UC Santa Cruz Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George R. Blumenthal
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Pros
  • You can run into the woods straight from campus, all staff believe in work life balance, good health care (in 7 reviews)

  • It's a beautiful campus, and there are still a lot of wonderful people working there (in 12 reviews)

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

  • Budget cuts cut jobs and the talent that remains is often subject to overload and burn out (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Course Tutor

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    Former Employee - Course Tutor in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Course Tutor in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible with schedule, the ability to meet new up and coming students, easy if you know what you're doing and rewarding :)

    Cons

    I love it, no compliants


  2. Learning Tech. Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier/Worker in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Worker in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy, great supervisors, great pay

    Cons

    Boring, not enough to do, can be tedious at times

    Advice to Management

    No word of advice to management


  3. Helpful (1)

    Come here for work not community

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    -innovative research being done here

    Cons

    -parking is very expensive -not a supportive community if you are minority -even if you are not a minority, there is a every man for himself mentality


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    Administration

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful, liberal area with a mix off ocean and mountains. Some interesting programming but this has dwindled over the recession.

    Cons

    You are working for a big system - there is a large disconnect from top administration to staff and admin staff unless nepotism interests you.

    Advice to Management

    UC Regents should strive to evaluate what they can do to broaden education and not be a money machine.


  6. Events Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Events Coordinator in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Events Coordinator in Santa Cruz, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful place to work Great opportunities for professional development Colleagues are great

    Cons

    You wear many hats and are not compensated for it Campus units can be siloed Hard to replace unproductive people

    Advice to Management

    Encourage units, faculty and staff to work together for the good of students.


  7. Not a bad part time job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sever in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Sever in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the pros have to be a good resume builder, works around your classes. This is a job for a full time student. The food is good and the jobs are not that hard.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of pressure put on you from the fast environment of catering! I would avoid this if you like working in a more relaxing laid back kind of way.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the expansion! The team is doing great, and you are doing a great jobs training new employees.


  8. The wrong environment.

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some hard working great people. The problem is... Who's to say you get to work for one. I have seen to many good people work for duds. Not their fault, but their career takes a hit because the boss doesn't know how to be a good one.

    Cons

    Administration is about looking like they are LGBT friendly. Looking like they are environmentally friendly. It is ALL just window dressing. They are not actually interested in doing the real work. I have seen horrendous levels of discrimination and recrimination to people that don't deserve it.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to the students and faculty. Science hill has constant black outs! Constant. Why not fix it? Classes are spread willy nilly all across campus. Quantum mechanics classes are taught in art classrooms with no periodic table on the wall. They don't have their priorities right.


  9. GIS Technician / Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I specifically work for the GIS Lab on the campus aka Center for Interspatial Research (CISR). The start up is small and takes projects and contracts from university, public, and private clientele. It's an exciting work environment where field data collection and programming really come together.

    Cons

    There aren't really any bad parts of the job except for the fact that not enough student interns are working for the program.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to advertise the need for students to come in and gain experience from the wonderful work environment provided by CISR.


  10. TA

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Sometimes work on short notice


  11. UCSC is a great place to work! The staff are very friendly and do their best to help students excel.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love working at UCSC! My job at Admissions has been great! Amazing and hardworking people. There's always people to help you out and he staff are all very supportive of one another.

    Cons

    Sometimes projects get lost in the approval process because of staff hierarchies.



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