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UC San Diego Health Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, great work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Competitive wages and great benefits (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Paying for parking is not unheard of but it is very expensive here (in 7 reviews)

  • Low pay in staff research positions, no promotions, staff treated in these respects like they are expendible, research positions are vey competitive (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Unfair"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have great benefits, vacation, retirement, etc.

    Cons

    Some departments follow the rules when it suits them & when they want to do something that suits them, they break policy... Never know where you stand.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "CRC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego Health (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was always a great place to work.

    Cons

    The parking has become such a problem in LaJolla.

    UC San Diego Health Response

    May 9, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    UC San Diego Health is the region’s fasting growing health system. It unfortunately has grown faster than our parking capacity at our medical center in La Jolla. However, we are excited to report ... More


  3. "Great Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Diego Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working at UCSD Health for 1 year and it is a great place to work. The benefits, and paid holidays/PTO are great. My colleagues and management is also great. They always have an open door and make themselves available when needed. They show concern in the professional development of the team. The hospital is also taking great strides in improving the patient care experience.

    Cons

    Paying for parking. Parking lot gets full.


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  5. "Admin Asst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant I in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, lost of room to grow, good resources. Everyone is helpful and nice.

    Cons

    paying for parking. the phones are confusing.


  6. "Good Benefits, Lack of good management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technologist II, Central Service in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Technologist II, Central Service in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Diego Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, good compensation time, good vacation time, good sick time

    Cons

    management often overlooks entry level employees, not enough employees, overworked and underpaid

    Advice to Management

    hire enough workers to cover the appropriate shift so as to not burn out employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "UC San Diego Health System Per Diem vs. UCSD Permanent Full Time staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hillcrest SAN Diego Hospital and La Jolla Thornton in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Hillcrest SAN Diego Hospital and La Jolla Thornton in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UC San Diego Health System has a large pool of jobs specifically for Per Diem employees at less than 100% rate. The College Educational side and its staff are better than the Hospital Business side. Thornton La Jolla Hospital it has a better atmosphere than Hillcrest; since, it has many other UCSD Facilities and the Main Campus near by.

    Cons

    As a Per Diem UCSD can let you go any time and usually right before you reach your 750 hours; otherwise they are obligated to hired you Full Time Permanent as per Union Regulations. Hence, UC San Diego Health System will avoid paying for Medical Benefits or contributions towards employee retirement (401K, etc.). Some departments might have very young supervisors with not enough experience towards older employees.

    Advice to Management

    UC San Diego Health System should train their younger supervisors in dealing with employees with disabilities and their rights under EEOC.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Post-doctoral Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are great employee benefits and some of the best safety training for scientific lab work.

    Cons

    Your success is highly dependent on who your mentor/advisor is and there are very few checks and balances for poor managers

    Advice to Management

    Put in structure that allows for employee feedback of management and make this be a criteria for raises and rehires.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big organization and they are moving IT forward fairly quickly.

    Cons

    Very poor management at the Manager and Director level. Pay scales are varied and end up being arbitrary. The organization is trying to improve but there are so many people in the organization that have been there for too long or who have been there just long enough that they aren't planning on going anywhere. These individuals know how to work the system and work hard to insulate themselves by building and protecting silos.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a consulting firm to take various roles "under-cover". Have the individuals go through the application and hiring processes. Once hired have them report on their experience.

    I believe that senior management is aware of many of the issues and attempting to make changes but it is a mammoth cultural change is needed and may not be possible within the UC system and culture.

    Hiring and vetting process needs to be changed. A combination of education and experience needs to be looked at more carefully when looking at candidates and salary offers. There are many managers and directors with little education but they have a lot of years at UCSD. Many are poor managers and who work hard to maintain silos and support a non-collaborative work environment to protect their positions. Perhaps a required mentoring process could be implemented to help build the management skills, personal growth skills and communication expectations.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent benefits and coworkers; cheap but mostly-friendly management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UC San Diego Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers, benefits, vacation/sick, education leave, education opportunities. Most immediate managers (nursing unit managers) are friendly, responsive, and caring.

    Cons

    Clueless upper management with no grasp of real nursing floor life; Staff must float inter-facility (between San Diego and La Jolla), not just inter-unit.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the smaller things (broken VS machines,


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Pre-op/PACU RN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Diego Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great comraderie among doctors, nursing staff, administration; down-to-earth setting; teaching environment, and humble ways for improvement, pension plan

    Cons

    Cost for employee parking, union fees make salary comparable

    Advice to Management

    Continue to emphasize team/staff participation through efforts of process improvements


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