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Updated July 22, 2017
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  • Low pay, but that could just be the role I am in (in 11 reviews)

  • Lots of red tape to deal with, takes a very long time to receive approvals (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work during college"

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

    I worked at University of California part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and adaptable job duties

    Cons

    University drama and politics making things work slowly

    Advice to Management

    Keep people on track with projects through managers better.


  2. "Imperfect AND World-class"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of California as a contractor

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn from some of the practitioners in the field. Beautiful campus. Generally bright, respectful, and eager students. Excellent teaching and research resources in the form of libraries, career development. Colleagues are for the most part helpful, friendly, and generous.

    Cons

    Hi turnover in department administrative staff, making for under-staffing, loss of institutional knowledge, and middling morale. Less than satisfactory communication and organization among large faculty body, resulting in inefficient decision-making. Recent sexual harassment scandal and less than satisfactory handling of it has lowered morale and trust.

    Advice to Management

    Try to stabilize administrative staff tenure to ensure functionality and raise morale. Although organizational problems among the faculty is endemic in the industry, there is still potential for addressing this within this particular workplace.

  3. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Student Life here was pretty safe and secure.

    Cons

    The environmental engineering department was subpar.


  4. "Staff Research Associate I"

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

    I have been working at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Depends on the lab, however you learn a ton through your specific research project and often times get published in prestigious journals

    Cons

    pay is not extremely high

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate SRAs almost as graduate students


  5. "Great scientific hub"

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    Current Employee - Project Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Project Scientist in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    For people working in life science it is a great place to be.

    Cons

    Soft money. Never ending races for grants.


  6. "PC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, learning opportunities, possible growth depending on which dept you work in, and benefits

    Cons

    It depends on which clinic/speciality you work at, but the dysfunctional environment and people.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let people get away with not doing any work at all.


  7. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Leadership
    - Available resources
    - Collaboration

    Cons

    The average salary level would be the main cons.

  8. "Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of California part-time

    Pros

    Great Health Insurance, Great Campus, Lots of Support Services

    Cons

    Low Pay, Lots of Red Tape


  9. "Great Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible hours, fun.

    Cons

    Impossible to log overtime and notoriously difficult to report abuses.


  10. "LAWR review"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oakland, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    healthcare benefits and outdoor activities are good.

    Cons

    collaboration for doing research and science with other universities is bad


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