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Updated June 22, 2017
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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)

  • Not a lot of room for growth in certain departments (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Work at UCSD"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at UC San Diego full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Opportunity to work with most talented group of scientists

    Cons

    No real cons to mention


  2. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a Postdoc, this place is one of the best places to work. Again it greatly depends which department/lab you are in but over all its a great place with so much opportunity to lean new things.

    Cons

    Weekend work is the most common thing

    Advice to Management

    NONE

  3. "Great environment to work in computational neuroscience"

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    Current Employee - Visiting Scholar in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Visiting Scholar in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great computational Neuroscience and opportunities to establish world-class collaborations. Great library and access to research material.

    Cons

    Challenging to get a permanent position.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making the university a top computational neuroscience research center.


  4. "Great work place, good benefits, non-competitive salary"

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great scientific environment, lots of resources, great collaboration opportunities

    Cons

    Not much space to grow

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff better!


  5. "Awesome experience"

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

    Pros

    The main pro is that you get to work with state of the art equipment as part of research. As per PI, it varies from person to person

    Cons

    The main impediment to any research would be the lack of funding. Apart from that, I don't see any cons.


  6. "UCSD Research Assistant Thoughts"

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    Former Employee - CHEAR Research Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - CHEAR Research Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are friendly and welcoming, and the environment was very warm. I felt like I learned a lot at my job! The times were flexible as well.

    Cons

    I really enjoyed my time at CHEAR, and I felt everything was very organized, so I don't have any cons at this point.


  7. "Nice place"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good weather, close to the cliffs, good academic environment, many interesting events, an opportunity to meet people from all over the world

    Cons

    Parking is expensive unless you are willing to walk a long way, buildings are not easy to navigate, otherwise nothing to complain about

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really, this is a huge public university that is king of hard to manage. The health insurance needs to be streamlined, it was fine for postdocs but the employees seemed to be unhappy with the options.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucracy can get in the way sometimes"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Dependable schedule. Opportunities to grow and learn professionally. Academia environment. Invested in employee health and well-being.

    Cons

    While there are benefits, you have to search for them. Outdated systems can be an embarrassment when dealing with students in one of the top-rated CSE programs in the country. Depending upon department, can be difficult to move up ladder. Much is dependent on retirements. Overall, it's a big system and you need to find your own way and niche to thrive.


  9. "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits with Good pay.

    Cons

    Funding depends on grants

    Advice to Management

    Give opportunities to recent grads.


  10. "UCSD Review - Program Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Program Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Program Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    People I work with (this can vary by dept.)
    Great work/life balance
    Vested in pension after five years

    Cons

    Parking is terrible
    Not much nightlife around campus
    Difficult to get around area (ie. one way in and one way out)
    Pay isn't great--could probably make more in the private sector


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