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"Typical Government Job - Lots of Waste!"

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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.

Other Employee Reviews for University of California

  1. 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


  2. "Despite low salary, the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship is good vehicle to transition into an academic position"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reputation, first and foremost. The UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship is one of the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships in the United States. Your CV may go to a "better pile" when being considered for an academic position in the future. Theoretically, it also facilitates transition to tenured academic positions within the UC system, but lack of actual positions available for application ultimately make no difference for the fellow, who will likely and more easily get a job somewhere else outside the system. A great perk of this postdoctoral fellowship is that teaching is not allowed, leaving an unusual amount of time to advance research and publications. There are not many postdocs of this kind anywhere else. Program support for the fellows is very good (annual workshops, networking, etc.)

    Cons

    LOW salary. $41,200 in 2011, plus 4,000 in research funds (travel to conferences, translation services, educational materials, workshops, etc.). Considering the cost of life in California (especially rent), and the monthly financial weight of student loans (for those who have outstanding debt), the salary is more than tight. In fact, it is <very> tight.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is excellent. They are really on top of fellows' needs, a well-oiled machine. However, UC in general, as an institution, is another story: day-to-day bureaucracy (for example, to get your expenses reimbursed) is a circuitous process that can really turn your nerves on.

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