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University of California Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
120 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • amazing location, friendly staff, diverse opportunities, good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with many smart people and to make a difference in California; great benefits including a pension (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, relative to market levels (in 4 reviews)

  • Parking sucks and it costs an arm and a leg and despite increasing student fees there always seems to be budget cuts around every corner (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great!

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

    Pros

    Funding opportunities like TAships and RAships.

    Cons

    Located in a small town in Central Valley, CA.

  2.  

    Good Experience -- terrible for long term growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at University of California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You are able to build a strong career network if you do not burn any bridges since employees have a tendency of staying at UC for an incredibly long time due to the pension. If you have the right management team, your growth will be fostered, but ultimately, you will hit a wall in due to UC job politics.

    Cons

    Working with people who have worked at UC for 15+ years, which can be good or bad since some of these employees stop caring about the quality of their work. Promotions and bonuses don't exist for staff and the school does not try to be competitive with staff salaries. Therefore, either you are working at the university because you truly love it or you are just working there because you know it is a steady paycheck. It is very hard to get fired even for incompetence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really management should try to a better job in the hiring process. It all boils down to knowing someone and if you are incompetent and know the right people, you will definitely land the job regardless of your skill set. The university has a habit of hiring people out of retirement who lack the necessary skill set to effectively contribute to the overall goals of the university.

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

    Great Work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

    Pros

    Great benefits, medical, dental, vacation time.....

    Cons

    Very disorganized with decision making

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Director and COO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Museum Director in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Museum Director in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at University of California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great experience working with other State Agencies at the Secretary and Deputy Secretary levels along with members of the Legislature on budgets and audits.

    Cons

    In this position, the Director worked for two bosses and often became leveraged to show each others power. This resulted in an state agency filing suit to prove command and control. In the end, the people of California lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you believe to be the right thing and treat people as you wish to be treated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Worker Bee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Job is not stressful. Easy to leave work at work. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    UC is the definition of bureaucracy. Promotions are made based on who you know or who you want to influence, not merit. Salary increases are tied to inflation, although the cost of benefits is increasing faster, resulting in a net decrease. Annual reviews are a joke and are not tied to metrics, goals, or salary increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run the organization like a business. Get rid of dead wood, streamline the organization, provide bonuses to the rank and file, and tie increases to goals and value added to the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Hearst Museum Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California (more than a year)

    Pros

    Really great people to work with! They are all very helpful and welcoming.

    Cons

    There could be more communication from upper management.

  8.  

    Good organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at University of California full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Retirement, culture, staff, professional development

    Cons

    staff, culture, work life balance,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture Not Inclusive for Everyone

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Twenty year veteran has observed the good fortune of those accepted into the cultural experience receive excellent opportunities to experience regular increases in compensation; routinely receive On-The-Job training and development opportunities for management roles despite deficiencies in required/preferred educational and skills background and endless personal growth opportunities. Management personnel state their philosophy as "The Cream Will Rise to the Top."

    Cons

    Was not aware that employment policies, practices and earned benefits relevant to all employees would be disparately applied or unilaterally revoked without cause to those employees who are suddenly determined not to be "a cultural fit." As a normal course of business, Administrative Review processes concerning inequities in application are ignored because of Regental Autonomy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Public pronouncements of a diverse and inclusive environment is simply propaganda without accountability. When presented with factual data, management should make a serious effort to investigate and self-correct without requiring litigation where you often do not prevail.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Security with Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great visual environment, offers good financial preparation for retirement

    Cons

    Monthly Parking Fees a bit pricey.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

    Pros

    Diversity is very good and appreciated

    Cons

    Low pay for most students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advanced courses Is required for better jobs

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