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University of California - Office of the President Reviews

Updated May 24, 2018
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University of California - Office of the President President Janet Napolitano
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  • Senior management is more concerned with office politics than in helping people to succeed (in 5 reviews)

  • Job security is unfortunately very low (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Flexible Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California - Office of the President part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is great working with the school. If you're a student they are very flexible with your schedule. Provide development for jobs skills that are applicable in other professions.

    Cons

    Small office for those who like working in larger setting.

    Advice to Management

    Great Moral, keep it up!


  2. "Administrative Officer"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement package. Wonderful to work for the best public university in the world.

    Cons

    Re-org is severely affecting morale. Division between senior management and regular personnel.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Information Systems Analyst IV"

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst IV in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst IV in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a stable and steady job with flexible work schedule. Very good retirement benefits are available. It is a good place to work, if you are looking for a job with not much dynamism.

    Cons

    At times, management is not looking for the best interests of the existing employees. Not much improvement in the skills are possible. Also, trying out with latest technologies is hard.

    Advice to Management

    Have a strategic goal for each employee and give ample opportunities for the existing employees for technical training for future work. Hiring new employees for latest skills is ignoring organic growth of the existing employees.


  4. "Soul-less work environment exacerbates meaningless roles"

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    Former Employee - Applications Systems Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Systems Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of California - Office of the President full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location near water, anesthetic old-guard work environment that is constant and stagnant - predictably humdrum

    Cons

    Hostile to ideas or true advancement
    Resistant to change or progress
    Stubborn to help its own constituents
    HR Generally apathetic to pleas

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the bad seeds NOW !
    Hire people based on merit that are positively motivated
    Empower them and kickstart initiatives
    Respect your position and employees
    End the bureaucracy and inexorable committees


  5. "UCOP"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive management and a stable career

    Cons

    Hard to advance. You never know if you will get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    They need to pay their employees more


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Top down management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Flexible work hour
    Diverse working environment

    Cons

    Most elitist organization I've ever worked in. Managers never held accountable for mistakes, issues and responsibility gets kick downed to staff level.
    Way to much boot licking, which seems to be the primary means of advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the golden rule.


  7. "Bureaucratic nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of California - Office of the President full-time

    Pros

    Some good people; UC itself is a great and important institution

    Cons

    Crushing bureaucracy; no accountability for largely mediocre staff and performance;

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Still a convoluted, political place, but things are getting better in IT"

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    Current Employee - IT Lead in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - IT Lead in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For the last few years, new IT management has come in and they're making changes that are more visible and consistent across the organization. Finally someone with the desire to make IT better.

    I like what they're doing - shaking things up slightly. Changing things. They are trying to keep up to date on tech and sometimes people need to be kept up to date as well. Either train and learn something new, or get left behind.

    I see some long time UC employees move on because of this. While I don't like to see my colleagues leave, in the end, it's good for everyone and the company.

    Good IT management.

    Cons

    Bad behavior is tolerated. I don't know why people who dislike their position or role at UCOP stay. Just leave and find a place that will make you happier. Don't drag me down because you don't like it here. Those who are so negative about this place should leave, rather than make everyone around you hear your complaining. Take some personal responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making changes from the "old way" and move towards the 20th century. It's the only way to continue turning this ship around.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Needs to be fair"

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    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    >Benefits
    >Most are Great people to work with
    >Right off the freeway
    >great work/life balance
    >the senior management are great people
    >Pay is decent

    Cons

    >Employees wont get ahead based on Merit, Qualifications or Experience
    >You have to suck up to Managers and supervisors to move ahead
    >Since supervisors are part of interview panels they have a big say on who to hire, so a lot of their friends have been hired, some who have no prior related experience.
    >the newer less experienced and less qualified new hires are earning more than their counterparts who have been there way longer.
    >some Assistants are earning more than Associates in the same department
    >Supervisors are refusing to learn the work that the employees they supervise do. They do "back seat" supervising, making them more of a barrier than being a help to their team.
    > It seems like everyone who applied has been hired. Quantity is preferred over Quality employees, this could hurt the center in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    >Upper management seem to be unaware of the reality of the situation in the workplace. they are given all "great" news on everything by the supervisors and managers. Associates and Assistants would tell a different story if there wasn't a fear of losing their jobs to speak up.
    >Company morale is Not as good as you might think.
    > have a fair system for interviews for new hires, and not have jobs handed out to friends, some of us worked hard in our careers to get to these positions only to see it being handed out to others so freely.
    > Make it fair for employees to be interviewed for new positions instead of giving priority for outside applicants. I understand that an employee number quota needs to be met, but you have a lot of experienced, talented, and qualified internal employees for those positions.

    These Small fixes will do wonders for the morale and the center as a whole.


  10. "Good mission, mediocre management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California - Office of the President full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are driven by the mission of UC. Generally a collegial, collaborative working environment. Most senior managers are passionate about the work and lead by example. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive. Too many senior managers are inexperienced at change management.

    Advice to Management

    Too many deputy/director/chief-of-staff roles are currently vacant, in part because salaries are too low to attract external candidates. This leaves administrative and professional staff overworked, and resentful that there are few internal opportunities for advancement.


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