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Updated January 19, 2018
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Pradeep K. Khosla
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  • Parking is expensive unless you are willing to walk a long way, buildings are not easy to navigate, otherwise nothing to complain about (in 16 reviews)

  • Difficult to have work life balance (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "UC San Diego"

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    Current Employee - Ph D Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Ph D Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great location, professors and colleagues seem to have a abide by the work hard-play hard mentality

    Cons

    The undergrads call it "UC no fun." If your department has no sense of community, you are screwed. parking is a nightmare. graduate school is not easy. La Jolla is expensive.


  2. "PhD student in Physics review"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big physics department with variety of professors

    Cons

    People tend to take more than 6 years to get PhD in physics
    Salary in physics dept. is on the low side

  3. "Great Organization to work with"

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

    Good pay and great benefits

    Cons

    High parking fees for employees with limited availability

    Advice to Management

    Develop more multi-structural parking to reduce the price for parking and increase the parking-spot finding headache in the morning.


  4. "Manager, School of Medicine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. Access to the Medical Education Deans for consultation/direction.
    2. Non-management staff who have been with the Division for more than 2 years are amazingly supportive and attempt to neutralize the daily pressures.
    3. Working with the Medical Students was truly an honor & a privilege. I feel comforted knowing the future of healthcare policy & practices will be managed by Doctors like those trained at UCSD School of Medicine.

    Cons

    1. Intense work environment (this can be good or bad!). Almost every decision feels like it is "life or death " which may be the nature of dealing with Medical Doctors.

    2. At UCSD, beyond having the administrator role, the Educational Deans are also faculty & researchers, so their time is very important. Everyone gets that. However, at times, it felt as if the issue I was presenting was not being fully heard b/c the Dean may have been "distracted" or as if the issue was so trivial, s/he seemed irritated by the inquiry.

    3. In short, the support staff (non-faculty) who are critical to supporting the medical student experience by providing academic support such as schedule coordination; quarterly enrollment of students; reserving rooms with appropriate learning tools, etc.; creating/facilitating student wellness events including providing admin support (e.g. catering contracts); administration of financial support for student organizations' events; and managing prep & execution of diversity outreach & developing/sustaining community partnerships and large scale events (e.g. commencement & student orientations); were treated as disposable/easily replaceable with a temp. worker. Not a moral booster esp. when one is rarely sincerely acknowledged and thanked for their efforts. Not all people need this; however, as a new employee, it is incredibly helpful to know when you've gone above & beyond that, your supervisor & work directors understand what was needed and appreciate the effort of the team of staff (ex. working on weekends, after-hours, and doing the work of two positions because the unit is understaffed).

    To clarify, the difference between the newly hired staff & the "veteran" staff was that the latter was better-compensated so they could better afford the long-term therapy needed to survive the daily stress at the UCSD School of Medicine Medical Education Division.

    Advice to Management

    1. Please demonstrate better care & genuine concern for employee well-being.

    2. The general approach of "Sink or Swim" to assigning tasks to staff does not work! Provide greater support to new staff as they assimilate to the culture and gain knowledge and experience. Remember they are NEW! Don't expect them to know every administrative detail esp. when there are zero employee handbooks to reference in the division.

    3. Spell out your gazillion acronyms for new staff to learn. Even better, create a master working copy list of "Med Ed Commonly Used Acronyms" to share. It would be a very wise investment.


  5. "UC San Diego Review"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll be working with some of the brightest minds in engineering and life sciences. The research done is exemplary.

    Cons

    La Jolla is an expensive city to live in.

    Advice to Management

    Have better benefits for the research assistants.


  6. "Good student job"

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    Former Employee - Processing Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Processing Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked in undergraduate admissions. My direct supervisor was awesome. Very understanding of a student's schedule. The work being asked was easy to learn and comprehend. The office almost always had food to share with its student workers.

    Cons

    A lot of the staff workers would use the student workers to find out about gossip or would use them to undermine another staff worker that they did not work. Did not create a pleasant atmosphere at work some times.


  7. "Good place to work,low salary"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place, nice and kind people, fair boss, good pace

    Cons

    Only low salary, but San Diego overall has lower salaries than other areas of California

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary for staff

  8. "Don't work for the CSO Program"

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    Former Employee - Community Service Officer in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Community Service Officer in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours are in one go and it is flexible with your schedule. Some of the shifts that involve sitting in Geisel or other places allow you to study on the job.

    Cons

    Coworkers were rude and always riding people to work faster on the job. Forced to ride bikes on campus so the job requires lots of physical stamina on escort shifts. Make up fake reasons to fire student employees by claiming fake trainings that were actually done but the record was lost to fire employees. Supervisor had favoritism and was a rude and unpleasant person with a Napoleon complex.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be as rude and pushy when dealing with students and hire them faster. Be nice to employees regardless of their fitness level.


  9. "Great Security!"

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    Former Employee - Communications Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job security for a top-5 University in California. Flexible schedule. Solid Co-workers

    Cons

    Large school. Lots of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. "Student Position"

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    Former Employee - Student Office Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Student Office Assistant in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Convenient, on campus student job
    Flexibility in scheduling, minimum 12 - max 20 hour part-time; full-time in summer
    During the school year, workloads easy; summer is when it's the busiest since it's the Admissions office.

    Cons

    Minimum wage pay; office drama sometimes


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