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  • Santa Barbara is a very expensive place to live (in 9 reviews)

  • Remember that TAs are graduate students trying to complete their own degree programs (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Administrative Assistant II"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UC Santa Barbara (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding Faculty and Graduate students.Outstanding University.

    Cons

    Department of Communication's Business Officer, is unprofessional and does not follow the policy of keeping the confidentiality and Personnel records of the department including in sharing of certain employee (Staff, Faculty) members personal issues. Not a healthy working environment.


  2. "Terrible Place, terrible people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UC Santa Barbara full-time

    Pros

    - Good weather.
    - Nice landscape.
    - That's pretty much it.

    Cons

    The university is inflexible in dealing with anything. They are being squeezed financially so they now have two people doing the work that 5 used to.

  3. "Graduate Student Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Santa Barbara full-time

    Pros

    On the plus side there is a lot of top notch research going on. The location is beautiful, but you never get to leave you lab to see it. Some labs have a lot of funding and post-docs that you can use as resources. Plus the pay isn't that bad if you're a GSR, but if you have to TA for your money, get ready to scrape pennies.

    Cons

    Overworked, underpaid, and part of the Graduate Student Ponzi scheme. Rotating into labs is like hell and professors do not want to help you learn, they wish you did that before you came to UCSB, because they want to use you like a machine, constantly doing mundane lab work for their next scholarly article which will not have your name on it despite your efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to teach your students and don't expect everyone to be a genius day one. Grad school is about feeling stupid, but it's not about sorting out to see who's the most stupid and then disregarding them as if they are nothing.


  4. "Developement Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Santa Barbara full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pension, vacation days and paid sick leave. People that have decent supervisors love their jobs.

    Cons

    I am a real Engineer supervised by a machinist that hates people with degrees and a certain political group. Extremely unprofessional, the shop is his venue for political propoganda. He has no accountability and prides himself on keeping others down. The only way to get a raise is if someone retires or a lateral transfer.

    Advice to Management

    Check on the people below you once in a while. Have employees evaluate their supervisors at least once a year. If everyone in the shop despizes the manager and morale is bottomed out, maybe there is a problem that needs to be adressed.


  5. "Don't Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UC Santa Barbara part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, awesome people to work with

    Cons

    Management doesn't know what they're doing. EVER.

    Advice to Management

    Be Professional!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for those odd ones 35 and older"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at UC Santa Barbara full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, and a really pretty campus.

    Cons

    They make you pay for parking, and the culture just isn't there. It depends where you are in your departments but for the most part everyone is on the older side and is incredibly out of touch with the real world...think unmarried "cat ladies". You are INCREDIBLY UNDERPAID and have little to no movement for growth. It's a government job where pretty much nothing will get done when you ask someone else to do it. The people are nice but really weird, and you won't be going out to grab a beer with them after work, or want acknowledging their existence out of the workplace. It's okay if you need something to do and don't care about making money, but without a second income life can be pretty tough. The staff is roughly 95% women and the men are only in the technical positions. No real applicable experience which is sad.

    Advice to Management

    It's a poor government job with limited funding, there's nothing really to say.


  7. "Worst experience in history. MSO/CFO having poor leadership, no interest in providing training & no communication skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great co workers! Great staff to work in other departments Great benefits!

    Cons

    Lack of performance evaluations, respect & recognition for exemplary work

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management needs to be more clued in to what CFO is not doing with her team

  8. "UCSB"

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    Former Employee - Food Service Staff
    Former Employee - Food Service Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people, and it was a good experience over to work for the UCSB dining commons, but I don't miss it.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes the day just seems to never end and while the management was good, sometimes they could be a bit headstrong.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the pay cuts, save the UC system, don't let it die give workers better compensation and take care of everyone!


  9. "If you're looking for a reliable job and want benefits it's the place for you."

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    Current Employee - CNT III in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - CNT III in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Depends ( I can only speak for IT Staff, academic positions are another area I cannot address).

    If you're looking for a reliable job and want benefits it's the place for you. Merit is not really rewarded because virtually everyone gets the same increase regardless of performance. The exceptional are ignored (not to say I was exceptional but I saw some who were). Only the really really terrible are ever disciplined/fired.

    Cons

    It's Political!!! The Professors run the campus (as they should) and look out for their salaries and increases before anyone else. Increase in pay typically requires accepting a job at a different department. Be prepared for very very little growth in a job unless you are re-hired in another department.

    Advice to Management

    From what I've seen the Chief Information Officer at UCSB has done very very little. It's really very simple, the management of Information Systems is not an academic discussion. Why are there server rooms in every large building on campus???? Why are there separate email servers for most departments????


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