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UC San Diego Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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  1. "Great place for graduate school in life sciences"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Competitive stipend, collaborative environment, friendly administrators

    Cons

    Overall, San Diego lacks culture and public transportation - it can be hard to live here when coming from a larger city


  2. "Graduate Student Researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Good stable job but not much room to grow"

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

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

    Pros

    Feels like a great place to work if you're settled down.

    • Calm work environment
    • Stable job
    • Good benefits
    • The majority of employees are pleasant people to be around

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to stretch skills / abilities for those eager to try new things.

    • Very corporate atmosphere with a lot of bureaucracy / red tape
    • Not much room for career growth

    Advice to Management

    Figure out ways to keep employees engaged with their work and help them grow professionally.


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  5. "Good employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Good benefit for postdocs"

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

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

    Pros

    good insurance for family, good working environment for research, Postdoc union is very active for protecting the rights of postdocs. Salary raise automatically.

    Cons

    house rent is very high.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assiatnt in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assiatnt in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to network and make lateral moves in your career.

    Cons

    Employee culture is down and amenities (food, training, social gatherings) are very rare.

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee culture by assuring that the leadership cares about the individual.


  8. "High turn around and no accountability"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "IT Professionals - Run and don't look back"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and it's in San Diego

    Cons

    IT jobs underpaid, no raises EVER, almost no promotions

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you are not aware but the main department of Information Technologies at UCSD is run by a bunch of people with degrees in art, music, psychology or degrees that have absolutely nothing to do with computers or science, and they are the ones filtering most IT jobs, which coincidentally happen to get people with similar backgrounds.

    Let me ask you this. Would you rather have an architect or a psychology major to build your house? An architect of course

    Would you rather have a doctor or a musician to perform surgery on you? A doctor of course

    So why does UCSD management think it's different with Information Technologies?

    UCSD leaders, ever wondered why UCSD is always behind in Information Technologies? Now you know.


  10. "Uninspired Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Beaurocratic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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