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Updated March 24, 2017
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  • Graduate students are overworked as TAs, have minimal parental leave (in 32 reviews)

  • Weird payroll system means you can't have two part-time jobs that are paid in different times of the month (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Program, Cares about Employees and Underrepresented Students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peer Learning Facilitator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Peer Learning Facilitator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The salaries are high, the staff is very knowledgeable, and the culture is very friendly.

    Cons

    Positions are limited. If you want to work at AAP, you must show proof of excellence and being able to handle a lot of work.

    Advice to Management

    Create more accountability on the time-sheet system to prevent abuse.


  2. "Teaching Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Part time, flexible schedule, great students

    Cons

    Not too many cons actually


  3. "UCLA is good to graduate students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    wonderful recreation center, good support for physical and mental health

    Cons

    high pressure for graduate students to graduate as quickly as possible


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  5. "i like it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Janitor
    Current Employee - Janitor

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

    Pros

    so good man go to it

    Cons

    so bad service time sometimes

    Advice to Management

    relax


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    "Toxic Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    If you're a worker bee or toxic long-timer, you can't get fired! You can be as incompetent and evil as you wish, and no one will do anything to you.

    Cons

    Cuckoo long-timers can make all the racist, sexist, slanderous comments they want and never face the music. It's a hostile work environment to pretty much anyone you can think of. I was even bullied by senior management at a department function in front of everyone for correctly answering a question posed to the group. Many people who work there have never worked anywhere else, or at least have been there for many years. It's no surprise they resent anyone new bringing in industry best practices, even if they get great results. This isn't where you go to grow. It's where you go to collect a pension and die -- bitter and intellectually emaciated.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. And if the union's tied your hands, get creative, for heaven's sake. You've got burned out, emotionally abusive people in both management and other key positions. Not everyone, of course -- I worked with some terrific people, particularly in Admissions, and Chancellor Block was gracious. But the administrative core is rotten. I came to work there because I wanted to support a school that makes a difference in the world, but I left crushed. It's impossible to be an "optimist" in this kind of environment. And with our universities being our last hope in a nation currently ruled by anti-intellectuals, it's past time you started rewarding motivated, talented people instead of humiliating them.


  7. "Student and President of Undergraduate Investment Society"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent laboratory and academic resources

    Cons

    I do not think there are any cons


  8. "Poor Management of Student's Time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher

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

    Pros

    The resources are nearly infinite if you look hard enough. i.e. I found articles cataloged in the 1930s that had some information on the research I was working on.

    Cons

    Professors consider you a number. You will only get undivided attention from your immediate boss. I was not treated well by my colleagues and boss, even with dozens of attempts to get involved. Most people in the MSE department seem nearly apathetic about the program offered.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just choose 1 student to favorite for the year. Make sure just about everyone meets their life goals or has progress towards them completed before their 2nd year.


  9. "good job for graduate students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    diversity of projects
    good supervision from faculty
    interesting projects that focus on personal growth and make a difference in academic
    top 10 public health research insitution
    good funding opportunities

    Cons

    Always under the oversight of faculty
    Difficult to manage expectations with school


  10. "Research lab at UCLA"

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

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Great community of people working on cutting edge research. Lots of different disciplines to get involved in.

    Cons

    Can be a bit bureaucratic.


  11. "Glad to be here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Benefits and reliable job

    Cons

    Departments can only increase pay by 15% even if you change job classifications change.



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