UC San Diego Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
382 Reviews
3.8
382 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    postdoc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    the research facilities are great

    Cons

    living around and commuting to ucsd is a pain

  2.  

    Uninhibited academic research

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

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

    Pros

    Everything that is research related.

    Cons

    1. No food on campus on weekends during summer or shops are very far
    2. Parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please improve parking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid

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    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    While as a student, I had a flexible schedule to help with my very busy week filled with classes. I worked at the Art department and also at SIO.

    Cons

    Pay was low, work study wasn't much. Hard to also get a position, so much competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good School

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Iam not satisfy with my employer

    Cons

    Work life balance is good, but salary wise very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Blank Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Reasonable work hours and expectations, positive campus environment , good open work space. Laid back but professional atmosphere

    Cons

    Lower end pay, but the benefits and retirement plan is good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Best working location and great crowd of scientists

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ocean view office,
    Plenty of room for independent research
    Friendly peer scientists

    Cons

    poor janitor services due to tight funding..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work hours and a friendly team to work with.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Hours are incredibly flexible so it's great for students who have to work around their class schedules. Everyone in the office is incredibly friendly and helpful with whatever project you're currently working on.

    Cons

    There are not that many cons that I have experienced while working here. I enjoyed my fellow co-workers, the staff, and the projects I was working on.

  9.  

    UCSD review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Beach location, great research opportunities

    Cons

    very little focus on business skills and internships

  10.  

    Excellent place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good place to gain research experience while earning some cash if you are a student here, as this is regarded as a top research institution. People are very nice, friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    You don't get paid much for being a part time undergraduate researcher. You may need to figure of lot of the things out by yourself because no one in the lab has such background to help you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit more people in devise background can enhance efficiency, especially when research projects involve other technical aspect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience

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

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location, good pay, solid environment

    Cons

    No guarantee of having a job from quarter to quarter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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