UC San Diego Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
388 Reviews
3.8
388 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 24 reviews)


Cons
  • program length is too long, parking is expensive and hard to find even if you do have a permit (in 6 reviews)

  • Parking is expensive and hard to find and campus is not particularly bike friendly either (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Roger's Market UCSD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    convenient hours . working on campus. working with cool manager and student employees

    Cons

    when you're the 'new hire', you end up working a lot of closing shifts (10p-2a) which are especially horrible on the weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great institution, but does not pay its Teaching Assistants well enough

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    UCSD is a great academic institution with some of the leading professors and researchers in the world, and working as a teaching assistant is an opportunity to receive a phenomenal graduate education for free.

    Cons

    The whole atmosphere is not as social and friendly as I would have liked. Thankfully, I was lucky to find an incredible professor as an advisor that made my experience very worthwhile, but barring this one professor, my graduate school experience would not have been ideal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok place to work. Good benefits.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Scientist
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Scientist

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Facilities are great. Good interdisciplinary research

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic. Takes forever to get anything done.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Active research campus, quality research in my field, however there is too much bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Location to other research institutes

    Cons

    Poor salary for the area

  7.  

    You could do worse.

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits: Health insurance, automatic retirement fund.
    Extremely convenient for on campus students or anyone living nearby.
    Very flexible with school schedule.

    Cons

    Pay for student is rarely above minimum wage. Despite this they still expect salary/full-time quality.
    Since there is a lot of job variety, it is very hit or miss with both good pairing with your skill as well as quality of the job posted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A overall quality training for students. As stated above, everything is hit or miss.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  8.  

    assistant project scientist at UCSD

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    Current Employee - Assistant Project Scientist  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Scientist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    - very stimulating environment
    - amazing training and networking if you want to stay in academia
    - beautiful place to work

    Cons

    - salary is ridiculously low and San Diego is a very expensive place to live
    - big range of competence between the professors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay rour project scientist and post doc more or you won't be able to recruit any top talent anymore

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    The faculty are high quality but the financial support is poor.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    The faculty are generally excellent researchers. The graduate students are also fairly strong. It's a beautiful place to live of course and the campus is right near the beach.

    Cons

    Wages are low and the cost of living is high. Student health makes it very hard to schedule appointments. It's very hard to get around the city without a car.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why not trim some of the administrative overhead? Administrative expenditures have grown a great deal in recent decades, and I haven't heard a good reason for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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