UCLA Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
543 Reviews
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543 Reviews
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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.  

    Not much of a place to grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Flexible hours and opportunity to meet wide variety of people

    Cons

    Everyone just wants to put it on their resume. People don't really think and analyze.

  2.  

    Staff Research Associate II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment. Plenty of brilliant people in the department

    Cons

    Lack of growth, expensive living in surrounding areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to work but salaries are low and workload is high

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    You have a lot of flexibility and opportunities to develop new areas. There are plenty of talented people in all fields to collaborate with and endless original topics of interest.

    Cons

    Not surprisingly, UCLA if very "faculty centric" and if one does not have an academic title it can be difficult (though not impossible) to work within the system. In particular, writing proposals for new research funding and hiring people to do research work is much more difficult.

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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!

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    A great place to work as a student

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

    I worked at UCLA part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working around very bright MBA students.

    Cons

    Working late nights and weekends around the schedules of MBA classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more room and financial support to technical services.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good postdoc if good PI

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    Big research university, lots of interesting stuff going on.

    Cons

    Standard for postdocs, gotta move on to advance.

  11.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    great benefits and excellent location

    Cons

    large system with a lot of bureaucracy.

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