UCLA Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
559 Reviews
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559 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The actual job is great but the pay sucks!

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great job, great benefits, very stable. Truly enjoyed my 4 years here. Very intresting and dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Pay check to pay check with heavy UC imposed restrictions on pay that make it impossible to move up. I waited a year for a promotion and then was told due to new UC restrictions that I would not recieve any extra pay from the title change.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Student researcher review

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

    I have been working at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    you can work with smart people (faculties and students)

    Cons

    compensation is not that good

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    Graduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, vibrant working atmosphere. The health benefits are pretty good and dental is included.

    Cons

    The pay is rather low. For most RAs they work longer than the hours they get paid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Environment, people, learning experience, professors are nice to deal with.

    Cons

    Low pay, no benefits, work isn't very challenging at all.

    Recommends
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    A great work environment, generally cordial, friendly, and excellent quality of research

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent research environment and caliber of scientists and doctors, a bit on the laid back side in terms of people interactions, ideal weather.

    Cons

    There are no cons any different from any other place and would be specific to a particular boss. Salaries are much lower than corporate as expected of academia.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    My postdoctoral experience at UCLA

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

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

    Pros

    Great weather, great university, best seminars. Housing is fantastic

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent place to work, amazing colleagues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, full medical, dental, vision. Generous benefits package and retirement plan. Great work life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is difficult to navigate, working for a large entity like the UC can be challenging as there are many policies in place that are nonsensical. Salaries are likely lower due to the fact that we are california state employees

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    UCLA is, for the most part, a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Development Officer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Development Officer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    UCLA offered great benefits-medical, dental, retirement, health/wellness support, etc. Makes a real effort to create ways to balance work and life. Always something exciting going on that faculty and staff could participate in. Chancellor and Mrs. Block were very approachable, and down to earth, and care deeply for the campus community. I worked in Development in a campus unit, so reported to both the unit and the central external affairs office. External Affairs was a very supportive environment that offered frequent professional development opportunities to staff. Also very collaborative group of colleagues across campus, for the most part.

    Cons

    Speaking specifically about external affairs, a bit bureaucratic and often difficult to get things done. Definitely seemed to be campus favorites in terms of who got attention from the higher ups in external affairs. Some of the smaller units, or those that were perceived as not as prestigious or important, were often overlooked or brushed over. In all fairness, this is not unique to UCLA, but is this way at most institutions of higher education. Also, in External Affairs I did not receive one single performance evaluation from my supervisors in all the years I was there, even though I asked. Luckily I received them from the head of my academic unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EA could do a better job of listening to their development staff in the units when it comes to staffing their own departments, and knowing what is reasonable or not in terms of setting goals. Often these things were dictated for us by EA without good reason, and without consultation with either development staff in the unit or with the head of the academic unit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Many resources but connections important

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Great people, lots of talent, many resources

    Cons

    Lots of politics, relations with management goes a long way

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    Excellent workplace, great environment

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

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

    Pros

    Great communication amongst coworkers, treated with respect

    Cons

    Too quiet sometimes and a bit slow, can be boring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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