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Updated May 14, 2017
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  • Graduate students are overworked as TAs, have minimal parental leave (in 32 reviews)

  • Part time schedule was sporadic (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "business analyst"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UCLA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have good benefits and are mostly a stable place of employment. Vacation starts at three weeks and increases to six weeks.

    Cons

    the management is very cliquish and tightly closed.

    Advice to Management

    trust your people and not be so micromanagement


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Admin Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UCLA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You work set hours and aren't encouraged to take your work home with you. You also receive pretty great benefits which would be expected from such a huge company.

    Cons

    Employees and work environment is very much like being in high school again. People are catty and can be very cliquey. Promotions are rare to none, you would need to apply for another position or department to receive a raise. Price to park on campus is absolutely ridiculous and rises every year. Employee recognition for good work is slim to none. After passing the probation period, it is difficult for UCLA employees to get fired which causes many conniving workers to pass on their work load to new candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Recognition of hard work from employees would be wonderful. A $5 starbucks gift card once a year doesn't exactly encourage fellow employees to strive for greatness year in and year out. Promoting from within would also be nice since these people already know the inner workings of the system. Almost feels as if management encourages a revolving door or workers to prevent employees from asking for raises.


  3. "No Room for Growth"

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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

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

    Pros

    Unique art and exhibitions displayed. Good pay compared to other museums.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Management was stagnant. Department heads did not support their employees.


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  5. "Terrible culture, terrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The location near bel air is really fantastic and it is a beautiful campus. Access to faculty is a perk of the job

    Cons

    Bullying culture in some departments, bad leadership and bad management is not addressed adequately. Need for strong direction from above

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the culture issues.


  6. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Helath Insurance is pretty good.

    Cons

    Doing a postdoc just sucks.

    Advice to Management

    LOS ANGELES


  7. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, beautiful campus, good pto

    Cons

    Archaic management practices, low staff pay

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified external applicants who can help to modernize UCLA's organizational and administrative practices and policies. Pay fair market wages.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fundraiser"

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    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Westwood, CA

    I worked at UCLA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible hours, close location to campus, gets you introduced to sales like environment early.

    Cons

    -horrible pay for the work, muggy office and overall depressing atmosphere, managers listen to music more than they work which isnt very motivating.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a different field of work


  9. "Great environment for learning, horrible experience trying to reliably receive a living wage"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    World-class facilities, brilliant and helpful faculty, and a beautiful campus - overall, a great place to grow intellectually and perform research. There is a sense of collaboration and camaraderie amongst the labs (at least in my experience within the neuroscience department) that seems to be lacking at many other graduate programs across the country, where vicious competition and the practice of undercutting your peers seems to be the norm.

    Cons

    The individuals that handle graduate student funding for the vast majority of people in the neuroscience department (you know who you are) seem to be chronically incapable of paying students on time, or the correct amount. It becomes exceeding difficult to concentrate on studies and research when even the paltry sum of money that constitutes a monthly graduate student stipend fails to arrive for weeks (or months) at a time. This happens on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the dead weight. They do not execute their duties efficiently and their inability to perform the simple task of paying students on time has turned an entire department of future alumni into jaded and resentful refugees from academia. Several of my peers have remarked that they plan to never donate money to UCLA once they are alumni, in light of their personal experiences with the inefficient bureaucracy and financial mismanagement they have lived through as graduate students.


  10. "work environment"

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    Current Employee - Clarity Report Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clarity Report Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    still a great institution to work for

    Cons

    too many management changes, too political, too much micro-management, definitely not a friendly working environment.
    very understaffed.


  11. "Too much politics"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    While I love the office I work for, there is overall too much politics at UCLA to achieve the outcomes we want.

    Cons

    Unions can be very limiting.


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