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University of California Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
112 Reviews
3.7
112 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    University of California, Education Abroad Program - not worth it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    superb

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer UCSF PD in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Security Officer UCSF PD in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at University of California full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    number one in the nations,diversity and benifits

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to say,I think it's good for me

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Generally stable workplace with opportunities to make a difference

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    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with many smart people and to make a difference in California; great benefits including a pension

    Cons

    Salaries lag and raises depend on the state budget; decision making is slow

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great experience and friendly environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    great experience and friendly environment.

    Cons

    There is nothing to complain so far.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place for opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merced, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merced, CA

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

    Pros

    New opportunities are always available as the campus continues to grow.

    Cons

    One has to adapt to frequent changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing, Super Friendly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    Gives ample time for coursework.

    Cons

    Hours exceeded than what was intended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great educational environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic quality of faculty and resources to learn and perform high level science. There are so many investigators doing so many different things that you can certainly find someone to help you no matter where your research takes you.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy‎ of the university can be tedious sometimes. Also budget cutting makes it more and more difficult to function as a student.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very Poor Leadership, Non-Progressive & Seriously Technologically Challenged

    • 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 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
  10.  

    Great working environment - very collaborative. Everyday is a challenge, and the work is very dynamic.

    Current Employee - Doctoral Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Doctoral Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative and dynamic working environment.

    Cons

    There should be more opportunity to take courses outside the department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    typical State Bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    People are nice overall. Easy to leave work at work. Not too stressful.

    Cons

    Typical state bureaucracy. Lots of rules and regulations, most of which are ignored. Duplicate work done at UCOP that is also done at each university. Can be very frustrating, especially if you have a strong work ethic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead wood and duplication of effort. Run the business side of the university like a business. Unions have WAY too much input on how the business is run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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