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good school for research

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Department has many great professors and research labs.

    Cons

    The city is terrible.
    There is not much to do outside of research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TA schedules could be organized better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Resident advisor

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    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at UC Riverside full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Room and board covered and good people

    Cons

    A lot of training and prep

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reasonable and kind but Dont try to take advantage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I worked at UC Riverside

    Pros

    Quick PhD and the academic competition is weak.

    Cons

    The trapped in the desert mentality is contagious. Verbal interaction with bosses can get hairy with no means to deal with grievances. Had to see the campus ombudsman to clarify my rights as a grad student. Do not accept verbal abuse in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The labor laws sanction forcing grad students to work more than 40 hrs a week with no extra pay. The technical term is apprenticeship. Reconsider this model, quantity is not quality.

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  5.  

    Graduate Physics Program at UC Riverside

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Timing. If a project is open and money is available it's a good opportunity, especially if your interest's match with the research group, as opportunities are few. Great staff and access to machine shop.

    Cons

    Hard to maintain training outside of academia, for those seeking industry type jobs. Not enough student worker's with training to speed up the lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to handle hidden conflicts amongst the young scientist's.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The student jobs at UC Riverside are perfect for college students

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

    I worked at UC Riverside part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible, informative, easy going, teaches job responsibility

    Cons

    Will interfere with studies if allowed to do so. Can add unnecessary stress.

  7.  

    Great work environment, positive attitudes and motivated people.

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

    I worked at UC Riverside part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Brilliant coworkers, team spirit, work together for a common good. Everyone is willing to teach and most are willing to learn.

    Cons

    long commute for me but close if you live in Moreno Valley, San Bernardino or downtown Riverside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I did feel that a lot of money was spent on unnecessary things. i.e multiple monitors, super-fast laptops, when we needed money for other research projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    ta

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Riverside

    Pros

    good practice of public speaking

    Cons

    not all TAs are top students

  9.  

    TA

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

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

    Pros

    Great facilities with TA rooms to work and learn

    Cons

    Wish there could be more TA positions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The Professor I was assisted was very kind and helpful. It was a great teaching experience.

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

    I worked at UC Riverside part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    UCR provides a lot of opportunities for talented graduate student in all aspects. Before I started teaching, the graduate division hold orientation for all TAs in the year to make sure we would know how to become a teacher. The faculties and staffs there were very friendly and supportive to answer any questions and help me become an excellent TA along the way.

    Cons

    For some of the classes, TA could be in charge of grading as well, so sometimes I have to work till late at night to grade students' papers. You need a good time management.

    Recommends
  11.  

    I worked for the Transportation and Parking Services

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    Former Employee - Events in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Events in Riverside, CA

    I worked at UC Riverside part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy work and available hours. Close access to job and very flexible hours. Coworkers are all students too so you'll probably make some friends.

    Cons

    Thankless, early hours, directing traffic is very dangerous considering the low pay, often micromanaged by leads for simple tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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