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University of California Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
113 Reviews
3.8
113 Reviews
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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.  

    Graduate Student TA overall good job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California

    Pros

    Flexible hours, pays for tuition, fees, and healthcare in addition to a living stipend.

    Cons

    The living stipend is the same or similar across all UC campuses. This means students at campuses such as Davis or Merced, where rent is cheaper, essentially get more than students at pricier locations such as San Diego or Santa Barbara.

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

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    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 an 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
  3.  

    Excellent University with a variety of programs and opportunity, should increase connectivity.

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

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

    Pros

    Good professors, Good programs, Good grading scale, alright job opportunities

    Cons

    Could have a better post grad network, Need to hire more phds, Too Eurocentric

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More freedom for Professors to teach classes they want.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Graduate research at UCI

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Friendly work environment; flexible work time.

    Cons

    More bureaucratic over the years. University administrative staff seemed under pressure.

  6.  

    Good study experience in UCR

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at University of California full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The school provide a great experience in learning business and have practical fieldwork requirement for MBA students. If interested in working distribution center, they have many located in this area.

    Cons

    The expense is a bit high and the location is not close to the job markets, the local business companies are lack of competition and are not actively willing to hire international students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They have many good labor resources in this UCR, which are undervalued by many companies because the lack of reputation.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Busy

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    Former Employee - UGSI in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - UGSI in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at University of California as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Enlightening place to study for undergrad. I was a UGSI and it was an interesting experience.

    Cons

    Tuition is rising. UGSIs do not get salaries but you get units (not as great..).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of bureaucracy which doesn't make it easy to deal with regarding administrative issues.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pleasant environment not enough

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    Current Employee - Doctoral Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Doctoral Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    It's a top-notch research institution with beautiful weather, and San Diego is a great town if you love beaches and beer.

    Cons

    San Diego is wicked expensive
    Graduate students are miserable (everywhere). Everyone in your lab will lie when you visit. Get them drunk and find out the truth
    Job opportunities are pretty weak in academia in general, but UCSD is particular has a terrible career office compared to Harvard, Yale, Brown, NYU, Stanford, probably Berkeley.
    Research institutions are about fame & grant-getters, not your petty career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show compassion for the people you're supposed to train

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

    A lot of great minds to work with

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    - Professors are very willing to help students learn
    - Lot of resources to benefit from

    Cons

    - Budget cuts really affecting students

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An amazing campus, very bright people to work with.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Next to a beach, top notch researchers.

    Cons

    Expensive place to live at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase grad student salary, recruit more aggressively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    An engaging and fast-paced environment.

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    Current Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Cal offers departments with great team dynamics and brilliant students all situated on a beautiful campus. The health benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Cal has an antiquated hiring system and primarily promotes from within. There's so much bureaucracy and paperwork that completing certain tasks can be challenging. Employees would benefit from periodic training to leverage their skills.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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