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"California is a nice play to do a postdoc"

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than a year)

Pros

The work culture is quite nice here and if you enjoy your research, being a postdoc in the UC system has many benefits. The UC postdoc union is quite strong

Cons

The cons are that if you want to have a family then a postdoc salary is the lower limit at which you should be operating. Good thing ofcourse is a postdoc is not meant to last longer than 2 to 3 years really.

Advice to Management

Management needs to take a lot better care of postdocs overall. A lot more mentoring and guidance is required and postdocs need to be considered as serious professionals. Many talented grad students are not staying in research for this reason.

Other Employee Reviews for UCLA

  1. "Great healthcare industry exposure and experience"

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate III in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate III in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Health Benefits, retirement plans
    -Career training and support (if you look for it and have a great manager)

    Cons

    -Salary and raises very low for level of responsibilities and expectation (25% below fair market value)


  2. "Professors are too busy and research is not original"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    UCLA campus is beautiful. There are good facilities for exercise and opportunities for extracurricular activities. The workload combined with courses is reasonable for most graduate students.

    Cons

    You are on your own with research. Professors are too busy and outdated to help you. They are generally spending time on fancy presentations instead of original research. Most of them are not open to new ideas either. If you want to get a sense of how they are, just imagine that I know many Full Professors at UCLA who does not know how to check their email. Yeah... It's unbelievable.

    Advice to Management

    Professors need to be controlled. Most of them are not working after they get their tenure.

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