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Updated September 16, 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. "Your performance review may be based on boss's favorite. not your work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of California full-time

    Pros

    At the time of my hire, good vacation accrual, decent health benefits and pension

    Cons

    Seems to be a place for very big-headed fish in a tiny pond. Had 3 supervisors (with job titles from Supervisor to Director) that were simply awful but got away with alienating all 10 campuses and all subordinates simply because their supervisor liked them. It didn't matter that they had bad reviews and working relationships with everyone else, that they didn't know and could not do their jobs, they got away with it because they knew how to kiss up. In fact, one director had a 360 review and received the worst rating possible. His supervisor felt sorry for him and decided not to tell him. I found out from the supervisor's confidant whom was hired to help coach the director. My last few years there I had a supervisor who liked a particular sociopath. They both knew I didn't like her and all her scheming and dirty tricks. All of a sudden my performance review which had been good, became bad because they were based on the fact I didn't like the person he was having an affair with.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to subordinates. Employee morale was at its worst the last few years I was there, and literally no one cared. Productivity declined tremendously and sick leave went up. Employees felt that there was no point in putting their effort into their work. It was really sad as it used to be a great place to work. Now I hear complaints from friends who still work there.


  2. "Staff Research Associate"

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

    I worked at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work atmosphere, welcoming team, good benefits.

    Cons

    Slow days were very slow. Had to go seek more responsibility, not super balanced work load.

  3. "Glad that I left!"

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

    I worked at University of California full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits is the only good about working on-campus.

    Cons

    Middle management typically are micromanagers due to being micromanaged by upper management. General campus employee culture is miserable, most people have worked there for years and hate their lives and their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    UC doesn't care as long as they have bodies to fill positions. Trust me the staff don't care either, they use campus resources to their own personal benefit as well.


  4. "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California part-time

    Pros

    Inspiring environment
    Quality colleagues
    Prestigious institution

    Cons

    Uncompetitive salary esp for Bay Area
    Run down equipment and facilities


  5. "Administrative Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Diverse, Competitive, Responsible, Sensitive, Cultural

    Cons

    None, None, None, None, None


  6. "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good support from the EE department. health care is fairly comprehensive. staff is supportive and works hard. a professional environment.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to report.


  7. "Graduate Student Instructor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to enhance the understanding of undergraduate students. Provide additional support for students that need extra help during office hours.

    Cons

    The support from the head instructor can be lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the head GSI is doing everything possible to assist GSI.

  8. "Graduate Student Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Strong research community, diverse, great location

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, low pay, very difficult to find answers as the institution is so massive, difficult to get to know people on campus as it is so large and spread out


  9. "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


  10. "Community Education Specialist II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of California full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful work and Great coworkers

    Cons

    The pay is way below fair market value, and staff turnover is really high. Additionally there is nowhere to move up. Staff are not valued in the same way as academics. Too much value is placed on the degree rather than the practical experience.

    Advice to Management

    Create a system that allows a staff member to move up the ranks to some degree.


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