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UCLA Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
527 Reviews

3.8
527 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent for new faculty

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    Pros

    Excellent environment, open collaboration policy across campus. For assistant professor in particular lots of encouragement, support, and, above all great transparency in the advancement and tenure hurdle. Overall just great.

    Cons

    Perhaps some bureaucracy could be reduced, but it doesn't weigh to much on one's schedule. The teaching load is slightly higher than other comparable research institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The teaching load and balance between amount of students and professors in a department should be given more attention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, vibrant working atmosphere. The health benefits are pretty good and dental is included.

    Cons

    The pay is rather low. For most RAs they work longer than the hours they get paid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Serious budgetary constraints from the overall system.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    The actual job is great but the pay sucks!

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great job, great benefits, very stable. Truly enjoyed my 4 years here. Very intresting and dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Pay check to pay check with heavy UC imposed restrictions on pay that make it impossible to move up. I waited a year for a promotion and then was told due to new UC restrictions that I would not recieve any extra pay from the title change.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Student researcher review

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

    Pros

    you can work with smart people (faculties and students)

    Cons

    compensation is not that good

  9.  

    not a good place for new faculties

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

    Pros

    good academic environment; good library; relative safe area

    Cons

    not much support from school; not a good place for young faculties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more support for new faces

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A great work environment, generally cordial, friendly, and excellent quality of research

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

    Pros

    Excellent research environment and caliber of scientists and doctors, a bit on the laid back side in terms of people interactions, ideal weather.

    Cons

    There are no cons any different from any other place and would be specific to a particular boss. Salaries are much lower than corporate as expected of academia.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    T/A

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

    Pros

    Environment, people, learning experience, professors are nice to deal with.

    Cons

    Low pay, no benefits, work isn't very challenging at all.

    Recommends

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