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UC Santa Cruz Reviews

Updated March 19, 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. "Great pay and supervisors who care"

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    Former Employee - MSI Tutor
    Former Employee - MSI Tutor

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

    Pros

    The pay is one of the best paying jobs you can get as a student on campus. Supervisors work well with your schedule and are always there to help support you

    Cons

    There were no cons for this job


  2. "Prepared me for my post-grad professional life while improving my personal life!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Programs Assistant (CPA)
    Former Employee - Community Programs Assistant (CPA)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, supportive mentor-like supervisors, lots of fun to plan and coordinate events.

    Cons

    Frustrating experiences and difficulty in collaborating happened at times, but was a valuable learning experience.

  3. "This was great part time work that I could do in between classes!"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Maintenance Crew Lead in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Crew Lead in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Located on campus, so I could go work in between classes. Manager was awesome. I worked at college 9/10, which was in a cool location.

    Cons

    Sometimes, the work was just manual labor.

    Advice to Management

    I hope Mauricio Magdaleno is still there!


  4. "ucsc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good campus and environment

    Cons

    The pay is kinda low


  5. "Great place to part-time"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer
    Former Employee - Web Developer

    I worked at UC Santa Cruz part-time

    Pros

    Chill part-time job as a student

    Cons

    Might not be challenging enough


  6. "great place to work outdoors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    organized and friendly, felt like I was part of a team

    Cons

    None - a great place to work


  7. "Like teaching, don't like the situation."

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Students are amazing. Beautiful campus. I got to design my own class.

    Cons

    No upside potential, low pay, no benefits at all. I'm not part of an intellectual community. No one even talked to me for three months.

    Advice to Management

    Create some upside for lecturers or at least spend five minute per quarter talking with them to see how they are doing. Seriously, not even five minutes?

  8. "Your mileage may vary"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Teaching Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Teaching Assistant in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, great people to work with

    Cons

    Your choice of advisor and project will heavily effect your overall life enjoyment.


  9. "Best place I have ever worked."

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UC Santa Cruz full-time

    Pros

    mostly relaxed atmosphere, beautiful setting, friendly professional co workers

    Cons

    Most managers are friendly, but incompetent. Much needs to be done at UCSC to train managers, I think most of them should not be in the jobs they are in.

    Advice to Management

    Up the training for managers, and maybe just hire less of them, trim down administrative bloat and focus on the mission.


  10. "Assistant Swim Coach of 1 year"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Swim Coach in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Swim Coach in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great crew of coaches to work with and current head coach takes really good care of coaches.

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours offered for some groups