UC San Diego Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. A great place to get a foot in the door for undergraduate research and the staff is amazing

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Student Lab Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Lab Assistant

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    - Get to focus not on only school work but also research
    - Amazing faculty
    - The possibilities are endless

    Cons

    This is a research institute so often the academics get overlooked

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. there is a union working together to assure something

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    there is a UC union that you may rely on

    Cons

    the salary rate is just decent

  3. I worked as a postdoctoral research at UCSD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    research experience in the field of computational biology

    Cons

    big city, high expense, heavy traffic

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  5. Postdoc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    As a postdoc, your quality of life depends on your supervisor. The campus is really nice. Salary could be higher but it is enough to live.

    Cons

    Visa can be a pain. Not so easy to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No real complains. Food was not very impressive but it is the US.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great Research Instituation

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, different departments have good management.

    Cons

    Hard to get support as a researcher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking so much overhead on grant money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. postdoctoral researcher at UCSD

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Great campus with a lot of experts on various research fields.
    As a major academic institution a lot of facilities are available.

    Cons

    due to unclear organisational structure it is harder to find collaborators within the institution

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. UCSD only cares about faculty

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    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Taking leaves for vacation or medical reason is usually not a problem. Work-life balance is good. Benefits seem good, but they can very vague on the details on when you can retire.

    Cons

    The current mindset of UCSD is that all staff is completely replaceable with little to no effort. They will do anything to keep faculty but do little to keep staff that have been there for years. Salary for staff is below industry by great length. High turn over for the normal rank and file staff member.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Without staff there would be no research.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Level playing field for those who can get their foot in the door.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strictly 8 hour days, diverse culture, laid-back atmosphere, hard to fail, career growth through training opportunities exist, good benefits, excellent facilities, good work-life balance

    Cons

    promotions non-existent, applying from the outside very difficult as internal candidates often exist, bureaucracy stalls everything, slow-moving organizations, highly political environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater transparency of management decisions needed, need better overall communication with staff, honest discussions about performance shortcomings are valuable feedback to those who under perform.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great working experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    chairman and faculty that foster a great working environment; excellent culture

    Cons

    very busy; bad parking situation

  11. I am MBA student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    High quality education and entrepreneurial spirit

    Cons

    Walking out of the campus you can see surfers on the crest of a waves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of bright talents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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