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UCLA Reviews

Updated 18 August, 2014
Updated 18 August, 2014
527 Reviews

3.8
527 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance is good with flexible options available (in 17 reviews)

  • Casual work environment with high expectations (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to balance teaching and course load at the same time, especially as a graduate student (in 12 reviews)

  • Budget cuts and draconian restructuring methods on the horizon are only making these problems worse (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Lab Assistant

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

    Pros

    Worked with a graduate student doing lab research and was able to learn a lot because it was very hands on. The grad student took the time to teach me about all of her work and then gave me the opportunity to actually do real work.

    Cons

    Did not get to interact with the Professor as much as I would have liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some more structure would be good, although the flexibility was nice with my busy school schedule.

    Recommends
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    Great opportunities if you have ambition

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

    Pros

    reseach topic is very flexible

    Cons

    campus not open during the weekend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    -Flexible hours
    -Relaxed Environment
    -Understanding managers
    -Great for Students
    -Good Experience

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Lack of hours
    -Some positions are just menial work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    student assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    easy to find a part-time job as a student assistant

    Cons

    low pay and boring in medical school

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    Great Benefits!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a variety of Health Insurance Plans to choose from, both HMO and PPO options. Once you select your plan, you get to choose you doctor from with in that network. The Vision plan is accepted almost everywhere as well as the Dental.

    Cons

    The co-pays and amount deducted from your check seem to go up every 2-3 years.
    You can't change Insurance plans when ever you want too. The opportunity to change is only once a year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for life

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, free dental and eye care

    Cons

    Much lower salaries compared to market rate.
    Career advances require switching departments constantly.
    Very low or no pay increases for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees who are lifers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Post Doctoral researcher

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good benefits and friendly job environtment

    Cons

    write your own grant is painful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Brilliant people and cutting edge technology available to graduate students and employees.

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

    Pros

    Teaching Assistant salary is nothing special, but benefits are great and tuition cuts are incredible. Great facilities across campus, and research tools and library system is top notch.

    Cons

    Large institution with many adjunct faculty members coming in and out of teaching positions. Makes it hard to track down former professors or colleagues within the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often departmental politics affect the courses offered to students, which can be frustrating to deal with both as a student and as a teaching assistant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I loved working at UCLA as a Project Director.

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    Former Employee - Project Director  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Director in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Meaningful work
    - Great benefits
    - Can pursue a degree at the same time
    - Work with enthusiastic students
    - Great training if you start right after you graduate

    Cons

    - Not a lot of support
    - Very unstructured; have to be disciplined

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't get involved in interoffice politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent for new faculty

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    Pros

    Excellent environment, open collaboration policy across campus. For assistant professor in particular lots of encouragement, support, and, above all great transparency in the advancement and tenure hurdle. Overall just great.

    Cons

    Perhaps some bureaucracy could be reduced, but it doesn't weigh to much on one's schedule. The teaching load is slightly higher than other comparable research institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The teaching load and balance between amount of students and professors in a department should be given more attention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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