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"A Mediocre place"

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Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Davis, CA
Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Davis, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at UC Davis full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Good benefits. Lots of training opportunities

Cons

I worked at other places in the UC system and I found UC Davis to be the most mediocre of the ones I have worked. I found most of my colleagues are very adverse to any change whatsoever. They are mostly interested in maintaining the status quo and riding out the days til they can collect their pensions. You just don't feel inspired to excel like you might at some of the other top tier UC's and rather are encouraged just to keep things the way they are even if it is a wasteful and inaccurate way to work. Additionally the summers are intensely hot.

Advice to Management

Hire consultants to come in and review workflows and staff contributions. A lot of the long timers are pretty much dead weight interested in just doing the minimum.

Other Employee Reviews for UC Davis

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Overall an OK company to work for, for citizens or permanent residents but not so much for temporary work visa holders."

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    Former Employee - Analyst III in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst III in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly academic environment, beautiful surroundings, great and affordable gym and sports facilities, international and multicultural diversity. Relatively easy to find jobs at an entry-level and by talking directly with the PI's.

    Cons

    Salary rates are low and not competitive. The majority of the new hires are at the lowest salary scale possible and salaries are not raised on a yearly basis even if the performance reviews are positive (could be 5-years till the first salary upgrade and still this would only be $500 more per year). Some senior managers demand too much reporting and limit flexibility and creativity. There could be a lot of unrecognized scientific work and some PI's and even senior managers take ownership and credit for staff´s work and publish it without even aknowledging the real authors. University does not sponsor greencards for research staff (only for professors).

    Advice to Management

    It is a pitty that employees with over ten years of hardworking contribution to UCDavis are being laydoff due to lack of continued funding for projects. Furthermore the University´s policy for not sponsoring greencard applications for regular research staff (i.e. non-tenure track professors) is unfair and wrong, especially when staff has been working for UCDavis for over ten years and has no more visa options other than a greencard to remain working with the University. Social security benefits and other benefits have been lost by hardworking indivuduals due this unfair policy.


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    "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Building Supervisor in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Building Supervisor in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management exp.; maintenance exp.; team building; situational problem solving.

    Cons

    not much information given to employees to help improve future in campus rec

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