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Updated September 22, 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. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Good people, brilliant colleague a nd nice environment. It is Los Angeles

    Cons

    expensive rent around the university and cities


  2. "Students"

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

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rigorous education and broad opportunities to explore extracurricular activities.

    Cons

    Very close to beach and shopping mall, so may disturb your studying

  3. "Great work and opportunities within a large organization"

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

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    UCLA has an incredible name and can open doors to a number of opportunities. I've found my work colleagues to be knowledgeable and committed.

    Cons

    Like any larger organization, sometimes there can be bureaucracy and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  4. "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Westwood, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Westwood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, nice people, and warm weather

    Cons

    parking gets expensive when cars are left for prolonged periods of time.

    Advice to Management

    reduce parking rates


  5. "Progammer Analyst"

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

    I worked at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Fast moving, high energy campus

    Cons

    Los Angeles traffic and too many people


  6. "UCLA overall very generous to graduate students"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Graduate students get a very generous salary compared to other universities.
    Campus is lovely as well.

    Cons

    I've had troubles getting paid accurately for about 6 of the 12 months I have been here.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that all of your employees (especially those crossing departments) are paid accurately.


  7. "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.

  8. "Student Assistant Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    Relatively easy to get a work study job

    Cons

    Can be some long hours


  9. "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.


  10. "UCLA Graduate Student Researcher - Chemistry"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in UCLA, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in UCLA, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The chemistry department has very solid compensation when compared to the other graduate departments.

    Cons

    The actual salary listed of $23,000 as of 2017 does not technically include the tuition which is already taken out of it.

    Advice to Management

    Payscales and distribution should be more transparent and uniform across all students in the chemistry department. The department would likely benefit from dispersing all compensation from a central account and handling the details of the individual lab accounts in the background so that all students receive the same pay at the same time.


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