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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.  

    UCSC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    amazing location, friendly staff, diverse opportunities, good benefits

    Cons

    bureaucracy, logging hours, parking, transportation

  2.  

    Decent experience while working as a Temp in the Informatics Department.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist  in  Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Westwood, CA

    Pros

    I was able to work with magnificent doctors.

    Cons

    Was held back from fully participating in projects due to 'Temp' status.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to include your 'Temp' in projects to make use of him/her as a resource while employed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Dynamic environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits, work schedule, location, and co-workers (both within own unit and across the University) made it a good place to work

    Cons

    Fiscal erosion due to shortfall of state funding

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent university, but value is decreasing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA

    Pros

    I had excellent opportunities as a research assistant. The facilities were reasonable and the faculty did their jobs. Beautiful campus. I was very pleased with family student housing for my wife and I.

    Cons

    Tuitions continues to increase sharply without providing any additional value. There are some resource constraints and TAs / faculty don't have enough time for individualized attention of undergrads due to large class sizes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate policies on executive compensation. I don't believe the current compensation is well-earned.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Experience in managing operational budgets against actuals for a Division.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Service years, systems, organization financial goal, opportunites

    Cons

    Change of funding sources, fear of lay-offs, not as stable as it used to me

  7.  

    My experience at the university of California was amazing.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    surrounded by the most intelligent group of individuals who are involved in public education in the world

    Cons

    a large population leads to less individual attention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    ADMIN. ASSISTANT

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    Pros

    Great working environment, fast paced, and very professional.
    Nurturing environment to learn the workload and pace.
    Very organized and meticulous in the detail required in the work expected.

    Cons

    Some time there is a level of miscommunication, that leads to less efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Efficiency rating, having a system of anonymous performance evaluation and management of all employees as well as feedback on each other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunity, enjoyed working on the project!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There were people from various states that came in to work. I was able to make a lot of connections and meet new people

    Cons

    There were no downsides, I enjoyed working in the city

  10.  

    very advance technologies minded

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    Former Employee - Project Engineering  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineering in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    good retirement for time and service

    Cons

    California is broke and no hope in the future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to employee idea for future planning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Career employee sees waste at UC Berkeley

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    Current Employee - Administrator  in  Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Administrator in Berkeley, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work hours, opportunities to take classes

    Cons

    Morale at UC Berkeley is low, and I've seen a lot of unethical behavior over the years. Staff are promoted out of their competence level and "work the system" and sometimes break blatant rules and play favorites. Misconduct goes on and rarely results in someone being fired. Operation Excellent is a good idea, but the great amounts of money being spent to ultimately save money result in "going around the rules." I see it on a daily basis in procurement, hiring, and augmenting senior managers' pockets. I used to be very proud to work at UC Berkeley, but no longer, and would not recommend it to others just starting out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Insist on ethics training and don't have a double standard for managers. Lower level staff have a hard time making a living, while I've seen 25-30-40 percent raises THIS YEAR ALONE and during hiring freezes for invalid reasons. Questioning managers can result in poor feedback and retaliation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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