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Updated November 25, 2016
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Pros
  • A good work/life balance - you know when you're clocking in at 8 am, you can leave at 5 pm (in 40 reviews)

  • Good work environment, student shuttle drivers all hang out and have social events (in 67 reviews)

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  1. "UCSD Student Life Business Office"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time

    Pros

    Most of the fund managers were a pleasure to work with, and the student workers who helped the fund managers were very competent and forward-thinking.

    Cons

    Before new management arrived, the office atmosphere was fun, outgoing, and a pleasure to be around. But once the student government fund manager was promoted to a managerial position, the vibe in the office became super toxic and was a reason I left.

    Advice to Management

    There's a reason why no one


  2. "Saddest place I've ever worked!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not many pros worthy of mentioning here, yes the campus is a beautiful place to visit everyday, library is magnificent.

    Cons

    Toxic managers without leadership skills, these tenured people support dysfunctional employees over those who were hired to modernize their out of date information systems. UCSD is running three decade old, out of date software. Revealed these programs are being used by the same tenured people who will not change or upgrade to a new technology, they would rather run out of date systems and complain about it than to implement changes. UCSD is not innovative, campus is still running three decades old COBOL programs. Managers choose old systems, old ways over upgrading to new technology. Revealed to my supervisor that UCSD management is creating IT system barriers, aka "silo building", managers do not help to remove IT obstacles, they prefer promoting drama and excuses over fixing their own problems.

    See allot of waste and abuse of group funding, was directed to attend a mandatory three hour catered meeting to honor someone's retirement. Senior managers reporting misinformation to staff so they appear to "look good" to their faculty/staff superiors. Managers are not very receptive or open to change management. They go on the offensive, overheard a supervisor tell one of her subordinates, "don't be nice to anyone, we are not here to be nice!" Found that working at UCSD is not a great place to be employed, management is too deceptive for me to accept, too much anxiety and negative nervous energy here!

    Still thinking about working at UCSD? Suggest you first think about your career strategy, please be advised the pay rates and benefits provided at UCSD are lower than off campus employment market rates. If you plan to drive your car to work here you will be required to pay to park your car on campus, too many of the senior staff are high tenure waiting to retire with their pensions, some have never worked outside the UCSD institution, funny to know students are allowed to work as staff members with low pay and these students actually believe gaining tenure will empower them, you will find inexperienced IT staff with no sense of urgency to support internal customers, incompetents hired so to meet diversity and inclusion quotas, if you plan to work here be prepared to attend mandatory "active shooter" training with the campus police, this is a scary, cold hearted place to work.

    Advice to Management

    UCSD is over rated, hierarchy with tenure rules here! Serious advice: Take a look at your tenured "employees" and their annual performance evaluations. I experienced many of the directors and above with no leadership or management skills, observed bullying, fear and intimidation by tenure. So, why are consistently low performers allowed to work here, and how does UCSD allow employees tenured beyond 20, 30, or 40 years treated like they are valuable employees and hard to replace? These people are not special, why reward them with large pensions? I worked here as a contractor, thank goodness the contract ended sooner than later, just before departing my supervisor completed his 6 years tenure and then announced he was retiring with a comfy retirement plan paid by CA State tax payers. Funny enough, before he exited the campus, his "boss" also retired after completing 40+ years with UCSD, the only place she ever worked during her lifetime.


  3. "Don't Work Here!"

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing worth writing about as a positive.

    Cons

    As an employee of the Temporary Employment Services, you are treated like a second class citizen. Your job can end at any time without notice. If you're lucky to get a new assignment then all the time you put into accruing for benefits is gone and you start over again. This is practice is a shell-game, moving money from one department to another so taxpayers will never know how much is being spent by a particular department.

    You have to pay for parking, $81 a month while Vice Chancellors and the Chancellor get free parking passes.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of this practice and hire people as career staff employees rather than in your temp pool.


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  5. "Graduate Student, Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time

    Pros

    Doing research and occasionally teaching undergrads can be fun.

    Cons

    No limit on hours worked, relationship with your adviser makes or breaks you.

    Advice to Management

    More direct career advising for graduate students would be a great help.


  6. "Research Associate III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some very wonderful techncians to work with.

    Cons

    Many other technicians were hostile and the environment was divisive.

