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Updated August 4, 2017
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  1. "Disorganized - focused on gossip and rumors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time

    Pros

    benefits, holidays and tax-deferred savings plans.

    Cons

    Worst hospital in the UC system. Cliques, corruption, leadership bad-mouthing other leaders and staff. Technical expertise doesn't equate to leadership skills. You can't teach common sense and the leadership is immune to any initiative that makes sense. They want to re-invent the wheel to put their stamp on it. Why? EGOS galore! Everyone walks with their backs to the wall because of all the knife-throwing! Rotten culture - mean girls everywhere - especially in management. My manager got her job by threatening to quit if she wasn't promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Take some leadership courses. Follow UC systems in Northern California for a sense of strategy and patient safety. UCSD is scary. "Leading the Way" won't survive until Leaders stop derailing staff so they can keep their own jobs.


  2. "Teaching assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC San Diego full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and lots of benefits

    Cons

    Salary, poor communication, and no career growth

  3. "Despicable Treatment of Adjuncts"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The location is nice and the hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Treatment of adjunct faculty is deplorable. UCSD Extension uses every trick in the book to avoid paying adjunct professors and instructors fair wages, and to avoid providing them with health benefits (even if you teach what is considered full time hours most places). Parking is actually more expensive for instructors than for students, if you can find it. Management will tell you they can't pay you more because of "budget deficits" while they purchase multi-million dollar buildings around town. It is also made very clear that the primary goal is customer service, not educational integrity. Therefore, you might as well get a job as a hotel manager because it pays more.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your teachers better. They are the foundation of your company.


  4. "Well known, but really not good for careern growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health insurance benefits, work life balance and opportunities for training

    Cons

    Poor management hires and promotes friends and co-conspirators

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced managers


  5. "Director of Special Projects"

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    Current Employee - Director of Special Projects
    Current Employee - Director of Special Projects
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great reputation and world class research

    Cons

    Leadership- The Chancellor and CFO have ruined our HR Department with their leadership selections. The current head of HR isn't even an HR professional.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. Show us some leadership. You've driven off talented people. Our morale is at an all time low.


  6. "UCSD Student Life Business Office"

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    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


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

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    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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "Research Associate III"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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