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UC Santa Cruz Reviews in Santa Cruz, CA

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
102 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.  

    very nice university

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    Former Employee - Assistant Researcher in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Researcher in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz

    Pros

    professors care about you, and wanted to help you to success

    Cons

    the pay is relatively low

  2.  

    Receptionist

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work in. Surrounded by positive people. Great job to have as a student.

    Cons

    There are no cons. Working there was great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, from my experience my supervisor was great .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun but the change in menu meant less freshly prepared food and more pre-packaged stuff.

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    The people, the cooks, great way to make new friends when you're a student.

    Cons

    When there were no customers we still had to look like we were working even though everything was clean and set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the old menu back!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Beautiful Campus, Interesting Projects, Tolerant Community but a Byzantine Maze with No Direction and Poor Management

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people are typically cool and there seems to be job security. The pay is decent and there are good benefits. No one tracks your every move or micromanages you.

    Cons

    They literally throw you in the deep end with no guidance or support. The management seems to be totally disconnected from reality of what they expect people to do. Serious inertia to change. No raises or step increase!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that you must properly staff projects or you actually spend more money. Communicate goals and methods more successfully.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good people, lots of free time

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    Current Employee - Career Adviser in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Career Adviser in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, everyone qorka to help you succeed.

    Cons

    Better track of employee hours should be kept. Pften employees have nore free timw then they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generate a list of tasks, pay employees a salary rather than an hourly wage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lovely place to work!

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    Former Employee - Research Staff in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Research Staff in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is a university, which to me is an ideal place to work. You are surrounded by intelligent people so the environment is intellectually stimulating. Endless opportunities to learn, pursue research and teach. There were no lack of people interested in the commercial world, but unlike most companies it was perfectly acceptable to be disinterested in business.

    Cons

    It is a university, which means the pay is not great for most employees. There is a lot of bureaucracy at many levels: lab/center, department school, campus, state-wide UC system. Important to have good relationship with well-respected faculty member.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 a 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
  9.  

    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 a 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
  10.  

    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 a 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
  11.  

    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 a 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

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