UCLA Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
531 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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  1.  

    Great place to work in education

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England

    I have been working at UCLA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Exciting place work in education

    Cons

    Hard Work work in education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well done work in education

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at UCLA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great name for CV
    - Access to leaders in the field for collaborations and scientific meetings & talks
    - Postdoc union is present, adjusted CA pay scale was implemented
    - Desired to bridge basic and translational science, esp. in the field of Diabetes

    Cons

    - Red tape with staff parking
    - Working Visa Office was confused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better support for foreign postdocs
    - All financial advice and workshop were not geared towards postdocs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Awesome place to work with room for creativity and ECA, but poor remuneration.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at UCLA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome vibe for work among very smart people and, depending on the PI, heaps of room for creativity. University is also very well equip for an all rounded life, both mentally and physically. A big advantage a very good health insurance scheme and university housing for fellows and their families.

    Cons

    Very bad remuneration...but this is not UCLA's fault, rather the NIH standard. Not much in the way of advice or assistance in deciding next stage of career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great PhD experience at UCLA.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

    I like the nice people and nice campus here.

    Cons

    I feel like there is a lack of interactions among graduate students from different backgrounds.

  6.  

    Great experience learned a lot initially and it plateaued from there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCLA

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work there...

    Cons

    The HR people can be cold, disinterested, without exhibiting any empathy or understanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show employees wanting to advance just how to make the transition to a new career. There seems to be little or no interest in providing any method or educational base that would help current employees (ones that have already shown loyalty and interest in UCLA) progress to a position that can benefit from translatable skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lab Assistant

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

    I worked at UCLA as an intern for less than a year

    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
  8.  

    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)

    I have been working at UCLA as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    reseach topic is very flexible

    Cons

    campus not open during the weekend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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)

    I have been working at UCLA part-time for less than a year

    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
  10.  

    student assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    low pay and boring in medical school

  11.  

    Great Benefits!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCLA

    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

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