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UC San Diego Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
481 Reviews
3.9
481 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 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 available spots are limited (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.  

    Fantastic graduate school to attend to, mutiple disciplinary projects are reachable with amazing educational sources.

    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

    Pros

    The school provides all kinds of different opportunities to get involved in related research based on what group you join, and how your advisor's style of cultivating students.

    Cons

    There might be no work-life balance if you meet a bad advisor, and it's totally depend on what adivsor you get, so be sharp in selecting an advisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, it is fine.

  2.  

    Good university with lots of opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SRA IV
    Former Employee - SRA IV

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Pros

    vacation time, low cost of health insurance and overall benefits

    Cons

    your experience is highly dependent on your individual supervisor. High cost of paying for parking.

    Recommends
  3.  

    This is the best working opportunity that I have had.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Lead in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Summer Lead in San Diego, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego as an intern

    Pros

    The people here are intelligent, kind, respectful, and caring. My former boss is the best boss I have ever had. She was very understanding, accommodating, and sharp as a tack. The location is great and I was exposed to a wide range of interesting work. I interacted with people from different backgrounds and I earned more responsibilities as I progressed.

    I had some great perks which, at one point, included playing soccer during my lunch break, an occasional free lunch, sometimes having lunch on the beach, working in great locations like Legoland, Scripps Pier, and different parts of the UCSD campus. My boss was always willing to work with me on anything and she would always make time to speak with me. The professional and personal relationships one makes there are long-lasting and genuine. I felt accepted here and miss seeing those familiar, friendly faces.

    Cons

    My position is a summer position as they mainly only run the programs at that time. I wish I could work here more, but:

    a) I have school during the year
    b) the programs generally run only in the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Professors to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tutor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Tutor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Companies always recruit.
    Many opportunities available
    Interesting Research Projects

    Cons

    Expensive, Classes are always waitlisted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Relax place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Graphic/Media in La Jolla, CA
    Former Intern - Graphic/Media in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego as an intern

    Pros

    Food, people, timing, chill, relax.

    Cons

    Work flow, ok management, irregularities.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great place for Neuroscience

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Neurosciences department is extremely good, other than that the experience of working at UC San Diego is similar to any school within the UC system.

    Cons

    The UC bureaucracy can be an inpedement

  8.  

    A great place to get a foot in the door for undergraduate research and the staff is amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Lab Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Lab Assistant

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    - Get to focus not on only school work but also research
    - Amazing faculty
    - The possibilities are endless

    Cons

    This is a research institute so often the academics get overlooked

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    there is a union working together to assure something

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    there is a UC union that you may rely on

    Cons

    the salary rate is just decent

  10.  

    Great Research Instituation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, different departments have good management.

    Cons

    Hard to get support as a researcher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking so much overhead on grant money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I worked as a postdoctoral research at UCSD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    research experience in the field of computational biology

    Cons

    big city, high expense, heavy traffic

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