UC San Diego Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Good place

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time

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

    Pros

    Well i dont know what to say. this place really has a good brand name. depending on the major, the job scene is quite good too. i guess that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Um, I guess the worst thing in my opinion would be the ancient administration. There has to be a way for students to provide safe feedback about the administration, department officials, heads, faculty, courses, without risking losing anything in the process


  2. Doctoral Advisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Knows lots about neural networks.

    Cons

    Knows only some coding. Arrange meetings more often.


  3. Depends on Department

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    Current Employee - Fund Manager in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Fund Manager in La Jolla, CA

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

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

    Pros

    I've worked for three total departments at UCSD, and they really all vary in shapes and sizes. Most positions have good work life balance since University jobs clock in and out on time unless you're in a higher management position. Benefits are also really great.

    Cons

    Communication between departments that have to work together seem dysfunctional (especially the financial/grant management sector). Technologies also need catching up to do as it seems they're just catching up.


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  5. Tutor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whittier, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whittier, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is really nice and welcoming.

    Cons

    Working as a tutor I did not see the cons of working for UCSD.


  6. Decent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego part-time

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

    Pros

    short shifts, flexible schedule, helpful staff

    Cons

    tedious, trivial, pedestrian, mind-numbing, the furthest thing from challenging

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Registered Nurse 2

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    Current Employee - Critical Care Nurse - BSN in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Critical Care Nurse - BSN in La Jolla, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Encourages all employees to go back to school and get additional degrees. Provides lots of educational opportunities on the job training. The Best place I have worked.

    Cons

    Some units have high turn over. Mine does not.


  8. Graduate Student Researcher

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    as a phd student i'm expected to progress towards my degree, and help my advisor with teaching and other activities. In particular, demos and presentations to sponsors of the lab, so that new money keeps coming in.

    Cons

    choose your advisor carefully, ultimately he/she has the power to make your life through grad-school a good experience or a nightmare


  9. Graduate Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

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

    Pros

    Time Flexible, Nice weather, Great people

    Cons

    Not long term job, Only for students


  10. Learning opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time

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

    Pros

    Excellent mentorship from supervisor, collaborative and very supportive environment, challenging projects that keep you fully engaged and wonderful career development opportunities.

    Cons

    Unfortunately academic salaries are not very competitive but I suppose it balances out with the outstanding learning and career development opportunities available.

    Advice to Management

    I couldn't ask for a better supervisor! Keep up the outstanding mentorship!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazing research institution with impressive research facilities.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    While I was employed at UCSD, I saw the impressive research being conducted across multiple disciplines thanks to large grants from NIH and NSF. UC San Diego has departments like the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Scripps Institution of Oceanography that house world class scientists, research faculty and staff. The campus location is gorgeous and there was a spate of new building during the time I was there, including the new Computer Science, Calit2 and Scripps buildings. I had some undergraduate students on my team and they were all bright and motivated.

    Benefits and perks are excellent. Work-life balance was great. People are sharp, talented and very nice.

    Cons

    This is a research university, so some staff is dependent on the soft money available to pay for their salaries. Salaries are not corporate level salaries, but comparable to other academic institutions of its calibre. Some immigration related policies at the University of California were not helpful in the retention of the best researchers and technical staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focussed on being an excellent academic and research institution.



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