University of California
3.6 of 5 105 reviews
www.universityofcalifornia.edu Oakland, CA 5000+ Employees

University of California Reviews

Updated Apr 17, 2014
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3.6 105 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

University of California President Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

(10 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "amazing location, friendly staff, diverse opportunities, good benefits"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Opportunity to work with many smart people and to make a difference in California; great benefits including a pension"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Parking sucks and it costs an arm and a leg and despite increasing student fees there always seems to be budget cuts around every corner"
    in 3 reviews
  • "We are subject to salary reductions through furlough this year because of the state budget crisis"
    in 3 reviews
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Great Opportunities for Students

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of California as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGreat work environment and experience. Fellow co-workers are very kind and helpful. Superiors try to ensure good communication with you.

ConsDidn't have any negative experience.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a Graduate Student Researcher

Graduate Student Researcher, Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of California part-time

ProsEnhanced my technical and networking skills, Increased my knowledge base, Learnt how to transfer valuable information to students in an effective manner

ConsNo major cons come to mind.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of California full-time for less than a year

ProsHave opportunities to learn new acknowledges from the academic community.

ConsIt is a research position, we do some complex statistical analysis as well as algorithm design.

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Graduate Student TA overall good job

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of California

ProsFlexible hours, pays for tuition, fees, and healthcare in addition to a living stipend.

ConsThe living stipend is the same or similar across all UC campuses. This means students at campuses such as Davis or Merced, where rent is cheaper, essentially get more than students at pricier locations such as San Diego or Santa Barbara.

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Excellent University with a variety of programs and opportunity, should increase connectivity.

Student (Current Employee)
Davis, CA (US)

I have been working at University of California full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood professors, Good programs, Good grading scale, alright job opportunities

ConsCould have a better post grad network, Need to hire more phds, Too Eurocentric

Advice to Senior ManagementMore freedom for Professors to teach classes they want.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Don't be a student employee (or RA).

Resident Assistant (Current Employee)
Berkeley, CA (US)

I have been working at University of California full-time for less than a year

ProsWork-study. Free room and board. Learning to cope with terrible situations daily.

ConsOverworked, underpaid. As an RA for Berkeley (and a CS student) I have had minimal time to work on side projects. There is no pay, and I don't have time on top of this to get another job for expendable income. When the RAs tried to protest against management their response was to threaten to fire all of us. They treat the RAs as easily replaceable. It's not a good environment.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Graduate research at UCI

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of California

ProsFriendly work environment; flexible work time.

ConsMore bureaucratic over the years. University administrative staff seemed under pressure.

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Good study experience in UCR

Graduate Student (Current Employee)
Riverside, CA (US)

I have been working at University of California full-time for more than a year

ProsThe school provide a great experience in learning business and have practical fieldwork requirement for MBA students. If interested in working distribution center, they have many located in this area.

ConsThe expense is a bit high and the location is not close to the job markets, the local business companies are lack of competition and are not actively willing to hire international students.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey have many good labor resources in this UCR, which are undervalued by many companies because the lack of reputation.

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A lot of great minds to work with

Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Irvine, CA (US)

I have been working at University of California full-time for less than a year

Pros- Professors are very willing to help students learn
- Lot of resources to benefit from

Cons- Budget cuts really affecting students

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Busy

UGSI (Former Employee)
Berkeley, CA (US)

I worked at University of California as an intern for less than a year

ProsEnlightening place to study for undergrad. I was a UGSI and it was an interesting experience.

ConsTuition is rising. UGSIs do not get salaries but you get units (not as great..).

Advice to Senior ManagementLots of bureaucracy which doesn't make it easy to deal with regarding administrative issues.

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