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UC Davis Reviews

Updated December 14, 2018
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  • "Low pay for the amount of work you have to do" (in 37 reviews)

  • "Expectations for graduate students are not clearly laid out; not enough oversight of PI by university/program to ensure students' success" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "I was a Junior Specialist for the Microbiology Dept. at UC Davis."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and flexible working schedule

    Cons

    Salary was not competitive


  2. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Davis full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work at.

    Cons

    Cant think of any cons.

  3. "Full-time Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time

    Pros

    - Competitive
    - Small town environment

    Cons

    - not a good Japanese restaurant nearby


  4. "Excellent University mission and work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The teaching, research, and service mission is very compelling. Managers and staff have access to excellent training. Many units have high quality staff and low turnover. Very good health and retirement benefits. Both the Davis and Sacramento campuses provide many types of jobs. Within 2 hours of San Francisco, the wine country, and Lake Tahoe.

    Cons

    Some managers do not take advantage of the excellent training, though fortunately all new managers have some required training.


  5. "Opportunity amidst decentralization"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Skys the limit for creativity, playing within project boundaries

    Cons

    Dependencies can be a bit daunting

    Advice to Management

    Trust what you see


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Good place for plant/agriculture majors

    Cons

    Still on the way to grow stronger


  7. "Student Assistant at Office of Research - Great positions for students!!"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant
    Former Employee - Student Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule for students
    - Great experience working with senior administration and university staff
    - Ability to gain hands on experience with day to day office functions
    - Potential to take on special projects and learn new skills

    Cons

    - Sometimes hard to get additional work hours if desired

  8. "Administration side review (legal) - good place to settle"

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    Current Employee - Legal Analyst in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Analyst in Davis, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working in the legal/compliance world, this is a good place to settle at. There is a extremely high level of job security, you get enough time off to raise a family, etc. Working at UC Davis has all the good parts of working in government (it is government) in that it has great job security and benefits (choice of pension of 7% matching a 403b) and lots of time off/flexibility for a more analytical/decision making position.

    Cons

    The salary is near bottom market for compliance/legal. This is the main drawback, but if you can stomach the salary, it is otherwise a great place.


  9. "Student Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Work around student schedule; school is a priority

    Cons

    Most jobs offered are office jobs


  10. "Payroll Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    People are super nice
    Very independent work

    Cons

    The work is repetitive, but not that big of a deal.