UCLA Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
546 Reviews
3.8
546 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was great -- rarely had to stay long hours (in 20 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 29 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.  

    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.

  2.  

    Relationship building is key. Team more than individual culture. Don't upset the status quo. Understand the politics.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Ample vacation/sick. Can use vacation. Hard work is recognized. Opportunities to grow. Discount off of tuition. Open to change in some departments. Regular hours in most departments.

    Cons

    Increased pension contributions each year without regular raises to offset this and inflation. 8% of salary before taxes now taken to contribute to pension. Pension is a great option if you plan stay 5+ years, however, with that same amount you could invest on your own so not as much of a benefit as it once was.
    No paid maternity. Very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add clear career paths and options for flex schedule or work from home to save on traffic, parking fees, and gas to offset other costs and lower salaries. Regular raises for standard of living.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great!

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

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

    Pros

    office culture, training, time-off policies, no micromanaging

    Cons

    pay is not GREAT, it's good, but not great, but that's about it, everything else is pretty great!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice company, but very challenging with the staff members.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Certain parts of the Universtiy plays Team Work. So, I love this concept.

    Cons

    Some peoplel at the University don't like like playing Team work, so it makes the job more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have weekly or Monthly meetings to have the Team come together so we all can accomplish the same goal.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome Student Job

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    Former Employee - CLICC Consultant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - CLICC Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Better pay amongst student jobs. Very flexible hours, make your own hours every week. Easy coverage procedure. Can often (always) do HW at the job.

    Cons

    Some libraries are far away. Have to do one overnight shift per quarter. Not that many skills transfer to the real world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is potential to train students in skills that are needed in very high-paying jobs after college. Networking, TCP, writing issue tickets, etc. could all be added to the CLiCC duties.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Researcher

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great PI relationship and supportive staff. I received a lot of help from other researchers, it has a real sense of community.

    Cons

    Could be a little bit political in the higher ranking faculties
    Extremely long hours, including weekend work but I knew that going in, just never realized how extensive it is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    good environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    good environment, benefit and culture

    Cons

    work-life balance, high rent fee

  9.  

    UCLA Facilities Management

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

    I worked at UCLA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    UCLA is a beautiful place to work at. There are quite a few awesome personalities at play in such a diverse community. There are also many brilliant minds within the Facilities Management, academic and medical staff. The University does an excellent job of maintaining the campus and medical center hardscape and interior appearances.

    Cons

    There is a political atmosphere that can be discouraging at times. It concerns me that cronyism is still very prevalent. Some members of management lack the professionalism that is expected of a sector that handles a large amount of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the level professionalism amongst managers that have no MBA background. Also I believe The Labor relations may in need of an audit. There are an increasing number of labor disputes that I feel should have been resolved before they reached the ,leaving a negative stain on an otherwise pleasant work atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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