UCLA Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
531 Reviews

3.8
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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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  1.  

    Great School

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Lots of different groups and opportunities. The classes are challenging but make for a great education overall.

    Cons

    It's hard to walk up the hills especially if you live on campus, but it comes with having a big campus!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Stayed much longer than I expected

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    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist

    I have been working at UCLA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits if you can last long enough to get them. Lovely working environment and campus. Great weather.

    Cons

    Inflexible. Very difficult to move up or around. Apathy of long-term employees. Working here might kill anyone's work ethic as it is a bureaucratic behemoth. Terrible commute times for staff because cost of living in area is unaffordable to anyone other than the super rich. Extreme financial peaks and valleys exacerbated by poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely eliminate every single AVC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    This is about my experience in my fourth year as a graduate student research in the EE Dept. at UCLA.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Professors are very sharp and are on top of what is happening in the field. Also for most graduate students funding is never a serious problem.

    Cons

    UCLA could do a better job of encouraging graduate students and researchers to socialize. I have often felt that buying lab equipment was prioritized over using funds to send me to conferences, and that professors do not provide much guidance for students to find their careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The department needs to encourage a friendlier work culture. Students are already very friendly towards each other; it is the Professors who create an artificial boundary between them and the students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good place for the youngest postdoc to improve skills.

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

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

    Pros

    Good to get more experience as a researcher/postdoc/scientist, but you should look for a better opportunities as soon as possible. Friendly environment. Not good carreer opportunities. It depends on the $ you bring in (Grants).

    Cons

    Very tight budget. Low salary. Preference for young postdocs because their payment is low. Not good carreer opportunities. It depends on the $ you bring in (Grants). However, many regulations make it difficult to get your own Grant. Everything is about $. If you have Grants to pay your own salary you are "in" even if you are not part of the average. You can work hard with integrity but if no Grant, no Job!

  6.  

    The Corporatization of Academia

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    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Ok benefits. Flexible working hours in some situations. Possible to transfer to different departments on campus (once you pass your six month probationary period). 403b. Possibility of interaction with some brilliant researchers.

    Cons

    Terrible management and no consequences for bad decisions. It used to be more of a collegial friendly atmospher but in the last few years I've noticed more of a corporate type of outlook. Faculty are encouraged (that's an understatement) to bring in research dollars. Concern over teaching is not as important. On the administrative side I've noticed incredibly mediocre people getting hired into staff positions of power and helplessly watched as they hire their friends to come on board. Cronyism is huge here. In order to bypass unions if they want to remove "problem" employees, positions will be eliminated and then a few weeks later a re-worded job title will emerge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what the rank and file staff have to say. It might surprise you. Have staff review managers and department chairs. You would be surprised at how much the admin rank and file know about the goings on here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    An okay place to be a life sciences graduate student

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Top-notch research going on, if you are looking to be a top-notch researcher it's one of the best places in southern california. There is a new push on campus to help STEM graduate students with alternative career choices, but help is fairly thin on career planning front (unless of course you want to be a top-notch researcher).

    Cons

    Graduate student culture is nonexistent. Performing work for research mentor is more important than personal education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good work life balance

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    Current Employee - IT Network Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - IT Network Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    A large and stable employer with great benefits. Very little overtime or work outside of regular business hours. Being part of UC's mission can be more rewarding than typical jobs.

    Cons

    Probably not the best place for ambitious, type A's. Can be a unique environment, and difficult for some people to adjust to. A lot of things being done a certain for the sole reason that they've always been done that way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To achieve excellence, UCLA will need to start competing for top talent in staff employment, and will need to pay market rates to do so.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Museum Attendant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Museum Attendant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible scheduling for students

    Cons

    standing long hours and work can be mind-numbing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge employees with a friendly greeting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Innovation here is reserved for on-campus research

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    Current Employee - Marketing Creative  in  Westwood, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Creative in Westwood, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is fairly easy, you are rarely (if ever) asked to work weekends or nights, the benefits are decent, vacation/sick/time-off is better than most companies, the brand is altruistic at its core, co-workers are respectful and easy-going for the most part.

    Cons

    politics are stifling for any innovation or creativity in marketing, bureaucratic upper-echelon puts a damper on several projects that start out as great ideas and end up as frankenstein hybrids. If you're a creative, working here could be considered "career suicide." Poor communication, lack of direction from egotistical upper-management makes for a difficult workflow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better direction and more advanced notice so that projects can be worked-through and leave enough room for the incessant rounds of "feedback" from different departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    You need to find your own way out

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    UCLA has a relative unlimited access to all types of sources and friendly environment with little restrictions. You have all the freedom to work towards your aim if you are strongly self-motivated and decisive in actions

    Cons

    Lack of completion and full of bureaucracy. People are sticking too strictly to the unnecessary routines without giving them a thorough thought. Recently ,due to the tight budget, they are working extremely hard to increase revenue in inappropriate ways ,such as increasing employee' house renting and parking fees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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