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UCLA Reviews

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. "nurse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good ppl that takes care of u

    Cons

    nothing is bad about ucla


  2. "Job security, but terrible pay/advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Please note - all departments are very different, but these are some general trends:

    - job security
    - generally a very good work-life balance
    - beautiful campus
    - excellent pension and benefits (does help compensate for low pay)
    - free health and wellness programs & discounted public transportation passes
    - excellent food on campus
    - all managers are quite different across departments, but mine were great people and very supportive of our team

    Cons

    - job security means lazy and dead-weight employees can't be fired after 6 month probation period. VERY frustrating. I recommend managers make good use of letting employees go before the 6 month period if they are incompetent.
    - job security means many campus employees have a very "public sector" mentality about their job ("that's not my job", unwilling to stay late, etc).
    - UCLA has a policy that your salary cannot increase more than 15%, even for a significant promotion, without a special exception from the Vice Chancellor (rare). This means that outside candidates can command higher salaries than internal promotions, just based on this rule. You have to leave the university and then come back if you want a significant raise. For this reason, I would NOT recommend a long career at UCLA if you start as an entry level employee.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the 15% limit on salary increases for promotions. It discourages internal promotions, and encourages talented employees to look elsewhere for their career growth.


  3. "Increased new postdoc salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The new agreement between postdoc union and UC administration is working well and postdoc got paid in new scale.

    Cons

    So far nothing to complain.


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  5. "UCLA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Lecturer/Teaching Fellow/Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer/Teaching Fellow/Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at UCLA part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    UCLA is a large academic institution that provides excellent health benefits (if you are lucky enough to be offered a good heath insurance plan, you are eligible for some of the most renowned medical institutions in the country, which are right on campus). Most of the academic departments offer great administrative support, which makes carrying out one's professional duties (in my case it was teaching) easier. There are also opportunities to join unions. Finally, working there allows access to fantastic academic and cultural events in the form of free lectures, exhibits, concerts, etc. I mostly found my various communities of colleagues to be intellectually rewarding and socially and emotionally supportive.

    Cons

    Availability of good office space is often limited, especially in the older buildings and for part-time teaching personnel (adjunct lectures and teaching fellows and assistants). The university does not provide free parking to employees, and monthly parking passes are expensive (though the free campus shuttle service is nice, if one is able to use public transportation to get to Westwood). This did not apply to me, but some of the lecturers complained that they were hired under poor terms, provided low salaries, no health insurance plan, no long-term job security, and no opportunities for career advancement. Some of the big lecture courses I taught (or helped teach) provided very little opportunity for the students to become familiar with the professor (and vice versa), and they were basically left entirely in the care of overworked TAs.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the parking situation for employees. If necessary, hire adjunct teaching staff under better contract terms, providing them better compensation, healthcare options, job security, and office space. Make discussion sessions smaller, so that TAs can do a better job teaching, tending to students' problems and needs during office hours, and grading coursework more carefully (and perhaps even have enough time to read and edit drafts, as most UCLA students do not seem to get sufficient help writing academic papers in English composition classes). Do not encourage professors to pass athletes regardless of how badly they perform academically.


  6. "Great Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Westwood, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Westwood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I liked working at UCLA because I had and amazing boss and the benefits were great

    Cons

    The pay was not enough to support yourself living in Los Angeles

    Advice to Management

    You should pay for employee parking


  7. "Changes in Management = Changes in the Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of people are great to work with. Good benefits including mandatory pension and holidays are in place for all employees.

    Cons

    Too many loopholes and lack of internal accountability for a fast-paced over-burdened public purchasing organization. Favoritism is apparent where management will spend time getting to know some but not all team players. Pay grade is below market standards.

    Advice to Management

    Every employee should be appreciated and assigned tasks according to their experience, strengths, and weaknesses. When the bar is risen by a team player, don't discourage or make negative comments about it or you will lose good talent.


  8. "Admin Assistant 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Building Coordinator in Westwood, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Building Coordinator in Westwood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, schedule, holiday time off. Current department, LSSA, is very supportive and encourages staff development. Opportunities for advancement also exist, though it is up to the individual to take advantage of this.

    Cons

    Pay is not great, but it's a public institution so the benefits and kind of make up for it. Sometimes one person may be required to accept additional responsibilities without additional compensation.

    Advice to Management

    In my current department things are great. However, I left another department as management was not very supportive, and operated in a very old fashioned, draconian manner. Moral was extremely low through out the school.

    My advice to management would be to put themselves in the shoes of their subordinates and ask themselves if they would want to be managed by a person like themselves. If they can't say yes then something should change.


  9. "operating engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operating Engineer in Van Nuys, CA
    Current Employee - Operating Engineer in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits and pay scale

    Cons

    never get a union raise

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. "Everyone was extremely welcoming and the people are very helpful and understanding."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peer Learning Facilitator (APLL) in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Peer Learning Facilitator (APLL) in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meet people from all over the word. Seeming less process to complete the paperwork and every employee is always willing to answer your question; even if they do not know the answer they will find someone who does.

    Cons

    The communication between different organizations on campus leads to much confusion and can often waste time. Even within companies many people do not communicate with one another which results in unnecessary emails.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with one another prior to requesting information from employees where hey must email management anyways.


  11. "Great environment, slow advancement"

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

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are amazing benefits, resources, and opportunities at UCLA. So many things are available at your fingertips at this beautiful campus.

    Cons

    If the opportunities for upward mobility reflected the same growth and consistent maintenance on campus, this review would have five stars!

    Advice to Management

    Provide more active feedback to employees about growth opportunities and procedures to develop at UCLA.


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