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Updated September 3, 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. suicide for your career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Classroom Media Department in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Classroom Media Department in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and grounds with lots of lovely young women and men - depending upon your preference - wandering around. Their youth and optimism is inspiring.

    Cons

    11.5% pay growth over 10 years. Half of that came in the first year of employment. One year, a 10% across the board pay cut. Current take home pay is less than it was 7 years ago, due to annual increases in pension, medical ins,, and parking fee deductions, Last 2 salary increases were at 3%, but pension contributions increased 1.5% for a net raise of 1.5% each year. no raises for years before that. Staff regularly not replaced or hiring is slow tracked. I have seen department vacancies go 18 months or more. Often due to uncompetitive salary offers. Existing staff are continually having to pick up the slack. A couple of years ago, they even stopped janitorial services from emptying office trash on a nightly basis. It is now picked up only every other day. Highly political culture, with a multitude of hierarchies and pecking orders. A very high percentage of business and policy decisions are predicated on the political ramifications rather than sound business practices or logic. Dysfunctional management. System business plan seems to be trying to do away with career employees and eliminate the benefits and pensions. New employees are no longer eligible for the same pensions as employees who have been here for a few years now. UC system is top heavy with 6 figure management. Competent management could be doing so much more, with quite a bit less system wide. For an organization assigned the task of developing and educating our youth, the school does a horrible job of developing and improving its own employees. They "teach" it, but can't actually do it.

    Advice to Management

    Lowest price does not provide the best value. "Free" often turns out to be very expensive. Grinding down staff yields less efficiency, not more. every time an employee leaves, your business has been fired and if is very expensive to get new replacements, for even well run businesses. If you take into account the disruptions in services and continuity, the negative impact and wear on remaining staff, and the ill will that is generated by both the departing and the remaining workforce, costs escalate even more. the organization is run very expensively and inefficiently.


  2. Love UCLA

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love it, excellent school to learn and grow. Lots of opportunities if you can get in!

    Cons

    Pay needs to be more competitive.


  3. Summer Undergrad Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great resources, beautiful campus, positive working environment

    Cons

    Parking difficult, otherwise an overall great working environment

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Improvement Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Improvement Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent retirement benefits, discounted gym membership, and other perks. Once you pass your six months probation period you have significant job security. UCLA is filled with incredibly intelligent staff and there are countless people that are willing to mentor new staff. Thankfully I had a manager that encouraged everyone in our department to focus on professional development and was very accommodating.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other organizations. There is no clear way to provide feedback or ideas to upper management. Unions can be difficult to deal with and might not always have your best interest at heart. Other workers may hate working or be bad at their job but they stay and are not fired.


  6. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    Great people! Fabulous environment! Loved my time there, and I know no other place will ever come close to my time at UCLA. Free food very frequently.

    Cons

    I have no complaints whatsoever, I have nothing but great things to ever say about my three years at UCLA.

    Advice to Management

    In my three years there, my wage was only raised once. Living on the west side is quite expensive, so make raises more frequently.


  7. Administrative Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice co-worker and friendly supervisor.

    Cons

    It can get stressful at times, but then again that applies to all companies.


  8. Student Researcher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Professors are generally extremely helpful to students and accommodate class schedules. For many labs, there is ample opportunity to grow as long as the student has ambition to do so.

    Cons

    The compensation is generally underwhelming and when I worked there part-time, there were no benefits to speak of. There weren't many good places to eat nearby. Sometimes the OSHA safety regulations got to be annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make sure that all the shared areas are not in need of renovation, and try to make the repairs before they become necessary.


  9. Fundraiser

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    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Westwood, CA

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

    Pros

    -Flexible hours, close location to campus, gets you introduced to sales like environment early.

    Cons

    -horrible pay for the work, muggy office and overall depressing atmosphere, managers listen to music more than they work which isnt very motivating.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a different field of work


  10. SAC operation assistant

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    Former Employee - Operation Assistant in UCLA, CA
    Former Employee - Operation Assistant in UCLA, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great job for undergra students

    Cons

    The operation hours of the building from 6am to 12nm. There are early morning and late night shift.


  11. Program Representative II

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Education Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Education Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, job security, benefits

    Cons

    Low Pay and every year they add more duties and responsibilities. No real potential for growth unless you switch departments



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