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Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Director and COO

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Museum Director in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Museum Director in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great experience working with other State Agencies at the Secretary and Deputy Secretary levels along with members of the Legislature on budgets and audits.

    Cons

    In this position, the Director worked for two bosses and often became leveraged to show each others power. This resulted in an state agency filing suit to prove command and control. In the end, the people of California lost.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you believe to be the right thing and treat people as you wish to be treated.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Culture Not Inclusive for Everyone

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Good organization

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement, culture, staff, professional development

    Cons

    staff, culture, work life balance,


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  5. Hearst Museum Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really great people to work with! They are all very helpful and welcoming.

    Cons

    There could be more communication from upper management.


  6. Security with Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great visual environment, offers good financial preparation for retirement

    Cons

    Monthly Parking Fees a bit pricey.


  7. Very good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Diversity is very good and appreciated

    Cons

    Low pay for most students

    Advice to Management

    Advanced courses Is required for better jobs


  8. UC Irvine

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training, friendly atmosphere, organization tries to do the right thing

    Cons

    Financial challenges, cost cutting, impersonal when things are not going well

    Advice to Management

    You've gotten to where you are for any number of reasons. Remember that your people below you are what matters, and it reflects on you directly. Don't spend all of your time trying to look good to those above you, your actions and the success of your employees will say more than you ever could.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place, great benefits, dysfunctional bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a beautiful place, there are some amazing people, the benefits are good and if you work hard you stand out.

    Cons

    Restructuring often without learning much from previous experience, you can get stuck with some awful managers or co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that who you are hiring for the upper management are qualified and understand what they are doing before making sweeping changes. Be careful with your hiring and promotional practices, for such a liberal, experimental campus, women and minorities who speak out are still passed up for promotion and derided, while their white male counterparts are promoted.


  10. Working for the world's greatest public university

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    As an alumna, I am proud to work for the world's greatest public education system. It is rewarding to know that my work is helping college students achieve their dreams!

    Cons

    HUGE bureaucracy. Red tape to the extreme. Very disjointed and full of employees who are counting down to retirement who honestly should have been fired years ago. Low pay for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Increase morale and try to incorporate more fun into the workplace. Also, be receptive to new ways to do things.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.



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