UC San Diego Reviews

Updated August 2, 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. HDH is a good job for a student looking to make extra money

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You meet so many people from different backgrounds and majors, I know I've met so many good friends through working in dining, and even found a roommate and girlfriend. It's all student workers so management is extremely flexible with schedules each quarter, and usually bases it off of what you decide you want. Management and career staff are generally amazing. Decent pay, increases each quarter you're there.

    Cons

    Doesn't really do much for your resume other than leadership experience if you become a student lead. The turnover rate is so high because students quit as soon as they find something in their field, meaning you have to train/work with untrained people more often.

    Advice to Management

    Interact more with the students and don't leave untrained students with cooks who can't explain the basics to them without translation.


  2. Worked as student

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Free Coffee, Chill environment, I worked as a student so the distance too

    Cons

    Did not provide parking space because I was a student worker


  3. Data Entry Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible with school schedule, low key, low stress until it came to transport to the HIllcrest location. Gave raises which was nice Let us ask questions to doctors and lab manager to career advice

    Cons

    The Hillcrest Location is too far. Don't take the shuttle that takes up to 40-50 minutes to get there. If you work at school, WORK ON CAMPUS. Or have a car and ask them for a parking permit ($80/month, so not sure if you want that).

    Advice to Management

    workload among students was unfairly distributed, when giving concerns to boss, was waived off and told us that we can't expect everyone to work at the same level we do


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  5. Great location, smart researchers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, science departments have lots of grant money. In most labs you can have a lot of freedom to choose your own projects and collaborate with groups outside of the university.

    Cons

    Professors are too busy to coddle students, you have to be proactive to find the right environment for your skills and interests.

    Advice to Management

    Not really applicable since management of research labs differs widely.


  6. Teaching Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time

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

    Pros

    Received great training and benefits as a TA, although experience varies by department

    Cons

    Training is minimal in some departments


  7. Student Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Intern in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Student Intern in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, great experience, great pay

    Cons

    Fairly busy, did not learn as much as hoped


  8. Student work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time

    Pros

    Good benefits for student workers

    Cons

    Difficult management and you can't work at markets if you are not a student


  9. Student Worker

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    Former Employee - Orientation Leader in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Orientation Leader in La Jolla, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Management very nice, wish I can go back!

    Cons

    Parking can be pretty difficult.


  10. Student intern position with Project Management Team

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Management Intern
    Current Employee - Project Management Intern

    I have been working at UC San Diego

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

    Pros

    great campus position for students! Helpful older management.

    Cons

    can often be unfulfilling work at times


  11. Assitant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time

    Pros

    Lots of bright people working there.

    Cons

    Very structured, okay if you like corporate environment.



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