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UC Merced Reviews

Updated August 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment and wonderful growth support (in 11 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and positive campus atmosphere (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • All UC graduate students get paid very little for research, so expect to depend on TA, fellowships or loans (in 4 reviews)

  • Not much room for advancement, politics (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Systems Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Atwater, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Atwater, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    With 25 years in IT, this is my favorite position so far. Every person I have met in IT has been excellent. I love my boss and my bosses boss and respect the CIO, though I haven't worked with her directly. Fair pay. Fair hours. Good benefits. Enough workplace flexibility. Staff size is relatively small, so there is a good variety of interesting things to work on.

    Cons

    "Staff size is relatively small". We still get the important things done however.
    I did take a pay cut to come here, but it was worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

    I have been working at UC Merced (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Fulfilling work. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Some departments are very underataffed. 2020 project is far too aggressive causing extreme stress on staffers and faculty. Merced infrastructure is not able to grow with the campus causing big problems with availability of housing, medical services, etc.

  3. "It pays the same as everwhere else... but they money goes further"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Merced full-time

    Pros

    same pay as everywhere else
    good benefits
    small labs
    good attention and access to faculty
    they are open to ideas for professional development programming

    Cons

    programming for graduate students could be better
    not much to do in Merced

    Advice to Management

    Please increase transparency in operations.


  4. "Review for UC Merced"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Merced, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Merced, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small , Elegant, Diversity, LGBT friendly, Strong community.

    Cons

    BAD advisor. Too small, Too hot in summer.


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Communications Internship in Merced, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Internship in Merced, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, definite possibilities for growth and promotion

    Cons

    So far from town.


  6. "Overall good but with growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UC Merced full-time

    Pros

    Smaller, newer campus affords more opportunities of all types. If you're willing to live in/near Merced and are a decent employee, you'll probably get a job at the University.

    Cons

    University is growing fast. Can seem like you're building the plane while flying it.


  7. "Civic Leadership Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Merced part-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and wonderful growth support

    Cons

    Employees may not thrive if they aren't self sufficient, at times there is little to no supervision.

  8. "Data Entry Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Merced part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours for students
    Caring supervisors

    Cons

    Low pay (but it's Merced)
    Repetitive work


  9. "Dining Center Server"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Merced part-time

    Pros

    Good hours
    Good pay rate
    Great people

    Cons

    Management needs work
    Few benefits
    Little upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Talk to all your employees not just wait for them to come to you.


  10. "Salary at Bright Success Center"

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    Former Employee - Bright Success Center
    Former Employee - Bright Success Center
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC Merced (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best environment to be around in

    Cons

    They tend to only hire individuals who already have family there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep track of those who have seniority


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