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Updated February 23, 2017
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  • As a graduate student or a teaching assistant, you will be working long hours for low pay and very little thanks (in 7 reviews)

  • Working at a public university also comes with a lot of red tape and useless restrictions on salaries and hiring (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Lots of interesting people on campus.

    Cons

    Too many budget cuts and layoffs.


  2. "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


  3. "Awesome place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California part-time

    Pros

    Met awesome people on campus

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy on campus


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  5. "UC Berkeley"

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    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility, benefits and people.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, not a lot of money to support programs


  6. Helpful (1)

    "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good flexibility, nice coworkers, nice people most of the time. some rude people occasionally of course.

    Cons

    terrible boss. favoritism in the office.


  7. "Post-Doctoral Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

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

    Pros

    Nice location. Relatively flexible working schedule. Friendly atmosphere. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Salary is relatively low and highly depend on the project you working on.


  8. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Reasonable pay for the amount of work that went into the job, as long as you know the subject matter well.
    -It's a university, allows you to dress and speak however you want (within reason)
    -Very little administrative control over what happens in your classroom.

    Cons

    -You likely won't choose specifically which classes you teach and will have very little control over the days/times you will teach.
    -Keeping students interested; this really should not be part of your job, but student laziness forces you to do it.
    -Difficult to fail students, even those who truly deserve it.

    Advice to Management

    Let the teachers teach and the bad students fail! Keep administration in the offices and limit standardized curricula!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A place that is afraid of change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Lots of possibility for growth

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    The work environment is often toxic and overly political


  10. "Amazing workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Its a big school and have higher chances of potential collaboration.

    Cons

    Facility management are sometime slow, they should hire more people to decrease the burden on current staff


  11. "Research Lab Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of California part-time

    Pros

    - Good employment benefits.
    - Safe laboratory conditions

    Cons

    - Taking-side environment.
    - Some level of discrimination and inequity.
    - Complicated employment paperwork process.



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