UC San Diego Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Admin 3

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    Current Contractor - Administrator Level III in La Jolla, CA
    Current Contractor - Administrator Level III in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty flexible, willing to work with you to find a suitable allotment of time.
    Pays a decent amount. I don't feel my talent is being wasted.
    Coworkers are friendly and obviously see as a team.

    Cons

    All the pros only exist if you land in a flexible office.
    There is a huge range of flexibility between offices, often even between teams.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great community of people

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, working with like-minded people who have the same mission of doing their part to advance UC, opportunity to move around, retirement plan.

    Cons

    Salary lower than in other industries, large bureaucracy where nothing happens fast, many items get bottle - necked.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate realistically with faculty and set their expectations so they aren't fighting administrative personnel to get things done. You are losing smart researchers and professionals by being unclear. There should be an overview of research procedures/ processes and offices before they ever begin doing research at the university to help make these expectations realistic.

  3. Intern - CEO assistant

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    Former Intern - Intern in La Jolla, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great work environment. Organizing networking events was a lot of fun and gives you the possibility to gain valuable networking skills.

    Cons

    The outreach of the company is not great. Events may be sometimes a failure depending on the advertisement/lack thereof.

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  5. Grad Student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to work with amazing resources

    Cons

    It's a commuter school, there is nothing called "University Ave"!

  6. I'm a student employee working part-time in the Travel Department

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule
    great for students
    great coworkers

    Cons

    cannot work more than 19 hours/week

  7. Good pay, great co-workers

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    Current Employee - Transportation Specialist in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Specialist in La Jolla, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    UC San Diego has a good working environment, flexible hours, co-workers are great people, and the pay is good for a student.

    Cons

    The shifts are preassigned each quarter based on your schedule, not really your preference.

    Advice to Management

    You should allow the use of electronics while workers are at base. If a driver is late or miss a pickup, that should be a case by case bases.

  8. A nice university with good basic science in a prime location.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The level of academic researchers is overall high, due to the immense appeal of the area. UCSD doesn't have to work too hard to attract bright researches that would love to live in a great location with a perfect climate.

    Cons

    The parking situation is outrageous, staff has to buy overpriced parking permits which don't guarantee a spot. There were agreements that allowed staff to use campus-bound MTS buses (local transportation companies) which were recently unilaterally revoked.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the free transportation options for staff including postdocs.

  9. Graduate Student in Biology

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed collaborate academic setting. Great environment and setting for Phd studies. Low pressure, great faculty. I would highly recommend it.

    Cons

    Not many other than lack of prestige of some of the competitor insitutions. Stipend is ok, but difficult to start any sort of savings/retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Try to streamline the process a little more to shorten up the graduate school experience. Have more central oversight of each students progress to more routinely keep the student on track.

  10. Workplace

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good science, provides scope for personal growth, promotions possible

    Cons

    Too stressful, poor hikes in salary

  11. Over all I like it. Very quiet, slow paste,but figure our on your own how to get salary raises. Long 3-4 weeks vacation

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    Current Employee - SRA in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - SRA in La Jolla, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, secure positions, medical benefits for whole family

    Cons

    But fixed salary system become unmotivated over many years.

    Advice to Management

    Over grown in size administration

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