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"Loved the job itself, but the bureaucracy was out of control."

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Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
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I worked at UCLA as a contractor (More than 3 years)

Pros

The daily work was interesting and inspiring.

Cons

There were more than a few times (many times, in fact) that my payment was not processed in a timely manner for whatever reason. Getting UCLA to move on fixing their error is a exercise in total futility.

It seemed that if they lost your payment or it got pushed to the side and forgotten about, UCLA would do absolutely zero to correct THEIR error. Getting it rectified was an absolute waste of breath and energy. Because it wasn't directly impacting those processing the money (they got paid that week, so they could pay their personal bills and buy groceries and get to work with gas in their tank), they seemed to not care at all that their mistake would take months (plural) to fix. In fact, people in other departments seemed afraid to call payroll/accounting to inquire or request any help when this type of situation would arise. It seemed to me to be a situation where everyone was held hostage.

Needless to say, this was a total drag about an otherwise pretty cool job.

Advice to Management

Deal with this chain of impossible bureaucracy. People should be paid for the work they do in a way which sustains their daily living. I mean, that's why all of us work, right?

Other Employee Reviews for UCLA

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people, lots of avenues and opportunities in many fields

    Cons

    Can be hard to get foot in door in research in engineering at first.


  2. "Very amicable colleagues"

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    Former Intern - Assistant IV in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Assistant IV in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UCLA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I liked that a lot of the workflows had already been figured out, down to the t, so it was very straightforward to dive right into the work.

    Cons

    Not much of a challenge because all the work was compartmentalized and there was no exposure to other business areas.


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