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University of California Reviews

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. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Can be fairly easy as times. With the right instructor and class, the work can be enjoyable and rewarding.

    Cons

    Preferences and assignments are at the discretion of people in management without any direct experience. Working for incompetent lecturers can make you lose your mind.

    Advice to Management

    It would help if lecturers (non-Senate faculty) would be evaluated more rigorously before being assigned teaching assignments and teaching assistants.


  2. "UCLA research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great research, people, and students.
    Location
    Weather

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is horrible. Inefficient, cumbersome and not transparent
    Parking


  3. "GIS/Data Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy going and friendly enviornment

    Cons

    Little to no career mobility. Slow moving projects


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  5. "Pretty Decent Overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the UC system has decent medical coverage for single individuals. My university has a good graduate student union and reliable teaching opportunities for graduate students (this may vary by department).

    Cons

    Wages make living in Southern California somewhat difficult without roommates or without living on campus. On campus housing options are notoriously bad.

    Advice to Management

    Implement more graduate student affordable housing. Partner with external companies, as the current administration for housing is not helpful or aware of student needs.


  6. "Project Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hours are very flexible, which is extremely beneficial during midterms and finals seasons.

    Cons

    The workload varies day to day, so you never really know what to expect.


  7. "Love working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Davis, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to work where- and whenever is best for me. Great benefits. Short commute.

    Cons

    Low salaries compared to others at my level in private industry.


  8. "Looking to leave"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Hard-working nice colleagues. Interesting work sometimes.

    Cons

    Many. Management has a culture of not praising its employees, but rather pointing out the flaws. And the managers that do support their staff, can get trampled on by their bosses. We pay $81per month for parking, yet most of us walk at least 4 blocks to our cars. HR in Health is the worst HR I have ever come across - they do not communicate with you, and will do nothing to help you in your quest for a raise. The only way to get a better pay is to move around the university... or leave.

    Advice to Management

    You are stuck in the middle ages. Learn how to appreciate, support and follow those that have real vision and stop trying to subdue them.


  9. "Postdoctoral researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Belmont, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Belmont, MA

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

    Pros

    Good benefit including health insurance

    Cons

    I simply don't have any negative side.


  10. "UC Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High performing team and collaborative.

    Cons

    Too many hours required to do job effectively.


  11. "IT Support Assistant at UC San Diego"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - IT Support Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing staff, flexible hours and decent pay for a part time job. Can be in the job despite beingn international student

    Cons

    Payroll sometimes is not processed on time, there is a lot of other workers with which communication is hard

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, please get UCSD to process the paychecks on time.



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