UCLA Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
566 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 21 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Income for graduate student can be unstable, depending on how well your PI manage to get funding (in 19 reviews)

  • Budget cuts and draconian restructuring methods on the horizon are only making these problems worse (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice research environment at UCLA!

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice research environment, good faculties, research staffs, and many opportunities for collaboration with other universities and research institute, benefits are good, vacation days are long.

    Cons

    Salary is now low literally, but living expenses around UCLA is so high!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    High salary for a student job, flexible time and great discount in UCLA store.

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    Current Employee - Math Reader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Math Reader in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Since this is a part-time job, but it still offers good salary and flexible schedule to determine your own working schedule. Besides, the it provides a discount when you bought things, etc.

    Cons

    Need to constantly communicate and keep in touch with professors and TAs, but some of them seldom appear in their office hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally they are all good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Graduate student researcher (PhD) for 5 years

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible work hours. Stimulating faculty. Surrounded by intelligent people. Beautiful campus. Computing facilities are top notch.

    Cons

    Pure self-motivation, need to be able to push yourself because others wont. Huge amount of red tape dealing with benefits, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great scientific environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Weather is fantastic, its West LA. Scientific interaction is also good.

    Cons

    All the same as working in any large corporation: bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    UCLA great and collegial place to work

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    Current Employee - Public Administration Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Public Administration Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule; commuter job; very good balance of work and life priorities; every department is different so speaking with employees (past/present) in that particular department is advised. My office is less political than many other departments.

    Cons

    HR gets confused a lot as would any large company. Could be political depending on situation/department (i.e Academia.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staff trainings and group activities to foster growth and promote loyalty/sense of belonging, esp with new staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very positive - excellent manager in Backbone Network Services

    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of latitude in the direction of work. No office politics and an emphasis on getting the work done. Great crew in network engineering and operations. Some other groups were overly protective of their jobs.

    Cons

    Pay not that great, but the benefits were very good. Training needs to be done on your own initiative and there's very little support for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To upper mgmt - don't nickel and dime your staff. It lowers morale. Show some appreciation in terms of actual support rather than just mouthing words.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good intro into professional world.

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    Former Employee - External Affairs Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - External Affairs Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Many opportunities to network and discover further career opportunities
    - Great other interns, good events with them
    - Flexible hours
    - Very friendly environment
    - Everyone wants to help you succeed

    Cons

    - Projects not the most interesting, lots of data entry
    - Not a set internship structure in terms of your individual supervisor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have set projects for interns before the summer starts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Not the best, not the worst.

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    Former Employee - Senior Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clerk in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food often due to the immense amount of events going on. Lots of different types of experience because of the large office I supported.

    Cons

    Stringent rules and policies for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation for student workers could be more generous given the amount of work and hours required of us as students.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It gets comfortable here

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great pension plan, many job opportunities between department; great vacation/sick benefits

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy, many micromanagers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    UCLA Rocks.

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    Former Employee - Student Affairs Officer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Affairs Officer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really depends on which department you end up working for. The one I was at was a relaxed/flexible environment with friendly and supportive coworkers. Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours. Benefits were awesome! A great place to start your first job or work for as a career. Being at UCLA is always exciting because change is always happening.

    Cons

    Working for a huge public entity means you are subjected to the whims of $$ coming from up top. I've seen positions cut or consolidated. Pay grades/promotions is rather strict, but at least you know what you are getting yourself into.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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