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Updated May 22, 2018
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Pros
  • Depending on where you work, the work environment is fairly positive (in 40 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance, friendly grad students, helpful TADP office (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Not much room for growth in my particular field (in 7 reviews)

  • The pay is low and it is difficult to find a healthy work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "My short experience at UCR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The faculty is very good

    Cons

    PhD students are underpaid in this institution

    Advice to Management

    Better benefits/amenities for PhD students


  2. "Engineering grad student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Riverside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible academically and decent benefits.

    Cons

    As a student have to pay for gym fees.

  3. "Ok to work for"

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

    I have been working at UC Riverside full-time

    Pros

    higher ed environment, great benefits and people

    Cons

    outdated workforce and processes. Skillset may decline.


  4. "Fun stuff"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator

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

    Pros

    - Very reasonable work load

    - Fun and varied jobs

    Cons

    - Management could be dysfunctional at times


  5. "UCR Tour Guide"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - UCR Tour Guide in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - UCR Tour Guide in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being a tour guide gives you access to all the opportunities that are on campus because you need to memorize all this information to share with your guests. You are always meeting new people and I personally have made a lot of good memories while interacting with my guests. My oral presentation skills have also improved since we give 1 hour long tours to a range of audience.

    Cons

    That being said, the upper management actually wanted us to omit some information to the guests. For instance, a lot of students came to UCR to learn about our nursing program (we don't have a nursing program which technically is the student's fault for not looking closer into what UCR has to offer) but our boss, instead of letting us be frank with these students, actually wanted us to tell them that its okay that we don't have a nursing program, that they could transfer to another university once they are done with their general ed. WHAT, and let the students waste money and time?? Absolutely horrible advice. The tour guides have to fight to be 100% transparent to their guests.

    Advice to Management

    Let us be our own people even though we are "the face of UCR." Just because we are representatives, doesn't mean we have to be cookie cutter students.


  6. "Good opportunities"

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

    I worked at UC Riverside part-time

    Pros

    Depending on where you work, the work environment is fairly positive

    Cons

    Can be very fast paces so would be difficult if you can't keep up
    Most issues are caused by bad management and sometimes there's not much to do other than to leave and chalk it up to experience

    Advice to Management

    Managers and supervisors should conduct evaluations much more often - that is, evaluations that their employees do of them. There can be a lot of miscommunication with management, and when messages are incomplete or non-cohesive it can create a toxic work environment.


  7. "It all depends on your PI"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Cranston, RI
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Cranston, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had a great time working at UCR. The pay is decent and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    What your working conditions will be will really be up to your PI. I've heard good and bad stories.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more full time techs instead of contracting!

  8. "UCR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UC Riverside full-time

    Pros

    Wide ranging access to various career opportunity pathways.

    Cons

    Difficulty obtaining positions due to impaction.


  9. "Multimedia sullort operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Riverside part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training on multimedia supporting

    Cons

    Not much of a social culture

    Advice to Management

    Give more indepth training on technical support


  10. "Great Environment!"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Riverside part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Everyone there treats you like family. However, this was for the library department of UC Riverside. I have no idea about other departments.

    Cons

    None I can think of.


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