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Updated May 20, 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. "Working for UCLA Dining Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I have worked part-time at UCLA Dining Services for 4 years and it has been a great experience! The managers and employees are all incredibly friendly and helpful, and the students are cheerful and polite.

    Cons

    There are no real cons to working at UCLA Dining Services aside from limited opportunities for advancement.


  2. "OK place to be a graduate student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good academic reputation for the institution.

    Cons

    Heavy course teaching load for teaching assistants and faculty do not prioritize undergraduate or graduate teaching


  3. "Operations Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great staff, overall great experience.

    Cons

    Limited hours as a student. I work here as a work-study student.


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  5. "Inspiring Environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Overall I've found the environment to be highly intellectually stimulating. There is a vibe of optimism on campus and a great deal of innovation and activity. Overall, I've found administration to be supportive of professional development albeit they are not always subscribers to efficiency.

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be difficult as you have a lot of "lifers" who hold onto their cush positions until they decide to retire and collect their highly competitive retirement packages.


  6. "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people, good culture, good work.

    Cons

    Traffic, lots and lots of traffic.


  7. "UCLA Access Control"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    + lots of time to study (if you can study at 3-5am..)
    + flexible scheduling
    + summer benefits are great (housing/dining)

    Cons

    - supervisors/management: poor decision making
    - though I wasn't involved, there was a lot of drama between coworkers and supervisors (who are also other students)
    - hours are terrible
    - employees take the job way too serious (we swipe bruin cards, c'mon..)


  8. "nice place to live"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice place to study and nice weather

    Cons

    high living costs and expensive parking


  9. "Best campus job ever"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Office Assistant in UCLA, CA
    Current Employee - Front Office Assistant in UCLA, CA

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

    Pros

    Great staff and excellent recommendations

    Cons

    Office can get very busy at the start of the year


  10. "UCLA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, pretty campus, highly accredited

    Cons

    Low Pay, High Turnaround, incompetent management


  11. "Rewarding and Educational"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Peer Learning Facilitator
    Current Employee - Peer Learning Facilitator
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Relative to other campus jobs, the Writing Center pays very well, but more importantly, it gives you the opportunity to develop real face-to-face interpersonal skills and professionally validates your ability to write well. It also becomes very clear that the service you're providing is valuable after you get some hours under your belt, and that really gives undergrad employees some much-needed proof that they possess a skill that matters to the world.

    Cons

    Your schedule will work with your other commitments, but it will be an oddball no matter what, and you can't be guaranteed much more than 12 hours a week. Furthermore, your work is one-on-one intensive, calculated conversations where you have to adapt in the moment to each student's writing tasks, skill gaps, moods, and interpersonal style—meaning that the work is exhausting. It's easy to get shifts covered, but this is not a job where you can show up five minutes late and being a no-show is off the table.

    Advice to Management

    The director does a great job of adapting training sessions to the issues that employees report, but getting individual feedback and training is extremely rare. It would probably be helpful to have supervisors and even other employees shadow and reflect on each tutor's performance more regularly.


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