University of California - Lots of red tape, incompetent middle management and employees, but flexible with good benefits | Glassdoor
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"Lots of red tape, incompetent middle management and employees, but flexible with good benefits"

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Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Oakland, CA
Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Oakland, CA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at University of California full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

-Flexibility in work arrangements, especially for those with families
-Great benefits
-3 weeks of vacation to start, with at least 10 sick days and all national holidays per year

Cons

-Lots and lots and lots of red tape
-Too much power given to academia at UC locations (bending over backwards to unreasonable levels to accommodate professors, further cultivating their counterproductive sense of entitlement)
-Many incompetent middle managers and employees, who are "promoted to their level of incompetence" instead of being let go. (It's almost impossible to be fired at UC, and people take advantage of this.)
-Departments here are huge fans of pointless (and expensive) meetings that waste time and force some employees to stay late to make up for missed work time
-Not much room for career growth. Many have been in the same position for decades.
-Low pay, relative to market levels.

Advice to Management

Hold yourselves and your employees accountable for work performance (or lack thereof).

Other Employee Reviews for University of California

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Typical Government Job - Lots of Waste!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of California full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Managers come and go as they please. 2-hour lunches, shopping, etc. Excellent technical staff - very knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Wasteful - spending too much of tax payers money on travel/conferences - boondoggle - why send multiple managers to same conference except to party!!! Multiple layers of management, too many incompetent managers, inefficient, bureaucracy at its best. Have to brown nose around here to get raises. No pay raise for several years.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need better ethics training. Why should staff work hard when managers come in late everyday, leave early, and are not very productive. Need to be consistent when enforcing policy.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "nice place to start with, but it's very hard to advance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    great benefits, pleasant environment and good location
    Most people are nice, but some mid management need training...no management/people skills

    Cons

    not much advancement opp. and no reward for hard work

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