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UCLA Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
619 Reviews
3.9
619 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 23 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Income for graduate student can be unstable, depending on how well your PI manage to get funding (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Fun environment for student workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Promotion every 200 hours worked
    Fun and helpful managers

    Cons

    Too many student workers means less working hours for each

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Easy job that allows you to study while you work

    Current Employee - Front Desk Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Front Desk Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good web development experience
    Easy work
    Decent pay
    Uses up my work study money
    Can listen to music at work
    Learn how to work printers and how to print quality art

    Cons

    Not very fulfilling, but it isn't supposed to be
    Not many hours if you want a lot.
    Involves dealing with people, which can be frustrating at times.

  3.  

    Nice place to study and work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    it is great to do research at UCLA. Their amenities for student and staff is great. free gym passes, discounted tickets for entertainments etc. The campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    The salary is not decent comparing to housing cost around ucla. hard to save money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    UCLA Anderson was amazing!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SIEML Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - SIEML Fellow in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Innovation is rewarded! Love the west coast approach to B-School. Go to school on the east coast, you become a banker. Go to school on the west coast, you become an entrepreneur.

    Cons

    Diversity was a huge issue. However, faculty did a great job at fostering collaboration between different ethnic groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great environment to work in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Institution, but it all depends on your boss

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - UCLA Admissions in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - UCLA Admissions in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours
    - Great compensation and work-life balance
    - Strong leadership and room for growth and promotion

    Cons

    - Your experience can depend on your boss

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    job benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ucla Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Ucla Fellow in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, good work environment

    Cons

    none, great place great people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Specialist

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in UCLA, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in UCLA, CA

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    benefits are decent and lots of days off since its state holidays

    Cons

    as someone stated depends on what department you work under . Our department is micromanaged big time, received $3 cummulative raise after 4.5years. No overtime pay unless you are manager favorite , also if you are favorite then you don't receive complicate work - basically you are screwed and used . Not sure why they hire the same group of people who like to make the tush bigger and management who misuse and abuse their power. Transfer to another department difficult at least in my department .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value employees that work not watch Internet and like to make their heads bigger- and listen to employees who know what they are doing oh and try not to steal or get credit for employee ideas -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Extremely disappointed

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance if you are lucky to have a good manager which I didn't have. Benefits were good

    Cons

    There is absolutely no formal training for the job function you are about to do. Management is not helpful in the sense that you are assumed to have knowledge of all relevant departments of UCLA and have advanced skillset for MS Excel. Guidelines were not set and I had to figure out everything by myself. No feedback at all if I was doing a good or bad job until the day I got let go. Absolutely horrible experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more patient with the people working under you. Be especially patient with new employees. Let them know if they are doing a good job or a bad job and coach them so that they become better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    TA in CS department of UCLA

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

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot from your colleges and students. The quarter is usually 10 weeks long. So the work load is not that heavy.

    Cons

    Except the CS35L.... This class is extremely time consuming for teaching. YOU ARE THE INSTRUCTOR!!!! Professor only meets with you regularly. You have to give lecture, grade homework, make the exams and grade them all by yourself!

  11.  

    UCLA is a great employer.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Great working environment. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Costs 70$/month to park. Lots of traffic in the area.

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