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University of California Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
110 Reviews

3.7
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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
  • 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)

  • Low pay, relative to market levels (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Very Poor Leadership, Non-Progressive & Seriously Technologically Challenged

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    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
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    Working in a diverse professional collegiate environment I learned a lot and liked the well rounded atmosphere.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator in Irvine, CA

    I worked at University of California full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working directly with the HR Analyst, gaining higher education knowledge, interacting with the student.

    Cons

    Need major software updates to stay current and efficient with processing things in a timely manner and reduce a lot of unnecessary steps to achieve the same goal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your assistants, coordinators and insubordinates as though you are a team instead of using scare tactics to persuade a better outcome.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    University of California, Education Abroad Program - not worth it

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

    I have been working at University of California full-time for 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.  

    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 for 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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