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UC San Diego La Jolla Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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Pradeep K. Khosla
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  1. "A giant institution like any other"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time

    Pros

    If you hate rain and love beaches, you can't go wrong with this location.

    Cons

    It's a giant institution, with all that that entails.


  2. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work as a postdoc. The postdoc union has our best interest at hand. Great academic environment. Family friendly

    Cons

    High cost of living in La Jolla. Need to drive everywhere. UC mandates taking a portion of salary for retirement. Not good for people just getting out of grad school who need the money.


  3. "Good Place to Work, Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of positions in the university once you're in. Great, affordable benefits. Some places/departments are flexible with scheduling.

    Cons

    Not as high pay as private industry for some comparable jobs.


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  5. "Web Portal Assistant Summer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Web Portal Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Intern - Web Portal Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego as an intern

    Pros

    On-campus and I learned a lot from my mentor

    Cons

    I didn't interact with a lot of people at this job


  6. "Good employer"

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    Former Employee - CSE Tutor in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - CSE Tutor in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good paying job

    Cons

    no cons it was a good job


  7. "Graduate Student Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, nice campus

    Cons

    Intense work, sometimes poor communication with program management

    Advice to Management

    More communication by program managers with graduate students would be very beneficial, make sure they know what's going on


  8. "Beaurocratic"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you get hired, there are no checks, so it's very hard to get fired.

    Cons

    However, it is difficult to get hired for the position you like.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to individual concerns


  9. "Medical Asst. II"

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    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits and long term retirement.

    Cons

    You have to pay to park on site.


  10. "High turn around and no accountability"

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits (though you pay for that through high deductions) and work flexibility (if you're an expert multi-tasker) & some of the doctors are great to work with

    Cons

    Misguided or absent management, transferring 'problem employees' to other departments rather than releasing them, Union constraints/rules on everything from starting salary to promotions to yearly wage increases, parking is expensive and still not guaranteed, disregard for employee happiness in general, a pretty worthless HR/labor relations departments (any complaints about management are disregarded and retaliation for whistle blowers is real), an overall acceptance of verbal abuse from higher management as a way of life, and obvious nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Place individuals with actual POSITIVE management experience in charge (not doctors), establish 'real' SOPs for due-process of complaints and repercussions for abusive managers, realize that people do have family lives outside of work (and thus constant 60 hour work weeks is unacceptable), seriously investigate nepotism, take the time to actually document employees who consistently under achieve and/or use the system to their benefit by not being productive so that work won't be so difficult for productive workers that go unappreciated while at the same time being overworked, and lastly - listen to your employees because the good ones end up leaving


  11. "Uninspired Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The area the campus is in is beautiful
    Work/Life Balance
    Acknowledgement that diversity and inclusion are values the university believes in and upholds

    Cons

    Politics - Hierarchy is alive and well - only those at the top have any influence
    Outdated mindset in their approach with employees - no flexible work arrangements, raises are very minimal and hard to come by, upward movement is extremely difficult
    Operationally runs in an outdated way without considering how to make employees feel more valuable and included in the community
    Lack of collaboration across departments

    Advice to Management

    Consider a more forward-thinking approach with staff and how to run operations. The university is so large that it is easy for employees to feel isolated on their own team. Focus on how to create more of a sense of community and how you can collaborate across departments. Just because things have been done a certain way for a long period of time does not mean it's the best way to do things now.


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