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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. 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
  2.  

    Very Poor Leadership, Non-Progressive & Seriously Technologically Challenged

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California full-time

    Pros

    The general location, Santa Barbara/Goleta, is a nice place to live.

    Cons

    There is a general lack of accountability for being productive or contributing. The talented are driven away, but the incompetent remain. There is an astounding lack of leadership which perpetuates a very dysfunctional organization. The organization is lacking in general technological competency, and is far behind the rest of the UC system in implementing solutions to common technological issues. Politics and distrust run rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization should be managed by UCSB in all aspects and not run as a separate rogue entity with little to no oversight or accountability for results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Not good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

    Pros

    University of California has good scientific talents that allows for broad collaborative studies.

    Cons

    Poor salary structure. Less opportunity for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must encourage young scientists

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    A once good place to work that has been overtaken by overpaid, terrible executive and senior management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Some people on the frontline doing actual work. Less and less of these numbers as new hires are pretty disappointing more often than not.

    Cons

    Terrible communication in that misleading (at the minimum and outright lies in some cases) communication is constantly spewed. Way too top heavy. While underlings are told to make due with less, top management is over-compensated with the famliiar refrain that we need to pay more to get and retain the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really because nothing will change unless a President is hired that is truly commited to higher education, rather than personal compensation. Look no further than that while student tuition has doubled in the tenure of the current administration, the President makes far more in total compensation than any previous leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Secretary in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Secretary in Oakland, CA

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Decent pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    It used to be a nice place to work years ago but I'm afraid that's changed and it's now become a political cesspool. There are managers to manage the managers and assistants to assist the assistants. It's just ridiculous. No promotions. No raises in pay. Snobby people to work with. Just go look for a job elsewhere and don't watse your time. Administration is incompetent and wasteful. Staff is not treated well. Layoffs abound.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your own mission statement and try to remember what your organization is supposed to stand for.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Worker Bee

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    • 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
  8.  

    Don't be a student employee (or RA).

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at University of California full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work-study. Free room and board. Learning to cope with terrible situations daily.

    Cons

    Overworked, underpaid. As an RA for Berkeley (and a CS student) I have had minimal time to work on side projects. There is no pay, and I don't have time on top of this to get another job for expendable income. When the RAs tried to protest against management their response was to threaten to fire all of us. They treat the RAs as easily replaceable. It's not a good environment.

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

    University of California, Education Abroad Program - not worth it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    "UCEAP" provides you with good health benefits and free dental. The jobs themselves are stable - it's a very lengthy process to let someone go, because this is a state-run organization.

    Cons

    The vision benefits are terrible. The organization is wildly mismanaged. Leadership is "strong" in that directives are sent down without proper analysis and expected to be implemented. HR is useless and personnel problems run rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak to the employees - and not the ones sitting in closed offices. Talk to the people actually working with students. Let go of the idea of this strict hierarchy. Impose consequences for managers and supervisors who are constantly being reported to HR, rather than just ignoring the problem(s).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career employee sees waste at UC Berkeley

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Administrator in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work hours, opportunities to take classes

    Cons

    Morale at UC Berkeley is low, and I've seen a lot of unethical behavior over the years. Staff are promoted out of their competence level and "work the system" and sometimes break blatant rules and play favorites. Misconduct goes on and rarely results in someone being fired. Operation Excellent is a good idea, but the great amounts of money being spent to ultimately save money result in "going around the rules." I see it on a daily basis in procurement, hiring, and augmenting senior managers' pockets. I used to be very proud to work at UC Berkeley, but no longer, and would not recommend it to others just starting out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Insist on ethics training and don't have a double standard for managers. Lower level staff have a hard time making a living, while I've seen 25-30-40 percent raises THIS YEAR ALONE and during hiring freezes for invalid reasons. Questioning managers can result in poor feedback and retaliation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    senior management incompetent

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

    Pros

    great benefits: medical, dental, vision, legal, ADD, life insurance.

    Cons

    Positions are siloed to the point that many jobs do little of no actual work. State institution subject to pay cuts and furloughs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some empathy. Think outside of your academic box. Do not discount work experience outside of academia.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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