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UC Davis Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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  • Time consuming for graduate students' class and weekends (in 23 reviews)

  • Low pay and lack of organization (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Not worth the hastle"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    small-town feel but close to larger cities.

    Cons

    Part of a large university system (University of California)---and has developed alot of needless paperwork. Professors aren't very good. Not big enough name for the hastle. Go to a smaller university with better professors and opportunities, or go to an actual ivy-league like Cornell.

    Advice to Management

    Observe professors teaching and presentation material---best if you can show up to a class without warning. Talk to present and former students about how to improve university and then follow-through. Actually evaluate professors, and not allow problematic professors to teach or have new graduate students (can put some under supervision, and implement process so that graduate students can report on their professors).


  2. "Overly political, overly bureaucratic, doesn't adapt well to change"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits; good work-life balance; relatively stable job status

    Cons

    IT is incredibly siloed. As a result, there's a lot of duplication of efforts and mismanagement of information. Each IT department is incredibly protective of its assets and power. Attempts to break down barriers between departments -- to share knowledge, technology, resources, etc. -- results in a lot of unnecessary pushback. Many IT employees here are overly complacent in their jobs and difficult to work with; they just don't feel inspired by their work!

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to incentivize collaboration across IT silos. Consider consolidating more departments; it just doesn't make sense to have as many IT departments as we do. When consolidation DOES happen, give your employees the support and resources they will need to make the consolidation successful.


  3. "Teaching Assistant"

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

    I worked at UC Davis (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse and exciting campus.
    Great art department.

    Cons

    No creativity and lack of artistic culture.
    Too much spending on projects such as Solar Decathlon which had no result whatsoever.


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    "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, laid-back culture, flexibility.

    Cons

    Bloated management, limited growth opportunities, lots of work with little recognition

    Advice to Management

    Clarify employee roles, recognize good employees, don't ignore bad employees


  6. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant/Graduate Student in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant/Graduate Student in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The professors that I have worked with are doing really great research.

    Cons

    Low salary, high amounts of teaching assignments, and overall disregard for the graduate students.

    Advice to Management

    To consider the real reasons why a graduate student would ever join the department, and therefore to stop exploiting them to TA their way to a PhD.


  7. "Student Assistant IV"

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

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

    Pros

    You can make your own hours. They work with your schedule and school typically comes first.

    Cons

    The pay is super low. The school knows this, and doesn't disclose pay until the final step of hiring when filling out paperwork


  8. "Graduate Student Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent equipment, amazing visiting speakers, lots of brilliant researchers

    Cons

    Poor internal communication on campus (collaborations missed, overlapping projects, etc); hard to navigate. professors not encouraged to be good mentors or teachers; too much administration and too many hoops to jump through with no institutional accountability for mistakes/oversights. you are absolutely just a number. exploitative policies for Teaching assistants and graduate researchers (as well as tenure track professors, lecturers, post-docs). Labs are run on the backs of the unpaid in every way and at every level. False career advice abounds because professors are too sheltered to know about current best practices. Far better as a technician, research scientist, or post-doc than as a grad student, but still hard to accomplish goals in the professional chaos. Sexism & racism vary hugely by department - be wary.

    Advice to Management

    Better internal communication. Care more about students. Stop promoting people who abuse others.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Food Service Worker - Dining Commons"

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    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule - the hours are actually fantastic for students. The coworkers are also very nice, I've made a lot of friends here. Also, seeing the freshmen is cool, because they're very sweet.

    Cons

    So. Many. This job has a pretty high turnover rate - people get hired, see how awful it is to work here, and quit after one quarter. A lot of the times we're understaffed, and end up having to stay 30 minutes to and hour+ past our out time, which really sucks as a student. Also, the managers can be rude at times, snapping at you when you have to call out of work (when it's a legitimate excuse! Such as illness). Also, that's another thing. Everyone. Calls. Out. Especially when they're scheduled to work in the dish room, which is a disgusting nightmare. The work is boring, tedious and kind of painful. We're overworked and underpaid. Paid minimum wage but expected to put in extra work, when the work itself sucks. Doing the same bending, and moving motions gets old after a while. Expect to serve food for 4 hours straight, wash tables, refill napkins, handle nasty used dishes, stand for hours, carry heavy things, be treated like a robot by managers. Working late nights SUCKS. You get out anywhere from 1AM to 1:30 AM. I wish I could quit, but I'm poor and need money.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers like respectable human beings. Pay us more and get us out on time.


  10. "Climate problems ignored"

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

    Pros

    Love the variety of my work and serving the research community

    Cons

    They do not deal with the problemtic bullying management. You can go up the ladder to HR and senior management but they close their eyes to problems. You have to leave because nothing will change, guaranteed. The only way to get ahead is by job jumping. Do not even think about hard work equaling upward mobility. It will not happen.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers who have complained constantly about the bully manager, and do something about it. When someone on your team quits every year for the same reason, the bully manager, take notice.


  11. "Too much nepotism, favortism and layoffs"

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

    I worked at UC Davis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, however they are being reduced

    Cons

    Favoritism in many departments. Favored employees are given special treatments and not made to carry their own load.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional


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