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UCLA Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
646 Reviews
3.9
646 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great work environment, friendly people, great seminars

    Current Employee - GSR in UCLA, CA
    Current Employee - GSR in UCLA, CA

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

    Pros

    Good insurance, friendly people, many smart people to work with,flexible schedule, many courses

    Cons

    Not enough career advice, cost of living is very high, some prof. not good at teaching

  2.  

    Great experience, environment, and people

    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by people well-versed in the academic field

    Cons

    Unpaid and sometimes limited responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Fantastic experience to work alongside other committed tour guides.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tour Guide in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Tour Guide in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Great hours, welcoming office culture, considerate when requesting time-off.

    Cons

    Increased compensation and additional perks/benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation and possible promotions to other positions within admissions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great time working at UCLA—Former student

    Former Employee - Lab Assistant
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time there. Worked as an assistant lab manager. Loved the opportunity

    Cons

    There were not any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working as a work study student, the job is relaxed and a great experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Westwood, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Westwood, CA

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

    Pros

    Understanding and flexible of students' schedules.

    Cons

    Not much room for opportunity growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not much advice to give, great management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very supportive.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westwood Village, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westwood Village, CA

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Beautiful supportive creative working environment. Very stimulating and rewarding experience. Some of the best people I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    Parking can be a challenge and my solution was to arrive several hours early and find a quiet nook to work on my laptop, thus leaving promptly at the end of the day to beat L.A. traffic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    research was the greatest thing ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    leadership needed to be improved

    Cons

    large but can be small

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best place in academia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Great location
    Excellent pay
    Many opportunities
    Like-minded people

    Cons

    No cons for this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I recommend UCLA for its large work flexible life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate III in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate III in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    It is extremely flexible. You can walk to the Gym on-campus and exercise. Or run around Beverly Hills (around campus). I work with scientist that are from all around the globe: every corner of all continents. I work with top professors recognized nationally and internationally and even with Nobel Laureates. My hours are VERY flexible. Due that my pay is salaried, I come and go as I please as long as my work is done. I usually walk into the lab at 10am.

    Cons

    It is not well paid. However, this complain cannot really be a complain given the amount of work that I actually do. If I can say something bad about UCLA science community is the pay to post-doctorates. These people have BRILLIANT minds and get paid less than I do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be incentives to hard working post docs and SRA's. We work hard!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing teaching experience to students with little/no research background

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    Very flexible curriculum (it depends on which faculties were invited for the research seminar).
    Opportunity to teach how to think through deconstructing the faculty talk, rather than giving them factual informations.
    Rewarding experience; students' intellectual growths is clearly visible.

    Cons

    Lecture materials are not recyclable; curriculum is completely dependent on the research topic of the faculties.
    The faculty's research topic can be outside of your field (broad knowledge in biomedical sciences would be very helpful).

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