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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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  1.  

    Great place to work as a student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Pros

    Great amount of flexibility, which is good because of class schedule

    Cons

    Sometimes the supervisors can work on communication

  2.  

    Good for student employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego part-time

    Pros

    Good staff to work with, and is flexible with schedule as a student.

    Cons

    Parking is inconvenient and problematic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Academics is a hard knock life

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    Current Employee - Program Representative III in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Program Representative III in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time

    Pros

    The best thing about what I do is that I'm there helping to shape, mold and present the best healthcare the world can offer. It is a heady thing to be a part of that. Being a part of medical education can be a very fulfilling path. Benefits are good, only reason I would recommend.

    Cons

    Academia BS. Egos get in the way and the good ol boys club is alive and strong. There isn't a strong team or supportive environment. Punitive at best. Faculty are important, but so are many other things that contribute to their success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit resources to a better management of personnel resources. For such a large and spread out campus, The ball has been dropped on keeping up with exactly what the players are doing. Compensation reviews, title adjustments. No one really knows what one comparable staff member does in comparison to another with equal title / pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    research analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    great culture with co-workers. laid-back duties

    Cons

    low face time with senior management extremeny inefficient at ties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to help more junior employees and that may potentially lead to less turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stand out and don't expect a raise of more than 86 cents per hour

    Former Employee - Student
    Former Employee - Student

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

    Pros

    Great experience in terms of culinary skills you can learn without going to culinary school. Chefs are skilled and if you show interest you can learn many culinary skills, just don't expect to get paid more just because you put in the time to learn the trade. Food quality has gone up as well as expectations for students.

    Cons

    Chefs are skilled but are slowed down by a top-heavy business model with many managers for a few chefs. Even though the business has a high volume output, there is no reason to have so many managers when profitability is usually flat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Lots of smart people here, made lots of friends, but the financial stuff is all out of wack.

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

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

    Pros

    You have lots of freedom in your work, the school has a pretty good name, so you are in a solid position when you leave as a grad student.

    Cons

    You have a ton of work and resources for graduate students, at lease in my dept, were pretty limited.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Bad

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    Former Employee - Principal Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Campus resources - access to library, gym, etc.

    Cons

    Low salaries and no upward mobility for staff create an organization with high turnover. Many employees do very little work in a 40 hour week. This is the norm. Upper administrators have little if any managerial experience and are far more concerned with perceptions of themselves than with what is in the best interest of the organization or even basic quality of work. If you want a place to sit around surfing the internet, this is for you. If you want to be productive, complete projects that have an influence, or even just do basic quality work for the day, run far and run fast from UCSD. Especially avoid central administration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great staff and they are very professional yet personable!

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    Current Employee - Orientation Leader in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Orientation Leader in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Was an Orientation Leader at Sixth College. Great program with great people! The staff was organized and experienced with dealing with new students and transfer students

    Cons

    Great experience! No Cons! Apply for Orientation Leader position if you want to have fun and want to mentor new incoming students!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Graduate student researcher

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    UCSD is a top notch institute with vibrant student body and faculty. It's quite competitive, but stimulating. Student Affairs staff is friendly and helpful. As a teaching assistant I found that I had to put in a lot more hours than the 20 hours per week in my contract. The students are smart but they are very demanding, as they should be.

    Cons

    Union agreements, compensation, parking arrangements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place for student job

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Media Assistant in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable employment, good atmosphere, flexible hours, recognition

    Cons

    Little upside, minimum pay raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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