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University of California Reviews

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

3.7
110 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
  • 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.  

    typical State Bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Worker Bee  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at University of California full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

    superb

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    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 for 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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Merced, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merced, CA

    I worked at University of California part-time for 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
  6.  

    great experience and friendly environment

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great experience and friendly environment.

    Cons

    There is nothing to complain so far.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great educational environment.

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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 full-time for 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
  8.  

    Amazing, Super Friendly.

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Gives ample time for coursework.

    Cons

    Hours exceeded than what was intended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, real retirement, labor protection

    Cons

    Definitely depends upon department. Some faculty are great others not so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep opportunities open

  11.  

    Great research resources.

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

    I have been working at University of California full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very complete research laboratories to carry out research. Very well funded and recognized University.

    Cons

    Intermediate employes have to pay for parking on Campus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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