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Updated September 16, 2017
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  • high pressure for graduate students to graduate as quickly as possible (in 35 reviews)

  • Long hours depending on advisor (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Evaluator at most applied to university in the US"

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    Former Contractor - Evaluator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Evaluator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UCLA as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful atmosphere, getting to help students fulfill their dream of attending UCLA

    Cons

    Situational lack of senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    Manage


  2. "Good place to work but low pay"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work environment, many sick and vacation days and holidays.

    Cons

    The pay is lower than an outside company.

  3. "Online TAing is a sweet gig!"

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    Former Contractor - TFT Online TA in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - TFT Online TA in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UCLA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Workload is fair, professor (direct supervisor) is reasonable (of course varies)

    Cons

    Communication about expectations could be a little better, but there is a manual that goes over everything.


  4. "New Student transition Programs - New Student Advisor"

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    Current Employee - New Student Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - New Student Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn a lot of critical professional skills (group work, public speaking, work under stress, etc, which are all great on your resume)
    Get to know many students and staff through counseling and advising
    Gain an in-depth understanding of UCLA academic rules and cultures
    If you are a current UCLA student, this job can help you get into almost any on-campus elite positions later.
    Free housing and meals on campus throughout summer

    Cons

    Hours (expect 70+ a week active duty)
    Some staff members are hard to deal with
    Due to the nature of this job, critical mistakes (absence, tardy, failure to show up, etc) are not tolerated. Because if you do something wrong it affects all students

    Advice to Management

    More interactions with student staff. It's great overall.


  5. "Good place for research"

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    Current Employee - Student in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    diverse academic environment, and nice people

    Cons

    I would say, traffic in Westwood is not that good


  6. "Teaching Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good experience in teaching
    Great undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate job
    Reinforces previously learned topic
    Improves public speaking

    Cons

    Long hours depending on your professor


  7. "Good postdoc experience, but not very integrated into dept / university"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits; access to subsidized grad student / postdoc housing that is affordable for west LA. Though this was a postdoc position, I spent most of my time doing admin work to run a seminar series. That was a good experience, I learned a lot, had a chance to meet leading scholars in my field and co-edit a book.

    Cons

    Not much time or support for my own research (no conference or research funding, for example). I felt like an outsider in the department and at the university -- I had to argue with the department secretary to even be put on a departmental email list (because I didn't fit into the categories of student or faculty). The faculty members I worked directly with were great, but other faculty in the department didn't make much effort to welcome me. As a postdoc in a humanities department, I was an oddball and didn't have a community of other postdocs. I had shared / borrowed office space and had to use my own laptop to do work for the university (they wouldn't give me a computer). My spouse and I did live in grad student / postdoc housing, but we couldn't get in until October though my position started in July (and we had gotten on the list in March), so we had to pay through the nose for an Airbnb until then. Salary would have been generous for most other places in the country, but not a lot for LA. UCLA is, for humanities faculty especially, a lot like a commuter campus -- admin people in my department were on campus regularly, but faculty were not.

    Advice to Management

    UCLA humanities departments need to make more of an effort to welcome postdocs, lecturers, and other short-term employees.

  8. "Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at UCLA (More than a year)

    Pros

    UCLA is a nice place to work with lots hidden gems all over the place.

    Cons

    Can sometime feel isolated. Living around the area is difficult on postdoc salary.


  9. "custodial supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beatifull buildings, good activities in campus

    Cons

    they want good work, but hire people with no experiance

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love the people that work here. They're polite, pleasant, and quick to help out. Supervisors are very understanding and work with the employees.

    Cons

    It gets boring when there isn't work to be done.

    Advice to Management

    engage with employees more? small talk maybe?


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