UCLA Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Great compensation and work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Graduate student culture is nonexistent (in 20 reviews)

  • low salary with high cost in LA (in 9 reviews)

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  1. UCLA is an excellent 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 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with world-wide leaders A lot of opportunities for collaboration within and outside UCLA Work-life balance

    Cons

    A lot of traffic to and from UCLA Expensive to live at LA


  2. Postdoctoral Researcher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Great research culture with lots of opportunities for collaborative projects. Lab environment depends a lot on the PI that runs the lab, but most at UCLA seem reasonable and likable.

    Cons

    Horrible traffic, compounded by the constant construction near campus. High rent and low wages lead to difficult financial situations.


  3. Great school

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at UCLA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    UCLA has the best people from around the world in one place. They are able to create new and exiting opportunities for everyone connected with the university.

    Cons

    There are no down sides to working at UCLA. The people are great and the work is exiting. I wish I could go back to working at UCLA.


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  5. Senior Clerk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

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

    Pros

    Culture Pay Opportunity Ability to move around the UCLA system and keep benefits

    Cons

    Parking is expensive Westwood traffic Internal politics


  6. Professor

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

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Outstanding academic institution for undergraduate, graduate and post graduate education, research and services.

    Cons

    Very expensive to live near the campus or difficult to commute from distance in traffic.

    Advice to Management

    Work on developing faculty housing near campus so that early career faculty can afford decent housing in or near the campus.


  7. Good Place to be a Teaching Assistant

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Solid benefits. As a TA, pays all of tuition.

    Cons

    Pay is too low considering cost of living in LA. Either you have to be super frugal, find ridiculously cheap housing, have a spouse/significant other working, or take out a loan.

    Advice to Management

    Since university rent goes up every year, you should increase TAs pay every year (since the majority of TAs live in university housing).


  8. Peer Counselor at the Undergraduate Accounting Minor Office

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    Current Employee - Peer Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Peer Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA part-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Close to classes and easy walk to work. Laid back and flexible with school schedule and finals. Plenty of time to do homework and study.

    Cons

    Can be quite boring over summer and hectic during the school year.


  9. Student, Part-time at English Department

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Friendly staff and management. Flexible schedule for part-time. Minimal work requirements since was a work-study position. Spent 50%+ of the time working on actual studies instead of work.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Jobs could be physically difficult for some (lifting and moving heavy boxes of books), shredding thousands of pages of old papers/exams.


  10. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, collegiate atmosphere, generally friendly coworkers. Opportunity to make an impact.

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy at times. Easy to become frustrated with obstacles.


  11. Finane

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

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

    Pros

    Positive, Supportive and comfortable environment

    Cons

    Too many workload. Westwood traffic is bad



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