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UC Santa Cruz Reviews in Santa Cruz, CA

Updated December 27, 2014
Updated December 27, 2014
138 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.  

    Good people, lots of free time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Lovely place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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
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    Flexible Work Study Position

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Friendly environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Worked as tutor and programmer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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.  

    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 a 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.

  10.  

    Great place to be a PhD graduate student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Good for Sanity

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

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

    Pros

    You can run into the woods straight from campus, all staff believe in work life balance, good health care.

    Cons

    NO good nearest hospitals, low pay, the usual drama of academia.

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