UC San Diego Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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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. Great company with wonderful people to work alongside with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time

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

    Pros

    Great hours, always learning new things, and friendly atmosphere made for a positive work experience despite being tremendously busy during finals and midterms.

    Cons

    Time off wasn't always easy to secure. Neither was the review process for raises. Needed improvement with review process.

    Advice to Management

    Improve opportunity for reviews and ability for employees to grow and increase in positron and knowledge b

  2. Admin 3

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    Current Contractor - Administrator Level III in La Jolla, CA
    Current Contractor - Administrator Level III in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pretty flexible, willing to work with you to find a suitable allotment of time.
    Pays a decent amount. I don't feel my talent is being wasted.
    Coworkers are friendly and obviously see as a team.

    Cons

    All the pros only exist if you land in a flexible office.
    There is a huge range of flexibility between offices, often even between teams.

  3. Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time

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

    Pros

    Great access to resources and collaborations.

    Cons

    UCSD parking can be difficult.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Steady work, no raises

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time

    Pros

    - relatively secure job
    - no stressful deadlines
    - supportive employee community with workshops and learning opportunities

    Cons

    - slow moving & "glacial pace" bureaucracy
    - no bonuses or incentives to work harder
    - the only way to get a raise other than the 3% annual increase for inflation is to get "reclassified," which is a rare and difficult process

  6. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time

    Pros

    It depends on your supervisor, but there is usually a good bit of leeway given for when and how the work gets done.

    Cons

    The is a dearth of good food options in the area and everything on campus is overpriced. Will need to bring your own food.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great community of people

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

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, working with like-minded people who have the same mission of doing their part to advance UC, opportunity to move around, retirement plan.

    Cons

    Salary lower than in other industries, large bureaucracy where nothing happens fast, many items get bottle - necked.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate realistically with faculty and set their expectations so they aren't fighting administrative personnel to get things done. You are losing smart researchers and professionals by being unclear. There should be an overview of research procedures/ processes and offices before they ever begin doing research at the university to help make these expectations realistic.

  8. Intern - CEO assistant

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    Former Intern - Intern in La Jolla, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in La Jolla, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great work environment. Organizing networking events was a lot of fun and gives you the possibility to gain valuable networking skills.

    Cons

    The outreach of the company is not great. Events may be sometimes a failure depending on the advertisement/lack thereof.

  9. Grad Student

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    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

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to work with amazing resources

    Cons

    It's a commuter school, there is nothing called "University Ave"!

  10. Student Assistant

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at UC San Diego as an intern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy hours, very understanding to students and their schedules

    Cons

    Can be repetitive and mundane

  11. Business Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great manager and flexible work hours

    Cons

    Getting projects done can take some time.

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