UCLA Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
548 Reviews
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548 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 20 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.  

    Really great student job. Learn a lot about physical therapy and work on your homework during down time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Hands on experience working with top tier physical therapists.

    Cons

    Not many hours are offered when you first start. The longer you work there however, the more hours you will receive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management was really helpful and caring. They understand that being a student is top priority

  2.  

    Great place to work with such nice people and environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    The people I work with are really nice. Basically I love the school and the environment I work in. Flexible schedules, pretty chill environment.

    Cons

    Traffic is terrible, parking is expensive and street parking is either extremely difficult to find or very very far away. But well this applies to basically all LA.

  3.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Westwood, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A place for learning and making mistakes. Full of lots of bright students and valuable networking connections. Faculty and staff provide an accommodating working environment.

    Cons

    Difficult to access many facilities on campus without "training" which costs professors time and money. Working culture varies from lab to lab with some having very lax schedules and others with more rigorous hours and expectations.

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  5.  

    Fun environment and friendly staff.

    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at UCLA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Motivated people and interesting ideas

    Cons

    Aside from the low pay as an assistant, there's nothing really.

  6. 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 for 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
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Research Associate II

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II

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

    Pros

    Benefits and working environment are excellent

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility in certain positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Anything at UCLA is always upholds the Bruin values of service and excellence.

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant  in  Westwood Village, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Westwood Village, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best part is you're working with motivated people who want to achieve very high goals and this helps feel you focused and determined to go well in your job and in the future.

    Cons

    It can seem overwhelming being around so many good looking Bruins and so many smart people. But come on. Is that really a con?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent research opportunity

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    Current Employee - GSR  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - GSR in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Get to work on cutting edge engineering research that has a direct impact on practical applications. Advisers /PIs have a wealth of knowledge to help guide graduates in the right direction.

    Cons

    Part time pay is not a lot, but it definitely helps pay the bills (& university fees). Deadlines can drive up the amount of time actually spent to complete projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to gain experience.

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

    I worked at UCLA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great exposure to the best scientists in the wold. Access to state of the art core facilities. Extremely reasonable benefits. If you are going to do a post-doc somewhere this is the place to do it.

    Cons

    Cost of living in the area is high. Commuting to the area is difficult and parking can be expensive. Probably the biggest con is you are forced to join the union which deducts significant dues and does absolutely nothing for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the mandatory membership in the PROUAW union.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A little boring, but pleasant.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Kevin is really nice and funny, will definitely strike up interesting conversations with you. He's also really flexible when finals rolls around. I never found scheduling to be a problem.

    Cons

    The radio was always playing, and I was never a fan of the station that it was playing so when I was having a bad day the music would irk me. But that's really about it.

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