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UCLA Reviews

Updated October 18, 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. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Former Employee - Volunteer

    I worked at UCLA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great teaching facility, helpful, organized, clean

    Cons

    Sporadic hours, long hours, traffic on the 405 is terrible


  2. "Mixed Feelings"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    UCLA offers a great opportunity to collaborate with other great researchers. Researchers here have World-renowned reputation. Excelling here can lead you to great research opportunities in the future and solid industry jobs.

    Cons

    My department in particular regularly submits its graduate students to funding scares and shortages that decrease moral and add enormous stress to the working environment. Despite the school's prestige, our department fails to regularly place students in top university positions, a failure that I am sure is driven by the enormous uncertainty in funding.

    Advice to Management

    Anything that could be done to help secure funding for graduate students through their average term of study (and not some departmental, unrealistic goal) would be very helpful. Also, being more upfront with incoming students about the funding issues would be much better. I was misled in the responses to my funding questions when I first was accepted, and it did influence my decision to attend this school rather than others.

  3. "Graduate Student Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher

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

    Pros

    Prestigious university, ability to work with top tier faculty, pretty much all of whom are stellar in their respective fields. Urban location if you're into that sort of surroundings.

    Cons

    Hit or miss, depending on your environment and whoever is in it; some departments and research groups are great, while others are downright toxic, and it shows when you talk to the people in it. Like most higher education in the United States, funding is being cut for both the universities and the research funding, and the squeeze is being felt in the labs; quite a few fellow graduate students were unable to continue for purposes of funding or abusive advisors, and many of the rest suffered with low pay in one of the more expensive parts of Los Angeles, and being forced to handle greater loads.


  4. "custodial supervisor"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beatifull buildings, good activities in campus

    Cons

    they want good work, but hire people with no experiance

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I love the people that work here. They're polite, pleasant, and quick to help out. Supervisors are very understanding and work with the employees.

    Cons

    It gets boring when there isn't work to be done.

    Advice to Management

    engage with employees more? small talk maybe?


  6. "Research tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA full-time

    Pros

    Got to learn a lot

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons


  7. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    Clear communication, excellent benefits and perks, diverse and welcoming work environment.

    Cons

    None that I can identify. Worked within the Academic Advancement Program.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. You are making a difference in the lives of the students who use the program, don't be deterred by crosstalk on campus.

  8. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UCLA part-time

    Pros

    Great people, coworkers are friendly

    Cons

    Public institution means bureaucracy and paperwork


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    campus life is always a plus

    Cons

    takes time to get an increase in pay


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer

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

    Pros

    The campus is very beautiful to work

    Cons

    The class is too large.


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