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UC Santa Cruz Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
135 Reviews
3.8
135 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can have a good work/life balance, but you need to make sure you hold the line (in 7 reviews)

  • Beautiful campus, amazing memories, helping students is always satisfactory (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • NO good nearest hospitals, low pay, the usual drama of academia (in 9 reviews)

  • Department budget cuts impacted student services (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Embedded Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Program is short, so that I have to move to new program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Making a game

    Former Employee - Game Designer/Programmer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Game Designer/Programmer in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I learned how to work with a group and in a professional environment. The compensation was appropriate and had a lot of freedom on the project.

    Cons

    It was hard to manage school and this job. It was difficult to understand exactly what the person who hired us wanted in the game, and how they wanted it to work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great university and people but very low salaries

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time

    Pros

    The people here are great for the most part.

    The campus is also beautiful.

    The students are talented and inspiring.

    Cons

    Salaries are very, very low.

    This area is expensive to live in but the salaries at the university don't match up.

    The cost of benefits is also going up, so the saying of "Low salary but great benefits" just isn't true anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to even start? This is a big bureaucracy so it would be tough to make change. Honestly, with so many challenges (rising tuition, low salaries and high cost of living) I wouldn't even know where to start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Friendly environment

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - IT Support in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Resnet was a great introduction to desktop/laptop support, working with students and for students you are able to employ a variety of repairs to a plethora orfdifferent problems

    Cons

    Very *cliquish* environment, though everyone would be friendly it was not uncommon to get singled out if you were not in the "in" group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Preferential treatment was enacted on some staff and not others for reasons unrelated to work performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible Work Study Position

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    Current Employee - ITR Office Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - ITR Office Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible on scheduling
    tasks are easy to learn

    Cons

    hard to find things to do at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I worked as a Graduate student researcher at UC santa cruz in summer, it was great

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not an intense work, I can WFH 2 or even 3 days a week. But I need to meet my professor every week so that he knows I am making progress.

    Cons

    The salary is lower than internship at San Jose

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Worked as tutor and programmer

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They pay really well for both tutoring and reasonably well for programming.
    Employers are understanding and respectful.

    Cons

    There are no professionals giving you pointers so you must figure things out from intuition
    These jobs do not count as internships in any way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For student jobs, the management efforts are sufficient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Consultant Trainee for Learning Technologies

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz

    Pros

    Straight-forward job. Most of the job consists of sitting at the computer and helping with classes and students that enter the lab.

    Cons

    Can be boring at times. Would be nice to have more resources/events for training.

    Not the best pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for being prompt and professional

  10.  

    Great place to be a PhD graduate student

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about UCSC is the great community and environment here. It's laid back, but learning is always a priority. Also, the campus is totally beautiful.

    Cons

    The school is suffering from a lack of funding, which affects both the grad students and the undergrads. I think that the salary for teaching assistants should be a lot higher to make up for the very high cost of living in the area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    MSI Tutor

    Current Employee - MSI Tutor in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - MSI Tutor in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I loved this job. Great way to master material and practice presenting in front of groups. Also a great way to network with other high performing students and meet professors. If you enjoy teaching/tutoring - this is a great way to get paid by the school to do it. Looks good on a resume too!

    Cons

    The class can be a little bit of a burden - but I did find it helpful and at least you get a little credit.

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