UCLA Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
566 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 21 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Income for graduate student can be unstable, depending on how well your PI manage to get funding (in 19 reviews)

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

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    Lab Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Worked with a graduate student doing lab research and was able to learn a lot because it was very hands on. The grad student took the time to teach me about all of her work and then gave me the opportunity to actually do real work.

    Cons

    Did not get to interact with the Professor as much as I would have liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some more structure would be good, although the flexibility was nice with my busy school schedule.

    Recommends
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    Great opportunities if you have ambition

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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 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    reseach topic is very flexible

    Cons

    campus not open during the weekend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    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
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    student assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    low pay and boring in medical school

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    Great Benefits!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    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
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    Great company to work for life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    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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    Post Doctoral researcher

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

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good benefits and friendly job environtment

    Cons

    write your own grant is painful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Brilliant mentors, good people

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

    I worked at UCLA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nationally known experts interested in mentoring younger colleagues. A tremendous place to learn to do high quality research with practical policy relevance. Excellent connections.

    Cons

    Low salary. Positions funded by soft money, but there always seemed to be money around. Advancement is dependent on publishing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries aren't competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    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

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

    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
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    I loved working at UCLA as a Project Director.

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    Former Employee - Project Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Meaningful work
    - Great benefits
    - Can pursue a degree at the same time
    - Work with enthusiastic students
    - Great training if you start right after you graduate

    Cons

    - Not a lot of support
    - Very unstructured; have to be disciplined

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't get involved in interoffice politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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