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UCLA Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
593 Reviews
3.9
593 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.  

    Great place to work with such nice people and environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    The people I work with are really nice. Basically I love the school and the environment I work in. Flexible schedules, pretty chill environment.

    Cons

    Traffic is terrible, parking is expensive and street parking is either extremely difficult to find or very very far away. But well this applies to basically all LA.

  2.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Westwood, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A place for learning and making mistakes. Full of lots of bright students and valuable networking connections. Faculty and staff provide an accommodating working environment.

    Cons

    Difficult to access many facilities on campus without "training" which costs professors time and money. Working culture varies from lab to lab with some having very lax schedules and others with more rigorous hours and expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good health insurance

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    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

    The insurance provided is much better than other school, such as USC

    Cons

    We sign the contract every quarter, which is unstable. No work union for graduate students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise funds

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good intro into professional world.

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    Former Employee - External Affairs Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - External Affairs Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - Many opportunities to network and discover further career opportunities
    - Great other interns, good events with them
    - Flexible hours
    - Very friendly environment
    - Everyone wants to help you succeed

    Cons

    - Projects not the most interesting, lots of data entry
    - Not a set internship structure in terms of your individual supervisor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have set projects for interns before the summer starts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Not the best, not the worst.

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    Former Employee - Senior Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clerk in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food often due to the immense amount of events going on. Lots of different types of experience because of the large office I supported.

    Cons

    Stringent rules and policies for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation for student workers could be more generous given the amount of work and hours required of us as students.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It gets comfortable here

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great pension plan, many job opportunities between department; great vacation/sick benefits

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy, many micromanagers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun environment and friendly staff.

    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Motivated people and interesting ideas

    Cons

    Aside from the low pay as an assistant, there's nothing really.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    UCLA Rocks.

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    Former Employee - Student Affairs Officer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Affairs Officer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really depends on which department you end up working for. The one I was at was a relaxed/flexible environment with friendly and supportive coworkers. Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours. Benefits were awesome! A great place to start your first job or work for as a career. Being at UCLA is always exciting because change is always happening.

    Cons

    Working for a huge public entity means you are subjected to the whims of $$ coming from up top. I've seen positions cut or consolidated. Pay grades/promotions is rather strict, but at least you know what you are getting yourself into.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Anything at UCLA is always upholds the Bruin values of service and excellence.

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Westwood Village, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Westwood Village, CA

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

    Pros

    The best part is you're working with motivated people who want to achieve very high goals and this helps feel you focused and determined to go well in your job and in the future.

    Cons

    It can seem overwhelming being around so many good looking Bruins and so many smart people. But come on. Is that really a con?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great working environment with friendly people!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I worked at UCLA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My coworkers were really friendly and down to earth.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy to get around.

    Recommends

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