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UC San Diego Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
450 Reviews
3.8
450 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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    Financial Analyst in UCSD

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Regular working hours. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Very low salary rates, no or very little bonus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Teaching assistant

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    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    I work as a teaching assistant in the math department. The job is not easy, not hard, depends on which class you are teaching.

    Cons

    You can not improve yourself in the teaching process. it's more like that you will waste a lot of your time on office hours and discussions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate Student Researchers

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a graduate student at UCSD, you will be able to make new discoveries that push science in new directions, while developing your own talents and learning new skills to make you an effective scientist, whether your goal is a position in industry or academia. Collaboration is encouraged and even rewarded (there is a yearly competition for graduate students to pitch collaborative research projects). Pay and benefits vary department to department, but most, if not all, STEM fields will pay your tuition / fees and provide a stipend. The campus has a lot of activities and things going on that students can get involved in.

    Cons

    Suffice it to say, my advisor was so much like Prof Smith from PhD Comics that the webcomic is almost too hard to read. I'm not saying every advisor will be like that, but every faculty member has their challenges. Each will have their own approach to working hours, vacation days, sick days, etc. Some faculty may ask you to be in lab from 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday plus 3 Saturdays a month, and some may not even remember who you are and that you work for them. There is no consistency between faculty in terms of seeing students to graduation. My advice is to seek out former students and ask them how their experience was, how well their expectations for graduation were met, and how well their advisor prepared them for, or even helped to make the next step in their career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture of academia needs to take some lessons from corporations. There needs to be more quality assurance to make sure the faculty are meeting the expectations of the graduate students they are advising. It is too inconsistent and there are not enough controls in place to ensure student satisfaction while completing their degree and adequate preparation for the next step in their career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research in econometrics, finance and macro economics. Especially the theoretical part of econometrics.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very interesting problems. Suitable for people with math skills

    Cons

    Problems can be technically challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Exactly what I need

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Great academic level.
    Well known and recognized nationally and internationally.

    Cons

    No social life at all, maybe what you need to get your degree and start making good money

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    UCSD SPORTS Facilities Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Facilities Supervisor in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Supervisor in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Downtime, allowed to do homework on the job, minimal supervision.

    Cons

    Disorganized and occasionally chaotic work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address organization and management issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall great experience working with Residential Life Staff

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    As a resident advisor you get housing and dining plans paid for as compensation, which is extremely helpful. You also get to interact with a lot of new students to UCSD and share knowledge you've learned over the years making it easier for them. Working in a large team of RAs was a lot of fun and you gain a lot of new friendships.

    Cons

    Sometimes balancing out work and school can get tricky. You're required to put on a certain amount of programs and have a presence in your community while also balancing schoolwork and other organizations you might be a part of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the most part the staff was great. At the time I was an RA they were undergoing some changes in management so I understand the transition time was a little hectic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Geisel Library Student Job

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    Former Employee - Facilities Member in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Member in San Diego, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Solid pay- $11.75 an hour over summer, $10.75 during the school year. Very flexible hours, easy work, chill environment.

    Cons

    Can't work there after you're not a student anymore, low maximum hours, no upward movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Sales at RIMAC

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Pros

    -easy going
    -flexible schedule
    -great team dynamics

    Cons

    -no personal growth
    -treated unfairly by higher ups

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    Radiation Safety Lab assistant

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    Former Employee - Radiation Safety Student Worker in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Radiation Safety Student Worker in San Diego, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Good pay, super laid back

    Cons

    The lab hours are from 9:30 to 4:30 for student workers, so scheduling around classes may be difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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