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Updated June 30, 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. Graduate Student Researcher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Hands-on experience, knowledgeable faculty, cutting-edge research, unlimited resources, great location, flexible hours (depending on your faculty advisor), energetic students and near-limitless opportunities

    Cons

    unfortunately the position is low pay and no room for negotiation. Often, you will find yourself working long hours and if you're not self-motivated, this can be a daunting task.

    Advice to Management

    The management is very unique to the faculty advisor. Some advisors don't track your hours, as longs as the work is completed, others will require hours. Advice for the student/employee: find the advisor that is most compatible for your life style.


  2. Decent place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Nice people, mission you can get behind

    Cons

    Slow pace, have to pay for parking

    Advice to Management

    Add some innovation to your management practices


  3. Postdoctoral fellow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    the research environment overall is cutting edge and collaborative

    Cons

    the living cost in the neighborhood is high


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  5. Post-doc experience at UCLA

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice retirement plan (UCRP), very good health insurance for the whole family, good time management in most of departments

    Cons

    With respect to the price of life in LA, salaries are low for post-docs, SRA 1 and 2, lab techs. Starting from SRA3 and Assist. Prof you can expect somewhat reasonable payment


  6. Sr. Graphic Designer

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    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good environment on campus, student driven community, beautiful location, i enjoy the work.

    Cons

    It is difficult to advance your career, both monetarily and position wise.


  7. Great place to work!

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    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

    Surrounded by intelligent, bright individuals
    Good benefits
    Great business network

    Cons

    Occasional office politics
    Salaries need improvement

    Advice to Management

    A good goal to strive for in the future would be for management to be more transparent with their planning, and open up the floor for discussion instead of occasionally making decisions that may seem to be the best idea for everyone.


  8. Nice job for student

    Current Employee - Undegraduate Researcher in Rowland Heights, CA
    Current Employee - Undegraduate Researcher in Rowland Heights, CA

    I have been working at UCLA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Can often study during work

    Cons

    Gets boring pretty quickly sometimes


  9. Isolated from other labs but good work, flexible schedule, smart colleagues

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    Current Employee - SRA IV in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - SRA IV in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Casual work environment
    Unionized job means protected from being let go and regular raises plus great health benefits (highly subsidized)

    Cons

    Not a strong work culture. Not gonna make a ton of friends out of the coworkers on your same floor or hallway. Pretty isolated.


  10. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Access to a very bright researchers
    Access to instrumentation
    Good mentoring
    Interdisciplinary research
    Support group
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Salary could be better
    Ease of proposal writing could be better

    Advice to Management

    It would benefit postdocs and young researchers to be able to get research funds in order to get successful external funds


  11. Great!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing minds, state of the art facilities, lively atmosphere. You can go as far as you want to go. This place is a west coast Ivy.

    Cons

    It's all on you to get anything you want or need (eg career advice, collaborations, etc). Administration moves only slightly faster than mud.

    Advice to Management

    Less administrators doing more work faster.



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