UC San Diego Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
365 Reviews

3.8
365 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is great: almost never have to work overtime or weekends at the analyst level (in 13 reviews)

  • UCSD offers great benefits as well as retirement if you are committed to staying here for 20, 25 (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • program length is too long, parking is expensive and hard to find even if you do have a permit (in 5 reviews)

  • Parking is expensive and hard to find and campus is not particularly bike friendly either (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I worked at UC San Diego as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get experience teaching a class, get to meet your professor, and actually get a chance to go over your favorite classes.

    Cons

    Might be time consuming if you have you have several tests in your class.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good part-time for students

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

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Good for students who are just trying to pay off tuition or student loans through work-study programs.
    -Very good work culture--it's a university, after all, so you will find yourself around intellectually stimulating people.

    Cons

    -Not much room for growth.
    -Supervisors don't take student workers seriously and don't provide them with much training or tasks that improve their skills for future jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hectic but potentially rewarding workplace

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    Current Employee - Graphic Artist  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting environment and colleagues. Fascinating science. Beautiful location. Progressive worldview. Improving diversity. Youthful student culture. Visionary leadership. Generous benefits. Generous leave time. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Messy politics. Bureaucratic tangles. Faculty egos. Infrequent substantial raises. Some career paths are hard to navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward current management and support staff more frequently and facilitate upward movement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Flexible hours, fantastic coworkers, boring work

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The flexibility of the hours and the great people working there. Expectations were definitely high but the rewards for meeting those expectations were great.

    Cons

    The work was generally quite boring. Occasionally I would be assigned a "fun" project but mostly it was tedious things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best for learning and discovering new things

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    Current Employee - Project Scientist  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Project Scientist in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very good facility, good work culture, several seminars a week better exposure to new science and technology, good library facility.

    Cons

    Very less collaborative efforts, parking issues, poor management, not spending money carefully, less opportunity for long term growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to be fast and more efficient in moving things or hiring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun, loved the college atmosphere, and surprisingly strict

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    Former Employee - Swim Instructor  in  La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Swim Instructor in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are great since they're also students, nice way to branch out and get to know people outside of your usual social circles
    Pay is reasonable and making some pocket money helps

    Cons

    Just got to balance out academics and work and don't slack off on either

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if we had more coworker bonding events, get-togethers on the weekend or something

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Chemistry Biochemistry Postdoc

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

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Gave some exposure to the biotech companies in the area. Easy collaboration atmosphere.

    Cons

    International scholars only get exchange visas - the cheapest option for the school to issue.
    Science classes are not valued by the teachers or TA's.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Good stepping stone, no pay incentives to stay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Academic environment. Great place to learn about your job and take additional classes to grow your resume. Flexible.

    Cons

    Once you're in at a salary, it's incredibly difficult to achieve respectable pay increases.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    liberal environment and education oriented

    Cons

    lay you off when the budget is bad

  11.  

    60+ hours with no overtime payment

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    Current Employee - Senior Statistician  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Statistician in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours as long as you work more than 10h/weekday and at least 4-8 hours each weekend.

    Cons

    No overtime payment. Very high rotation, especially at lower level positions that are often filled by students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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