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Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Low pay, but that could just be the role I am in (in 8 reviews)

  • Lots of red tape to deal with, takes a very long time to receive approvals (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Accounting III"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Accountant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Corporate Accountant in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with a great group of people. The supervisor I reported to is awesome; she gave me the room to figure things out but always gave me guidance when needed.

    Cons

    Like most state agencies, it is hard to implement change when needed.


  2. "HR Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Merced, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Merced, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The University as a system has great benefits! Enjoyed working with departments at the University of California Office of the President and employees at UC Merced.

    Cons

    Equity issues. Politics is stifling at the UC Merced campus. Management's engagement with employees is very selective. High level campus management conducts Town Halls in an effort to claim transparency but they are not transparent. Very disappointing, especially to long-term employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value and appreciate experience!


  3. "Ok place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Rewarding work. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries are low. Lots of red tape to deal with, takes a very long time to receive approvals. Employees are under appreciated.


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  5. "UCI"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California (More than a year)

    Pros

    very good experience here working

    Cons

    no cons to write about really


  6. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Merced, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Merced, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance, retirement benefits, vacation

    Cons

    lack of processes, ancient systems


  7. "Great job for a student"

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    Former Employee - Reader in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Reader in Davis, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Decent pay (for student), 100% work from home, make your own hours

    Cons

    Work can be a little tedious; sometimes you can't work as many hours as you would like to


  8. "ITS Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior PM in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Senior PM in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great career move. Pension

    Cons

    Harsh politics. They layed me off, then fired the manager who recommended my dismissal. Couldn't they have investigated what happened?

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to office politics. Diffuse issues.


  9. "Postdoctoral scholar"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment with vibrant university community

    Cons

    The work demands extra time commitment, and the mentors are too busy to provide consistent support.

    Advice to Management

    Improve salary of postdocs


  10. "Graduate Student Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Merit Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Merit Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of California part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice to work at the school while attending school

    Cons

    The pay is very low while working on a professional degree


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    "SASC Student Tutor"

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    Current Employee - SASC Tutor in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - SASC Tutor in Davis, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of California part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay; Flexible hours; Great people

    Cons

    Rescheduling excuses are limited; sometimes limited hours for certain subjects


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