UC San Diego Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pradeep K. Khosla
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Pros
  • Great work life balance as well (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 not very convenient to some places (read: Atkinson Hall) (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. graduate student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UCSD is on a great location in San Diego and there is adequate compensation. It all depends on whos lab you join for the work environment.

    Cons

    There is not much of a social environment beyond your lab and occasional department gatherings. But you can always make your own social environment.

    Advice to Management

    Overall great experience in a high tech environment.


  2. Student Researcher

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great teams, learn a lot

    Cons

    Have not encountered and cons yet


  3. Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) - On-campus market

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in La Jolla, CA

    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

    * Super easy hiring process. Everyone gets a job
    * Flexible scheduling around classes and extra-curricular
    * Great pay for an easy job ($9.23) + $8 to spend on food every shift you work
    * Friendly management and co-workers

    Cons

    Really have none...I guess it depends on which market you're working at. I've heard some markets have really terrible management and are mean/rude for no reason.

    I guess the biggest thing is a lot of the people working there have never had a job before. So they sometimes lack common and sense and initiative.


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  5. Teaching Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great training program with ERC MMW.

    Cons

    Some professors lack engagement and feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the TAs


  6. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    People are easy going and rarely stressed with tight deadlines. Flexible work hours is a plus too.

    Cons

    Sometimes, there is not enough technical or professional guidance for someone that is beginning a career.


  7. Starving academic

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Adjunct Professor in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The weather is nice. The vacation policies and retirement package are good.

    Cons

    Academics must get funding for their own salary by grants and contracts. The leadership focuses on protecting their own and maintaining the status quo at the expense of early career academics. The reputation for scientific excellence is not entirely warranted. The students don't get a great education.

    Advice to Management

    More tenure track appointments. Stop relying on cheap adjunct labor. Shrink the administration class.


  8. Great university

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Lab Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Lab Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good health insurance and nice campus

    Cons

    High percentage involuntarily deducted from paycheck for retirement plan

    Advice to Management

    It's difficult to hire qualified people because HR is slow and just recently centralized.


  9. Postdoc

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - great science
    - great resources
    - great career development opportunities

    Cons

    - very high competition
    - low salary


  10. Good place

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    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Depends on Department

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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