UC San Diego
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www.ucsd.edu La Jolla, CA 5000+ Employees

UC San Diego Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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94% Approve of the CEO

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Pradeep K. Khosla

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84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great location and beautiful campus

Professor (Current Employee)
La Jolla, CA

I have been working at UC San Diego full-time for more than 10 years

Prossalaries are fair, good work/life balance

ConsLimited opportunities for growth, tuition increases continue, values clinical enterprise over research

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Excellent Work Environment

Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsAs a scientist, UCSD has wonderful resources to carry out a variety of scientific research. UCSD has many labs at the forefront of my research area as well as many others. The location of UCSD is terrific as well, with beautiful coastal living or more urban living, some of which can be affordable.

ConsAcademia in general is a challenging endeavor. Though this environment has all the trappings of a terrific job, it is still at the whims of general academia and is not immune to the national troubles in funding scientific research.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe turn-over in non-academic administration seems really high, and often the academics find themselves in situations where administration either does not know how to submit a particular grant, knows the requirements, or makes mistakes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to postdoc in computational chemistry

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsThis institution has a significant number of renowned computational chemistry and biological physics professors here. You will make many valuable connections here

ConsThere are fewer renowned experimental biophysics professors and few groups doing academic drug discovery projects, so there are some, but not a large number, of experimentalists to collaborate with

Advice to Senior ManagementIn an effort to be green, UCSD falls severely short in regards to on-campus parking. Campus shuttles and busses serve some areas, but supply of transit falls very short of demand and it can be difficult to get to campus during peak hours, and evening shuttles are very scarce.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nice people, not enough money

Parking Security Officer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsNice employees, cares about employees

ConsNot enough money in the department, though the university charges an arm and leg for not enough parking

Advice to Senior ManagementMake more parking spaces

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Summer Research Experience

Summer Research Assistant (Former Employee)
La Jolla, CA

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

ProsFun learning experience doing summer research in the UCSD astronomy department. Flexible hours and friendly lab mates and Adviser.

ConsLimited scope of tasks. Data entry type research. Limited access to research adviser.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good academic environment

Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
La Jolla, CA

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

ProsWorkloads are acceptable for graduate teaching assistants.

ConsThe building I work in is not in a very good condition.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Grad student researcher in engineering

Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee)
La Jolla, CA

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

ProsGrad office staff is great, career advising is great (at least while you're still a student). If your advisor is able to fund you as a GSR, you'll live comfortably enough. Food's available on campus, and parking's free on weekends (for now).

ConsAllocation of resources (like office space) varies heavily from department to department. In ours, you had to know which offices were available and ask for them, because the department wasn't keeping track well enough to hand them out.

Advice to Senior ManagementOne reason there's little alumni engagement is because their last memory is the exceedingly picky process of formatting the thesis. Is it the end of the world if the page numbers are in slightly the wrong position?

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Good place to work

ER Tech (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsGood pay, good benefits, flexible scheduling.

ConsCan be a stressful environment to work in. The patients aren't usually very thankful.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore staff is needed to maintain proper staff-to-patient ratios.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

Prosgreat research environment and rich funding resources

Consparking is not free and very limited

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Sports Assistant (Former Employee)
La Jolla, CA

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

ProsFlexible, relaxed environment. Good networking with students, chance to hang out in gyms and sports fields. Accepts work-study students for employment.

ConsPositions only available to currently enrolled undergraduate students. Pay isn't great, there is limited availability for jobs beyond undergraduate positions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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