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UC Davis Reviews

Updated March 28, 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. "UC Davis"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and holidays. For Advising staff -- lots of opportunities for professional development and training.

    Cons

    Not a great system for promotions -- usually have to apply for a new position.


  2. "Junior Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great, work environment is great, relatively flexible hours, large variety of tasks that tailor to your own interests.

    Cons

    The pay is not great, your happiness is partly determined by who your PI is, and it may be difficult to work with undergraduates who are still learning.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to teaching your specialists exactly what you want and need from them, in terms of presentation and procurement of results and data.


  3. "really good school"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Scientist in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Project Scientist in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, nice town, very good research too

    Cons

    not too many opportunities for family members in SAC area


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  5. "Good for students to work on campus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    SASC staffs are nice and friendly

    Cons

    Need to update working hour sheet to electronical


  6. "Staff Research Associate II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time

    Pros

    Health care, retirement, easy job

    Cons

    No room for growth or improvement

    Advice to Management

    Provide a way to motivate your employees to want to do grow and improve their careers.


  7. "Clinical Laboratory Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Student Lab Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Open to teaching at levels
    Great learning environment
    Understanding of student schedules

    Cons

    The pay was not all that great. Even entry level positions had sub par pay. Depending on which lab, but many of labs didn't have much for advancement opportunities.


  9. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work environment and leadership

    Cons

    Low salaries, constant flux of lower level positions


  10. "Part Time Communications Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Assistant in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Assistant in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    – excellent work environment
    – great people
    – great hours

    Cons

    Students are limited to working a maximum of 20 hours a week


  11. "Research Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Great fast paced friendly environment

    Cons

    To much to do and to little time

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more



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