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Updated December 26, 2017
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  • The positions in the department are low pay, just minimum pay, but it is just a simple college student job (in 24 reviews)

  • Time consuming for graduate students' class and weekends (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "A good workplace to gain research experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    UC Davis has a large and beautiful campus. The cafeteria's serve good food. There's a variety of research going on and lots of events to promote that research. There are staff discounts for the amenities, but they're clearly not as good as student discounts. The insurance premiums were heavily subsidized.

    Cons

    Staff research positions like Junior Specialist or Post Doc are not meant for the long term (think 1 -3 year contract). As long as you're okay with that fact then you should be fine.

    Experiences probably vary depending on what department you're in, who your manager is, etc. If there are cons, it comes from the fact that your work culture is dictated by your department or the research group you work in.

    Also, there's a housing crisis in the city itself. The university increases enrollment each year but the city doesn't build more housing so the rent increases substantially each year. Nearby Woodland is cheaper to live, and some prefer to commute from Sacramento.


  2. "Great experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Davis, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Davis, CA

    I worked at UC Davis as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to network with many professionals.

    Cons

    The pay was on the lower side.

  3. "Excellent Opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant III in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant III in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Placed through University Temp Services
    Great Coworkers

    Cons

    Very slow hiring process, been waiting 6+ months for them to open position for fulltime applications


  4. "UC Davis Keep it up!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis part-time

    Pros

    Good salary. Excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Very less competition. No work sometimes.


  5. "PostDoc"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoc in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoc in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Davis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good collaboration

    Cons

    I don not find any

    Advice to Management

    You can work with students


  6. "Chemistry Teaching Assistant's Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great school with all sorts of opportunities. The student community is diverse and friendly. The campus is beautiful and there is sunny weather for most of the year. TA duties are reasonable and grading is relatively low since there are no essays. Grading goes by more easily with groups of fellow TAs working with you.

    Cons

    Winter weather is mostly rainy and makes biking harder for commuters. General chemistry safety meetings are very repetitive for experienced TAs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work but spice up the TA meetings with better presentations or shortened ones. A list of dos and dont's would help with safety issues.


  7. "Analyst 1"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Davis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best benefits packages in the area.

    Cons

    It's easy to get held back and treated badly if you upset management depending on the department your in.

  8. "Graduate Student Life at UC Davis"

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty of TAship opportunities and time to do research,
    Learn new stuff and/or reinforce your knowledge,
    Interact with students to gain teaching skills,
    Research labs to gain skills for industry,
    Peaceful and beautiful town, no real traffic other than that of bikes,
    Wide range of studies conducted means more collaboration,
    Close to Silicon Valley and California's capital.

    Cons

    Relatively less number of research grants available,
    Rent is relatively high due to demand by increasing number of students,
    The town is small, so it could become boring after one or two years.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to students more please and get more research grants!


  9. "postdoc"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly working environment, nice and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    no cons for a postdoc actually especially if you work in a big lab with many fundings.

    Advice to Management

    no


  10. "Student Job"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Davis, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, always accommodating around my school schedule, always helping out with teaching valuable skills, receive feedback on work progress

    Cons

    As a student, you can't work more than 20 hours per week, but it's understandable. At least it should be optional for the student if they'd like to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep helping out students and preparing them for the workforce with learning valuable skills for post graduation!


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