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Good place to be a research assistant

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Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

I worked at UCLA part-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Good environment, great campus, interesting people

Cons

Salary is hardly enough to get by in LA

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve salary or housing oportunities

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    As a student, school jobs are beneficial but can have their setbacks.

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    Current Employee - Student in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at UCLA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and decent pay for a manageable amount of work are common for student worker positions all over the school. They never schedule you during Finals (with prior notice for some departments) and getting a day off is usually negotiable. Certain departments have student worker positions that can actually be useful in a resume (i.e. supervisor, manager, director, coordinator). Make sure to ask what opportunities are available. Given the nature of our situation (attending school full time), the benefits will outweigh the many cons (especially if you take 16-20 units a quarter like I do) - unless you can land a part time job in your career field, at that point, get the hell out. If you have a busy schedule outside of work, have several extracurriculars or devote your time to something that matters, a college job is the way to go.

    Cons

    Depending on where you work, office politics can affect even the pawns of UCLA, the student workers. The overall structure of the entire school is efficient in terms of getting the work done but you will notice there is a lot of wasted money all over. Upper management will NEVER listen to the suggestions of the individuals who are doing the actual work, often resulting in many employees lacking the tools and training necessary to complete their tasks. Student worker positions, in particular, see a lot turnover and lack of training is evident in many areas. Lastly, management greed often leads to treating student workers as full timers and are expected to bend over backwards in terms of availability during last-minute scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "lesser" employees. they often have ideas to improve efficiency, cut costs, and better working conditions, yet you dimiss them because of their youth or perceived inexperience. You forget that 90% of the students who work under you are brighter than you and will eventually be more talented than you can ever be. Drop the office politics. You already work for the government, you get paid well considering benefits and you do very little to earn your paychecks (there are exceptions). Your greed often results in trickle-down stress that results in overworked students who sign up for a 24 hour week and are scheduled for 35 (I'm looking at you Parking Services and every understaffed department). If you are going to advertise a job opening as a "student job", then treat it as such. We are not here to cover for your ineptness when you screw up schedules and frantically call your employees to show up to an undesired shift. Perhaps if you created a more comfortable and working environment, you would actually be able to retain more employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Underemployed and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at UCLA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, job security, flexible schedule, great location. Great for working parents!

    Cons

    Boring, employees lack motivation, minimal support from management to grow, no potential for raises, overall a very un-motivating atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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