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UC Davis Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi
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  • Time consuming for graduate students' class and weekends (in 23 reviews)

  • low pay but many hours required for most student jobs and internships (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Conference Center Event Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, part time it really does work with your schedule.

    Cons

    Pay is very very medicore. Even though schedule is flexible you soon realize after you start working you only get the worst hours. It is very inconsistent.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "I wish it were not true"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good and talented coworkers. And they sometimes credit experience over credentials. Pay with insurance is hard to complain about :)

    Cons

    That the surface reflects all is great but behind the scenes some employees suffer in silence. It does not need to be this way.

    Advice to Management

    Simply request real anonymous feedback from employees, let it pinpoint problems, then do unbiased research with a safe, outside of the system, team to grade its seriousness. Most problems will be confirmed with Ombuds office. Department management has a tendency to over ride their own problem solving at the cost of valid employee problems, and they receive support from the higher ups out of faith alone. Ombudsmen should be there to help bridge employees and administration working to make a better University, not to just protect the University's image. Whistle-blowing is not the way to go. Even if you say it is not allowed, there is favoritism, nepotism and unqualified management in charge on a lower level of management, pet projects using university resources and serious safety issues for workers and research animals. Budgeting is a poor excuse for lack of safety. when payroll is so high for administration. The University is big and it is hard to police bad behavior, but it is there. Employees know these things but are afraid of repercussions and cant afford attorneys, and that is also, not the way to go. Stop waiting for it to become public before you address it like you did with Katehi Get aware, seek out the smoke and you will find the fires. It will catch up, and is always less expensive in the long run!

  3. "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).


  4. "UC Davis"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time

    Pros

    Good sense of community and sharing.

    Cons

    Policies take too long and lots of red tape.


  5. "Scene Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Location, University Enviornment, Great Facitlities

    Cons

    Hard to get enough hours even with a great deal of experience and skills. Employee retention rate is low.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training on use of equipment
    Streamline promtion process.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not for Innovators"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty campus. Job security. Cost of living reasonable if you don't live in Davis.

    Cons

    If you love watching millions of dollars wasted on failed efforts led by incompetent, back-stabbing senior administrators, you'll love UC Davis.

    If you love squeezing students for every dime while allowing senior administrators to pull in outrageous salaries, even when making egregious errors (Linda Katehi) and costing the university millions, then this is the place for you.

    If you like never getting a raise, not having tuition benefits for your kids, having to pay more and more for employee parking while being lectured about the evils of driving, come on down!

    If you like working for an institution that is decades behind the times in most administrative processes, and where "collaborative" processes water down and slow down the quality and pace of change, this is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Create avenues for creative approaches to be heard. Or else develop hiring processes that screen out innovative and energetic people and only hire drones.


  10. "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.


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