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UC Santa Cruz Reviews

Updated January 22, 2019
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Pros
  • "beautiful campus, lots of resources, cutting-edge research" (in 37 reviews)

  • "Better work-life balance than other programs" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay for techs compared to other universities" (in 25 reviews)

  • "I found no cons while working with them" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Peer Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz part-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience and good working environment

    Cons

    I did not experience any cons!


  2. "Good Working Environment"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Scotts Valley, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Working and Life Balance

    Cons

    Not too many things you can learn

  3. "Come for the research, stay for the environment"

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

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location, supportive colleagues, innovative spirit, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Internal drama does exist. While I have not personally experienced this, I had several colleagues who felt discriminated against for various reasons. Stay on the right side of administration and superiors to avoid problems.


  4. "Dining Hall"

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

    Pros

    You get free food, as if your tuition didn't pay enough.

    Cons

    Really tiring depending on your shift. Minimum wage.


  5. "C10 Mailroom Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Mailroom Clerk in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Mailroom Clerk in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Easy for the most part as long as you don't get backed up by book orders at the beginning of quarters or voting mail near elections.
    - Have freedom to do HW if finished early.
    -Students that work there are usually cool

    Cons

    -Really only looking at 10 hours a week


  6. "UC Catering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Acceptable pay and hour scheduling

    Cons

    Mediocre management and communication, room for improvement


  7. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Relaxed people.

    Cons

    University pay doesn't compete with private sector.

  8. "Freshman Admissions Reviewer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and you can work from home. They train you on the material you will be working with.

    Cons

    The position only lasts for 3 months.


  9. "Perfect place for students"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    welcoming, friendly, enjoyable working environment

    Cons

    Not too many challenges


  10. "Overworked and underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Mental Health Clinician in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Clinician in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can wear jeans to work, students are awesome, campus is pretty, good benefits

    Cons

    Campus inconvenient, the acuity of students mental health needs is high and the powers that be dont fund appropriately, lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    People dont leave jobs, they leave people/ managers.