University of California - Office of the President

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University of California - Office of the President Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
39 Reviews
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University of California - Office of the President President Janet Napolitano
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  1.  

    I loved the organization but everything is politics and bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Oakland, CA

    I worked at University of California - Office of the President full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    UC is a great company to work for. Salary is based on your location. Benefits are outstanding. People are great.

    Cons

    Everything is political. Priorities change with the change of leadership. Because it's a state agency, there is always red tape.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The experience has been good so far

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President

    Pros

    UCR is one the most diverse campuses of the United States. Therefore, the exposure and learning is immense.

    Cons

    There has been no challenege so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    UC Berkeley

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    Current Employee - Technical Trainer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Trainer in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    stimulating environment, great benefits, good salary

    Cons

    too many contract positions, not enough career positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more contract positiions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Very good place to learn, study and do creative stuff

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

    I worked at University of California - Office of the President full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I want to be an Engineer

    Cons

    We need to collaborate with many different group and people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more promotions to the staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California - Office of the President

    Pros

    School holidays, events on campus, made good friends.

    Cons

    hard to move up within the UC system. Low pay

  7.  

    Student Office Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California - Office of the President

    Pros

    Flexible hours, flexible workload, on campus accessibility, fulfilled work-study hours

    Cons

    meticulousness, stagnant pay, repetitive tasks, limited things to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's all about surviving and maintaining the status quo

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    Former Employee - UC Pathcenter Human Resources Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - UC Pathcenter Human Resources Manager in Oakland, CA

    I worked at University of California - Office of the President

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Great place to hone office politics/organization navigation skills

    Cons

    slow pace - nothing happens quickly
    layers of decision making
    good work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on transformation, get a plan, stay with it, make it happen!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I was very satisfied working at UCOP.

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    Current Employee - Education Partnerships in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Education Partnerships in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working in UCOP has afforded me the opportunity to see first-hand what educational needs are most essential in collegiate and high school environments.

    Cons

    I do not have any complaints about the business. I will say, however, that the "cubical life" is not for me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Performance doesn't match pay

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility/work-life balance (depending on your department)
    Feel good contributing to a worthy mission
    The majority of the staff are quality humans

    Cons

    Workload has doubled (in some cases, tripled) under the new President with no proportional increase in compensation. Across the board increases go to poor performers and top performers alike.
    Work is assigned according to competence leading to the "curse of competence". Poor performers fly beneath the radar while good employees break their back doing other people's work
    No accountability for poor people managers
    Antiquated technology which slows everyone down
    Support staff are not encouraged to take on stretch assignments because managers are afraid to lose them
    Professional development activities are given lip service, but managers don't provide the flexibility needed to participate
    We are losing talented staff daily and succession planning is poor. Work is assigned to existing staff members and stipends are not proportionate to the amount of extra work and responsibility. There is very little recognition of staff who are loyal throughout multiple transitions
    At some point, the mission just isn't enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Match pay with performance. Staff appreciation events and one time STAR awards aren't enough. If workload, responsibility, performance and pay don't line up, the best and the brightest will keep leaving
    Hire from within: help employees understand the path to advancement in the organization
    Stop treating support staff like chattle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate Student Researcher

    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    UC davis is one of the best schools for agricultural related fields and I loved the research I was doing here.

    Cons

    The work load was a little more but I enjoyed my Master's in BAE department

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