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Updated March 26, 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. TA at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, decent salaries for assigned work time

    Cons

    Not really helping much with industry, unless for someone wishing to be a teacher/professor

    Recommends
  2. Really wonderful!

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    Former Employee - Academic Programs Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Academic Programs Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Incredible supervisor and boss. They are extremely interested in my personal growth and I can't thank them enough.

    Cons

    Would love to work more hours!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Working in UCLA, Mechanical and Aerospace Dept. as a PhD candidate

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in UCLA, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in UCLA, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good Advisor : Pei-Yu Chiou

    Cons

    No chance of internship to have industrial experience during graduate study

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. research assitant

    Current Employee - Indiana in West Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Indiana in West Lafayette, IN

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

    Pros

    good research environment and courses

    Cons

    very cold weather ; no entertainment

  6. Amazing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    You get to work at a wonderful institution with wonderful people. Everything is near your location and the benefits for UC employees are great.

    Cons

    Parking is very expensive. Also, the vast number of employees make it hard for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My only advice is to allow the students to receive their education without the burden of such a large amount of debt. The UC system has to fix this problem.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. UCLA Reader

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    Current Employee - UCLA Reader (Grader) in UCLA, CA
    Current Employee - UCLA Reader (Grader) in UCLA, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun, easy going experience. Depends on your professor. In my case, assignments were graded online, so I was able to work on it at home.

    Cons

    No real cons. Just do not sign up to be a grader for a class or professor you do not like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Staff Personnel Office (the one in charge of hiring) was very inadequate. They emailed the wrong person with the hiring details, and only after over 1 month and by my own action did they correct their mistake.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. it is ok and nice to work here

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    Current Employee - Network Administrative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Network Administrative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    layer back but sometimes high pressure

    Cons

    but borning, no growth opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it is ok and nice to work here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. GSR in Materials Science and Engineering

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

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    This department is doing interesting research. The department is small enough that you get to know everyone. New building with pretty nice facilities in general. Also, UCLA as a whole is an excellent, beautiful place. Getting paid to earn a PhD is pretty good. Very international department. Plenty of students from Korea, China, etc.

    Cons

    Low pay. Many GSRs are treated like a commodity. There is not a clearly defined path to graduation and it can feel like the goal posts are moving. The departmental staff does a poor job of explaining requirements. Often, students act as the middle man between the professors and administrative staff. It should not be this way. Pay is low, especially considering cost of living in the UCLA area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay. It is low enough to become a distraction to students. When students are occasionally cut off from funding in the middle of their PhD it creates an unhealthy atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good school for graduate education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Great faculty that does exceptional research

    Cons

    Not enough learning resources provided for graduate students who do not want to stay in academia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more learning and career resournces

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Great place for the curious, talented, innovative, and hard-working.

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    Current Contractor - Assistant Adjunct Professor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Assistant Adjunct Professor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid academic community, with the bonus of small-business incubators and tech-trransfer.

    Cons

    Lecturer salaries pay less than CA unemployment, no matter how hard you work, nor how high your ratings. Being a research scientist on soft money can be a roller coaster financially, but can be very rewarding if you can keep the flow of new contracts in-balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tenure is not dead. Reverse the trend of having non-tenured or tenure-tracked staff teaching classes. It is over 60% at UCLA! Alternatively, if UCLA insists on having non-tenure/tracked staff teach, pay a decent rate. Local Community Colleges pay about 3-4X as much per class, and that's for general classes, not senior/grad student-level classes like I taught.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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