UC San Diego Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Pradeep K. Khosla
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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 colleagues and a stimulating environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Students are top notch and very inspiring. It is the type of environment that encourages you to develop professionally. I worked as part of a team where we all respected each others expertise and where willing to pitch in when needed.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. Parking is a nightmare and you are charged monthly for a permit. If you like working with underrepresented populations you may have a hard time as they are few and far between on campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people and colleagues. This is a great place to be and it is up to us to continue improving the environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Worked in Housing and Dining Department as a student and lead supervisor for three years.

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    Former Employee - Student Lead in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Student Lead in San Diego, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Pay is great for a food service job for a student on campus, meal perks are generous for every shift worked, ability to quickly be promoted to lead and then student manager if someone chooses to work enough to gain those titles.

    Cons

    High turnover rate sometimes leads to stressful and understaffed shifts, especially for the dining halls on campus. New coworkers will generally be VERY inexperienced, as this was often a first job for students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, they do a pretty good job of prioritizing treatment of students and career staff fairly, while still maintaining a good environment for customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Post-doc researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Excellent research environments, excellent health insurance (specially for post-doc), nice campus, wonderful weather!

    Cons

    Not at all. Very good opportunity!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well done. This university is continuously developing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. good people, nice atmosphere. experience varies by department.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    good benefits, nice people, nice campus. Leadership varies greatly from office to office. Great place if you want to work in academia. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Many departments are under resourced. Technologically, the systems are very out of date - but they are working to improve. Benefits packages change each year so i am not sure if what is available now is comparable to what has been offered in the past.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Workplace

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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

    Pros

    Good science, provides scope for personal growth, promotions possible

    Cons

    Too stressful, poor hikes in salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great working with smart people who are invested in the work and care about the quality of their work. Poor management.

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor
    Current Employee - Senior Editor

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    work-life balance, stability, smart people, great benefits

    Cons

    low salary, poor opportunities for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make succession planning a central priority. Provide more training opportunities. Make job expectations clear with current job descriptions and frequent performance reviews.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good for those further along in their career

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    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst
    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful location
    Numerous food options on campus

    Cons

    Lack of training of management staff
    Managers are very disrespectful towards employees, even when reported HR does nothing
    No advancement opportunities for younger people
    Office politics remind me of high school
    Workload overwhelming at times
    Blatant favoritism among employees
    Expensive to park on campus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great as a stepping stone into post-college life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Perfect job for student workers who are learning to gain experience in management, financial tools, time management, event planning.

    Cons

    Too many internal administrative processes or micromanaging can waste time. Everyone must be team player else it creates a toxic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't over burden your employees. When you hire students, allow them to do more than just filing. They are bright individuals who will stay loyal to your department if you give them responsibilities.

  10. Great location and nice people

    Current Employee - Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Close to the beach, good resources for exercise, flexible hours, good benefits, good weather, many food options, environmentally friendly campus

    Cons

    Lack of parking, good weather may make working hard, lax work ethics, location too expensive to live close by, no nightlife, too many undergraduates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. very nice place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    good place to work in

    Cons

    none, i am very happy to work there

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