UC Santa Cruz
3.7 of 5 111 reviews
www.ucsc.edu Santa Cruz, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

UC Santa Cruz Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.7 111 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George R. Blumenthal

George R. Blumenthal

(37 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
111 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Proximity to silicon valley, beautiful campus, calm and quiet place, good bus service"
    in 11 reviews
  • "You can have a good work/life balance, but you need to make sure you hold the line"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "relatively low pay, inconsistent funding"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Department budget cuts impacted student services"
    in 4 reviews
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    Nice place to be!

    Development (Former Employee)
    Santa Cruz, CA

    Pros- excellent life work balance
    - opportunities for growth and education
    - many people really believe in what they are doing

    Cons- outdated technology
    - the bureaucracy and getting people who have been working there awhile on board with new ideas that necessarily require more work than the status quo

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours, mentorship from management

    ConsFew opportunities for advancement or pay increases

    Advice to Senior ManagementFurther incentivize student workers to take on progressively more responsibilities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Graduate Researcher (Current Employee)
    Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsDepending on your research advisor, the work as researcher can be incredibly rewarding or make you feel completely miserable. I was very lucky.

    ConsCompensation is not high, but that is not the principal motivation to work on research when you want to obtain a graduate degree.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have no complaints at all

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I was at student worker at the University.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAs far as students go it gives you an overall easy entrance into the workforce.

    ConsDepending on where you work but all my jobs at the UC have been fairly managed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould be nice to get promotions, even if it means $.25 increase.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience.

    Grader/Tutor (Former Employee)
    Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsI was paid appropriately for the work I did and I learned a lot about how to best teach others material I know.

    ConsBefore signing up to tutor, you had to set up a max amount of hours you were willing to work per week. It was not generally allowed to work beyond these hours.

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    A great place to work.

    Lecturer (Former Employee)
    Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsMy colleagues, the facilities, access, and students' college-readiness far exceeded m expectations. A truly wonderful place to work. Very friendly environment, too.

    ConsNo explicit "cons" of working here come to mind.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Beautiful Campus, Dysfunctional Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsUCSC is in a gorgeous location ,with many natural wonders. We are a research university, and we have top notch environmental programs for undergrads.

    ConsWe are one of the lowest-paid unit considering we're in the UC system, which makes it hard to live in this expensive county. Also, too many staff are alumni, and bring that old culture to their jobs and don't want to grow with the times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPLEASE work on paying all employees a living wage, Santa Cruz county is ridiculously expensive! We need more people doing direct services to students, not 2 people doing the work of 6. Also, faculty needs to be held more accountable for how they teach and interact, it's almost impossible to get rid of he bad apples due to faculty senate running everything.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Work Atmosphere

    Assistant (Current Employee)
    Santa Cruz, CA

    Prosoffice culture, kind bosses, trees

    Consavailability, lack or resources, no parking

    Advice to Senior Managementcompensation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good teachers, beautiful surroundings

    Lecturer (Current Employee)
    Santa Cruz, CA

    Proswonderful colleagues, good political bent

    Consadministrative changes that have increased class size

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Program Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsGreat co-workers, excellent access to campus and industry connections, abundant advising resources for undergrad and grad students.

    ConsHidden on the campus, very little outreach being performed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild out student-led activities / clubs / job fairs / etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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