UC Riverside Reviews

Updated April 15, 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. I have had the opportunity to meet amazing and hard working staff who are truly dedicated to professional development.

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at UC Riverside as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Room for development, Research friendly, Weather, Job variety, Staff and Faculty

    Cons

    Riverside smog, dated systems, Food availibility

  2. Coordinator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Riverside full-time

    Pros

    Greatest work environment. Everybody agrees, IEP is like a big family.

    Cons

    Salaries are sort of low -nothing new in Higher Education.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Good job. And if possible, raise salaries.

  3. excellent place to study and live

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    1. good place for living
    2. diversified

    Cons

    1. sometimes cannot get proper instructions if you want to solve a specific problem

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  5. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Riverside

    Pros

    Good quiet environment to work

    Cons

    Less interaction with other people

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Graduate Student Researcher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Riverside

    Pros

    collaborative, helpful, nice climate, low living expense

    Cons

    Smaller names than other UCs; less funding

  8. CS Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly Work Atmosphere.
    Flexible Working Hours
    Can work from home

    Cons

    Lack of in-person communication with professor.

  9. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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! :-)

  10. 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

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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