UCLA Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
542 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance is good with flexible options available (in 17 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to balance teaching and course load at the same time, especially as a graduate student (in 12 reviews)

  • Budget cuts and draconian restructuring methods on the horizon are only making these problems worse (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    A little boring, but pleasant.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Kevin is really nice and funny, will definitely strike up interesting conversations with you. He's also really flexible when finals rolls around. I never found scheduling to be a problem.

    Cons

    The radio was always playing, and I was never a fan of the station that it was playing so when I was having a bad day the music would irk me. But that's really about it.

    Recommends
  2.  

    UCLA is a great place to hook with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    It is a great city to live in.

    Cons

    There are so many distractions.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    UCLA Rocks.

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    Former Employee - Student Affairs Officer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Affairs Officer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really depends on which department you end up working for. The one I was at was a relaxed/flexible environment with friendly and supportive coworkers. Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours. Benefits were awesome! A great place to start your first job or work for as a career. Being at UCLA is always exciting because change is always happening.

    Cons

    Working for a huge public entity means you are subjected to the whims of $$ coming from up top. I've seen positions cut or consolidated. Pay grades/promotions is rather strict, but at least you know what you are getting yourself into.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Research Associate II

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate II

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

    Pros

    Benefits and working environment are excellent

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility in certain positions

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic people, rewarding work

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    Former Employee - Programming Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Programming Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone in International Education (in my experience) is so friendly and welcoming and the Dashew Center team is no exception. Such a great group of people to spend time with in and out of work. Office intramural sports teams, a running lottery pool, monthly birthday potlucks, and people bringing in tasty things to the office all the time...plus everyone volunteers a various events for the international students, which livens up the office. Working with international students is so rewarding, and the Dashew Center has a great relationship with UCLA and the international student and scholar community there.

    Cons

    I worked in the programming department, which I have no complaints about. Also I was a student worker so I can't speak to the full-time salaries, although from what I heard they hovered around 40k a year, pretty modest. In the J-1 and F-1 visa departments I'm sure the work is more monotonous, as it's working with paperwork and bureaucracy. The programming department does all the fun events and activities with the international students.

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to gain experience.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great exposure to the best scientists in the wold. Access to state of the art core facilities. Extremely reasonable benefits. If you are going to do a post-doc somewhere this is the place to do it.

    Cons

    Cost of living in the area is high. Commuting to the area is difficult and parking can be expensive. Probably the biggest con is you are forced to join the union which deducts significant dues and does absolutely nothing for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the mandatory membership in the PROUAW union.

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  8.  

    Opportunistic environment for both IT and computer programming.

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    Current Employee - Support Technician  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Support Technician in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The many experienced programmers has created an extremely nourishing environment that encourages learning many aspects of programming. Aside from working IT and refining many of the "hands-on" skills, I was given programming projects to advance my skills.

    Cons

    As cliche as it sounds, I find no disadvantages to working for the UCLA School of Law IT. There has been absolutely nothing but benefits and positive learning.

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  9.  

    Great PhD experience at UCLA.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    I like the nice people and nice campus here.

    Cons

    I feel like there is a lack of interactions among graduate students from different backgrounds.

  10.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    -Flexible hours
    -Relaxed Environment
    -Understanding managers
    -Great for Students
    -Good Experience

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Lack of hours
    -Some positions are just menial work

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Benefits!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    There is a variety of Health Insurance Plans to choose from, both HMO and PPO options. Once you select your plan, you get to choose you doctor from with in that network. The Vision plan is accepted almost everywhere as well as the Dental.

    Cons

    The co-pays and amount deducted from your check seem to go up every 2-3 years.
    You can't change Insurance plans when ever you want too. The opportunity to change is only once a year.

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