UCLA Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Wonderful place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working at UCLA has been a great experience. The campus does a lot to support students, but the administration also careers for its employees. There are plenty of development opportunities, you just to go out there and find them.

    Cons

    As with most college campuses, the pay is pretty low. Once you are at a salary level, it is hard to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Professional development has been left on the employee to handle. Although employees should be empowered to take control of their career, managers need to take an active role as well.


  2. Academia is broken

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

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of very good scientists
    Collaborative environment
    Beautiful campus
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    The amount of bureaucracy is crazy. The administration is out of control!
    Chances of actually advancing in academic positions is slim to none (although this is a problem everywhere and not just at UCLA).
    Low pay for academic positions.


  3. Good and bad

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had great times working with coworkers, was able to do homework during the night shifts.

    Cons

    Way more demanding than it needs to be. Too many arbitrary and unnecessary rules like standing all day.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the students are students first, try to go easy on them and they'll perform even better.


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  5. researcher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    A very vibrant, exciting, collaborative environment

    Cons

    may take effort to have life/work balance


  6. Good experience. Poor compensation.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Athletics Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Athletics Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience working with a D1 athletics program. Lots of hands-on learning opportunities.

    Cons

    The compensation is very poor. The responsibilities and demands of the job necessitate higher pay.


  7. Great environment for learning, horrible experience trying to reliably receive a living wage

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    World-class facilities, brilliant and helpful faculty, and a beautiful campus - overall, a great place to grow intellectually and perform research. There is a sense of collaboration and camaraderie amongst the labs (at least in my experience within the neuroscience department) that seems to be lacking at many other graduate programs across the country, where vicious competition and the practice of undercutting your peers seems to be the norm.

    Cons

    The individuals that handle graduate student funding for the vast majority of people in the neuroscience department (you know who you are) seem to be chronically incapable of paying students on time, or the correct amount. It becomes exceeding difficult to concentrate on studies and research when even the paltry sum of money that constitutes a monthly graduate student stipend fails to arrive for weeks (or months) at a time. This happens on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the dead weight. They do not execute their duties efficiently and their inability to perform the simple task of paying students on time has turned an entire department of future alumni into jaded and resentful refugees from academia. Several of my peers have remarked that they plan to never donate money to UCLA once they are alumni, in light of their personal experiences with the inefficient bureaucracy and financial mismanagement they have lived through as graduate students.


  8. student researcher

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    World class research environment and facilities

    Cons

    professors tends to be unresponsive

    Advice to Management

    pretty good


  9. Graduate Student Researcher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grad Student
    Current Employee - Grad Student

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great learning environment, it has incredible faculty and resources, it's a beautiful campus, and carries a highly respected name.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any negatives, I have just been here for a long time and would like to try something else.

    Advice to Management

    While I personally haven't had any problems with how the university has been run, there are several undergrads and grad students who do. Addressing these concerns is critical to fostering a positive learning environment for all.


  10. Senior statistician

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    flexible working schedule; not bad benefit;

    Cons

    salary is relative lower compare to industry. 'soft money' position and seems harder and harder to get grant from NIH


  11. Good job for student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, which was great during exam periods and breaks

    Cons

    Sometimes wanted you to work more hours than you could (but saying no was always okay) or work days you couldn't because of conflicts.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to work with students!



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