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UC Davis Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  • Time consuming for graduate students' class and weekends (in 23 reviews)

  • Low pay and lack of organization (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "transactional"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the students, campus and community

    Cons

    lack of leadership, changing leaders, unprofessional


  2. "Clinical Laboratory Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Lab Scientist in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Lab Scientist in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great staff. Good pay. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Failure to classify employee according to university job specifications. Top heavy administrators who care nothing for the staff employee. Staff not considered an asset. Employees fear job loss and thus will not report law violations which occur way too often, especially at the administration level. Supervisors and higher staff can do not wrong. ADA and EEOC violations occur too often. Cover-ups rampant at any management level.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff better. Stop law violation cover ups. Cut excessive non-essential managers and supervisors. Stop wasting money. Classify employees correctly. Stop disability discrimination and other forms of discrimination such as race and age discrimination.

  3. "Highly overrated university"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relatively free work schedule. Nice location. Small town.

    Cons

    Low pay except for higher management. Most of professors needs to get educated. Level of knowledge for a scientific personnel is horrible. No support from management whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Get your professors educated. Learn to value your staff.


  4. "very bureau cratic lazy workers"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, not much else. Every one was throwing each other under the bus. Horrible situation.

    Cons

    The department i worked in was in shambles. Everyone just were playing the blame game. Leaving work early, no structure from the department head to the students. People wer leaving this dpartment left and right because of the director. Horrible person

    Advice to Management

    Do a complete audit of th financials in each location. Everyone is doing their own thing.


  5. "junior specialist"

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    Former Employee - Junior Specialist in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Specialist in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for a first job
    Good benefits

    Cons

    This just pertains to a specific lab there:
    Bad supervisor
    Bad management(manager played favorites
    Pi never around
    Co workers out to get one another
    treated workers poorly

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting rid of your worse employees not the good ones


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Abusive "Microaggressions 'R' Us" from smug population that refuses to think about their actions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people whose jobs are directly in service of the underrepresented tend to be good but having to run to them every time to get even a simple form taken care is soul-crushing.

    Cons

    Davis people see themselves as righteous and progressive but are blind to their own privilege. They 'tsk' at anyone not exactly like them. There's a ton of subtle racism, sexism, and friction against the underrepresented. It's pretty soul-crushing to constantly have your emails and phone calls never returned when you're just trying to follow policy and do your job, all the while watching the people of the 'right' groups get responses. Try to talk to anyone about it and their response is always about how progressive they are. They will NOT admit they have a problem. Meanwhile I've been the target of ethnic slurs repeatedly.

    Advice to Management

    Look deep into yourselves and think about who you really want to be -- someone who pays lip service or someone who actually creates change.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Just an awful place to work"

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    Former Employee - AAIII in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - AAIII in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and those are being reduced

    Cons

    No job security, immature management and supervisors, politics and favoritism run amok.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up

  8. Helpful (3)

    "miserable"

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    Current Employee - Not A Good Place to Work in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Not A Good Place to Work in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits as pertaining to vacation, sick leave-pension has been good but they are making changes to reduce that.

    Cons

    Unqualified managers and supervisors in many departments. Childish game playing on many levels. The level of favoritism and nepotism is appalling. Very unprofessional environment. Also the University is in mass layoff mode, but the bulk of those being targeted for layoffs are those not in a special clique with these unqualified manager/supervisors. Lots of dirty tricks going on to make safe jobs of "pets", including promoting them to a higher grade to protect lower grade sections being laid off-even though they do no more work or are not even qualified. They are giving them raises and promotions while laying off other competent individuals who aren't in the " in crowd", kind of sickening to watch.

    Advice to Management

    Corruption is not attractive and in the end it comes back to bite you-sooner or later. Cultivate a mature, qualified management/supervisory staff who think logically and with their brain not their emotions and school girl agenda.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Corrupt system"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, holidays,pension,allow you take learning classes related to job

    Cons

    No job security.Charge employees $500+ a year for parking. Management is snobbish. No incentive to be an exceptional employee-bad workers and good workers receive the same the same raises and same treatment as good workers. Seniority based-they will layoff a great worker and keep a slacker.

    Advice to Management

    The UC system is one of the most corrupt systems established in the State of California. They are a public* partially tax payer funded entity yet they waste taxpayer money. They have shown time and time again their elitist arrogance which has well been documented by article after article in the Sacramento Bee regarding their excessive salaries for administrators, huge student fees hikes, recent hiring of new staff by the Chancellor and she gives them $100K-200K salary increases over the past person to hold the position (and in these budget thin times !), the favoritism and layoffs taking place UC system wide---and all of this is done "in your face" because UC knows these actions will always make the news. They do not care. Taxpayers and employees are tired of the misuse of our taxes to pay for the greed of these elites.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work if you like to settle for below average pay and no options for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Don't Get Stuck Here in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Don't Get Stuck Here in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Health benefits are great
    Some of the people I work with are great
    The yearly staff appreciation fair is a good faith effort

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    Pay is poor
    If you aren't management your treated like dirt
    there is some discrimination with the dress code, as it is different for every building
    Management get bonuses when, there haven't been any pay raises in the last couple of years, there are lay-offs as well as forced furloughs.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Everyone that isn't management works harder than the management and the executives, the people that make the Med Center as profitable as it is, should be getting yearly bonuses, not the people who sit and delegate all day. the staff should be provided with yearly bonuses as an incentive to continue doing the great work that they do and revise the advancement protocols! Once your an assistant no one gives you the opportunity to lose that title, even if the person is capable of so much more.


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