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Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Beautiful campus and facilities (in 29 reviews)

  • Offers employees many incentives and encourages work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, not enough feedback from instructors (in 17 reviews)

  • The pay sucks for graduate students (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Student, UCSC"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interdisciplinary work environment, collaborative, many resources, very creative faculty

    Cons

    The cost of living for the bay area is disproportionately high for the salary.


  2. "Porter Resident Assistant: Your Management Does Not Care"

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Pays for your food and housing
    - Get's you in touch with a bunch of your peers and creates a really cool circle of friends
    - Gives you experience both with students and with management

    Cons

    - The CRE staff (your direct supervisors) are not the best, and the level of support they give you is lackluster. They hold you to standards they do not keep.
    - Residential programs can be fun but add a lot to your workload
    - A huge time commitment and time management challenge

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to the RAs and try and take in their feedback. If multiple RAs tell you you're doing something wrong, maybe consider their collective opinions.
    - Be organized if you expect organization from your subordinates.


  3. "Tutoring for LSS"

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    Former Employee - LSS Astronomy Small Group Tutor in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - LSS Astronomy Small Group Tutor in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful environment, helpful people, and a healthy life-work balance

    Cons

    As a tutor, the challenge came to helping everyone equally, being able to switch teaching/tutoring methods quickly


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  5. "Research Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is really fun to work there. Everyone at the Lab are really enthusiastic and helpful. You can really learn a lot of things there.

    Cons

    It is kind of hard if you are doing work from a distant location via Skype.


  6. "Teaching assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    flexible working hours
    great knowledge gain
    good teammates

    Cons

    too much work
    tough during exams
    repetitive work
    hire more graders

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work
    make it easy for students
    great work


  7. "Student Worker? Not too bad(?). Full time? You're going to be walking on tight-ropes here."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Accepting of different individuals, somewhat diverse workplace.

    Cons

    A LOT OF RED TAPE. Very bureaucratic environment, and it is very apparent that upper management does not care very much if at all for the employees under them. So many rules that need to be followed that certain services become unavailable to people if they are missing a single document. If I didn't need to worry for my job I'd just let it slide under the table, but regulations and my bosses say otherwise.

    There have been multiple instances where employees were let go due to "insufficient budget to pay for their salaries" yet the administrator's salaries keep on increasing... I know that this occurred at multiple locations across the UCSC system through both word of mouth and through personal experience.

    An administrator literally had a conversation in front of me about how she was planning on firing all of student employees who worked there so that she can get a salary boost instead. And sure enough, it happened.

    Also, superiors plagiarising their employees' work is commonplace here. And people getting fired out of nowhere. There's also a recurring theme of people being severely underpaid and forced to do multiple peoples' jobs or else they would be fired. You know this is bad when those very people gripe about this to you and from multiple individuals.

    The total lack of communication between the departments (academic, administrative, and business) leads of a lot of inefficiency and again, red tape. It's pretty bad, even for a public institution.

    Also, a lot of rules that are, quite frankly speaking, outdated and laughable. For instance, did you know that UCSC can be expanded AS LONG AS no part of campus is visible from the city? And people wonder why there's a diminishing number of jobs and opportunities on this campus, besides the PR fluff that is published all the time.

    A good bit of corruption and nepotism happens here. I wish I were joking.

    Advice to Management

    You should get rid of some of your seriously outdated rules and policies here.


  8. "An Alright Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable job, nothing really changes. Everything is pretty straightforward.

    Cons

    Nothing really changes. Moving up in pay/responsibilities is very hard, and is more based on time served than on actual merit.


  9. "Lovin Life in Santa Cruz"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The campus is gorgeous, the physics department is very highly ranked, people are generally very friendly. Lots of nature-related activities to do around town, from water sports to hiking & biking. Music and art scene here are thriving.

    Cons

    Cost of living is absurdly high, and it is a pretty transient town as a result. Pay as a graduate student is not as much as I would like it to be. If you are extremely driven and used to fast-paced work environments, you may not enjoy the setting here

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages!


  10. "Postdoc Research"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location, benefits, campus culture, student population

    Cons

    Depends on the department -- lack of adequate office space, technology, and resources


  11. "Working as a graduate student"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's pretty much a standard graduate program. You're paid part time for full time work.

    Cons

    The pay sucks for graduate students



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