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UC Santa Cruz Benefits

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  • Health Insurance  (15 comments)

    “Average Insurance. Vision not great but Medical and Dental are what you would expect”

  • Retirement Plan  (7 comments)

    “The UC Retirement System is through Fidelity Invevements. But they do not tell you how to use it or set it up, and there is little to no resources...”

  • Sick Days  (6 comments)

    “In food service, you CANNOT come to work sick so you are incouraged to stay home if you or a family member is feeling ill.”

  • Nov 27, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Associate Specialist in La Jolla, California

    You get an obscene amount of vacation - 2 vacation/1 sick days accrued per month, all federal holidays, and then some additional state ones. 401k options are with Fidelity and they do an 8% match for the UC DCP. Health insurance is better than average. They offer Anthem PPO, Kaiser HMO, and some UC based options. This is all available on their website to view. Dental and Vision are also included.

  • Apr 12, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Baskin School of Engineering Career Center Liason in Santa Cruz, California

    It was a limited package

  • Feb 15, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Developer in Scotts Valley, California

    No benefits to mention as a contract employee

  • Nov 07, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Santa Cruz, California

    Working part time as a full time student: they set up a retirement plan for you supposedly but give you no information or resources on it. I have no idea what I am supposed to do with it. Other than that, I do not know of any other benefits UCSC offers for part time workers.

  • Oct 04, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Santa Cruz, California

    Average Benefits. Workman's Comp and disability is woeful. You have a waiting period of 30-60 days to receive benefits.

  • Jul 22, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Lab Researcher in Santa Cruz, California

    Paid for transportation to labs

  • Jun 14, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Teaching Assistant in Santa Cruz, California

    Health insurance is great, but students are technically waged workers and thus do not take any paid leave under normal circumstances

  • May 27, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Santa Cruz, California

    Free vision and dental insurance, various options for medical insurance with varying premiums.

  • Apr 28, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current 911 Dispatcher in Santa Cruz, California

    excellent benefits, low cost to employees, great retirement

  • Apr 07, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Santa Cruz, California

    The UC system has a reputation for offering excellent medical and retirement benefits. many cost options and many providers from which to choose. I'm not sure if this is true for all, but for some employees, they offer free dental and vision insurance.

Benefits Summary


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Insurance, Health & Wellness

Financial & Retirement

  • CheckmarkPension Plan (9)
  • 401K Plan
  • CheckmarkRetirement Plan (27)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Performance Bonus
  • Stock Options
  • Equity Incentive Plan
  • Supplemental Workers' Compensation
  • Charitable Gift Matching

Family & Parenting

  • Maternity & Paternity Leave
  • Work From Home
  • Fertility Assistance
  • Dependent Care
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Childcare
  • Reduced or Flexible Hours
  • Military Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Unpaid Extended Leave

Vacation & Time Off

Perks & Discounts

  • CheckmarkEmployee Discount (4)
  • Free Lunch or Snacks
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Gym Membership
  • Commuter Checks & Assistance
  • Pet Friendly Workplace
  • Mobile Phone Discount
  • Company Car
  • Company Social Events
  • Travel Concierge
  • Legal Assistance

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