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Updated October 20, 2017
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  • high pressure for graduate students to graduate as quickly as possible (in 37 reviews)

  • Long hours depending on advisor (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Teaching assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    Decent student and staff to work with

    Cons

    not much walfare or compensation


  2. "Research assistant review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working exp and get publications.

    Cons

    Long hours of working and tedious.

  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. "Research Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full ownership of your research project

    Cons

    Lack of resource, inconsistent faculty quality.

    Advice to Management

    Identify the most suited research direction, following crowd doesn't sound good but at least you have to provide the channel to those hot domain.


  5. "Student Affairs"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Evaluation Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Evaluation Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere, location, university prestige, benefits package

    Cons

    Typical red tape of any large institution

    Advice to Management

    More open, honest communication with those you manage


  6. "Amazing place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Customer Serive Representative"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    Decent environment to work in. Supervisors and RHM in Hedrick Hall were great

    Cons

    Can be relatively strict at times and there is little wiggle room.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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