UCLA Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 23 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Income for graduate student can be unstable, depending on how well your PI manage to get funding (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. Great!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA part-time

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, wonderful professors

    Cons

    Could be bad if you are stuck with a tough professor

  2. scientist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    good environment, good weather, nice people

    Cons

    academic, pay low, pressure high

  3. RA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for studying and research. Good life-work balance

    Cons

    Chance for industry experience is limited

    Advice to Management

    More career development service for student and post-doc

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  5. RESEARCHER"S in the Education & Information Studies Department.

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    Current Contractor - Staff Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Staff Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for studying. Lovely campus. Library access free.

    Cons

    They are charging per semester.

    Advice to Management

    cancel, or waive the fee.

  6. Great Experience At the University of California, Los Angeles - Made Many Lifelong Friends and Gathered Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I had an incredible time working at the University of Los Angeles calling center in Westwood Village. It was truly a fun experience.

    Cons

    I don't have any downsides to share while working at the University of California, Los Angeles. It was always fun to call alumni

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice to management - I think that there were some difficulties meeting budget requirements, but that isn't their fault at all.

  7. Postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Highly knowledgeable people, high reputation, great place

    Cons

    Some buildings are old fashioned.

  8. Paid internship in athletics marketing, did it for two years.

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    Former Intern - Athletics Marketing Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Athletics Marketing Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA as an intern (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Learned a lot of skills and experienced many different aspects of marketing with various sports.

    Cons

    it was sometimes repetitive in the tasks assigned

  9. I was a tutor for Academics in the Commons for UCLA where I tutored student athletes.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    I met some of the smartest people in the school and they were a true pleasure to work with. Training at the beginning of the year was innovative and useful.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is difficult to tutor well when you haven't touched a subject in several years.

  10. A good place to work.

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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

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule. There are a lot of great PIs to work with if you choose the academic career path.

    Cons

    Relatively low pay for the postdoc. The health and dental insurance is just soso. The administration people in the department are generally low efficient.

  11. Great experience working as a teaching assistant.

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

    I worked at UCLA part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are great union benefits, and you can do an autodeposit for your paycheck so it goes right into your account without having to deposit a physical check.

    Cons

    The hourly rate is quite low and after taxes, becomes even less. However, hours are flexible, you work from home, and there are few reasons to need to come into the department offices.

    Advice to Management

    They're great about having an open office policy; you can drop by anytime. However, they're not always available so it would be nice to have a way to submit feedback after the class is over.

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