UC San Diego Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pradeep K. Khosla
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Pros
  • Great work life balance as well (in 15 reviews)

  • UCSD offers great benefits as well as retirement if you are committed to staying here for 20, 25 (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Parking is expensive and not very convenient to some places (read: Atkinson Hall) (in 8 reviews)

  • For those not into research and/or engineering, it's a bit hard to find your niche (in 5 reviews)

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  1. graduate student

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

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

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

    Pros

    UCSD is on a great location in San Diego and there is adequate compensation. It all depends on whos lab you join for the work environment.

    Cons

    There is not much of a social environment beyond your lab and occasional department gatherings. But you can always make your own social environment.

    Advice to Management

    Overall great experience in a high tech environment.


  2. Student Researcher

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

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, great teams, learn a lot

    Cons

    Have not encountered and cons yet


  3. Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) - On-campus market

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time

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

    Pros

    * Super easy hiring process. Everyone gets a job
    * Flexible scheduling around classes and extra-curricular
    * Great pay for an easy job ($9.23) + $8 to spend on food every shift you work
    * Friendly management and co-workers

    Cons

    Really have none...I guess it depends on which market you're working at. I've heard some markets have really terrible management and are mean/rude for no reason.

    I guess the biggest thing is a lot of the people working there have never had a job before. So they sometimes lack common and sense and initiative.


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  5. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great training program with ERC MMW.

    Cons

    Some professors lack engagement and feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the TAs


  6. Good place to work

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

    I have been working at UC San Diego (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    People are easy going and rarely stressed with tight deadlines. Flexible work hours is a plus too.

    Cons

    Sometimes, there is not enough technical or professional guidance for someone that is beginning a career.


  7. Starving academic

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in La Jolla, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The weather is nice. The vacation policies and retirement package are good.

    Cons

    Academics must get funding for their own salary by grants and contracts. The leadership focuses on protecting their own and maintaining the status quo at the expense of early career academics. The reputation for scientific excellence is not entirely warranted. The students don't get a great education.

    Advice to Management

    More tenure track appointments. Stop relying on cheap adjunct labor. Shrink the administration class.


  8. Depends on Department

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    Current Employee - Fund Manager in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Fund Manager in La Jolla, CA

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

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

    Pros

    I've worked for three total departments at UCSD, and they really all vary in shapes and sizes. Most positions have good work life balance since University jobs clock in and out on time unless you're in a higher management position. Benefits are also really great.

    Cons

    Communication between departments that have to work together seem dysfunctional (especially the financial/grant management sector). Technologies also need catching up to do as it seems they're just catching up.


  9. Registered Nurse 2

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Critical Care Nurse - BSN in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Critical Care Nurse - BSN in La Jolla, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Encourages all employees to go back to school and get additional degrees. Provides lots of educational opportunities on the job training. The Best place I have worked.

    Cons

    Some units have high turn over. Mine does not.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Amazing research institution with impressive research facilities.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    While I was employed at UCSD, I saw the impressive research being conducted across multiple disciplines thanks to large grants from NIH and NSF. UC San Diego has departments like the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Scripps Institution of Oceanography that house world class scientists, research faculty and staff. The campus location is gorgeous and there was a spate of new building during the time I was there, including the new Computer Science, Calit2 and Scripps buildings. I had some undergraduate students on my team and they were all bright and motivated.

    Benefits and perks are excellent. Work-life balance was great. People are sharp, talented and very nice.

    Cons

    This is a research university, so some staff is dependent on the soft money available to pay for their salaries. Salaries are not corporate level salaries, but comparable to other academic institutions of its calibre. Some immigration related policies at the University of California were not helpful in the retention of the best researchers and technical staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focussed on being an excellent academic and research institution.


  11. Fair Workplace

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    Former Employee - Survey Worker (Research Assistant) in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Survey Worker (Research Assistant) in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (holidays/PTO/medical), Flexible with scheduling and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Pay is not great and there is not much opportunity for advancement. I saw my bosses bosses boss maybe 3 times in 4 years I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Get organizational development consultants to train managers/supervisors. Seems like no 2 managers are on the same page.



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