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University of California Reviews

Updated Jul 05, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.6 108 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

University of California President Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

(10 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

  • Low pay, relative to market levels(in 3 reviews)

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    Career Counselor Intern

    Career Counselor (Former Employee) Berkeley, CA (US)

    Pros-great environment
    -your opinion matters
    -staff development
    -motivated students
    -great leadership

    Cons-location is slightly off campus

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working for the world's greatest public university

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAs an alumna, I am proud to work for the world's greatest public education system. It is rewarding to know that my work is helping college students achieve their dreams!

    ConsHUGE bureaucracy. Red tape to the extreme. Very disjointed and full of employees who are counting down to retirement who honestly should have been fired years ago. Low pay for staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease morale and try to incorporate more fun into the workplace. Also, be receptive to new ways to do things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Opportunities for Students

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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)

    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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    Review of University of California (Programmer Analyst)

    Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)

    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)

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

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

    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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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

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

    Student (Current Employee) Davis, CA (US)

    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

     

    Graduate research at UCI

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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)

    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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