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"Good place to be a research assistant"

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Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at UCLA part-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Good environment, great campus, interesting people

Cons

Salary is hardly enough to get by in LA

Advice to Management

Improve salary or housing oportunities

Other Employee Reviews for UCLA

  1. "Large academic environment. Experience can be very variable, and will depend on department & immediate colleagues."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally -- campus environment offers gym facilities (with a fee), interesting events (e.g. frequent lectures, seminars, performance and sporting events, etc.) and access to intelligent people. There's also ample opportunity to work with students, if that's your thing.

    Cons

    I've worked part-time in several different departments and in different positions, during my undergraduate and graduate time at UCLA. The work culture and experience can vary widely between departments, or labs. It can be difficult to predict this in advance of starting the position, without personally knowing someone already in the department or lab. Overall, I haven't had any problems, and in fact had great experiences at all of my positions. However, among my peers, I seem to be an anomaly. For example, some had technically incompetent supervisors, managers or colleagues. Others worked for faculty that was very out-of-touch, or labs with very little guidance (relatively common) and career development opportunities. Still others worked in very cut-throat, deadline-driven (e.g. for grants, publications, etc.) competitive environments. So it depends.

    Advice to Management

    My general advice to all upper management is to insist that all employees be kept up to standards, especially with technology, current trends and _accountability_. There's a lot of incentive to stay longer on campus, and competition and accountability standards seem to ubiquitiously decrease with seniority.


  2. "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)

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