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UCLA Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
525 Reviews

3.8
525 Reviews
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UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    student assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    easy to find a part-time job as a student assistant

    Cons

    low pay and boring in medical school

  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for life

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, free dental and eye care

    Cons

    Much lower salaries compared to market rate.
    Career advances require switching departments constantly.
    Very low or no pay increases for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees who are lifers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Benefits!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Serious budgetary constraints from the overall system.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Great system, world renowned. The research being done here is phenomenal and you get to participate in it with a very friendly faculty.

    Cons

    There is a serious inability to get money from the central UC system down into the individual departments, especially if they are small. The bureaucracy here is worse than other major school systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you can't do much, but really fight for that money. Get California to give the schools more funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    You're not in it for the money (clearly)...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with academics, working for a cause, great and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Horrible upper management (ie. Project Directors), same pay year after year with little-to-no raise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push up your sleeves and get in the trenches when the underlings need your help, so they're not pushing 11-hour days and weekends trying to meet deadlines, while you're micromanaging

  8.  

    Post Doctoral researcher

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good benefits and friendly job environtment

    Cons

    write your own grant is painful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A leader among many, tough to make change

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

    Pros

    good benefits, resources, professional development, holidays, times off

    Cons

    one bad egg can ruin the whole bunch, underperforming staff are not disciplined or removed. People become very complacent in their positions and it's hard to get work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the hard calls, stick to policy on performance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Brilliant people and cutting edge technology available to graduate students and employees.

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

    Pros

    Teaching Assistant salary is nothing special, but benefits are great and tuition cuts are incredible. Great facilities across campus, and research tools and library system is top notch.

    Cons

    Large institution with many adjunct faculty members coming in and out of teaching positions. Makes it hard to track down former professors or colleagues within the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often departmental politics affect the courses offered to students, which can be frustrating to deal with both as a student and as a teaching assistant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Awesome climate, seriously west-LA is the best
    -great collaborative environment!
    -Academia allows for a high volume of hard work and a great outlet for motivation and drive - but at the same time lets you keep a good work-life balance!
    -Surrounded by world-class co-workers!
    -Beautiful campus

    Cons

    -terrible traffic!
    -students. Ok I know its a university, but sometimes the kids can be annoying
    -some faculty are entitled and treat non-tenured staff and faculty with disdain.
    -racial bias - maybe its all academic environments, but I think that needs to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -spend more money on the lower ranks.
    -create programs to teach racial integration
    -remove tenure and force professors to continue working for their worth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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