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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. Nice place, but difficult to grow

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    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst III in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst III in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    IT is generally decentralized at UCLA, which means you may be working on a small group and have a lot of input on the direction of your projects. The campus is beautiful and most people who work there are great. Work/life balance is excellent. There are several technology groups and professional development programs that can help you from feeling locked away in your tiny department.

    Cons

    Because of the decentralization of IT, it can be difficult to learn from co-workers or to move up in the organization. Promotion is often diagonal into another department, which may have drastically different culture. Some employees are complacent and not interested enough in doing great work.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize and centralize things a bit more. Have Programmer/Analysts work in somewhat larger teams. This will allow for mentor-ship, better software, and happier employees.

  2. Great opportunities, but little support from HR

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Working in research in a major university, great people, primarily you keep your own hours

    Cons

    HR is ( or more accurately is not) handed at the department rather than centrally so your support is haphazard at best

    Advice to Management

    HR has been underfunded for years and it is starting to show.

  3. Asst Project Scientist

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    Current Employee - Assistant Project Scientist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Scientist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good environment. Opportunities to improve skills and experience.

    Cons

    Difficult if job depends on government funding.

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  5. scientist post-doc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Good people. Collaborative atmosphere, equipment and reagent sharing makes experimentation easier. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Food options are poor in general, but after 4 years, they become unbearable. Lunch-time is always a problem. I waste a lot of time being too hungry to work. Thank goodness they sell raw unsalted almonds - even the zombie work-study undergrads can't ruin those. Westwood traffic and parking make it impossible to routinely get a good bite to eat.
    Pay is low. Its only enough if you don't have a family or other financial obligations. You'll be paying rent on a shared apartment well into your 30's.

  6. Team Leader / CPT-111

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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Westwood, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best place to work .

    Cons

    unfortunately Rascism is there .

    Advice to Management

    take a survey with the employees , You will find out .

  7. A good place to work but it is expensive to live in Westwood

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff and good collaborative environment

    Cons

    Paperwork to get done can be slow at times

  8. Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to be a student here since I am able to broaden my horizon with other students who have great visions.

    Cons

    The competition is pretty intense. Also sometimes the workload is huge. Some professors are not concerned with their students.

    Advice to Management

    Students should have more chances to do individual projects or researches. Meanwhile there should be more programs aims at preparing for professional life.

  9. 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

  10. 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

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

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    • Senior Management
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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.

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