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Updated August 27, 2015
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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. Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large organization experience, coupled with PhD, and Nobel Laureate environment.

    Cons

    Intern review based upon 3 months experience.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend mentoring inters more appropriately. My project was not done to the quality I expected due to the managing director not giving feedback on my project, but excused himself from meetings. He no longer works there.


  2. UC Cooperative Extension 4-H Program

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    Former Employee - 4-H Program Representative
    Former Employee - 4-H Program Representative
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    At first I loved the idea of an informal education program based on and contributing to actual research, but realized quickly that this was idealism which didn't reflect the reality of the program. There were many opportunities for professional development, including a 75% discount on tuition within the UC system.

    Cons

    99% of the programs themselves are run by volunteers, who don't understand how and why UC is connected with "their" club. Any attempt to make change is fought tooth and nail. A huge amount of staff time and effort is devoted to ensuring equal opportunity to all youth: a noble goal, but misguided in an opt-in program. It can't work for everyone, so why should it have to? Incredibly low salary, under $20/hr, far below median for education in the area (high cost of living). I needed to be available on evenings and weekends, as that's when many program activities occur.


  3. Graduate student instructor in Humanities

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of California part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great institution, great reputation. Wonderful faculty, staff and graduate student community. Actually offers decent health and other benefits for even part time instructors and research assistants.

    Cons

    Salary as GSI alone will not cover cost of living in the Bay Area. Many of us had other jobs on the side, as research assistants or off campus.

    Advice to Management

    Provide higher salaries or offer more subsidized graduate student housing. Many graduate students drop out of programs or take too long to get through program because we have to teach too many semesters or work off campus because of cost of living in the Bay Area. Rebalancing executive compensation to raise lower grade level pay bands would make a big difference to staff morale.


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  5. A lot of variance in position

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    Current Employee - Junior Specialist II in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist II in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This quite a diverse title used in the university and can include many different areas of specialized research depending on which lab and department you work in. However, the salary ranges are set by the university and have predictable wage increases. Great benefits and retirement (more about that in the cons)

    Cons

    I'm not sure if this a con, but it is a salary position which means you may work long hours without any overtime pay, but for the most part things even out in the end. If you are in it for the long hall then the retirement plan is good, but if you are younger or planning on working only temporarily the retirement commitment is HUGE and MANDATORY. After taxes and and retirement and everything is taken out I only receive 2/3 of my gross income.


  6. GSA

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice job , flexible, nice environment, Worked for 3 years for reaserch and developemnt and job is challenging and nice.

    Cons

    OK compensation. Nice job , flexible, nice environment, Worked for 3 years for reaserch and developemnt and job is challenging and nice.


  7. Good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment, good coworkers, good benefits.

    Cons

    No cons for my position

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  8. UCI

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer/Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Top tire Research University Nice place

    Cons

    Its Academia, stupid: good life and a much better total compensation than one would expect based direct pay


  9. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work if you like to work in academia. Good benefits. Good people.

    Cons

    Pay is not as good as you would get if you worked in an equivalent job for the biotech industry.

    Advice to Management

    Management has been excellent, although this largely depends on what branch you work with.


  10. there are pros & cons

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of California full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of time off, though at higher levels it's hard to take advantage of it. The campus mostly closes down for Winter curtailment around the Christmas holidays. Very supportive of family leave, when necessary.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, poor infrastructure makes it difficult to get work done. Faculty have way too much power.


  11. Great resource for a community in need, awful bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Community Education Specialist
    Current Employee - Community Education Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Helping people in need of nutrition education, working with great families, schools, and agencies. Schedule is very flexible. Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    Stretched too thin, no room to grow, zero chance to be promoted, pay is AWFUL, USDA not caring for the Program Reps/Community Education Specialists, money goes to unnecessary "things" instead of the employees. Change is always going to happen, but USDA/UC Davis puts out too many changes at once that our partners (families, schools, etc) get confused about our program and they leave or don't want to do the work anymore. We are a nutrition education program yet many of our representation do not "play the part" of looking like we follow our own nutrition advice. No UNION for PRs/CES

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people accordingly by location and cost of living and then the turnover rate wouldn't be so high. Every year, there is more work to do and you have no problem giving that load to the Program Reps/Community Education Specialists, but have a huge problem on compensating for that work. There is no reason why most of us need to have 2-3 part time jobs to maintain a basic life.



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