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Updated Oct 3, 2023

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  • "Low pay and if you don’t publish you can really hurt your chances of getting a job after.(in 229 reviews)
  • "Salary and raises very low for level of responsibilities and expectation (25% below fair market value)(in 215 reviews)
  • "parking is expensive and not always convenient to where you work.(in 84 reviews)
  • "Extreme financial peaks and valleys exacerbated by poor management.(in 83 reviews)
  • "Underpay research IT roles Managers have little insight into what makes for premiere worldclass research(in 32 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Oct 30, 2020
      PhD Candidate
      Former Employee
      Cambridge, England
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      It is a great campus and environment


      The salary is not too high for the cost of living in LA

      1. 3.0
        Aug 4, 2015
        Anonymous Employee
        Former Employee, more than 3 years
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        Great campus, respected institution, LA has good weather. Being a TA pays for tuition and gets you health insurance. Once in a while you make a difference in sometimes life.


        TA salaries have not kept up with cost of living in LA and are not competitive with other top-notch universities. You can easily end up overworked, and you just have to do it. Quality of undergrads you have to deal with seems to be declining rapidly.

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