    Advice to Management

    No comments...They are beyond help. or ability to recognize laboratory problems in the culture.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid Literature Department!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits, beach area, variety of foods on campus although expensive, large recreation center to exercise before or after work, nice campus to walk during breaks

    Cons

    Unprofessional, horrible treatment of people. I write this to anyone considering this department, as I wished I listened to the review I saw about this department before I accepted the job. I was never given a chance, was given inconsistent training, was disrespected by the management. They can be doing much more for the students and spend time rather online or talking to each other. This department ruined my life, no exaggeration. I wish the DDS and chair of the department was aware of the treatment of staff. No diversity within department, hostile communication styles.

    Parking & price is crazy so make sure to consider that when negotiating salary or if looking at other schools to work at. School very low on diversity and lacks feeling of community. Common like other companies, a HR department that is not truly there for the best interest of the staff, but rather the best interest of the company. It's unfortunate.

    Advice to Management

    Learn people skills and take ethics courses. Respect people and really evaluate training and trainers. Be decent people! Represent the university much better, it is truly a shame.


  8. "Poor pay, no raises, no respect"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Analyst in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Analyst in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A sense of purpose -- you are supporting students and learning. Unlike the corporate world, there is at least lip service given to "community."

    Cons

    The Chancellor and Vice Chancellors are preoccupied with attracting respected faculty (and paying them large amounts), and recruiting high-profile donors. Staff people are not respected or supported. We have not had raises in about 10 years, and staff positions are not filled when people leave, meaning there is more work for everyone. There have been small raises (1-3% in the past few years BUT these are offset by increased payroll deductions for the previously mismanaged pension fund. You must pay $1000/year for parking, but if you do not arrive on campus by 7:30am, you will need to park across the freeway and walk or shuttle (adding 20-30 more minutes on to your commute each way). You cannot leave during the day for an errand or doctor appointment, because there will be no place to park when you return. Hundreds more parking spots are disappearing each year over the next few years, so it will only get worse. Unless you are taking a very high management or faculty position, you will be asked to continually "tighten your belt." Before accepting any position or salary, be sure to ask about the mandatory payroll deductions for the pension, parking, and medical insurance plans. Ask what the raises have been for staff in the department over the past 5yrs. This may be a place for a worker just out of school to gain experience -- but I would not advise anyone else to take a position here. If you think you want the job to get your foot in the door, and believe that your hard work and dedication will surely get you a quick raise or promotion, you will be mistaken. Things don't work like that here.

    Advice to Management

    Smart, experienced, and hard-working people are leaving in droves. If they are still there, they are actively looking to leave. The dismal salaries and lack of any perks to compensate mean that you will be dealing with an incompetent workforce that will eventually cause much, much more to correct in the long run.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are few due to the current executive management.

    Cons

    Current executive management is running the University in to the ground and it's now a toxic place to work. As a result, many tenured employees retiring and new folks leaving!


  10. "HDH"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work and works with school schedule

    Cons

    Boring and monotonous at times


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Does not value staff at all."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only benefit to working at UCSD is to have a steady (though barely livable) paycheck and affordable/comprehensive benefits.

    Cons

    No flexibility in work schedule; horrible commute both ways; staff parking costs nearly $1,000/year; bureaucracy thicker than concrete walls; extremely low pay for staff employees - the average is around $40k/yr and that's for a position requiring a Master's degree; very little room for advancement; staff is COMPLETELY unvalued and underpaid...the only people compensated well and respected are tenured faculty & senior-level directors; completely incompetent "business office" that runs all HR/Payroll for the six colleges; terrible employees are never fired b/c it's insanely hard to get rid of someone once they are employed past the 6 mo probation period; mandatory 7% pension contribution, which most employees will never reap the benefits of unless they stay 40 yrs; most other staff members are miserable and in bad moods most of the time; laughably small discount on tuition for employees; need I go on?

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Seriously. Your staff people are what make your organization run. Value them and pay them a livable wage. This is San Diego, not rural Oklahoma. Single people can't survive on the net incomes you provide. Do you think your pretentious faculty would have the slightest idea of how to keep operations going? And your senior management/vice chancellors/etc are overpaid morons, too. Best decision I ever made was leaving this place!



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