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Updated February 23, 2017
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  • Low pay, but this is true for any post-doc position (in 17 reviews)

  • The cost of on-campus housing for graduate students ranges from the bad to absurd (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great institution for graduate research"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaboration between labs and departments isn't stigmatized like other campuses, but is openly encouraged. This campus definitely fostered a creative and out of the box thinking in regards to my research, which I've struggled to find at other institutions I've visited for research. Also, the graduate student housing make the area very affordable compared to the surrounding area.

    Cons

    It never rains, or snows. Sometimes there are heavy winds.


  2. "Good job. If you like it you can make a career there."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Projects Coordinator
    Former Employee - Special Projects Coordinator
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. My coworkers genuinely care about what they do and if you like your job you can genuinely make a career there. Lots of folks stay decades at UCI, but many more use it as a stepping stone for something else.

    Cons

    Change comes at molasses pace. Campus wide changes (like switching information systems) can easily go awry and be stressful for employees.


  3. "uci teaching assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Irvine part-time

    Pros

    everything is good so far

    Cons

    nothing that I can think of


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  5. "Student Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Irvine part-time

    Pros

    The professor and technician who work with me are so nice and kind. They give me a lot of help.

    Cons

    I haven't meet any trouble here.


  6. "Researcher review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC Irvine full-time

    Pros

    UC Irvine has great research resources in medical field.

    Cons

    Salary will not be as high as industry for a start up researcher


  7. "Great place to work with awesome medical plan benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC Irvine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    UC medical center is the best in the West. The specialists are top of their games

    Cons

    Since it's a public university things can be really slow to get done and the paid is extreme low.


  8. "Grad School is ok but UCI is very nice."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    best grad school environment that I've heard about

    Cons

    grad school, irvine is boring


  9. "UCI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Irvine part-time

    Pros

    cares about workers
    friendly staff that enjoys working

    Cons

    very hard to find a con


  10. "Non-tenure track faculty"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Irvine, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice location, pretty low-key day to day.

    Cons

    They don't value their non-tenure track faculty (takes 6 years to get a continuing contract -- but that's at all UCs, not just UCI), and pay is LOW for Lecturers compared to other UCs, in my department at least (Composition/English). No room for advancement, really, in my department, either.

    Advice to Management

    Value your non-tenure track faculty -- we do the actual work that, you know, makes you a university.


  11. "Student Programmer IV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Programmer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Student Programmer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC Irvine part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture is one that values work life balance and minimizes stress. Most of the people I worked under were very quick to make me feel like part of the OIT family, and day-to-day tasks are frequently mixed in with informal events like donuts in the coffee room or a group lunch break.

    Cons

    Some of the technologies employed are not the most up to date or "bleeding edge" with in relation to other tech employers. Thus, if one wished to switch jobs in the future, it would be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    As a branch of UCI's management, the UCI OIT presides over a vibrant student body with cutting edge ideas pertaining new fields such as HCI. Student engagement events that illicit feedback and ideas would be a great way to tap into an immense pool of creativity and talent. Student lead projects could bring new insights into how UCI's technical infrastructure could be improved.



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