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UCLA Reviews

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

    Graduate Student

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, high-level research, looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    Too much expected out graduate students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and try to see things from the other person's perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good but not great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good job security, work/life balance and benefits in terms of insurance, vacation and retirement. There is plenty of room to grow personally and professionally within UC system.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to enact meaningful changes in culture. Compensation is below average. Work is not as engaging or interesting as it could be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Opportunistic environment for both IT and computer programming.

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    Current Employee - Support Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Support Technician in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The many experienced programmers has created an extremely nourishing environment that encourages learning many aspects of programming. Aside from working IT and refining many of the "hands-on" skills, I was given programming projects to advance my skills.

    Cons

    As cliche as it sounds, I find no disadvantages to working for the UCLA School of Law IT. There has been absolutely nothing but benefits and positive learning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Postdoctoral Fellow

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

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

    Pros

    - Great name for CV
    - Access to leaders in the field for collaborations and scientific meetings & talks
    - Postdoc union is present, adjusted CA pay scale was implemented
    - Desired to bridge basic and translational science, esp. in the field of Diabetes

    Cons

    - Red tape with staff parking
    - Working Visa Office was confused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better support for foreign postdocs
    - All financial advice and workshop were not geared towards postdocs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Awesome place to work with room for creativity and ECA, but poor remuneration.

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome vibe for work among very smart people and, depending on the PI, heaps of room for creativity. University is also very well equip for an all rounded life, both mentally and physically. A big advantage a very good health insurance scheme and university housing for fellows and their families.

    Cons

    Very bad remuneration...but this is not UCLA's fault, rather the NIH standard. Not much in the way of advice or assistance in deciding next stage of career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great PhD experience at UCLA.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    I like the nice people and nice campus here.

    Cons

    I feel like there is a lack of interactions among graduate students from different backgrounds.

  8.  

    Great experience learned a lot initially and it plateaued from there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work there...

    Cons

    The HR people can be cold, disinterested, without exhibiting any empathy or understanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show employees wanting to advance just how to make the transition to a new career. There seems to be little or no interest in providing any method or educational base that would help current employees (ones that have already shown loyalty and interest in UCLA) progress to a position that can benefit from translatable skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    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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